Special Education - Paraprofessional

  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

Together with families and communities, KIPP Kansas City Public Schools works to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose - college, career, and beyond - so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. We are a Pre-K through 10th grade school located in the historical 18th and Vine District. We are part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in life. KIPP KC opened its first school, KIPP Endeavor Academy, in 2007 with approximately 31 fifth grade students. Today, KIPP Kansas City has grown to serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through 10th grade and is currency, educating approximately 700 students.

Job Description

A Special Education Paraprofessional serves as a critical member of the Special Education team by supporting students’ academic and behavioral needs in both the general education and special education environment. This role includes working under the supervision of a Special Education teacher to support a caseload of students. The caseload of assigned students may span grades K- 10 and a variety of diagnoses (e.g. Autism, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impairment).

Responsibilities include: 

  • Deliver and support instruction that is planned by a supervising special education teacher

  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of students’ academic and behavioral support plans 

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students and teachers based on trust and respect

  • Perform health-related procedures such as: feeding, lifting, positioning, carrying, toileting, tube feeding, cleaning catheterization and suctioning equipment

  • Escort, assist, and/or supervise student(s) during play periods, movement throughout the building, arrival, dismissal, toileting routines, lunch, snack, specialized and inclusive classes, community activities and other times as designated

  • Prepare materials as directed by a supervising special education teacher

  • Embrace and incorporate feedback in the spirit of constant improvement

  • Attend critical school events such as staff meetings, open houses, orientations, and family conferences

  • Meet professional obligations including timeliness, maintenance of accurate and up-to-date records, and consistency in meeting deadlines 

  • Perform other duties related to Special Education, as assigned by a supervising special education teacher or administrator

Qualifications

Qualifications: 

The following are required of all applicants:

•    Experience working with students

•    A high school diploma or GED

•    60 hours of college credit or Certification via the Paraprofessional Assessment 

•    Bachelor’s degree and certification in special education preferred

Physical Abilities:

•    Lift up to 25 pounds, unassisted

•    Lift more than 25 pounds, or student’s weight, with assistance

 

Additional Information

*Applicants currently pursuing a certification may apply before certification is received. All certifications must be acquired and on file with KIPP KC before the end of the first year of employment.

Compensation: Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP KC offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.

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