Assistive Technology Aide @ Washburn Rural Middle School

  • 5620 SW 61st St, Topeka, KS 66619, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. Presently, we have 13 total attendance centers — one early childhood center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative learning centers.

Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores including the ACT and SAT, as well as in National Merit Scholarships.

Job Description

Job Title:  Assistive Technology Aide

Reports to: Building Librarian

Summary:  Assistive Technology Aides support teachers’ use of technology hardware and software through troubleshooting and training. Assistive Technology Aides provide a building level response for setup, maintenance, and basic troubleshooting of classroom technology to minimize disruptions in the instructional process.  Assistive Technology Aides design digital approaches to curricular content using technology tools to increase the access for all learners.  Collaborating with Information Technology staff, Teaching and Learning staff, building principals, and teachers, Assistive Technology Aides create tools and train students to use digital tools to facilitate learning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

●     Support building implementation of universal design for learning and technology integration strategies to support strategic plan goals.

●     Collaborate with the teachers, principals, Teaching and Learning (T&L) and the  Information Technology (IT) departments  to develop and deploy instructional materials and technology integration techniques.

●     Discover and create technology solutions to increase student access to content.

●     Build learning materials for individual students.

●     Train students to grow towards independence in the use of technology supports for learning.

●     Understand and troubleshoot district software applications and digital learning resources.

●     Support the use of SMARTboard resources.

●     Assist teachers with classroom setup and preliminary equipment troubleshooting.

●     Provide site level support for IT helpdesk tickets as directed by the IT department.

●     Monitor the condition of technology resources in the building to ensure quality access.

●     Demonstrate flexibility and multitasking, particularly as it applies to working through multiple projects with differing groups of teachers.

●     Engage in continuous professional learning, both self-directed and as identified by the district, to stay current on research, promising practices, and educational trends.

●     Engage in district-directed professional learning as related to job roles.

●     Maintain confidentiality.

●     Contribute to positive, safe, inviting, and productive learning environments.

●     Support and model our district’s charge of inspiring, challenging, and preparing every child, every day.

●     Perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities as the superintendent or designee may assign.

●     Collaborate with the IT department to maintain the technology equipment inventory.

●     Maintain the building level assistive technology inventory.

●     Assist librarians and teachers with the set up and deployment of computers,  carts, and labs.

●     Assisting and troubleshooting digital assessment activities

*This is a position that is well suited to individuals who are passionate about learning and about helping others learn.  The position will focus on the discovery, development, and teaching of technology tools to assist students with diverse learning needs, and will provide support in a team environment for teachers as well.  Successful applicants will possess both technological skills but also the people skills necessary to communicate with professionals that have varying technological abilities.  Adaptability is essential to this position to keep up with the changing landscape of technology and the diverse needs of the adults and students who will use it.  This position also requires strong time management skills to balance requests from multiple sources. The work schedule follows the school calendar with several additional days to prepare for school each fall.  This is a great opportunity for people who like to work with others, who are creative and innovative, are at ease with new technology tools, and who are interested in helping make learning accessible for all. 

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:  8 hours/day, 190 days/year (benefits-eligible)

SALARY:  $13.00/hour

EVALUATION:  The Building Principal is responsible for the evaluation.  This duty may be delegated to the Building Librarian and completed through collaboration with and input from the Coordinator of Information Technology and the Director of Student Services.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Required

●     Experience with and a growth mindset toward using technology to support quality instruction

Preferred

●     Degree in education, educational technology, curriculum and instruction, or other related field

●     Google Certification (Level 1) - Training provided if certification is not held

●     Successful, recent, and relevant experience with digital educational hardware and software.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

1.    Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

2.    Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, and the

like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. The amount and kind of climbing

required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

3.    Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist,

requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

4.    Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

5.    Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.

6.    Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.

7.    Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in

order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

8.    Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or rug

objects in a sustained motion.

9.    Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects

horizontally from position to position. Requires the substantial use of the upper

extremities and back muscles.

10.    Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing/keyboarding or otherwise working primarily

with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handing.

11.    Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with fingers and palm.

12.    Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by

touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.

13.    Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.

14.    Hearing: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.

15.    Repetitive motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or

fingers.

16.    Work deals with computer terminal extensive reading, operation of machines at

distances close to the eyes.

17.    Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds

of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

18.    The worker is subject to all environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and

outside.

19.    The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as

proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and

high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

Additional Information

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Auburn-Washburn USD 437’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.