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Functional Therapeutic School Educational Assistant

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Clackamas Education Service District

Clackamas ESD strives to infuse equity in all our programs and bodies of work by maintaining an inclusive, barrier-free environment in which everyone participates and fully benefits.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be the one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.

THERAPEUTIC SCHOOLS:
The Heron Creek Programs assess the collective strengths of students, families, schools and the community to develop collaborative plans, enabling students with significant social, emotional, behavioral and academic challenges to learn and use skills to meet their educational goals in the least restrictive environment. The Heron Creek Programs will be differentiated from behavioral classrooms in the inclusive approach of the team. The programs are evidence-based with an emphasis on family participation; integration of education and school based mental health service throughout the day, as well as the maintenance of continuous connections between the student, family and local school district personnel. The program will emphasize strengths-based assessment and collaboration with local systems of care.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION:
The Educational Assistant assists the teacher in instruction, personal management and positive behavior management to engage students whose primary disability is intellectual disability with high intensity support needs and extremely significant behavioral challenges.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1) Provides instruction under the direction of the classroom teacher, to individual students in academic and functional skills domains, including communication, self-care, social skills, community use, functional academics, leisure, and work
2) Participates actively in the process of completing functional behavioral assessments by collecting specific data related to students' behaviors, and contributes to the development of students'
3) Behavior Support Plans through sharing data and observations
4) Manages student behaviors by adhering to the Behavior Support Plan developed for the student; utilizes principles of de-escalation at all times
5) Follows guidelines for use of the least intrusive intervention and best practices, consistent with the students' needs and disabilities; provides feedback and adjusts the nature and frequency with which positive reinforcement is provided to students during individual sessions
6) Provides input into the development of individualized sensory plans for students; supports students' development of self-regulation ability through the skillful use of sensory tools; guides students to interact with tools to decrease behavioral escalation intensity and frequency
7) Please see the attached Job Description for full list of Essential Functions

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• At least 18 years of age
• High school diploma, GED, or equivalent preparation
• Ability to operate and use technology for student instruction and/or care, including computers, augmentative communication devises, and adaptive physical equipment
• Ability to produce materials using computers, copiers, audiovisual equipment, and other office machines
• Training or successful experience working with students whose primary disability is moderate to severe intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities
• Ability and willingness to provide for students' personal care needs including feeding, diapering, and assistance with toileting
• See job description for full list of Minimum Qualifications

CLACKAMAS EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT:
Clackamas Education Service District is one of Oregon's 19 ESDs charged with providing programs for children with special needs, technology support, school improvement, and administrative services to local school districts and the Oregon Department of Education. Clackamas ESD serves ten school districts in Clackamas County, including Canby, Colton, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Molalla River, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, and West Linn-Wilsonville. These districts range in size from about 650 to 17,500 students. There are approximately 57,500 students in the ten school districts.

Clackamas ESD offers a comprehensive set of services through the following departments: Teaching and Learning; Technology Services; Special Education; and Early Learning. Constituent school districts annually approve the programs and services provided by CESD.

TO APPLY:
Begin the application process by clicking the "Apply" button in the upper right of this announcement. (If you are not viewing this via Clackamas ESD website, go to https://www.applitrack.com/clackesd/onlineapp/
to apply.)

Application Deadline: Position open until all slots filled.
Commences: August 23, 2021
Starting Salary: $18.32 / hour (Range 13)
Benefits: Clackamas ESD offers a generous benefit package providing health insurance including HRA options, dental with orthodontia, and vision insurance, with district-paid premium contributions. Paid holidays, sick leave, and other personal leave provided. Retirement through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and professional development allocation.

Clackamas Education Service District is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce along with the students and families that we serve.

Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.