Special Education - Educational Assistant

Zuni, NM, US
Apr 08, 2021
Position Type:
Support Staff/Special Education Assistant

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Shiwi Ts`ana Elementary School


    Position: Education Assistant in Special Education
    Reports to: Teacher & School Site Principal
    Site: Shiwi Ts'ana Elementary School
    FLSA Status: Non-exempt
    Contract Length: Start in April 2021 through School Year 2021-2022 (9 month/188 days)
    Salary: Starting at $15,828.75 to $27,649.13

    Purpose: Works directly under the supervision of a certified teacher. Assist with the student learning that contributes to their education development and classroom behavior when necessary.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • New Mexico Public Education Department Educational Assistant License;
    • Native American Language & Culture Certification preferred
      • Ability to develop an effective working relationship with students, staff, volunteers, parents, and community;
    • Experience with computers with the ability to enter data, utilize technology and Microsoft Office programs;
      • Ability to plan and implement lessons based on department and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned;
      • Ability to communicate with students orally and in writing in English the language;
      • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, parents, staff and community;
      • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram and schedule form;
      • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • Able to perform the following essential duties, physical and mental functions and utilize the essential equipment of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

    Essential Duties:
    • Treat all students with dignity and respect;
    • Follow the directions of the certified teacher within the scope of the position;
    • Assist certified teacher:
    • with the provision of direct instructions and support in areas which have been taught utilizing a variety of methods and materials;
    • Manage multiple projects, schedules and student activities;
    • In planning activities, developing instructional materials;
    • With the preparation of instructional materials, record-keeping and or daily tasks associated with the classroom;
    • With reinforcing academic behaviors to individual and/or small groups of students and monitor student(s) ability to follow directions and behavior.
    • To establish, model, practice and reinforce age-appropriate rules and logical consequences;
    • With the implementation of classroom procedures, systems and routines that provide structure for students and maximize instructional time;
    • Maintain charts and records related to student(s) progress;
    • With the preparation of required reports accurately and in a timely fashion;
    • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized classroom:
    • Provide immediate, corrective and/or positive feedback to student(s) regarding behavior and/or academic performance;
    • Maintain confidentiality of student records, conversations, discussions and classroom information;
    • Maintain discipline in the classroom in the absence of the certified teacher for short periods of time;
    • Participate in required in-service training;
    • Participate in home visits with certified teacher;
    • Meet New Mexico Public Education Department competencies for Paraprofessionals;
    • Perform other assigned duties in a timely basis.

    Physical Functions:
    • Frequently required to stand, talk, hear and sometime walk and sit;
    • Occasionally required to lift up to 30 pounds; may lift up to 75 pounds with the help of another employee;
    • Hand and eye coordination in operating computer, SMART Board, grading papers, and writing assignments etc.;
    • Usually works on even surfaces, may walk on uneven surfaces outdoors;
    • Exposed to various degrees of noises (talking, attending games, assemblies etc.). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud;
    • May work in close proximity of other individuals;
    • General vision, corrected to 20/20, reads a multitude of records, correspondence and data.
    • Ability to adjust focus from various school tools to include: (SMART boards, computer, written assignments, typed material, lab equipment, art tools and equipment, etc.).Mental Functions:
    • Must be able to:
    • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written and oral form;
    • Deal with students and parents in such a way to maintain their goodwill;
    • Respond appropriately to student behavior and discipline;
    • Respond appropriately to supervision and accept recommendations;
    • Communicate both orally and in writing, in English;
    • Effectively present information and respond to questions from students; parents, peers and supervisor;
    • Handle stress, work under pressure of deadlines, interruptions and frustrations;
    • Handle difficult people and difficult situations; work on conflict resolution and problem solving;
    • Organize data, information and disseminate to appropriate venue.Essential Equipment:
    • Operate phone, fax, computer, scanner, printer, calculator, smart board, etc.;
    • Operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver's license.