Safe Life Teaching Assistants work in a variety of community settings with individuals, who have developmental disabilities and/or autism, to deliver personal safety, abuse awareness, healthy relationship lessons. Classes generally serve 8-12 students, or in special cases, may be conducted in 1:1 settings (one teacher and one student). Lessons are usually team taught (two teachers per class) on a predetermined schedule, with one class being taught each week over a 12-week period.
SAFE LIFE TEACHING ASSISTANT WILL ASSIST TEACHER(S) IN THE FOLLOWING DUTIES:
- Help to teach individuals with disabilities skills for abuse prevention, personal safety, reporting, healthy relationships, self-determination, and overall well-being, as outlined in the Safe Life Project.
- Commit to and assist in one class per week for 12 weeks (unless classes for the session are scheduled differently, such as two classes per week for 6 weeks) and one additional class on the 13th week to ensure an opportunity is provided for any additional make-up work needed.
- Before a class sessions begins, consider student information provided by Safe Life in order to become familiar with students assigned to class you are working in and to help meet student needs.
- Commit to being prepared to assist in teaching each lesson by reviewing lesson material before it is presented to students.
- Assist in teaching class sessions following the lesson topic schedule and prescribed concentration areas for each student.
- Assist teacher in adapting materials, adapting presentation methods, and modifying class environment to help all students reach their learning potentials.
- Have knowledge of and ability to appropriately apply skills for positive behavior management.
- Assist in taking student attendance, following up on absences, scheduling and helping to teach any make-up work with students.
- Assist in following Safe Life procedures to ensure student and family feedback for class improvement.
- Assist with the post assessment summary report for each student by providing feedback as needed.
- Consider confidentiality when working directly with students, and with student data, information, evaluations and reports.
- For any Safe Life employee working towards other agency certification(s) or credit(s) – Agree to and follow Safe Life policies requiring them to seek approval and be monitored by Safe Life CEO team member.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
- High School credits. Preferably have or be in progress of earning a high school diploma or a GED.
- Desire to expand on experiences in teaching, facilitating, or coaching and a desire to work with individuals, who have developmental disabilities, to help improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
- A current CPR/First Aide certification. (SLP will assist with certification.)
Other Knowledge Needed:
- Teaching Assistant applicants are given preference if they have basic computer skills in Power Point, Word, and Excel, to the extent necessary for lesson presentation and record keeping.
- Teaching Assistants must be able to work positively with a wide range of disabilities, from mild to severe, including those with behavioral challenges, and including those with very limited experience (the naïve and vulnerable) to those with very extensive experience (those who may have been abused, are sexually active, and/or those coming from the criminal justice system).
- Class settings are located in a variety of community facilities, from public buildings to church settings, etc. There is not a one-stop location or one-type of classroom style.
- Teaching assistants may need to help with check out/carry/set up/repack/care for general presentation equipment provided by the Safe Life Project, such as a projector or laptop.
- Teaching assistants may need to assist students in wheelchairs periodically, adjusting chair position for optimal classroom learning.
WORK YEAR: Safe Life Teaching Assistants are part of an at-will employee pool. Work opportunities may vary depending upon client intake. No health benefits are connected to this position.
COMPENSATION: $15 per hour
POSITION REPORTS TO: The Safe Life Teaching Assistant reports to the CEO Team.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, you will need to complete a letter of introduction and an application and send both documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download the application form by clicking the link below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
The Safe Life Project
Promoting Success by Addressing Physical, Social & Emotional Well-being