Para EducatorHills & Dales, Dubuque, IA
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Hills & Dales, a not-for-profit human services organization provides services to children and young adults with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. It has always been the primary focus to serve people with significant medical needs. Hills & Dales values a quality of life that enhances dignity, upholds rights and encourages choices by the individual.
"It is our work, guided by our mission of building meaningful lives to serve our stakeholders; including residents and clients, their families, employees and society at large. We strive to make a positive difference in the quality of life of each individual we support."
Marilyn Althoff, Chief Executive Officer
The Para Educator is responsible for assisting the teacher in the education of children including management of student behavior, record keeping, instructional assistance, classroom safety, security and organization, and interaction and communication with students, support staff, parents/guardians, and agencies. Responsible for ensuring quality childcare by adhering to all state regulations, best practices, and Hills & Dales policies and procedures.
Duties & Responsibilities Include:
1. Maintain daily communication with parents &/or guardians.
2. Maintains strict confidentiality of records and information of staff and families.
3. Encourages and facilitates children’s active participation in activities.
4. Actively participates in activities with children.
5. Ensure children follow the basic rules of the program.
6. Instruct children in health and personal habits such as eating, resting and toilet habits.
7. Actively participates in meal time expectations. Assisting children in serving themselves meals and snacks. Following all State CACFP regulations.
8. Assist in diapering and dressing children.
9. Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, daily attendance and medications administered.
10. Assists the Lead Teacher to plan and implement lesson plans to nurture and stimulate appropriate development of the children in your care.
11. Responsible for securing health, hygiene, safety and overall well-being of children at all times.
12. Use positive guidance techniques rather than harsh discipline to support children through challenging behaviors.
13. Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive concepts.
14. Assists the Lead Teacher with both long and short range activities in accordance with curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practice and program philosophy.
15. Follow strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures for toys, changing tables, meal preparation, etc.
16. Assists in the implementation of programs, which encourages parent involvement and development.
17. Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to supervisor or parents/guardians attention.
18. Participates in professional development training that lead toward enhancing professional qualifications, at least 10 contact hours annually.
19. Establishes and maintains a level of rapport with students that results in students being shown that all individuals are deserving of respectful and dignified treatment and promoting a healthy self-concept in all students.
20. Protects the health and safety of children on the playground and in the building at all times, maintaining appropriate ratio at all times throughout the day.
- Must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED.
- An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood is preferred, or one year minimum experience in an early childhood setting may be considered.
- Para-educator Certification through the BOEE in early childhood education. If do not currently have this, must be willing to get certified within one year of hire.
- Free from a conviction or prior employment history of child or resident abuse or dependent adult abuse.
- Must complete CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting in the first three months of employment and 10 contact hours of child related training annually.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to drive agency vehicles, as assigned.
Offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal background checks and drug screening. EOE.
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Child Care/Day Care/Personal Care
Volunteer and Non-profit
|Years of Experience||1-2 Years|