Job Title: Instructional Assistant (Prekindergarten)

Reports to:Site Administrator
Typical Schedule:245 days/7.0 hours
Bargaining Unit:SRP USEP

 

FLSA:Non-Exempt
Job Code:4008
Salary Schedule:S05

JOB GOAL

Responsible for assisting the teacher in organizing and implementing an instructional, academic program while working under direct supervision.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.

Classroom Management:

  1. Assist the teacher with maintaining a classroom environment conducive to effective learning.
  2. Assist with duties that require supervision of children.

Knowledge of Subject Matter:

  1. Communicate accurate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and an ability to apply practices, when working with young children.
  2. Use the current references, materials, and technologies of the subject field in a manner appropriate to the developmental stage of the learner.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to check student comprehension and/or understanding of concept and provide appropriate feedback to children.

Planning For Instruction:

  1. Assist with implementing education and instructional goals and objectives consistent with Head Start, state and district standards.
  2. Assist with the design of the program based on the individual needs of the children.
  3. Assist with preparation and implementation of lesson plans for children based on individual needs and in accordance with the district’s philosophy and the Prekindergarten Services curriculum.
  4. Assemble, adjust, and maintain equipment used in the program (including adaptive equipment).

Delivery of Instruction:

  1. Provide assistance, support, and monitoring for individual and/or small groups of children as directed by and under the supervision of the teacher.
  2. Assist with effective utilization of media and technology in the classroom.
  3. Assist children with the learning and development of skills.
  4. Assist children with personal and self-care needs (toileting, diapering, lifting, feeding, etc.).

Assessment of Student Performance:

  1. Assist with the administration of appropriate screening and assessment tools designed to measure and observe student progress.
  2. Assist with evaluating children’s progress on a regular basis.

Communications:

  1. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other employees.
  2. Assist the teacher with establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with students and their parents.
  3. Assist the teacher with preparing and disseminating family communication documents.

Professional Development Program:

  1. Continue professional growth through educational in-service, meetings, and professional literature.
  2. Participate successfully in the training programs offered to increase the individual’s skill and proficiency related to the position

Other Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with taking necessary and reasonable precautions to protect children’s materials, equipment and facilities.
  2. Assist with ensuring that each child in the program has necessary records in his/her permanent record and portfolio.
  3. Maintain regular communication with the teacher(s) and other school-based staff.
  4. Participate in a family style atmosphere during mealtime, including participating in the same menu as the children.
  5. Ride bus and assist with the supervision and loading/unloading of children at the bus stop.
  6. Assist children with personal care needs (toileting, changing diapers, feeding, etc.).
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.

*Current and former parents or guardians of children served by the Head Start program must receive preference for employment in Head Start vacancies for which they apply.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written and oral form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff members and families from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds
  • Ability to function as an effective team member with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships and to achieve program goals and objectives
  • Ability to communicate with preschool children in ways that ensure a sense of safety and security
  • Demonstrate knowledge of record-keeping procedures
  • Exhibit knowledge of federal and state guidelines related to Prekindergarten Services
  • Ability to effectively use technology

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)/Associate in Science (A.S.) degree from an accredited institution
  • OR
  • 60 semester hours of college/university level course work from an accredited institution
  • OR
  • Obtain qualifying score to pass the ParaPro Assessment
  • OR
  • 60 semester hours of college/university level coursework or proficiency on district assessment and agree to earn a CDA/CDAE Credential within two (2) years of employment: employee must enroll in a CDA/CDAE program within the first year of employment and must complete all requirements for the credential and obtain the certificate by the end of the second year of employment
  • Initial health examination that includes screening for tuberculosis (required of Head Start employees only)

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

None

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous training and/or experience in a like position working with preschool age children
  • Bilingual
  • Experience working with low-income families
  • Satisfactory completion of American Red Cross First Aid Course and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course for infants and toddlers

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Instructional Assistant (Prekindergarten);   EST: n/a;   REV: June 5, 2012;   Board Approved: June 5, 2012