POSITION: BILINGUAL PARAPROFESSIONAL
A bilingual paraprofessional works under the general supervision of a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, or principal. Work is reviewed through observations, evaluations, informal and formal conferences. Duties and responsibilities are those of assisting teachers and faculty in the supervision and teaching of all school students, providing special help to students with language barriers. Work is performed in a drug-free, violence free and smoke free school setting. The purpose of this position is to support and assist in carrying out the goals and objectives of the school district’s programs and the Department’s mandates to provide educational services to children. Contacts are primarily with principals, coworkers, students and parents.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)
- Supervises children on school grounds in the playground, lunchroom and study periods;
- Makes lunch reports and assists in the correction of objective tests;
- Assists in maintaining good behavior of children on their way from and to the classroom, lunchroom and other school facilities and areas;
- Assists in the instruction in subject area(s) as assigned by the teacher;
- Assists in distributing, collecting and storing materials and equipment as requested by the teacher;
- Assists in recording attendance, filing and maintaining updated catalog material;
- May assist, in absence of the teacher, with specified or selected lesson reviews;
- Takes care of toiletry needs and illness, especially of younger children;
- Provides assistance to students to facilitate their learning of instructional objectives/goals, as directed;
- Participates in staff development training workshops, seminars/meetings, as appropriate;
- Assists in the preparation of visual aid materials for instruction as determined by teacher; and may operate audio-visual equipment;
- Assists in the school library by reading and story telling;
- May participate as a team member with professional colleagues for school based enhancement of instructional initiatives;
- May assists during required field trips to educational related settings;
- May be given specific school assignments as required by teacher attendance, school activities, or at the discretion and need of the school administration;
- Performs related work as required.
FACTOR I: KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of basic school subjects and ability to communicate knowledge to others;
- Knowledge of the behaviors pertaining to student age and growth process;
- Knowledge and awareness of ethical and confidential conduct in personal relationships on the job;
- Ability to read and write in grammatically correct sentences;
- Ability to follow oral and written directions and to maintain simple records;
- Good physical and mental health;
- Ability to follow clearly written lesson plans;
- Ability to manage class room time and group control;
- Ability to work cooperatively with students, staff, administrators, parents and others;
- Ability to be tolerant, ant patient under stressful situations;
- Knowledge of the cultural and linguistic needs of the English language learner (ELL) population being served.
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FACTOR II: SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
- Works under the direct supervision or assignment of a principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, teacher or as assigned by the principal;
- Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisor;
- Work is reviewed through on-site visits, reports and achievement of objectives.
FACTOR III: GUIDELINES
- Federal safety and departmental guidelines and procedures as well as HIPPA law and strict confidentiality guidelines are to be followed;
- Knowledge acquired through specific instructions, training and experience in making independent decisions is expected to be utilized in the daily performance of duties.
FACTOR IV: COMPLEXITY
- Requires a combination of job functions using serious judgment to perform a variety of job responsibilities;
- Responsible for ensuring the safety of children on school grounds and the completion of assignments given by teachers or the principal;
- Requires long hours of concentration, patience and flexibility in unexpected arising situations.
FACTOR V: SCOPE AND EFFECT
- Requires responsibility for the completion of assigned tasks by supporting, and performing routine work activities.
- Errors at this level will have major repercussions that will be counterproductive to efficient school safety and class room management.
FACTOR VI, VII: PERSONAL CONTACTS AND PUROPSE OF CONTACTS
- Requires personal contact with students, parents, fellow employees, supervisors, administrators, and work unit.
- The primary purpose of each contact is to provide assistance and support to the school in the supervision of children. It is also to obtain, clarify, or give facts or information to aid in accomplishing daily objectives.
FACTOR VIII: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
- Stand for long periods of time with intermittent walking, standing, sitting, and bending;
- Talk or hear within normal range;
- Reach with hands and arms and handle cumbersome awkwardly shaped items;
- Read fine print, and review information on a PC monitor, as well as, hard copy output;
- Lift up to 70 pounds and exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
FACTOR IX: WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Requires performing regular job functions in a school working environment;
- Workers are required to adhere to standard safety regulations to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
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- Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, Education or related field; or
- Completion of two (2) years of college to include sixty (60) college credits; or
- High School diploma with fifteen (15) college credits, preferably with two (2) years working experience in youth- related or tutorial programs and an examination identified for paraprofessional.
“No person shall be discriminated against in employment or in any educational program or activity offered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on account of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap or age.”
Complainant may write to:
Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources 2133 Hospital Street 44-46 Kongens Gade Christiansted, VI 00820
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
FORM# SchTchrDOEHR 3/00 (Rev9/5/07)