Paraeducator - Transition Program

Posted: Continuous 2011-07-13
Available: 08/10/2011 Closes: open untill filled
Transition - Orland Park

                                             SOUTHWEST COOK COUNTY COOPERATIVE

                                                ASSOCIATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION


                                                                        JOB DESCRIPTION


TITLE:                                                  Paraeducator

REPORTS TO:                                 Professional Teacher/Therapist, Program Supervisor


SUPERVISES:                                  N/A


QUALIFICATIONS:                       Highly Qualified:  60+ college credit hours - or

                                                            High School Diploma and documented Successful Completion of Work Keys or Parapro Proficiency Tests - or

                                                            30 college credit hours and ISBE teacher's aide certificate

                                                            Experience working with children

                                                            Valid Illinois drivers license

Certification in CPR (preferred)

State Board approval completed or pending


EVALUATION:                               Conducted on an annual basis in accordance with Cooperative guidelines


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:       Length of employment, salary and benefits determined by the Board of Directors of SWCCCASE      




·          Assists in the organization of assignments and adaptations of materials

·          Follows specific instructional strategies and plans to support student learning and independence

·          Provides individual or small group instruction, as prescribed

·          Communicates in an effective and positive manner with colleagues, learners and visitors

·          Assists professional in various aspects of implementing instructional/thematic/therapeutic plans

·          Facilitates and supports learners in a variety of settings (e.g. general education classes, community based activities, work experience sites, etc.)

·          Participates in collection of assessment data and documentation

·          Confers with professional on a regular basis regarding learner expectations and outcomes and student/program needs

·          Supports learners during transitions between classes and activities

·          Assists students with bathroom/hygiene needs

·          Assists students on/off the bus

·          Assists with playground duties


Classroom Management

·          Creates and arranges classroom décor to reflect instructional outcomes

·          Assists with daily tasks and record-keeping related to student attendance forms, clerical needs, files, inventory, supplies, etc.

·          Maintains a neat and orderly learning and work environment

·          Facilitates learner use of computers, augmentative systems and various equipment for instructional purposes


Staff Roles

·          Maintains a high level of confidentiality with respect to work-related and student information

·          Demonstrates initiative and continual assessment of personal effectiveness

·          Conforms to specific guidelines of assigned program

·          Performs specialized functions, requiring certification or additional training, required by a specific program or student (e.g. catheterization, positioning, lifting, physical restraint, feeding)

·          Participates in staff development opportunities

·          Demonstrates knowledge of first aid and health related/emergency procedures

·          Demonstrates professionalism

·          Follows procedures and policies established by the Cooperative



·          Follows policies and procedures of SWCCCASE

·          Demonstrates professionalism while setting examples for students

·          Demonstrates continual assessment of personal and program effectiveness, responds effectively to feedback

·          Actively participates in the evaluation process

·          Demonstrates flexibility and is adaptable to change

·          Uses judgement appropriately

·          Conducts self in appropriate and ethical manner

·          Treats others with respect and dignity

·          Participates in professional growth activities

·          Maintains a clean work area

·          Dresses appropriately


Communication Skills

·          Performs as an integral member of the educational team

·          Maintains confidentiality in matters related to this position

·          Relates in a helpful, positive, and efficient manner with peers, supervisors, and all those in contact with SWCCCASE


Performs other duties as may be assigned by supervisor

Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education

6020 W. 151st Street
Oak Forest, IL 60452
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