Transportation Paraprofessional (Atwood)

Paraprofessional

Job Summary

Assist individuals served in the development of personal, social, and communication skills.  This is accomplished through group or individualized instruction conducted in the community and/or the developmental center.  The treatment of individuals served with dignity and respect is a prime responsibility.

Essential Functions

  1. Follow all Teaching Plans, Behavior Management Plans and Service Agreement recommendations as defined by the Life Planning Team and record data in Therap or otherwise as required.

  2. Practice, monitor and ensure quality teaching of skills to persons served to include but not be limited to recognizing opportunities to teach, providing rationales, offering positive reinforcement and encouraging decision making skills by each individual.

  3. Provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) to include support and supervision during meal times, class times and transportation etc.

  4. As necessary, implement crisis intervention strategies including physical restraint, lifting and transferring of persons served, according to agency policy.

  5. Promote community inclusion for desired functions and activities of individuals served.

  6. Ensure individuals served are treated with dignity and respect to include using a respectful tone, giving full consideration and attention to each person served and providing opportunities and options that promote independence.

  7. Complete all daily paperwork and documentation in a timely manner.

  8. Provide transportation of individuals served in agency vehicles as needed.

  9. Report any property and vehicle maintenance issues to the supervisor and appropriate DSNWK personnel as per policy.

  10. Develop and/or follow all lesson plans and teaching objectives as outlined by the Day Coordinator.

  11. Research curriculum as assigned by the Day Coordinator.

  12. Administer assessments as deemed necessary by the Day Coordinator.

Job Specifications

Education - High School diploma or equivalent preferred.

Experience - Prior personal or job related exposure to people with developmental disabilities is preferred.

Extent of physical effort required - Routine job requirements. Frequent physical intervention (i.e. assisted or unassisted lifting and transferring; physical restraint). Must be able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted.

Comments: Physical requirements:  must be physically able to evacuate individuals served in the event of an emergency and be able to apply necessary behavior management techniques as directed by each individual's Life Plan. Position may have other physical requirements for specific work sites, i.e. climbing stairs, extended periods of standing, etc.

Other Requirements

  1. Valid driver's license.

  2. Desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.

  3. Able to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.

  4. Must complete shadow training upon employment.