The Program Assistant is responsible for providing comprehensive direct care and instructional support to students with autism spectrum disorders. The Program Assistant functions as a member of the educational and therapeutic team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Special Education Teacher and licensed Therapists, provide instructional support, including generalization of academic and non-academic skills during individual and group sessions
Implement Teacher and Therapist plans to facilitate individual sessions with students
Supervise students and provide assistance as needed with activities of daily living, including but not limited to toileting, feeding, dressing, etc.
Supervise and engage with students during less structured times of the school day such as opening, lunch coverage, recess, and snack times
Complete professional documentation including daily communication logs to families, behavioral data collection, accident reports, physical intervention and seclusion forms, etc.
Collaborate with Teachers and Therapists to learn instructional and educational strategies as well as discuss student programming and needs
When the opportunity for inclusion arises, serve as inclusion aide in a setting outside of Giant Steps to ensure consistency and support for the student
Participate in team meetings, classroom meetings, program-specific meetings, all-school meetings, and professional development activities
Complete any classroom and/or program needs as determined by the Teacher, Senior Program Assistant, or Administrators
Support students during Community Based Instruction and field trips by gathering appropriate supports before the trip, targeting appropriate goals during the outing, and closely monitoring students to ensure their safety and that of those in the community
Support students in other classrooms as a substitute Program Assistant when needed
Offer to help staff throughout the building if additional support is necessary in a situation with a student
Adhere to company policies and procedures
The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisors.
Knowledge and Skills
Ability to effectively communicate student needs
Knowledge of relevant instructional strategies
Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders
Knowledge to maintain quality, safety, and infection control standards
Knowledge of the use and maintenance of facilities and equipment
Knowledge of sensory and behavioral strategies
Knowledge of child development theory
Knowledge of and comfort using technology, including but not limited to computers, iPads, Smart Projectors, Boardmaker, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs
Knowledge of relevant equipment for instruction
The Program Assistant is a non-exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Minimum Job Requirements
A current, valid Illinois State Board of Education Paraprofessional license registered with the DuPage Regional Office of Education required
High School Diploma or GED, required
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
Possesses appropriate professional credentials
Passing PCM training is a requirement of this position. Participation in PCM training and adherence to the Professional Crisis Management Association’s guidelines require at least average physical fitness. Any physical limitations or conditions that may impact one’s ability to participate in PCM training or PCM must be made known to Giant Steps upon application, as performance of various physical tasks is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is typically performed indoors within the school facility
Moderate physical movement is required for the job
Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell, and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience.
Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to all full time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.
About GIANT STEPS ILLINOIS, INC.
Since our inception in 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High and High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.
Giant Steps is also committed to providing adults with autism the support they need. Our adult program, Canopy, is currently operating a day program at Rich harvest Farms offering both work experience and recreational opportunities:
Unique work settings that will allow adults with autism to gain lifelong work experience in a wide variety of environments including tending the horses at the stables, harvesting vegetables in the on-site garden, food service and hospitality opportunities, housekeeping and administrative office experience based on their individual strengths and interests.
Unique leisure opportunities to develop and practice age appropriate leisure skills such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, creative arts, special rec all while interacting with the staff at Rich Harvest