The purpose of the Instructional Assistant is to provide individual and/or group instructional support to students, as well as assist classroom teachers with documentation and other duties. Under the guidance and instruction of the Residential Teacher, the Instructional Assistant helps implement teacher-prepared lesson plans; assists with the supervision of students; is instrumental in maintaining a positive behavioral environment for students; and assists in keeping the classroom neat, attractive and orderly.
This position does not have direct reports.
- Observe and record children’s progress daily.
- Complete incident reports with objectivity.
- Assist in maintaining charts, grades and other required documentation.
- Behavioral/Instructional Support
- Communicate measurable learning/ behavior objectives and guide children toward mastery.
- Assist children with identifying barriers that interfere with learning and assist children in learning ways to overcome them successfully.
- Provide support and supervision during review and individual practice of work.
- Assist in implementation of plans as requested by teacher.
- Child/Staff Interaction
- Circulate among children and provide frequent individual attention.
- Encourage children’s motivation by being enthusiastic, professional, and encouraging.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the child’s diagnosis.
- Exhibit behaviors that reflect a positive attitude.
- Follow all policies and classroom procedures.
- Communicate to children under the direction of the teacher about behavioral goals regularly.
- Provide line of sight supervision at all times.
- Professional standards
- Maintain professional behavior during conflict situations.
- Communicate with respect to students, administrators, teachers and other school staff
- Respond positively to staff, teachers, therapists and supervisor’s feedback.
- Express a problem solving approach when in conflict with others.
- Identify children’s needs, and develop and implement interventions for meeting them. This encompasses areas such as:
- Education: communicating with school, instituting individual homework plan, teaching reading etc.
- Emotional growth: building self-esteem, increasing self-control by identifying feelings and coping skill to deal with them. Build relationships and be a role model.
- Social Skills: Encourage and demonstrate proper manners, interactions with peers, and increasing community involvement.
- Personal Relationships: Demonstrate teamwork, professional communication, dependability, and flexibility as required by working in a residential treatment setting.
- Provide appropriate and effective crisis intervention with the children during school hours including, but not limited to, implementing primary preventative measures before a child would need further disciplinary action, (i.e., supervision, change of placement).
- Communicate daily and as necessary with Teachers, other Instructional Assistants and all Supervisors.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least 21 years of age
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- A current and valid unrestricted Driver's License
- At least 2 years of related practical experience
- Strong verbal, written, and listening communication skills to include communicating clearly, effectively, tactfully, and patiently to a diverse population.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demeanor with the ability to build rapport and garner trust with others.
- Proficient in the use of a PC; in a Windows environment; in the use of the Internet; and in the use of MS Office Applications such as Outlook, Word and Excel.
- Ability to pass fingerprint background screening through the Department of Justice, FBI and Child Abuse Central Index.
- Ability to effectively engage with children from various backgrounds and circumstances.
- Ability to provide consistency and behavioral limits through relationship-based interventions.
- Ability to maintain professional behavior in high pressure situations.
- Ability to solve problems by applying basic analytical skills to include collating and reporting information; identifying trends and exceptions; investigating to define problems more accurately; sorting information in order of importance; identifying relationships and linkages between components; identifying variable potential causes and effects; soliciting guidance to define criteria and assign values of importance and urgency; and escalating issues of an exceptional nature.
- Ability to work collaborative as part of a team.
- Ability to demonstrate dependability and flexibility.
- Ability to deliver high level of professionalism and service.
- Ability to work with confidential information.
- Ability and willingness to carry out the ChildHelp mission and realize the Founders’ vision by embodying the cultural values of unconditional love, service, quality, and continuous improvement.
- An AA Degree in a behavioral health field from an accredited college or university plus 1 year of experience working with children.
- Experience working with children/adolescents with emotional/behavioral disturbances in a residential treatment facility/classroom.
- Ability to frequently stand, see, hear, speak, and be physically flexible; occasionally sits walk, stoop, lift up to 50 lbs., carry, run and drive; and at times may bend, climb, squat, kneel, push/pull.
- Ability to spend 65% of time outdoors, 35% indoors, withstand moderate noise levels including voice levels 90% of the time, extreme heat up to 111 degrees; wind, rain cold weather; to operate household appliances; to drive an automobile; occasionally work alone; work with others 85% of the time.
- Employees may be exposed to children who may ask inappropriate personal questions, display socially unacceptable personal behaviors, insult your physical appearance, age, sex, and race, use profanity, sexually explicit phrases, exhibit defiance, dishonesty, threats, accusations, and theft, assaultive behaviors and self-destructive behaviors.