Paraeducator - Special Education (12 months)

Location
Baltimore, MD, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Oct 12, 2019
Ref
8056
BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

CLASS TITLE : Paraeducator, Special Education TITLE CODE : A3507

WORKING TITLE : Paraeducator, Behavior Coach-Special Education

REPORTS TO : Specialist, Office of Special Education

SALARY: $17.42 to $27.53 (Hourly Base Pay Scale for Non-Exempt Paraeducators Represented by ESPBC, 2019-2020 Effective July 1, 2019)

DEFINITION: Under the supervision of the Office of Special Education (OSE), works in collaboration with school administrators, teachers, and other school staff to ensure instructional, emotional, behavioral, and social supports are implemented consistently with fidelity for an identified student or group of students. Responsible for assisting school-based staff by modeling, coaching, and supporting staff in implementing recommended strategies to ensure the best possible outcome for students. Works with students individually, and in groups, providing self-regulation skills assistance, reinforcing instruction, and assisting with classroom management. Performs other duties as assigned.

EXAMPLES DUTIES :

Implements and models student-centered interventions and strategies as well as data collection methods to school-based staff in collaboration with or under the supervision of the supervising OSE staff.

Assists and collaborates with school-based staff in working with students individually or in groups to reinforce instructional activities established by the teacher, support skills development, implement the IEP, utilize evidence-based practices, and/or assist in other learning activities.

Assists with the development and preparation of materials needed to implement recommended interventions and strategies.

Provides training, feedback, and support to school-based staff regarding the implementation of student-centered interventions and strategies, including the Behavior Intervention Plan of identified student(s), as well as data collection methods.

Maintains accurate documentation of student's behavior and presentation as well as response to intervention.

Participates in consultation and collaboration with administrators, teachers and other school-based staff, or other meetings as needed with and/or under the supervision of OSE staff.

Performs other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :

Education, Training and Experience :
HS diploma, or equivalent, plus 48 college credits or successful completion of the MSDE ParaPro Assessment required.

Experience working with students with special education needs in a classroom setting preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
Knowledge of working with individuals with developmental, emotional, social, physical and/or learning disabilities. Knowledge of the educational system.

Skill in communicating orally and in writing. Skill in establishing rapport with students, their families, and school-based staff. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties. Skill in collaboration and coaching.

Ability to provide classroom and on-site services to students with special needs. Ability to supervise students and manage behavior.

Knowledge of basic behavioral principles and interventions. Ability to implement Behavior Intervention Plans and other interventions following explanation and training by Office of Special Education staff.

Ability to model interventions and strategies recommended by Office of Special Education staff and provide feedback regarding implementation to additional adult assistants and other school-based staff.

Ability to implement crisis intervention procedures as needed.

Ability to use computers and related equipment, including assistive technology.

Ability to maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality about students.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS :
The work of this class requires travel to schools, offices, and job sites throughout the Baltimore County area, and frequent physical efforts in the performance of job duties, which may include crisis intervention.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT :
Employees in this class may be required to work afternoons, evenings, and weekends based on the schedules of students.

FLSA : Non-Exempt

Eligible for membership in the Maryland State Retirement System.

This class specification defines the types of duties and level of difficulty of work required of positions in this title. It shall not be held to exclude duties not mentioned nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

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.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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.
Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefits session.
Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

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, 9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 219, Baltimore, Maryland 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information
Andrew Last
Principal on Assignment
Baltimore County Public Schools
6901 Charles St., Building E
Towson, MD 21204
Office: 443.809.7870
Fax: 410.887.7876
Email: alast@bcps.org

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