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Teacher Job Description
Our Mission at Autism Academy is to assist every student with autism to be equipped and able to achieve academic, social, and behavioral excellence in an environment centered on strong character values. The Autism Academy and A+ Academy were founded on the principle that kids come first. Each employee is crucial in the everyday function of the classroom as well as on campus. Employees are responsible for bringing a patient and positive attitude to work daily. Consistency in carrying out the job duties is key.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION
Reports to: Campus Director
Classification: FT, Salary, Exempt
Work Schedule: 7:30 am – 4:00pm Monday-Friday when school is in session and on other contracted working days Refer to the Holidays and Breaks Schedule (posted in the Staff-ALL Sharepoint) for days your specific position is not expected to work. In addition, attendance is mandatory at quarterly Family Events, School Programs, and Open House Events as scheduled. Participation in Community Events and P3 Sponsored Events is not required but highly encouraged.
Employees must satisfactorily and in good faith meet and perform all responsibilities, obligations, duties, and functions of the position, including but not limited to those set forth in this Employee Job Description. In addition, employees must satisfactorily and in good faith meet and perform such other responsibilities, obligations, duties, and functions as may be assigned, directed, or requested by AAED during the course of employment, with or without advance notice, and regardless of whether they are expressly set forth this Employee Job Description.
Essential Functions of the Position
While all portions of this Employee Job Description are imperative this position, the following items are essential functions of the position.
✓ Industry Savvy: Know and support the AAED mission statement; have a clear understanding of autism; be able to explain the school program and curriculum; use industry appropriate terms.
✓ Leadership: Provide strong leadership, skilled decision making, motivate others, observe and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of instructional assistants and offer constructive feedback.
✓ Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with students, parents, co-workers and the public at large using exemplary written, verbal, and listening skills.
✓ Professionalism: Maintain professionalism and confidentiality at all times by being aware of all information that may be visible or overheard by others. Uphold ethical behavior in the school environment and the community. Maintain consistent attendance and punctuality that adheres to the AAED attendance policy.
✓ Managing People: Demonstrate conflict management skills by actively listening, finding solutions to problems, and working well with difficult people.
✓ Decision Making and Problem Solving: Demonstrate decision making skills by taking thoughtful approach when considering options and seeking input from others.
✓ Computer Skills: Strong computer skills utilizing the AAED systems and the ability to learn new software quickly.
✓ Possess the physical dexterity to meet the demands of the job; Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
In connection with performing the essential functions of the position, to meet AAED’s minimum performance standards and requirements,
Demonstrate and maintain a positive, professional, and student-oriented attitude and learning environment in all interactions and be a collaborative and contributing member of the class/campus team.
Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with AAED students, parents, management, administration, faculty, and staff to facilitate the personal, social, academic and intellectual development of students.
Support Campus Director and assist with administrative responsibilities as assigned.
Provide educational guidance and assistance for students by planning schedules, recommending courses and determining appropriate education solutions for individual students.
Provide case management to students and direct instruction as needed
Assist in supporting master schedule and maintaining student academic schedules
Offer input for specific curriculum decisions including the choice and scheduling of courses, selection, or change of programing
Guide instruction in a whole and small group setting.
Implement the educational program and related services as outlined in the assigned student's’ IEP using AAED approved curriculum.
Devise special strategies for reinforcing learning materials and skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities.
Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflects understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned using AAED approved curriculum.
Use appropriate behavior management techniques to maintain a positive climate for learning, including motivating students through effective communication. This includes intervening in crisis situations and following behavior plans according to IEP and established school policies.
Create, complete and update IEPs for student on your case load. Facilitate meetings in accordance with all policies.
Maintain required records and data according to established policies and procedures, ensuring the accurate availability of such information needed within the required timeline; measure and report on student progress (quarterly progress reports/ report cards)
Complete and turn in all lesson plans weekly using guidelines provided by AAED
Supervise educational assistants / aides including training, scheduling, lesson planning, and providing structured feedback and guidance.
Establish and maintain daily an open communication with parents
Train and support teachers using the TylerSIS (Attend required “Train the Trainer” sessions; Collaborate with other AAED Teacher Trainers to develop and deliver trainings at the beginning of the school year in the following areas: Teacher Gradebook and Teacher Functions)
Review IEPs, Report cards, and progress reports
Attend IEP meetings as needed
Support AAED testing; Assist with testing and assessments
Give tours, promote the school, and support prospective families
Maintain confidentiality as it pertains to student information, AAED’s trade secrets and proprietary, confidential information, including but not limited to its policies and business practices, curriculum, organizational data, including lists, charts, reports, etc., and other confidential information as described in the Employment Agreement. Please note that in addition to being an essential function of the position and being governed by the Employment Agreement, the duty not to misappropriate or improperly disclose AAED’s trade secrets and confidential, proprietary information also arises under Arizona statutory and case law.
Collaborate and participate in all aspects of the school community. Attendance is mandatory at quarterly Family Events and School Programs. Deans are expected to attend AAED Open House Events as scheduled. Participation in Community Events and P3 Sponsored Events is not required but highly encouraged.
Adhere to the Employee Handbook guidelines and other workplace policies and procedures.
Comply with and perform the contractual duties and obligations set forth in the Employment Agreement and any other written or otherwise binding agreement(s) with AAED.
Report any suspicious conduct or activities to AAED management or law enforcement in emergency situations and/or as required by law.
Perform any other duties or tasks directed by AAED management and/or that are necessary to ensure AAED’s mission is carried out.
Be able to maintain a weekly work schedule of 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Comply with all local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws, including but not limited to all anti-harassment, privacy, and workplace safety laws and regulations.
Excellent communication skills
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Ability to multi-task
The Classroom Teacher position operates in a professional educational/office environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, tablets, devices, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. Duties may require an employee to be exposed to outside weather conditions including extreme heat or cold, wind and rain. High humidity and/or dusty conditions may also be present.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND REQUIREMENTS
AAED’s foremost concern is the safety of its students and employees, and it is diligent in enforcing workplace safety policies and practices in order to maintain a safe working environment for both students and staff. Nevertheless, given the nature of the job, there exists a potential for hazard, including through contact with bodily fluids, a student lashing out or tossing of objects, picking up or moving students, etc. The physical demands described herein are vital for the safe and successful performance of the assigned duties and are only representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
While performing the duties of this position, the Teacher is regularly and frequently required to: talk; hear; stand; walk; use arms, hands, and fingers; sit; bend; and reach. In addition, the Dean must be able and may be required to:
Perform some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling (up to 40 lbs. and above).
Assist lifting, holding or positioning students with disabilities (including physical, behavioral, learning, etc.).
Maintain independent mobility to move about the classroom and campus throughout the day.
Sit or stoop on the floor for extended periods of time.
Stand or bend over repeatedly throughout the day.
Assist in maintaining a clean environment. This includes but is not limited to, using the vacuum, wiping tables, mopping, changing students, cleaning up of bodily fluids.
Work outdoors year-round to assist with car line, field trips, and supervising students on playground as well as any other assigned duties.
Work in noisy and crowded environments.
Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Qualifications, Requirements and Skills:
Must possess valid driver's license & pass 39-month DMV history check
Valid Arizona fingerprint clearance card
Effective and professional communication
Maintain professionalism and confidentiality at all times
Critical thinking skills and problem solving
Strong computer skills
Maintain consistent attendance and punctuality
EEO STATEMENT AND POLICY
AAED is an equal opportunity employer. AAED expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employment discrimination, unlawful employment harassment, and unlawful employment retaliation. AAED is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by governing local, state, or federal law. The terms of this EEO policy apply to all areas of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, discipline, termination, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, training, layoff, and rehire. AAED will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Any employees with questions or concerns about this EEO Statement or AAED’s or anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, or anti-retaliation should immediately discuss the questions or concerns with the AAED management. AAED does not retaliate against employees who report unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.