Chicopee Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

PARAPROFESSIONALS - SPECIAL EDUCATION


Sgt. Robert R. Litwin School
Chicopee Public Schools
Chicopee, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3516026 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 4, 2021 Starting Date: August 26, 2021

Job Description
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. General Duties and Instruction

Under the direction of the special education teacher, support specialized student instruction in academic, social, and motor skills through the delivery and assessment of the Individual Educational Plan. This support may include, but is not limited to, the following duties:

o work with individual and small groups of students,

o administer, correct and communicate basic analysis of student assessments,

o utilize the conclusions derived from assessment analysis in subsequent instruction,

o instruct students on rules of conduct and expected behaviors,

o bring academic, social and motor issues to the attention of the classroom teacher,

o may update parents or guardians of their student's academic performance and behavior,

o support class objectives and outlines that align with the district approved curriculum,

o maintain records, attendance and assessments as required by the classroom teacher,

o assist in the preparation of classroom materials o assist in the delivery of differentiated instruction in an appropriate manner consistent with district curriculum,

o provide timely feedback to the classroom teacher regarding student progress in academic, social and motor skills, and o assist students with activities of daily living, including diapering and toileting needs if necessary.

2. Is trained or willing to be trained by the Chicopee Public schools in the knowledge and performance areas identified for the specific assignment (e.g., Implementation of a Student Behavior Plan, Use of Sign Basic Language, Use of a Communication Board, Physical Restraint and Verbal De-escalation Techniques).

3. Work independently by appropriately using the directions given by the special education teacher.

4. Demonstrate dependability, time management, and receptive and expressive communication skills to perform the assignment effectively.

5. Build on strengths and act on suggestions in areas needing improvement.

6. Possess the ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to new situations and an ever-changing educational environment.

7. Demonstrate sound judgment.

8. Maintain effective and professional working relationships with others (e.g., paraprofessionals, teachers, staff, parents, guardians, administrators, etc.).

9. Resolve conflict well, and seek assistance when appropriate.

10. Under the direction of the special education teacher, strive to maintain a learning environment that is both physically and emotionally safe.

11. As appropriate, assist in the communication and enforcement of federal and state laws and regulations, as well as district policies and procedures.

12. Other duties as assigned by the principal or school administration.


School/Community Relations

o Respect students, parents, guardians and community.

o Respect and embrace students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Operations

o Assist in the protection of students and property.

o Assist the classroom teacher in fire and other emergency drills.

o Assist the classroom teacher in managing students (e.g., dismissal, field trips, etc.)

Professional

o Maintain a high level of personal integrity, confidentiality and a strong work ethic.

o Practice discretion and maintain confidentiality, particularly concerning the background, achievement, behavior, or other information about children with special needs. Participate in professional development as assigned.

ADA & Minimum Qualifications to Perform Essential Job Functions

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including, but not limited to: computers, copiers, adding machines, etc. Must be able to occasionally exert up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Must be able to stand, crouch and bend over for a long period of time at intervals throughout the day.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or composite characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence including, but not limited to: reports, forms, newsletters, schedules, manuals, invoices, requisitions, menus, recipes, journals, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, procedures, charts, surveys, articles, bid specifications, brochures, news releases, handbooks, budgets, etc. Using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a wide variety of instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to understand and communicate in various technical or professional languages, including medical, legal, accounting and marketing terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages; and to apply the principles of basic mathematics, algebra and geometry.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment and assisting students in activities of daily living.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle various items such as office equipment and hand tools. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Interpersonal: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergencies.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words.

Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via the telephone. Must be able to use communication boards and devices to communicate with students as required.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Equal Opportunity Employer
Chicopee Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 1.High School Diploma required, as well as additional college-level coursework. Associates or Bachelor's degree preferred. 2.Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. 3.Previous experience preferred.
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
  • Associate degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Elizabeth Masse, Principal
    135 Litwin Lane
    Chicopee, Massachusetts 01020
    Phone: 413-594-3545
    Fax: 413-594-3547
    Email: emasse@cpsge.org