Careers at Human Services Association
Special Education Support Teacher
Posted: February 22, 2023
$24.00 - $27.00 per hour
PROGRAM: Head Start
STATUS: Full Time - Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Disabilities & Inclusion Specialist
HOURS PER WEEK: 40
Human Services Association requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.
Human Services Association (HSA) is a private nonprofit agency whose principal mission is to provide families with compassionate and comprehensive care to promote wellness and build strong communities. HSA was founded in Bell Gardens in 1940 and today, HSA serves over 20,000 clients annually on a non-sectarian basis with a range of services that addresses the unique and shared needs of clients of all ages.
Our Early Childhood Education Department provides services to 800 children over three distinct programs (Early Head Start, Head Start and State Preschool) at ten school sites. The California State Preschool Program provides a pre-school experience for children ages 3 to 5 in the cities of South Gate and Huntington Park. The Early Head Start Program is a federally funded program that provides a home based and center based program for pregnant women and children ages 0-3 that reside in zip codes of 90201 and 90280. The Head Start Program offers a comprehensive child development program for low-income preschoolers ages three to five years old that reside in zip code 90280.
Under the supervision of the Disabilities & Inclusion Specialist, the Special Education Teacher is a shared resource amongst all Pasitos centers/programs. The Special Education Teacher plans, coordinates and implements school readiness curriculum for children with special needs. Also, performs a variety of duties to aid in the care, development, and instruction of special needs children in a Child Development Center. Ensures all program activities in the disabilities service areas and ensure the program meets or exceeds funding source requirements based on the performance standards, Title 22, and title V regulations. Adheres and complies with program regulations and other relevant regulations in all ECE programs.
Duties And Responsibilities:
• Support teachers at all centers, in providing special needs children in school readiness skills, activities, and overall growth and development in all areas for children
• Support system for children and teacher
• Provide support that can help identified students improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement
• Support students behavior that need additional support
• Provide on-going child observations that will ensure the individualization of educational services
• Provide teachers with strategies to support children with special needs
• Participate in the multi-disciplinary team meetings to provide support for children with special needs.
• Provide individual instruction and support to use with students with special need
• Address problematic behaviors by providing strategies to the teachers and parents
• Support teachers with implementation of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of students with IFSP/IEP’s
• Support IFSP/IEP goals and implementation in lesson plans, daily instruction and individualized instruction
• Support compliance of accommodations and modifications for students with IFSP/IEP’s in the classroom
• Develop and implement appropriate behavior management techniques for students with special needs
• Support and collaborate with Disabilities Specialist to create Support Plans for classroom setting
• Meet and maintain all State of California licensing requirements, Head Start Performance Standards and other program requirements
• Develop goals and objectives for special needs children, as appropriate, and plan activities
• Ensure the maintenance of an appropriate, safe learning environment at the center by using a team-teaching approach
• Deal with any immediate center crisis regarding children with special needs, as needed
• Provide accurate child information records
• Ensure the staff/child ratio is safe and meets licensing requirements
• Identify and report child abuse and submit incident reports in a timely manner
• Support the center’s philosophy in maintaining an inclusive environment while providing culturally sensitive and relevant curriculum for families with children 18 months to 5 years of age
• Assist the Teaching staff in the coordination of special activities, etc.
• Support teaching staff in assisting children with physical, emotional needs and overall development
• Attend department, agency, and community meetings, trainings and events, as assigned
• Carry out authorized emergency and safety procedures and administer first aid
• Other duties as assigned, including out-of-state travel and working evenings & weekends
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:
• Child growth and development
• Developmentally Appropriate Practice
• Be knowledgeable in helping children self-sooth or self-regulate their emotions (control emotions; explosiveness, aggressiveness, etc.
• Be knowledgeable in helping children who have a difficult time with transitions, attention spans, aggressive behavior, socializing
• Be knowledgeable in the development and implementation of education program policies and procedures.
• Work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, and those with disabilities and special needs
• Prepare and maintain detailed records accurately and in a timely manner
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Communicate orally and in writing using correct English (spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation)
• Preferred Bilingual (English/Spanish); effective oral and written communication
Education And Experience:
• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in related field with a focus on children with special needs.
• Experience in instructional capacity in a child care and development program
• Experience in the area of disability services, mental health skills
• Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
• Experience working with children with special needs
• Knowledge and experience working with Head Start Performance Standards, Title V, Title 22, CACFP Regulations and other State and Federal Regulations
• Possess or meet requirements for Associate Teacher Permit or higher.
• Occasional driving is required.
• Must provide own vehicle, valid California driver license and proof of full insurance coverage.
• First Aid certification, Child CPR certification.
• Health screening:
o Negative tuberculosis screen (TB)(required).
o TDAP or DTAP clearance (required)
o MMR Clearance (required)
o COVID Vaccine Clearance (required)
• Must pass criminal background check including LiveScan (fingerprinting)
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job or that an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Special Education Teacher work location can be in any one of the following cities: Bell Gardens, Huntington Park or South Gate, CA. As needed, the Special Education Teacher will drive to different site locations and training sites (this includes HSA’s main office, Clarendon office, or location to be announced). The majority of the job duties are performed within a classroom setting which includes but is not limited to the following: ongoing child supervision (by sight & sound). These tasks require the following physical demands which include but are not limited to: constant walking, bending; occasional lifting (25 pounds), pushing, squatting and climbing stairs (as needed). The employee will complete required documentation (as indicated in the job description) in the office, a location with moderate noise levels, peanut free, and that is a non-smoking facility.
In accordance with CA law, the expected pay range for this CA position is posted with this position. The actual compensation will be determined based on experience and other factors permitted by law.
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