Teacher Assistant

Connecticut, United States
15 Nov 2020
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15 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Part Time

Position Focus:

The Teacher Assistant provides assistance and support to the special education teachers in carrying out the mission of the school to provide support, guidance and behavior management for students at the Cedarhurst School. This is a temporary role for the remainder of the academic year with a possibility of a continued duration into the next academic year. This role is based on a 19.75 work week and the hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am - 2:00pm. 

Essential Duties

1. Assists in the delivery of instruction to students in classroom groups or individually utilizing a variety of teaching techniques as supervised by the teacher. Assists the teacher in providing a stimulating classroom environment; maintains student’s interest; minimizes distractions; enforces discipline. Works with the certified teacher to help the student achieve the goals and objectives prescribed in the student's Individual Education Plan; provides positive reinforcement; provides individual tutorial instruction in subject area concentrations such as a language, fine arts, and career education. 2. Assists the certified teacher in making daily decisions about various classroom and school situations requiring assessment of students' clinical state. Must be able to recognize and evaluate unusual conditions of agitation, assaultiveness, and suicidality. Must act quickly and decisively to avert crises, or to assist in the management of crisis situations. 3. Assists in the decisions on and implementation of behavior management plans for all students based on assessment of student social-emotional functioning. Must communicate daily behavioral observations and educational functioning to the certified teacher in a timely manner. 4. While the support staff does not create the lesson plans for the class or grade the students, the support staff monitors class work and does other supportive work as assigned by the certified teacher. Acts in emergency situations in the certified teachers stead, providing classroom monitoring and control 5. Acts in emergency situations in the certified teacher’s stead, providing classroom monitoring and control when the teacher is called out of the class to manage student crisis. Participates in all staff meetings, in-services, and orientations as directed by management.

Required Education and Experience

BA/BS degree or currently enrolled in an accredited college/university with more than 12 credits in Education or a related field.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Assists in the delivery of instruction, assists with providing a stimulating classroom environment, minimizes distractions, enforces discipline.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Assists the certified teacher in making daily decisions about various classroom and school situations requiring the assessment of students.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Assists in the decisions on implementation of behavior management plans for all students.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Monitors classwork and does other supportive work as assigned. Acts in an emergency situation in the certified teachers stead maintaining classroom control.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Participates in staff meetings, professional development/training, and orientations as directed by management.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor Degree preferred or currently enrolled in a Bachelor program with a minimum number of credits for completion. Experience working in the field of education or mental health preferred.

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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a federal and/or state background check investigation, in addition to the University background check.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.


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