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Instructional Assistant (FT)

Company: Valley Achievement Center
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

Job DescriptionCOVID-19 considerations:

  • All employees are required to wear a mask
  • MUST be COVID-19 vaccinated.Salary:
    • $14 an hourJob Type:
      • Full-time
      • Part-timeJob Requirements:
        • Ensure student and employee safety at all times.
        • Maintain close proximity to the assigned student(s) at all times.
        • Maintain student and/or classroom program binders and notify Program Manager/Teacher of any concerns regarding student programs.
        • Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for student behavior(s).
        • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors, and other employees.
        • Lead lessons, instruction, games, and activities as stated in Individual Program Plans (IPP) or Individual Education Plans (IEP).
        • Protect and uphold student confidentiality at all times.
        • Collect, record, and maintain accurate data pertaining to students' IPP/IEP goals.
        • Work with a variety of students within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities.
        • Maintain organization of student work/classroom area.
        • Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of the shift.
        • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
        • Follow the appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors, and other employees.
        • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
        • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
        • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
        • Actively participate in community-based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in water activities (changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined in the VAC Dress Code).
        • Exemplifies VAC's Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
        • Performs other duties as assigned.Job Qualifications:
          • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors, and other employees.
          • Ability to work as a team, actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
          • Knowledge of crisis management techniques is preferred.
          • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment, and react effectively in challenging situations.
          • Prior experience working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities is preferred.
          • Flexible and adaptable to the student, program, and organizational changes.
          • Exhibits a positive, solution-oriented, and motivating demeanor at all times.Educational Requirements:
            • High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).
            • 20 College units or Paraprofessional Certification required (Basic Ed only).
            • Minimum of 6 units of Child Development (required for our Preschool department only).
            • 2-year degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university preferred (all programs).Physical Requirements:
              • Lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs. with assistance.
              • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling and climbing.
              • Simple grasping with both hands and fine manipulation with both hands.
              • Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
              • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
              • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
              • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.Certificates:
                • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
                • Completion of behavior modification training within the first 30 days of employment is provided and required.

                  About Valley Achievement Center:

                  Valley Achievement Center (VAC) was founded by Jolene Billinger and Bonny Hulsy. These two passionate mothers of children with autism had a vision to help many families like them in our community. VAC's Basic Education Program was established to provide a progressive, positive and well-staffed school that would use proven research based techniques to help children with autism attain their educational goals and improve functional skills.VAC quickly developed a reputation for making substantial progress with its students. As a result, increasing numbers of children were referred to VAC. When parents expressed a need for afterschool adaptive skills and social skills programs for their children with autism, VAC established its Intermediate Afterschool (ages 6 through 9) and Afterschool (ages 10 through 22) programs, as well as its Social Skills Program (ages 6 through 18) to meet the need. As those children who attended VAC became adults, it became clear that they and other adults in the community with autism and other developmental disabilities would continue to require ongoing support and services. In response, VAC opened its Adult Services programs, which include supported living, supported employment, and its adult behavioral day program, to continue to meet the needs of its clients and to ensure that, regardless of age, individuals in our community with autism and other developmental disabilities will have the support they need to achieve their goals and thrive.VAC currently has 12 programs for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our more than 300 employees operate out of our four sites in Bakersfield, providing exceptional service to our wonderful clients and their families.

Keywords: Valley Achievement Center, Bakersfield , Instructional Assistant (FT), Other , Bakersfield, California

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