Under general supervision of an administrator and general direction of a classroom teacher and specialists, administers behavior management techniques specific to individuals with emotional disturbance, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or severe intellectual disabilities who are exhibiting aggressive behaviors; uses de-escalation techniques and controls stimuli in the learning environment that may trigger students; implements supportive interventions; and performs other related duties as required.
The Instructional Assistant-Behavioral Support classification is distinguished from other instructional assistant positions by the advanced knowledge of behavior management techniques specific to individuals who have emotional disturbance, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities. Incumbents of this classification would be assigned to students who are demonstrating severe behaviors as a result of their emotional disturbance, ASD, or intellectual disabilities.
Education and Training:
High School diploma or GED equivalent is required. Additional college-level course work directly related to this classification, such as Psychology, Child Development, Special Education or a related field is required.
Minimum of two years paid experience working with special needs students in an instructional setting. Previous experience working with students who exhibit severe challenging behaviors that interfere with their progress academically and socially (i.e. severe self-injurious behavior, aggression toward others) is highly desirable. Two years of education in Psychology, Child Development, Special Education or a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid CPR/First Aid certificate and any other certifications pertaining to this position at time of application and throughout employment. Completion of ProACT training within the first 6 months of employment is required.
Conditions of Employment/Physical Requirement:
Successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination.
Characteristics of emotional disturbance, ASD, and intellectual disabilities, specifically what causes individuals with emotional disturbance, ASD, and intellectual disabilities to manifest aggressive behaviors;
Child guidance principles and practices related to individuals with emotional disturbance, ASD, and
Behavior management strategies and techniques, which are evidence-based for emotional disturbance, ASD, and intellectual disabilities;
Appropriate restraint procedures using ProACT techniques;
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA);
Emergency crisis management techniques;
Secondary-level academic subjects taught in District schools;
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary;
Record-keeping and report preparation techniques;
Effective communication skills;
Appropriate safety precautions and hygiene standards;
Heath and safety regulations;
First Aid and CPR.
Follow the Behavior Support Plan (BSP) developed for the student;
De-escalate or redirect the student;
Recognize triggers for the students and adjust classroom or learning environment to control such stimuli;
Effectively use behavior management strategies and techniques specific for students with emotional disturbance, ASD, and intellectual disabilities;
Adapt to new procedures and conditions;
Assist students with personal care such as dressing and toileting;
Effectively utilize training received on the job;
Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and outdoors;
Follow safety procedures;
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents and District staff;
Work as a team;
Demonstrate an understanding, patient, warm and receptive attitude toward students with severe needs;
Maintain emotional control under difficult situations;
Communicate in a clear, concise manner appropriate to the development stage of the student;
Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Recognize and effectively assist in responding to emergency and/or hazardous conditions;
Perform First Aid and CPR;
Work closely with students exhibiting emotional and physical outbursts (i.e. hitting, spitting, swearing, throwing objects; self-injurious behavior);
Keep pace with students who are exhibiting flight behaviors, as necessary;
Perform ProACT techniques;
Collect data in the manner designed by the credentialed staff;
Document and maintain accurate daily written documentation of specific services performed;
Make accurate mathematical calculations;
Maintain confidentiality of student records;
Perform routine clerical support duties;
Operate standard classroom equipment, telephones, and computers.
Incumbents in this class must be able to stand for long periods of time; run or walk long distances and/or quickly for short distances to keep pace with students; ability to apply appropriate techniques to mitigate the threat of harming self or others which could involve evading, blocking, and restraining; sit, kneel, stoop/bend repeatedly; lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 lbs. unassisted, and over 50 lbs. with assistance; use both hands and legs simultaneously, reach over head, pull hand over hand, use fingers repetitively twisting or applying pressure with wrists or hands; have rapid mental/muscular coordination; maintain balance; have depth perception, see to read small print and distinguish shades; must speak clearly and hear normal voice conversation; and use a telephone and a computer.
Incumbents in this class work inside and outside, in a multiple or single classroom environment; direct contact with students, staff, and public; work around foul odors, loud noise; work with exposure to bodily fluids, minor and/or major contagious illnesses; wear gloves; works in negative interpersonal situations (irate students or parents); may be subject to physical and emotional outbursts by students including such behaviors as kicking, spitting, scratching, hitting, biting, or self-injurious behavior; and work with continuous interruptions and changing priorities.
Examples of Duties
The classification specification does not describe all duties performed by all incumbents within the class. This summary provides examples of typical tasks performed in this classification.
Applies behavior management and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques which are evidence-based for students exhibiting aggressive behaviors due to their emotional disturbance, ASD, or intellectual disabilities; implements supportive interventions designed to complement the student's Behavior Support Plan (BSP); assists with social skill development techniques; recognizes the beginning signs of escalation and intervenes and redirects the student; adjusts classroom or learning environment to control stimuli that may trigger students; restrains volatile students appropriately using techniques learned in ProACT training; and follows the Behavior Support Plan (BSP) developed for the student.
Explains and assures students understanding of classroom rules, procedures, assignments and homework instructions; assists students by answering questions and providing examples, emotional support, friendly attitude, and guidance; provides feedback regarding student progress in attainment of individualized goals; confers with supervisors, teachers, and specialists to coordinate instructional efforts and implement Individualized Education Plans (IEP); utilizes appropriate methods of instruction to achieve goals and objectives set forth in the IEP; monitors, observes, and supports an individual or small group of students in a variety of settings for the purpose of maintaining a learning environment conducive to the implementation of each Individualized Education Plan (IEP); collects data, prepares summaries, and records anecdotal notes; implements program modifications; adapts class work/homework under the direction of the teacher and/or specialist; maintains confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information; initiates and receives phones calls; operates classroom equipment; sets-up work area, decorates, and sets-up displays; distributes and collects paper and supplies; and assists in preparing instructional materials.
Implements emergency crisis management techniques learned in ProACT training; keeps pace with students who are exhibiting flight behaviors; assists with student supervision in classrooms, lunch rooms, and various outdoor activities; escorts students to and from designated locations as assigned; attends and participates in a variety of training, meetings and workshops to maintain current knowledge which includes developments in the field of special education, ProACT techniques, and emergency crisis management; provides assistance in self-help training in feeding, grooming, brushing teeth, toilet training and changing diapers, and other hygiene related tasks; provides assistance to students who use bus transportation as necessary; may push students in wheelchairs; may assist other Instructional Assistant staff in performing specialized health care procedures as assigned; administers first aid and/or CPR as necessary; and reacts effectively to emergencies.
OPEN - Anyone may apply
OPEN LIST - Candidates who pass all testing stages will be placed on one eligibility list in rank order based on total score.
All applications must be submitted online. Applications and requests for testing will not be accepted after the recruitment closing date and time. Applicants may be rejected on the basis of an incomplete application or failure to meet minimum qualifications. The application is part of the selection process and is part of an overall assessment of acceptability for employment. All information provided is subject to independent verification of its accuracy. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide correct contact information by which to be notified.
You will eventually be disqualified in the recruitment process if you fail to disclose relevant information regarding your conviction history. It is the disclosure of the conviction that is most important in many cases.
The screening process for this position, which may be subject to modification, will include some form of a(n): application screening, initial qualifications screening, documentation/certification screening, and supplemental application screening. The stated qualifications for the position represent only the minimum requirements and do not guarantee qualification for examination or placement on an eligibility list.
The examination may consist of any combination of a(n): training and experience (T&E) evaluation, written knowledge test, hands on/performance test, structured panel interview, situational judgement interview, or other type of exam of fitness for duty. All parts of the examination process are job related. A passing score must be attained on each portion of the exam to advance to the next stage and ultimate placement on an eligibility list.
Requests for reasonable accommodations for the testing process must be made no less than two (2) days prior to the examination. Requests must be signed by your medical doctor, school psychologist, or learning consultant as appropriate and must be on provider letterhead and contain an actual signature.
Protest of any part of the exam process must be in writing and submitted to the Personnel Director no later than five (5) working days from the date you participated in the exam. Any protest must include rationale to support the protest and shall include supporting documentation or references. Protests must be based on illegal discrimination, abuse of discretion, or procedure/process error. Protests should NOT be based on receiving unexpected results. We cannot be responsible for lost mail, misdirected mail, or failure of mail to be delivered after it has been entrusted to the U.S. Postal Service.
ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
Candidates who are successful in all screening and testing stages will be placed on an eligibility list. Typically, an eligibility list for a classification expires after six (6) months or one (1) year. Candidates on the expired eligibility list are no longer considered for positions within the class. Eligibility lists may be extended beyond one year or expire sooner than one year. Eligibility lists may be merged, in which case candidate ranks may change.
Candidates on the eligibility list will be called in rank order to participate in final selection interviews with the hiring manager until three ranks of candidates have accepted the invitation to interview. Ranks may include ties so more than three candidates may be called to interview for one vacancy. Please note that candidates will be removed from the eligibility list for declining the invitation to interview more than three (3) times.
OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT
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ADVANCED STEP PLACEMENT
All new regular classified employees shall be paid in accordance with the salary range established for the class to which assigned. Initial placement will normally be the first step of the salary range. However, a new employee may be provided with advanced step placement upon recommendation of the hiring manager and approval by Human Resources based upon:
A) Additional qualifying experience beyond that required for entry into the class.
B) Additional education at the college level when related to the position, beyond the established educational requirements for entry into the class.
C) Difficulty experienced in the recruitment of candidates to meet the vacancy needs in the class.
Benefits earned by all permanent classified employees:
Sick leave, holidays, bereavement and emergency leaves.
Classified employees are members of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Employee contribution is 7% of gross earnings.
Benefits earned by all permanent classified employees working 20 hours or more per week:
The District provides medical, dental, vision care, behavioral health and life insurance for the employees and their dependents.
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Do you possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate?
Do you possess college-level course work directly related to this classification, such as Psychology, Child Development, Special Education or a related field?
List your related college level coursework in the text box below. Please include total number of units and/or degree if applicable. Note: Place an N/A in the text box below if you have no related college level coursework, or degree.
Do you currently have a valid First Aid certificate from an authorized agency?
No, I do not have a valid First Aid certificate from an authorized agency.
Yes, I have a valid First Aid certificate from an authorized agency.
Do you currently have a CPR certificate from an authorized agency?
No, I do not have a CPR certificate from an authorized agency.
Yes, I have a CPR certificate from an authorized agency.
How many years of experience do you have working with special needs students in an instructional setting? *Substitution: Two years of education in Psychology, Child Development, Special Education or a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
I have less than 1 year of related experience.
I have at least 1 year of related experience.
I have no related experience, but I possess 2 or more years of education in Psychology, Child Development, Special Education or a related field which may substitute for one year of experience.
Do you possess advanced knowledge of behavior management techniques specific to individuals who have emotional disturbance, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities?
Please describe your work experience administering behavior management techniques specific to individuals with emotional disturbance, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or severe intellectual disabilities who are exhibiting aggressive behaviors. This experience must be listed in your application.
If no experience, please write N/A in the text box below.
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I'm a permanent Instructional Assistant at AUHSD
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I'm an Instructional Assistant at another school district outside of AUHSD.
None of the above apply to me.
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