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Teaching Assistant

Company: Eden Autism
Location: Princeton
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

Company OverviewHeadquartered in Princeton, NJ, Eden is a community-services provider and not-for-profit organization, serving children and adults with autism for over 40 years. Founded in 1975, Eden began as a small, family-oriented school for individuals with autism and today offers classes from pre-K through age 21. In addition, Eden provides services for adults with autism including residential and employment programs, as well as providing clinical and training support for families and professionals.IntroductionWe have an exciting career opportunity for a Teaching Assistant (12 months position) who will provide teaching and behavior reduction programs for students with autism in an educational and community setting in order to meet individual therapeutic needs. The highly talented individual must demonstrate a passionate commitment to Eden's mission and the desire to deliver in a high-value and mission-driven organization.Primary ResponsibilitiesThe following responsibilities are to be performed under the direct supervision of a Certified Teacher.Teaching and Behavior Management * Assist Lead Teacher in providing individual attention to student(s) during individual and group sessions.* Identify appropriate and inappropriate student behaviors and acquire baseline data.* Implement Individual Education Program (IEP) goals (teaching and reducing behavior) using behavioral model appropriately and consistently.* Management of maladaptive behaviors appropriately, including tantrums, self-injury, and aggression.* Prepare daily tasks and materials, including baseline of program.* Record and measure effectiveness of programs and mastery level by collecting teaching and behavior management data, and maintaining graphs for all teaching and behavior programs.* Assist Lead Teacher with functional analysis of behavior.* Develop and implement age appropriate reinforcement menu and system.* Build positive relationships with students; recognize and respect the rights of students.* Participate in Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings as needed.Report Writing and Program Development* Develop progress reports with detailed analysis of progress and problem areas on student's program four times per year and submit to Lead Teacher. * Maintain updated IEPs according to outlined schedule provided by the Managing Director.* Prepare summaries to provide in-depth analysis of progress and problem areas.-- Keep an updated student work profile for each student in the programCommunication with Staff and Parents* Build collaborative relationships with all staff members; provide timely feedback as needed.* Maintain professional demeanor and ensure confidentiality with regard to students, families, and staff.* Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.* Review each group activity on an annual basis and provide feedback to staff on at least two activities. * Attend and participate in weekly meetings with supervisor.* Maintain positive and professional rapport with families through daily notes or phone calls.* Prescribe programs appropriate to the home setting (with the assistance of the home consultant or supervisor).* Evaluate progress or programs at home on a monthly basis.* Assist in parent training practicum during the parent's school visits, when appropriate.* Write reports indicating programs and progress within one working day of each home visit.Job Requirements:Education: High school diploma required; full-time status in an approved university or college program in special education or related field; Bachelor's degree in special education or related field strongly preferred.Experience: 0 - 2 years' experience working with students with autismPhysical and Other Requirements* Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time during the work day, including bending, squatting, kneeling, stretching and stooping; and reaching above shoulder level.* Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.* Ability to utilize and maintain physical restraint with students as needed for up to 60 minutes.* Mobility to ensure the safety of students at all times.* Must be able to pass and maintain Professional Crisis Management Certification at a P2 level.* Valid drivers' license with record in good standing (less than 5 points).Specialized Skills and Knowledge:* Competent in applied behavior analysis; familiar with behavior and teaching methodologies.* Excellent oral and written communication skills.* Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.* Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail to ensure accuracy.* Demonstrated ability to solve problems, exercise independent judgment, and make appropriate decisions based on established policies and procedures.* Discretion in dealing with confidential information.* Ability to work independently, as well as work as a member of a team.* Ability to take direction and think through processes and procedures, and make recommendations for improvement as necessary to ensure a smooth operation.* Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)Employee BenefitsEden offers a comprehensive salary and well-rounded benefits package including medical and dental, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings, paid time off, and more.Background CheckThe qualified candidate must successfully complete a background check, including criminal check and fingerprinting, mandatory drug testing, motor vehicle check (if applicable), reference checks, salary verification, and completion of a medical/ health physical and mantoux test.How to Apply If you are interested in this position, please send your resume along with a cover letter to: Jennifer Binkley, Teacher Coordinator of Educational Assessment at jennifer.binkley@edenautism.org. Eden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Cover Letter: RequiredSalary Requirements: Required

Keywords: Eden Autism, Trenton , Teaching Assistant, Other , Princeton, New Jersey

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