Job Description

    Special Education Preschool Float Instructional Assistant - District Wide JobID: 15765
  • Position Type:
    School Support Staff/Instructional Assistant

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    District Wide - Glendale, AZ

  •   Additional Information:
    Position Title: Special Education Float Instructional Assistant

    Department: Special Education
    Supervisor: Principal at assigned location

    Term of Employment: 9 month

    Salary Classification: 8
    Job Summary: Provides a variety of instructional, health, and behavioral assistance and support services associated primarily with specialized educational programs and individual student needs.

    Essential Functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents in this class.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES generally include the following:
    • Covers and fulfills responsibilities for program Instructional Assistant
    • Covers and fulfills responsibilities for Classroom Independence Assistant (CIA) assigned to specific student(s) if one is absent
    • Responsibilities are specific to program and students and may include:
      • Monitors and assists students to complete tasks, stay focused and not disturb others.
      • Assists in teaching daily living skills such as food preparation, eating, cleaning, spending money, time management, rules of behavior, and personal hygiene such as brushing teeth and combing hair.
      • Escorts students to and from classes, activities, and transportation buses.
      • Leads individual and small group activities with students under teacher direction.
      • Prepares and distributes classroom learning materials according to teacher direction.
      • Provides support in monitoring, intervening, and redirecting student behaviors.
      • Acts to prevent and deescalate student behavior.
      • Utilizes and assists student with utilization of augmentative communications (devices, communication boards, etc.).
      • Assists in implementing individual student programs for academics, behavior or sensory. Including, but not limited to, sensory integration strategies and behavior intervention plans.
      • Assists in data collection related to IEP goals and behaviors.
      • Assists in preparation, sending and receipt of student grade checks.
      • Assists students with activities of daily living (eating, g-tube feeding, dressing, toileting, cleaning of bodily fluids, transferring, walking).
      • Cleans and disinfects toileting/changing, eating and food preparation and instructional areas.
      • Participates in Direct Service Claims by tracking and billing for tasks of daily living.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, county and city statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances, policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of applicable Peoria Unified School District and department policies and procedures.
    • Demonstrates understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of students with Disabilities
    • Knowledge of the principles of basic child development stages
    • Skill in following oral and written directions.
    • Skill in identifying, preventing and deescalating negative behaviors.
    • Must be able to complete training in CPR, First Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI), and specialized training for students with disabilities.
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, vendors, students, parents, the general public and others having business with the school district.
    • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
    • Have obtained an associate (or higher) degree OR
    • Have at least two years of post-secondary education that is equivalent to at least 48 semester hours from an accredited higher education institution OR
    • Have met a rigorous standard of quality by demonstrating knowledge on a Paraprofessional Assessment, available at the Peoria Unified School District Office

    • Must possess or obtain an Arizona IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card.
    • Must be able to pass a background clearence check.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain an Arizona driver’s license
    • Must be able to lift at least 60 pounds
    • May be required to pass PUSD Safe Drivers Course and drive district vehicles
    • May be required to lift and transfer, physically restrain or run after a student
    • May be required to demonstrate fluency in English: written and oral communications
    • May be required to work outside normal working hours
    • May be required to travel to perform work functions


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