Hope Academy - Paraprofessional

  • 14100 Vaughn Rd, Bentonville, AR 72713, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas is to provide students with a safe, positive trauma-informed academic environment that will nurture their love for learning and confidence in life.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
On October 10, 2019, the Arkansas Department of Education Board of Directors unanimously ratified the Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel approval of Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas. Hope Academy, the first trauma-informed school in Arkansas, will open in August 2020.

Job Description

THE POSITION: 
Reporting to the Director of Education Services, the Paraprofessional is responsible for providing classroom support for trauma-informed curriculum activities in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists teacher with classroom management needs.
  • Assists in supervision of students during periods of transition and travel during the school day.
  • Assists with behavior management programs and techniques.
  • Understands and assists in meeting the special needs of children.
  • Supports an atmosphere for students that operationalizes our mission.
  • Maintain an orderly and safe classroom environment.
  • Support an environment that considers all aspects of wellness: nutrition, health, safety, decisions and choices, mental, as well as physical well-being.  
  • Sustain relationships that result in active student engagement in the learning process.
  • Attend required staff and district meetings.
  • Complete and participate in required building and district professional development activities.

Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:  

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • A minimum of 60 college hours, or pass Praxis paraprofessional exam (minimal 457).
  • Prefer experience in Special Education Services.
  • Physical ability to use authorized techniques for management of aggressive behaviors.
  • Prior experience implementing Conscious Discipline and TBRI a plus.
  • Flexible and adaptive style; an individual who can positively serve the varying needs of children who have been traumatized.

Additional Information

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands

The demands described are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Physical stamina and agility required to care for active children.
  • As required, provide supervision for lunch duty, recesses, and field trips, etc.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must pass all criminal history and child maltreatment background checks.
  • Must submit to pre-employment drug screen as well as random drug screens when directed.
  • Valid driver's license, proof of personal automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record required to drive shelter vehicle for shelter business.
  • Attend and participate in mandatory training's, staff meetings, and all other events, as required.
  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner per Hope Academy procedures.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.  Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter/Hope Academy reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs. Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter/Hope Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.