Classroom & Special Education Paras, Sign Language Interpreters, School Social Worker

Kearney Public Schools   Kearney, NE   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 9, 2021

Kearney Public Schools is Hiring! We have openings for Classroom Paras, Special Education Paras, Accompanist, Bus Drivers, Food Service Workers, Custodians, Sign Language Interpreters. For more information and to apply, go to the KPS Careers page! 

Positions will begin in August 2021.

Classroom & Special Education Paras

(Job descriptions may vary between positions. Please see our website for detail job description for each specific Position)

Hours: 32.5 hours per week (6.5 hours per day) or 35 hours per week (7 hours per day)

Days per year: 167

Schedule will follow the school calendar.

Benefits Include:

Sick leave - 1 day per month (9 per full school year)

Bereavement leave

Participation in the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Excellent organizational and student supervision skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Works well with children and adults.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (Include, but are not limited to)

  • Works with small groups and individual students.
  • Supervises students in lunchroom, playground, and at bus pick up zones as directed by the Principal.
  • Understands curriculum, student behavior procedures, and learning problem methods.
  • Supervises students on field trips and students on buses.
  • Assists students with make-up work when they’ve been absent.
  • Prepares and displays bulletin boards as directed by teachers.
  • Prepares, organizes and duplicates instructional materials.
  • Dispenses, collects and organizes materials for instruction.
  • Corrects student papers, tests, workbooks and homework.
  • Listens to children’s written work as they read it orally.
  • Reports areas or incidents where students/staff safety may be a risk.
  • Inputs grades on computer.
  • Informs teacher of who doesn’t have their work submitted.
  • Assists students with typing and printing on computers.
  • Prepares items for lamination.
  • Attends appropriate staff development activities offered by the district.
  • Prepares supplies for art projects; mounts and displays artwork.
  • Tests student skills individually.
  • Prepares certificates of accomplishment.
  • Prepares for music and class programs.
  • Monitors mainstream students in classrooms.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Principal.

Sign Language Interpreter

Hours: 35 hours per week (7 hours per day)

Days per year: 166

Schedule will follow the school calendar.

Benefits Include:

Sick leave - 1 day per month (9 per year)

Bereavement leave

Participation in the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability and desire to work with students with disabilities.
  • Proficient in sign interpreting skills; certification preferred.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (Include, but are not limited to)

  • Works with individual or small groups of students as directed by the classroom teacher in all curriculum areas using sign language.
  • Works with individual or small groups of students as directed by teachers in the following non-teaching activities: supervision of breaks, lunchroom, field trips, community access activities, self-care needs, and independent living skills using sign language.
  • Assists the teacher with behavioral intervention procedures as requested.
  • Assists the teacher in the development and organization of appropriate learning materials and activities for students needing sign interpretation.
    Prepares needed written communications, (i.e. notes home, messages to other staff, notice of meetings, newsletter, etc.) under the direction and approval of the teachers and Deaf Educator.
  • Assists certified staff in the preparation of written reports/forms (i.e., IEP progress report, inventories, requisitions, etc.) as requested by the teachers and Deaf Educator.
  • Maintains student information forms or datasheets.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the teachers with administrator approval and the request of the Director of Special Education.

 

School Social Worker

Must have a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW).  LMHP Licensure Required or other qualifications.

Competitive Salary

40 hours per week for 185 days per year (.7115 FTE)

Benefits:  BCBS Insurance, LTD, Sick Leave, Holidays, Bereavement, NPERS Retirement

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Education: Master’s degree in social work from program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  2. Current Licensure as a certified social worker or certified master social worker from Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or from another state is preferred
  3. National Credential or certification as a school social work specialist by an independent professional organization if the person does not have state certification
  4. Fluency in English and Spanish is desirable
  5. Two years of social work experience or teaching experience in an elementary school is preferred

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  (Include, but are not limited to)   

  1. Works together with student, parents, school personnel, community agencies and others to help make school a successful and relevant experience for students.
  2. Assists parents and families, providing individualized and group opportunities as necessary, to help them understand factors which contribute to school performance problems, e.g. poor attendance, socioeconomic difficulties, behavioral difficulties, lack of positive peer experiences, court/legal involvement, and health/medical/nutritional concerns; and develop strategies to address those factors.
  3. Assist in the reporting and documentation regarding possible child abuse/neglect cases.
  4. Provides guidance, support and consultation to school staff (regarding students experiencing difficulties), through individual collaboration and professional development, to work more effectively with students.
  5. Serves as a member of the school problem-solving team; assists with and participates in the process of conducting student functional assessments and in developing student behavioral plans, as requested.
  6. Provides mental health services, education and expertise to best serve the social emotional needs of student.
  7. Advocate for an understanding of students' perspectives, behaviors and values in the context of their family and peers.
  8. Provides supportive counseling on a short-term basis with parents/families who have a student experiencing difficulty in school or who requested assistance regarding a family concern.
  9. Works with community agencies to develop a mutual understanding of the needs of the school, student and family; and assists students/families in accessing community resources.
  10. Provides assistance with crisis intervention services for students and school staff in the case of a sudden death, suicide, or other significant traumatic event, as requested.
  11. Demonstrates regular attendance and flexibility of scheduling to meet the needs of students and their families.
  12. Organize, plan and prioritize daily work, developing specific goals and steps to accomplish these goals.
  13. Prepares and maintains appropriate records regarding delivery of services for use in reporting requirements of the district or other governing body.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
It is the policy of the Kearney Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, or other protected conditions, in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Nebraska Equal Education Opportunity Act.

Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against, denied a benefit, or been excluded from participation in any district education program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, or other protected conditions, may grieve such matters using the adopted grievance procedures of the Kearney Public School District. Such procedure shall provide for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging acts of discrimination. This position is subject to a veterans' preference.

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Section 504, Title VI or the Nebraska Equal Opportunity in Education Act may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, 320 West 24th Street, Kearney, NE, 68845-5345, (308) 698-8011.