CLASS TITLE: Additional Assistant with Knowledge of Basic Sign Language Skills (Ridge Ruxton School)
REPORTS TO: School Principal
DEFINITION: Under the direction of the classroom teacher or special educator, who is the case manager for students with Individual Educational Programs, assists special and general educators by providing non-instructional support and assistance to students with moderate disabilities to meet requirements necessary for participation in the school environment. Performs other duties as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Provides assistance to the student(s) so that they can participate, as independently as possible, in the least restrictive environment. Works with students needing signing Works with students to reinforce skills as directed by the classroom teacher. Facilitate students' development and social skills during instruction and activities. Provides assistance in addressing the unique needs of the student, including physical/behavioral needs.
Facilitates mealtime participation which may include obtains food from the cafeteria, serving food and assists the student in self-feeding.
Assists in supporting implementation of a student's behavior plan and encouraging appropriate on-task behavior. Supports students in managing their behavior by implementing classroom and school-wide supports, and individual behavior intervention plans as applicable. May provide physical restraint/support, when necessary, for students as indicated by behavior intervention plans and upon completion of training.
May facilitate the student's use of mobility equipment, such as wheel chairs, leg braces, walkers, and prone standers. Carries out special instructions regarding special physical handling, care or exercises required by student(s).
May assist students with aspects of toileting and self-care.
Accompanies the student on curricular/ field trips, during the instructional hours of a school day.
Provides refocusing prompts for students as necessary. Rephrases directions as required.
Assists students with transitions. Establishes rapport with student and maintains a positive relationship.
May support the student during emergency evacuation and drills based on the student specific emergency plan.
Education, Training, and Experience: Possession of a high school diploma or an appropriate equivalent is preferred. Experience working with individuals with disabilities is preferred. Knowledge of basic sign language is required.
Licenses and Certificates: None.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of school and classroom rules and activities. Knowledge of basic sign language. General knowledge of special education. Skill in verbal communications. Skill in establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Skill in working closely with individuals. Skill in providing assistance and support to students. Ability to follow and enforce safety and disciplinary rules. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, teachers, and other school personnel.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: The work of this class entails physical activities and is classified within the Medium physical demands which includes frequent walking, sitting, bending, twisting, kneeling, squatting, reaching, standing, climbing, lifting and carrying, and related physical duties associated with assisting students.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Employment in this position is contingent upon successfully passing a background, DSS, and criminal history check. Employees must have submitted an application for employment to the Office of Staffing.
SALARY:$ 11.75 per hour.
This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.
Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
Application Instructions Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references). The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.
Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted. Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools. Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.
Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.
All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $81.00. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
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If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9600 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 118, Baltimore, MD 21220 (443-809-4360).
Contact Information Katie Griss HR Associate, Office of Staffing 6901 Charles Street, E Building Towson, Maryland 21204 Phone: 443-809-8952