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Villa of Hope Teacher Assistant in Rochester, New York

JOB TITLE: Teacher Assistant

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Education

SUPERVISOR: Director of Education

JOB SUMMARY:
Under the general direction of the Principal of the Campus school, the Teacher Assistant assists the classroom teacher in the instruction of the students; Carries out all job responsibilities with fidelity and accountability to the Agency's Mission, Vision, Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Exercises full compliance with the Agency's Code of Conduct, all Agency policies and procedures and Federal and State laws and regulations
Maintains confidentiality and security for all client/staff related materials/records.
Manages student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing positive working relationships, rules and procedures
Supervises, escorts, and transports students throughout the entire day and after school when needed
Provides coverage for teacher absence in the classroom and in "specials" area
Maintains productive learning environment within the classroom
Maintains current knowledge in special education field
Assists in the development of appropriate curriculum for subject area(s)
Assists in the preparation of IEP's, report cards, transcripts, daily logs, weekly progress notes, planning conference and team reports and other written records
Uses relevant technology to support instruction
Attends staff meetings and in-service training as required by supervisor
Plans extra-curricular activities for students (seasonal events, field trips, etc.)
Demonstrates, promotes and practices cultural sensitivity towards students and staff through respect and understanding achieved through training and Agency cultural activities
Assists in the instruction of students, including planning, evaluating, and providing direct instruction under the direction of the classroom teacher
Assists in the preparation of lesson plans and instructional material with attention to NYS curriculum and the individual needs of students (each student's IEP)
Evaluates and records the academic programs and status of each student
Works with Teachers in evaluating & recommending instructional materials
Works with the classroom teacher to insure recording attendance each period as required by NYS Education department
Maintains awareness of current treatment plans of students in his/her class and is perceptive of the impact that relationships and activities may have on treatment plan objectives and reports these observations to the treatment team
Attends planning and review conferences regarding students in class when possible
Communicates regularly and effectively with classroom teacher and program personnel those daily events that have relevance to the individual student's plan.
Communicates with student's parents when needed
Maintains contact with outside agencies and employers when students are involved in jobs, vocational experiences, etc.

POSITION SPECIFICS:
Education:


+ Associate's degree in Education or Liberal Arts preferred


+ Teaching Assistant certification is required at the end of the first year of employment

Experience:


+ Relevant experience working with youth

Other:


+ Valid NYS Driver's license preferred

Skills:


+ Self-Motivated
Strong verbal and writing skills


+ Attention to detail


+ Problem-solving


+ Aware and able to use current technology within the classroom


+ Must be flexible & adaptable, have patience and resiliency to deal with the sudden crisis and deviation from work plans and schedules

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