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:: Special Education Assistant Cadre ::

Special Education Department

Position Code:
30022410 - Special Education Assistant Cadre

Work Hours:

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Position Description:

Serve as a reserve/substitute Special Education Assistant.  Employees in this unique group will be assigned on an emergency basis to support schools/programs in high need situations across disability areas.  Personal transportation is required as position may move from site to site. There are currently six cadre positions available.

Under general supervision, provides a variety of services to assist students with special needs in a learning environment; assists MPS staff to develop and implement appropriate individualization lessons and activities for students with disabilities; helps students to meet their therapy and education goals. 

Note: Current district SEAs are not eligible for the SEA Cadre position in order to maintain continuity with the current students and site they support.

• Provides support services to children with moderate to severe disabilities enrolled in MPS programs; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies, quality standards, and the Standards of Effective Instructional Support for Educational Assistants; duties may vary according to job assignment.
• Assists MPS staff to facilitate educational functions and other services to maintain a safe and productive learning environment that is sensitive to the needs and legal rights of Special Education students; works with students to improve personal skills and reinforce classroom learning.
• Assists students in learning processes; reinforces positive behavior, provides individual instruction, encourages socialization and good communications.
• Monitors student activities, promotes respect, explains social norms and disciplinary consequences, de-escalates personal confrontations, and enforces District policies and rules of conduct.
• Monitors assigned students and records data for academic and behavioral assessments; maintains files, and keeps records of student progress and activities.
• Maintains behavior documentation, written observations and anecdotal information files for Support and Advocacy for Independent Living Program (SAIL), Individualized Education Program (IEP), and Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA).
• Monitors work, corrects papers and transitions students for medications, meals, buses and classes.
• Attends to and provides for students’ daily hygiene, personal and health related cares, as directed by licensed staff.
• Assists students in community, recreational, school and leisure activities, and vocational training.
• Reports learning problems, behavioral issues, and other concerns to supervisor or Principal.
• Prepares the classroom environment and materiel to be used by students; provides assistance with students in classrooms, special projects, and after-school programs.
• Provides customer service to parents and guardians, answers questions, and explains school rules.
• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
• Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
• Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
• At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

• Associate’s Degree, AND two years experience working with children, OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.  Associate’s Degree in Education or Child Development is preferred.

Knowledge of:  
• Classroom policies, procedures and processes.
• Methods and techniques to assist students in reading, writing and mathematics.
• Methods and techniques for working with students with disabilities and special needs.
• Local community resources and regional community services programs.
• Basic principles of record keeping and records management.
• Personal computers utilizing standard and specialized software.
• Safety rules and regulations.

Skill in:
• Monitoring and improving student behavior and learning skills.
• Assisting children and special needs students, and assessing educational needs.
• Maintaining composure, and working effectively under classroom conditions.
• Reacting quickly to situations that could create personal stress and safety problems.
• Communicating effectively with children.
• Collaborating as a team member, with colleagues, staff and community representatives.
• Following verbal and written instructions.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
• Effective verbal and written communication.

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.  First Aid/CPR/AED, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training, and Special Education Core and Disability training is required within one year.

Work is performed in a classroom environment, with moderate physical requirements; requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently.  A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree, and working with special needs children. 

SALARY:   Local 59 ESP     $16.16 per hour

METHOD OF APPLICATION:All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on employment).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.  Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

•         Cover Letter
•         Resume
•         On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. 
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY: Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.
The Minneapolis Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action School District