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Humboldt County Office of Education: Instructional Aide/Special Education Temporary

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

Instructional Aide/Special Education Temporary

    JOB SUMMARY

    Under general supervision of the classroom teacher, instruct students individually or in groups with prescribed learning objectives and perform related tasks as required.

    EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

    • Works with students individually or in small groups to tutor, reinforce of follow up on learning activities; assists by guiding students and/or providing a model in a variety of areas;
    • Assists in physical development and fitness, communication, personal hygiene (i.e. feeding, grooming, toileting), academic learning, and vocational skills; uses established guidelines as a pattern to individualize instruction to the needs of each learner; supervises classroom, outdoor playground, community mobility, and field trip activities; provides instruction in dance, games, and music;
    • Assists with classroom preparation and clean up; provides for protection and safety to all students assigned;
    • May operate mechanical equipment such as orthopedic braces and supports or teaching devices.

    EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

    Education and Experience

    • Graduation from high school or comparable demonstration of basic competence and one year of paid or voluntary experience working with children;
    • Two years of college training related to psychology, child development, or education may be substituted for one year of experience working with children;
    • Training or experience working with special needs children is desirable;
    • A passing score on the Instructional Aide Proficiency Test.

    Knowledge of

    • Learning patterns and behavior;
    • Basic concepts of child development and behavior characteristics;
    • Personal hygiene and mental health practices;
    • Reading and writing in English, including grammar and composition;
    • Number concepts;
    • Classroom computer and other technical equipment.

    Ability to

    • Communicate with children and motivate them to participate in learning activities;
    • Learn to teach in special subject matter areas or to teach children who have special learning needs;
    • Maintain emotional control under difficult situations;
    • Learn and adapt to new procedures and conditions;
    • Apply knowledge and practices with judgment;
    • Maintain a continuing relationship with the same students and staff over a prolonged period;
    • Recognize hazards to safety;
    • Learn laws, rules, practices, and procedures related to public education for children and related to the program to which assigned;
    • Apply knowledge and practices with judgment;
    • Perform routine clerical work;
    • Speak distinctly in English or communicate in sign language;
    • Supervise children in the classroom and out of doors;
    • Read and comprehend fine print, such as texts, catalogs, etc.;
    • Communicate effectively via telephone, computer modem, and in-person;
    • Lift/move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

    Personnel Commission Approved January 14, 1992 – Range 30/Revised 3/14/95 4/4/2019 PC Approved – 5.10.22 – New Classifed Range 3 

    Personnel Director

    Jenny Bowen
    Director of Personnel Services
    707-445-7039

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    Natalie Carrigan
    Administrative Assistant III
    707-445-7030

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    Ken Conlin
    Communications Center Manager/Public Information Officer
    707-445-7767

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