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Elementary Personal Care Assistant (PCA)

Organization: 
Greater Albany Public Schools

SALARY LEVEL: See Current Salary Schedule

CLASSIFICATION: Classified

SHIFT: To be determined

CATEGORY: Assistant

LOCATION: Schools

REPORTS TO: Special Programs Coordinator and/or Building Principals

SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to support students with moderate to severe cognitive, communication and/or medical needs to increase their level of independence.

QUALIFICATIONS: At least one-year experience working with students with significant cognitive, physical, and/or communication needs preferred. High school diploma or equivalent is required.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES:

Applies a variety of instructional approaches as outlined by certified staff in supporting student improvement of functional skills across a variety of settings and people.

Assists the designated teacher(s) with individual and group instruction and management of students.

Assists in developing and implementing individual programs of instruction and support for designated students as directed by the teacher with a minimum of oversight.

Contributes to a positive environment by working closely with the teacher and other classified team members.

Observes, collects data, and records student progress as directed by the teacher.

Prepares and organizes instructional materials as directed.

Demonstrates initiative when supervising students.

Communicates effectively (both orally and in writing) and positively with students, classroom staff and other related service providers.

Demonstrates strong organizational skills, close attention to detail, and appropriate handling of confidential information.

Follows established program procedures with minimal oversight.

Supports the positive behavior of students in the classroom.

Ability to honor professional ethics and confidentiality.

Uses instructional time effectively and efficiently as requested by the teacher, including non-student contact time with minimal oversight.

Engages in meaningful and appropriate professional development opportunities and incorporates feedback and professional learning into practice. Additional training may be required in areas such as medication administration, seizure protocols, airway suctioning, and epi-pen training, as well as positioning and transporting of students.

Duties may include assisting students with feeding protocols, assisting with personal care activities such as toileting and other daily living skills.

Demonstrates awareness of basic legal requirements that govern the provision of special education services (such as IEPs, eligibility, confidentiality, specially-designed instruction, and accommodations).

Demonstrates a positive attitude, flexibility and enthusiasm.

Is punctual and maintains regular attendance.

Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required to walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee will be required to restrain a student and/or provide physical assistance for extended periods of time.

The employee must occasionally lift 50 pounds and/or move more than 100 pounds. Work with students who may exhibit aggressive assaultive behavior, as required of specific job assignment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Notes: This is a brief description/summary of the position. Please see attached to view the full job description.

Notice: All Classified/Coaching personnel are employed on a probationary basis contingent on completion of a criminal history verification based on fingerprints. See application materials or check with the Human Resources Department for further information.

* Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Human Resources Department at (541)967-4501 for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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