Westfield Public Schools
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Paper Mill Elementary School
Westfield Public Schools
Westfield, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4212786 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 11, 2023 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Westfield Public Schools seeks qualified applicants for the following position at Paper Mill Elementary School:

The autism assistant will:
  1. Maintain a high level of reinforcement for appropriate behaviors.
  2. Implement a behavior management plan.
  3. Assess new behavior problems using ABC analysis.
  4. Develop appropriate materials for instructional programs.
  5. Keep classroom materials organized.
  6. Use necessary data collection strategies.
  7. Follow classroom daily schedule.
  8. Develop programs or task analysis as per request.
  9. Promote communication in all activities.
  10. Insure student in continually engaged in productive activities.
  11. Use strategies of applied behavior analysis such as promoting, fading, shaping and chaining.
  12. Ensure student is engaged in appropriate balance of leisure and work activities.
  13. Maintain confidentiality.
  14. Be responsive to parents.
  15. Function as integration facilitator and fosters independence without allowing students to fail.
  16. Collaborates with staff, specialists, and other children to incorporate into regular activities.
  17. Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or designee.
REPORTS TO: Special Education Supervisor and Building Principal.

Salary and terms of employment will be commensurate with the Westfield Public Schools Unit D contract.

Performance on this job will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Westfield School Committee policy on evaluation.

This position subject to funding.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Paper Mill Elementary School!

Welcome to Paper Mill Elementary School. Our school is one of the newest and largest elementary schools in the city, educating more than 330 students in grades K-4. Nestled among playing fields and residential neighborhoods, we are adjacent to the park on Papermill Road in the northeast corner of the city. When you enter our school, you will see students actively engaged in their learning, staff members collaborating to enhance their practice, and parents supporting the educational program with their involvement. The Paper Mill School community is a strong one, effectively bridging the home-school connection in order to allow student to reach their fullest potential. You will experience students practicing character traits such as honesty, respect, and responsibility. Through a program of character education the social curriculum is joined with the academic to support the development of the whole child. You will know you are in a special place. The Westfield Public School curriculum is challenging, and our teachers are dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners through differentiation of instruction. By holding students to high standards and providing opportunities for enrichment, we prepare our students for success as they meet the challenges of their school years and beyond. I encourage you to visit our school. I am sure that if you spend some time with us, you will agree that Paper Mill Elementary is a wonderful place to learn.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Westfield 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
<b>REQUIREMENTS:</b> <ul><li>Associates degree in education, psychology, communication disorders or related field required. Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, communication disorders or related field preferred. <li>Experience working with children with developmental disabilities. <li>Good communications skills in order to work with students, staff and parents. <li>Restraint training required - will be provided upon hire.</ul> <b>ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:</b> Work is generally conducted within school building. Ability to travel throughout the school building is necessary. Position involves sitting and the ability to travel from one place to another within the office. Work is moderate in nature with regular lifting of up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds with some pulling and pushing or reaching above, generally of desk and file drawers. Frequent use of hands to operate keyboards and telephones and other office equipment. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    2. How would you address a wide range of issues in your groups?
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    Contact Information
    James O'Neilll
    94 North Elm Street
    Suite 101
    Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
    Phone: 413-572-6550
    Email: james.oneill@schoolsofwestfield.org