• Special Education Student Support Professionals

    The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is currently seeking qualified Special Education Student Support Professionals to work one-on-one with students in our three Special Education Schools. Our schools are designed to accommodate students’ needs with specialized programs, sensory rooms, swimming pools, gymnasiums, and numerous specialized classrooms, such as autistic support, emotional support, life skills support and physical supports. Our caring staff of highly-qualified professionals foster students' success by tailoring services to meet each student's individualized needs. We serve students ages 5 to 21-years old with a variety of multiple and complex needs. 

    Position Summary:
    A Special Education Student Support Professional is a one-on-one paraprofessional whose role is to increase the quality of education by assisting one particular student with instructional and non-instructional activities. Because the Student Support Professional is assisting one particular student, regular attendance is required to fulfill the duties of this position. A PStudent Support Professional may be used in any instructional situation under the direct, immediate supervision of a certified professional to perform those tasks specified in the job description. 

    1. High School Diploma, required.
    2. Associate’s Degree in Child Development or related field or successfully passing the ParaPro exam by a score of 162 or higher is preferred.
    3. Training in Crisis Intervention preferred.
    4. CPR/First Aid Certified preferred.
    5. Experience working with children with special needs is preferred.
    6. Experience working in an educational setting preferred.
    7. Ability to work as part of the educational team while supporting the individual needs of the student as identified on the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP).
    8. Strong interpersonal skills.
    9. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
    10. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    1. Assists the assigned student on and off the bus at arrival and departure times.
    2. Know the whereabouts of the student assigned to you at all times. Report missing children to the office immediately.
    3. Assists and/or monitors the assigned student with the removal of putting on/off wraps.
    4. Follow procedures outlined in student positive behavior support plan to reinforce and or modify behavior. Facilitates personal care services as needed to assist the student
    with daily living activities necessary for comfort and well-being (when indicated on Student’s IEP).
    5. Performs duties such as locking and unlocking braces in order to facilitate changes in position; assist children in the bathroom and assists with lifting non-ambulatory students, as necessary. Assists, in cases of emergencies, where the nurse may not be immediately available, all possible measures should be taken to assist the child until help arrives. This includes notifying the principal or other building administrator immediately.
    6. Assists with the supervision of the assigned student during play, recess, and recreational activities.
    7. Assists with feeding the assigned student if he/she is unable to feed him/herself. In addition, may collect lunch money, submit lunch count information and supervise students in the Cafeteria as needed.
    8. Performs reinforcement instructional services as delegated by the teacher, including reinforcing activities in the visual, auditory, motor and cognitive areas.
    9. Attends training as required for performance of job. This may include, but is not limited to, CPI, CPR, First Aid, Dysphasia, and Universal Precautions.
    10. Accompanies the teacher and assigned student on field trips or community based instruction during the school day.
    11. Follows and reinforces the student’s behavior plan as instructed by the classroom teacher.

    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.
    • Sitting for extended period of time
    • Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling 35 pounds
    • Ability to kneel, crouch, bend and reach to retrieve and handle teaching materials and supplies
    • Ability to speak clearly and distinctly
    • Hearing clearly
    • Adequate vision to perform duties

    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

    Additional Requirements:

    1. Current Act 114, Act 34 and Act 151 required prior to an offer (Must be dated within 1 year of employment date).
    2. School Personnel Health Record (Form H511.340 (8/2011)) must be completed and received prior to employment date.
    3. Successful completion of CPR, 1st Aid, CCM and additional tranings as applicable.

    Disclaimer: The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of this position. Third party hiring sources may apply.

    Reports To: Building Principal 

    Department: Special Education and Pupil Services 

    Position Schedule: 189 days (August to June) with possible summer employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm

    Hourly Rate: $10.50 - $12.50 

    To Apply: Send cover letter and resume, including "SESSP" in the subject line to HRWEB@AIU3.NET