[2023-2024] 1:1 Special Education Paraprofessional - (Elementary)
- Start Date: Immediate opening
- Department: School-based Support
KIPP Capital Region is a part of a national network of high-performing public Charter Schools committed to creating joyful, academically excellent, and prepared students with the skills, ability, and confidence to pursue their paths to college, career, and beyond.
Located in both Albany and Troy, NY, KIPP Capital Region serves 2,500+ students in grades K-12 across seven schools. We believe every individual walks through the doors of schools bearing gifts. Talent. Perspective. Drive. Inspiration. So at KIPP Capital Region, we support every student and educator to see those gifts, then build the skills and confidence they need to thrive.
We are committed to furthering anti-racism, equity, and racial justice in all our efforts, and expect all of our stakeholders to participate in this work so that we can create a future without limits for our students, together.
The 1:1 Aide is specifically responsible for assisting in the supervision and care of a student with special medical needs in the general education setting. The 1:1 aide will assist with supporting the student during the regular school day under the direct supervision of classroom teachers, the School Nurse, and Director of Operations.The 1:1 aide will implement all aspects of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and provide the necessary support and monitoring needed to help the student manage their diabetes while remaining in the classroom to access learning.
- Implement all aspects of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and provide the necessary support and monitoring to help the student manage their identified needs while remaining in the classroom to access learning.
- Acts as a mandated reporter to ensure the safety of the students.
- Assists students to attend to the student’s personal hygiene and care needs.
- Attends meetings and in-service presentations for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.
- Communicates with supervising instructional staff, and a variety of health care professionals, and professional support personnel for the purpose of communicating progress or implementing IEP objectives.
- Escorts student (e.g. bathroom, classroom, community etc.) for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and safe arrival to and/or from a destination.
- Monitors student’s daily schedule for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
- Supervises and escorts the student during any and all emergency drills or during actual emergencies for the purpose of providing a safe learning environment.
- Attends any problem solving/IEP meeting and provides input as to the student’s progress for the purpose of maintaining a whole student approach to his/her education.
- Participates in training for the purpose of providing or receiving information and updating skills.
- Establish, cultivates, and maintains a collaborative relationship with the classroom teachers, the school nurse and Director of Operations.
- Responsible for managing and reducing risk within the classroom with the support of the classroom teachers, the school nurse and Director of Operations and seeking assistance when needed to resolve the matter.
- Responsible for taking directive from school nurse to provide snack or break for student when needed
- Responsible for monitoring student medical needs and reporting updates to school nurse.
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- Perform other duties outlined by classroom teachers, the School Nurse, and the Director of Operations.
- Complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including those of the NYS Department of Education, Department of Health, and NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
- Adheres to organization policies and procedures; promotes and supports mission, vision, and values, including developing and participating in internal surveys and data collection for continuous improvement initiatives.
- Committed to furthering anti-racism, equity, and racial justice in all our efforts, and expect all our stakeholders to participate in this work so that we can create a future without limits for our students together.
- Ability to set direction within the classroom and motivate students to action.
- Proven ability to manage and implement change and continuous improvement initiatives.
- Act as a positive role model, effectively manage emotions, and demonstrate tolerance and empathy.
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
- Evidence of self-motivation, willingness to be a team player, and has a strong sense of personal responsibility.
- Demonstrate an understanding that changing behaviors and habits require repetition and practice.
- Create and foster a positive and calm learning environment
- Help maintain a school-wide culture that best fits the needs of our students, teachers, and families
- Exhibit patience and flexibility with others and display a high social and emotional intelligence level.
- Flexible with the ability to deal with unpredictability and respond appropriately.
- Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
- Strong organizational skills, communication skills (particularly with children), and problem-solving skills.
- Interest in performing a critical support role and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment.
- Established computer literacy, including but not limited to MS Office Suite and other database systems.
- Facilitates opportunities to connect with students by being present and available during arrival and dismissal, appearing at school functions, and meeting with students.
- Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with extreme discretion.
- Manage and implement change and continuous improvement initiatives.
- Belief that all students, regardless of background, can go to and through college or on to their chosen career.
- Resilience, focus, and determination on student outcomes.
- Ability to build trusting relationships with students.
- Work effectively as part of a team and with frequent interruptions and the ability to set work priorities, take initiative, and work efficiently under minimum supervision.
- Aptitude to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and must be able to withhold confidential information.
- Exhibited commitment to the school’s unique community.
- Deep understanding of appropriate application and differentiation of high-leverage instructional strategies
- A deep commitment to racial and educational equity; supports building an organization that reflects the community KIPP serves; holds self and others on the team accountable for centering equity.
- Demonstrated passion for and a commitment to the mission and vision for high-quality public education and the character traits we value: Affirmation, Joyful, Excellence, Community, Collective Power, and Optimism.
- High School Diploma/GED required.
- Child development educational background or knowledge preferred.
- Experience working in a medical facility, nurses office, or diabetes care facility preferred.
- Prior experience working in schools and urban communities is preferred but not required.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule outside of regular business hours.
- Aptitude to create and work within an inclusive environment that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Prolonged periods were spent sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be able to access and navigate all areas of the school and other facilities as needed.
- Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- The employee needs to read, write, and speak English fluently.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use fingers to type, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance; stoop/bend and reach, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear.
- Dexterity requires writing and operating standard office machines such as computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, phones, and calculators.
- Ability to occasionally lift and move up to 20 pounds.
When you join KIPP Capital Region, you are joining in on our promise to families that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop a passion for learning and the drive necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in the Capital Region. And while the biggest perk to working at KIPP Capital Region is doing work that makes a lifelong difference in the lives of our students, you'll find that's not the only benefit we offer:
- Industry-leading medical, dental, and vision coverage
- Aggressive employer 403(b) contribution match
- Childcare benefits
- Unparalleled work/life Integration
- Casual dress code
- Relocation stipend (conditions apply)
- And so much more! For more information on the benefits of joining KIPP Capital Region, please view our Employee Benefits Summary.
KIPP Capital Region offers a competitive salary ranging from $39,200 - $44,821. Salaries are determined using an equitable compensation scale that accounts for years of experience relevant to the role and longevity within the KIPP network. KIPP Capital Region will evaluate and determine the step/level a new hire will be placed within our teacher salary scale at point of hire.
All staff and educators at KIPP Capital Region are committed to anti-racism and inclusion, are part of a close-knit diverse community, and are encouraged to show up authentically, inspiring our children to do the same. Learn more about what it’s like to work at KIPP Capital Region: kippcapital.org/join-our-team/
This role is located at KIPP Capital Region schools in Troy, NY.