$12.80/hr, 24 hrs/wk, 41 wks/yr
In compliance with Federal Law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
The Special Needs Teacher Aide works directly with special needs children in the classroom. Acts as an integral part of the classroom teaching team; assists the classroom teacher in planning and implementing age appropriate activities based on IEP goals. Works under the supervision of the Teacher and is responsible for temporary assignments of teacher duties as assigned by his/her supervisor, the Center Director or the Head Start Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Directly supervise and assist children with special needs in performing daily activities in the Head Start Center.
Uses positive guidance and behavior management techniques as stated in IEP for student under the supervision of the Teacher and/or Center Director.
Assists children in performing daily activities in the Head Start classroom.
Completes paperwork, writes daily anecdotes, filing, and other documentation as required.
Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, training sessions, C.D.A./ECE classes, and related career development classes.
Is involved in parent/teacher conferences, IEP s and other meetings as necessary.
Assists special needs children in their daily routine, which may include diapering, feeding, etc.
Assists children in serving food, learning table behavior, and good nutritional habits.
Participates in playground supervision of children s activities.
Assists with developmental assessments/testing under direction of the Teacher or Center Director as needed.
Assists in transitioning activities under direction of the Center Director and/or Teacher.
Communicates progress and other information daily with therapist and classroom teachers.
Maintains strict child confidentiality.
High tolerance for paperwork, documentation and meeting program and federal deadlines.
Performs related duties, as assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience
Experience and training equivalent to a high school diploma or GED and experience working with preschool children. Must meet all health and licensing regulations as prescribed by the Arizona Health Services Department. Must enroll in and actively pursue Child Development Associate credential (C.D.A.) or ECE training upon employment, as necessary.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Preschool classroom experience and knowledge of special needs, or related experience necessary. Must be able to communicate effectively in English in both verbal and written format. Knowledge of Head Start program and philosophy required. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Must be bondable.
Bilingual proficiency and/or experience working in a multicultural setting, preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Certificates and Licenses
Obtain Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card
Obtain Food Handlers Certification if required by the County Health Department
Obtain CPR and First Aide Certification
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Benefits include: Arizona State Retirement (ASRS); Sick & Holiday Pay
NACOG follows all CDC Guidelines for COVID-19.