• Wethersfield Public Schools
  • $83,110.00 -120,750.00/year*
  • Wethersfield , CT
  • Education - Excluding Post Secondary
  • Full-Time
  • 14 Bermuda Rd

ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY

Wethersfield Public Schools

Wethersfield, CT

Paraprofessional

Date Posted: July 2019

The Wethersfield Public Schools partner with the community and families in fostering our students' ongoing education in a safe and engaging learning environment. Our schools are demographically diverse and are characterized by respectful behavior, trusting relationships, caring educators/administrators/staff and continuous learning.

Position: Paraprofessional

Reports To: Director/Supervisor for Special Services & Building Principal

Start Date: August 29, 2019, if hired after 8/29/2019 start date will be ASAP

Compensation: $17.54 - $21.44 per hour worked

Work Year: 10 month position, 25-29 hours per week

Daily Hours: Monday - Friday (start and end times may vary based on building assignment

(includes 30 minute unpaid lunch)

Application Date: Posting will remain open until filled

The Wethersfield Public Schools has multiple openings for 25-29 hour per week Paraprofessionals. The chosen candidates will be responsible for providing support to one or more students throughout the academic day, providing support in the areas of academic, social and behavioral growth and development. Paraprofessionals are critical to the student's ongoing success and will provide value through fostering positive relationships, communicating effectively with staff and students, demonstrating patience and compassion, maintaining confidentiality, always holding a positive attitude, demonstrating flexibility throughout the course of the day, and being one to establish/model the behavior and academic progress we seek in our students.

Candidates must be aware the district reserves the right to move paraprofessionals between assignments/schools during the school year at its discretion in order to efficiently support and service our students.

Duties of the position include the following:

* Maintain a high level of fairness, respect and equity with students, families and staff;
* Understand and maintain boundaries and confidentiality with students, families and staff;
* Be able to work independently with small groups of students in various environments;
* Demonstrate willingness to work with all students with various levels of functioning and disabilities including but not limited to: learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, ADHD, speech/language impairments, multiple disabilities, etc., across all grade levels;
* Communicate and collaborate effectively with co-workers;
* Implement and support behavior plans and strategies under teacher direction;
* Collect and record student data adhering to the supervising teachers' directions and requirements;
* Act as a liaison between teachers;
* Accept work direction willingly, shift work assignments and accept changes and new job assignments as needed;
* Consult daily with special education teacher regarding daily responsibilities;
* Provide personal assistance to students, as needed, to address mobility, positioning, personal care, daily activities, and utilizing the restroom;
* Facilitate students with developing communication skills, social skills, academic skills, self-help skills and promoting independence;
* Ability to be trained in and implement Crisis Prevention and Intervention strategies, including de-escalation strategies and physical restraints;
* Remain flexible to work in the community as job coach for students requiring transition services;
* Utilize various forms of technology, including assistive technology, to support students learning and communication needs.

Qualifications:

* Hold Associates Degree or have successfully completed ParaPro Assessment;
* Ability to work under the direction of classroom teacher and specialists;
* Experience working with students with special needs; highly preferred individuals who have specific training and/or experience with students with significant cognitive, social/emotional and learning needs;
* Ability to work cooperatively with administration, regular education teachers, support staff and parents;
* Ability to work with all levels of students with special needs and disabilities in general education settings, and/or special education settings including WPS district's special education programs;
* Must have capability to follow teacher and related staff instructions in regard to work modifications and behavior plans;
* Ability to review developmental and remedial materials in a clear and efficient manner;
* Ability to assist teacher in handling interruptions/emergencies, move swiftly, and hold training (or show ability to be trained) to perform physical restraint in case of emergency;
* Must be able to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds;
* Must demonstrate ability to sit up to thirty (30) minutes on the floor or in a child-sized chair; additional requirements may include carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing/balancing, frequent stooping, kneeling and crouching (note: generally the job requires 40% sitting, 30% standing, 30% walking).

Interested candidates must apply online at

Wethersfield Public School System-Nondiscrimination Policy

The Wethersfield Public Schools is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and equal access to Boy Scouts of America and to other designated youth groups. The Wethersfield Public Schools does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity of expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Wethersfield Public School System's nondiscrimination policies and practices should be directed to: Title IX Coordinator, Director of Special Services, 127 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT 06109


Associated topics: aide, behavioral analysis, behavioral health, dhh, difficult, hosptalization, impair, mental health, special education, special education nurse

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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