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22 Oct 2021

Instructional Support Special Education Teaching Assistant – 1k staffing stipend & 2k signing bonus!

Rocky Mountain Prep
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Who We Seek
We seek teachers and staff who are interested in developing students into outstanding human beings in their academic and personal lives by role modeling our culture of Rigor and Love. Work collaboratively with their teammates and seek feedback, coaching, and mentorship from their admin team and school community. Implement our data-driven curriculum with the tools they’ve gained from experience while they adapt to the needs of their students.
If you are someone who is mission-driven, humble in your reflections about your practice, smart in the ways you approach data, and are results-oriented, we’d love to see you apply.
During the 2021-2022 school year, RMP is driving after five big goals:
1. Kindergarten through second-grade students will grow, on average, 1.5 years in math and reading.
2. Students receiving interventions will, on average, grow 2 years in reading.
3. Third- through fifth-grade students taking CMAS will score an average of 45% on track for the next grade level with 10% scoring exceeding expectations.
4. Average Daily Attendance at each RMP school will be at least 96%.
5. At least 90% of students who start at RMP, stay at RMP. (We call this the Persistence Goal.)
Each member of the organization plays a part in achieving these goals. School-based staff members will work towards 2 or 3 metrics that are aligned to both their individual roles AND the Big 5. These metrics vary by position and are subject to change. As a Special Education Teaching Assistant, you will be held accountable for two of these goals. Learn more about how you’ll drive these goals in the list below.
If you apply for this role, you will be considered for two program areas:
1. Mild/Moderate
As a Teaching Assistant for mild/moderate scholars, you will be supporting 1:1 with scholars who need support accessing the school environment.  This will include supporting general education content classes and special education small groups.  This is included but not limited to, accessing the curriculum, supporting student focus, and behavioral support.  You will be responsible for knowing about what interventions and supports are best practices as deemed appropriate by the IEP/BIP. You will work closely with a mild/moderate case manager who will support in daily instruction and support.
OR
2. Centers-Based (Autism Center)
As a teaching assistant in our center-based programming, you will be supporting scholars inside the special education classroom and general education environment as deemed appropriate by the IEP.  You will be under the supervision of the Lead teacher of the center-based program.  You will support scholars with daily instruction, health-related needs, recreational/play-based learning, behavioral, and other duties assigned by the Lead Teacher.
Role Mission
Special Education Teaching Assistants work to support data-driven instruction that will lead to outstanding academic results while fostering close and impactful relationships with each scholar in the classroom. Through consistent feedback and collaboration with a lead teacher, Special Education Teaching Assistants drive student goals by supporting them one on one, in groups, or by facilitating small-group activities that help students build their sensory skills, motor skills, life skills, and social-emotional skills.  Special Education Teachers at RMP partner with their Teaching Assistants to ensure all students are on track to meet our Big 5 goals.

In this role, you will:

    • Be responsible for assisting students with severe needs in learning to be as independent as possible in everyday living.
    • Instruct small and large groups in academics, sensory skills, art, monetary skills, domestics, and recreation
    • Supervise and support in the classroom, physical education classes, the clinic, lunchroom, playground, and in transit to and from buses
    • Monitor and track required recordkeeping; monitor behavior, and implement behavior plans
    • Feed and supervise eating including spoon-feeding and tube feeding (depends on the level and scholar need)
    • Carrying out occupational or physical therapy activities as directed; administering assigned medical tasks

In this role, you’ll help drive these goals…

      • If you are a Mild/Moderate Teaching Assistant:
      • Students on caseload average 96% Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year.
      • Students on caseload have 90% persistence between SY22-SY23.
      • TAs will also help support one academic goal that is aligned with their Lead Teacher.
    • If you are a Centers-Based Teaching Assistant:
    • Students on caseload average 96% Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year.
    • For our Autism Center and Multi-Intensive classrooms, student enrollment is determined by the district so they do not have a persistence goal.
    • TAs will also help support one academic goal that is aligned with their Lead Teacher.

Qualifications

      • Required
      • Provide evidence of completing high school or a GED
      • Pass a background check
      • Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States
    • Preferred
    • Previous experience working with scholars with disabilities
    • Experience working with elementary school students and diverse populations
    • CPI/NCI trained

Salary

    • This is a full-time, in-person, benefits-eligible position with a salary of $27,500 and access to comprehensive benefits
    • This position is also eligible for overtime pay
    • This position comes with a $1,000 hard-to-fill staffing stipend which will be paid out in equal installments
    • This position comes with a $2,000 signing bonus that will be paid as a lump sum on your first paycheck

Benefits

    • Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision)
    • Disability Insurance (RMP covers short-term disability coverage at no cost to the employee. Staff members can also select optional long-term coverage.)
    • Life Insurance (optional up to $100k – additional options through PERA)
    • Retirement (PERA 401k – RMP does not match contributions at this time)
    • Paid-Time-Off (Personal/Sick leave)
    • $500 wellness benefit
Want more information
-Please review our Rocky Mountain Prep Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our program!
-Please review our Fellowship FAQs to learn more about the RMP Teaching Fellowship!
Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.   Rocky Mountain Prep does not sponsor visas at this time.
RMP is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Vaccine Update
The City & County of Denver recently issued a vaccine mandate for public employees. This mandate applies to charter schools. Please be aware that all Rocky Mountain Prep staff members are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. There is a process for requesting an exemption to this mandate but we cannot guarantee that a request for exemption will be approved.
If you have any questions, please email our Talent Recruiter, Sean Spencer at sspencer@rockymountainprep.org.
We appreciate your interest in Rocky Mountain Prep and look forward to getting to know you!

How to Apply

Please use the link above to apply directly. Once you've submitted an application, our team will reach out with 48 to 72 hours with the next steps if your application reaches our requirements. For any questions, please reach out to our Talent Recruiter Sean Spencer. (720)710-6296 sspencer@rockymountainprep.org

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.