Paraeducator, Severe Needs/Life Skills, 21-22 School Year

Aurora, CO, US
Feb 23, 2021
  • Position Type:
    Classified - Special Education/Paraeducator, Severe Needs/Life Skills

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    AWCPA - Aurora West College Prep Academy

  • Closing Date:



    Additional Info: Background check required upon offer.2021-22 School Year

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    Aurora Public Schools Compensation and Benefits

    Job Title: Paraeducator, Severe Needs/Life Skills Work Year: 177 days Department: School-Based Reports To: Principal and Special Education Teacher Salary Range: 25 Starting Salary: $16.67/hr Summary: Responsible for assisting students with severe needs in learning to be as independent as possible in every day living. Duties include instructing small and large groups in academic, sensory, art, monetary skills, domestic, recreation, hygiene, community and/or social skills; assisting students with feeding and transporting; supervising students in various settings outside the classroom; carrying out occupational or physical therapy activities as directed; administering assigned medical tasks; performing required recordkeeping; monitoring behavior; and implementing behavior plans. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Daily 25% Instruct small and large groups in academics, sensory skills, art, monetary skills, domestics and recreation. Daily 11% Monitor students and assist in instructing hygiene skills including brushing teeth, using deodorant, combing hair, toileting, diapering, etc. Daily 11% Feed and supervise eating including spoon feeding and tube feeding. Daily 15% Provide supervision in classroom, physical education, clinic, lunchroom, playground and to and from buses. Daily 5% Carry out activities and programs under licensed itinerant personnel, i.e. range of motion physical therapist, and fine motor activities occupational therapist. Daily 5% Instruct and assist students with social skills including friendships, table manners, stranger safety, etc. Daily 4% Push wheelchairs to classrooms, restrooms and between school and bus and tie down wheelchair on bus. Daily 4% Administer medical tasks as assigned by the nurse including administering medications, administering suctioning, monitoring catheter, etc. Daily 1% Perform record keeping including documenting student attendance and participation for Medicaid forms; accounting for money received related to students' lunch, paychecks and bus fares; documenting student progress; and documenting and submitting student timesheets to receive students' paychecks. Daily 1% Monitor behavior using behavior plans, de-escalation techniques, time out rooms and restraints when necessary. Daily 1% Lift students in and out of wheel chairs for positioning, diaper changing or toileting. Wkly 9% Instruct, assist and may transport students with vocational activities such as shredding documents, recycling, cleaning tables, etc. Wkly 4% Instruct students in community skills such as street safety, stranger safety signs, sight words, monetary skills, reading menus and ordering food. Daily 4% Perform other duties as assigned.


    High school diploma or equivalent; Associate's degree preferred. Training in various medical needs of students required within 3 months after hire. Training in use of vans preferred.

    EXPERIENCE: Less than 1 year of experience required. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EQUIPMENT & OTHER: Good oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with students with various backgrounds, abilities and/or severe needs. Operating knowledge of personal computers, manual and electric wheelchairs, wheelchair strap down and augmentative communication devices required within 3 months after hire. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS: Fingerprint/background certification required at hire. CPR, CPI, First Aid and work health physical certifications required within 6 months after hire. Valid Colorado driver's license preferred at hire. SUPERVISION/TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITY: This job is responsible for supervising the behavior and safety of students while in the classroom, on the playground, during swimming, on/off buses, in the community and in vocation areas. Acts as a resource for parents and students by ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for the children and by providing information regarding children's well-being, behavior and progress. SAFETY TO SELF AND OTHERS: High exposure to self to bruises and cuts due to classroom accidents, playground accidents or upset children and to disease due to exposure to bodily fluids. Medium exposure to self to fractured bones due to falling on the playground or traffic accidents, to heat burns due to stove or microwave and to hernia due to lifting children. May expose students to injuries if a person in this position fails to properly monitor students' safety. May also expose children to disease or further injury if a person in this position fails to properly handle or dispose of body fluids or administer proper and timely care to sick or injured children. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move with assistance over 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. MENTAL FUNCTIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate and use interpersonal skills. The employee is frequently required to compare, copy, coordinate, instruct, evaluate and negotiate. The employee is occasionally required to compute and synthesize.

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