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Teaching Assistant

Company: Side by SIde
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

At Side by Side, we seek to improve the welfare of children and youth by helping to provide the resources, support and skills they need to develop along a healthy, age-appropriate pathway. All of our services are rooted in these core principles: 1) a strength-based approach which believes in the value and worth of each client as an individual, 2) acknowledging the importance of family relationships and encouraging positive and on-going engagement with families, peers and communities, 3) engaging children and youth in a developmentally appropriate manner that promotes resilience, self-efficacy and positive self-concept, 4) recognizing that clients' needs are best met through holistic and individualized service delivery.
The Teaching Assistant (TA) is responsible for supporting the teacher and classroom teams by direct student support and supervision, implementing student instructions, lessons, assist in lesson plan development, and upkeep of the classroom/school environment. This includes supporting implementation of the established behavior management system-data collection, clinical guidelines, intervening in crisis situations, and liaison with other program staff. Overall, the TA provides direct student support through implementation of the given academic, clinical, and positive behavior intervention program designed by class teams and/or school personnel.


Assists the teacher with implementing students' Individual Education Plans (IEP)
Provides instructional support in content areas, as directed by the teacher
Implements the school wide and classroom positive behavioral intervention structure or management system, including coaching students so that they are able to quickly return to school tasks, accompanying students to and/or supervise students in designated alternative locations when they are unable to remain in the main classroom
Intervenes during crises situations, including implementation of CPI, as needed
Helps maintain the physical school environment to keep it functional, safe, and clean
Lead small study groups in content areas if qualified by educational background and/or experience
Supervises students during class breaks and during lunch, as assigned
Keep track of students' whereabouts at all times, following through / keeping students within eyesight when student(s) are missing or out-of-bounds
Assists the teacher in planning for and developing the IEP draft document
Prepares and duplicates written assignments, as needed
Participates in the preparation of daily data and reports that document a student's academic and social behavior for the day
Assists in data collection and record keeping, as directed by the teacher, behavioral staff and/or other administrative school staff
Assists in the preparation of progress reports at scheduled times
Writes daily reports that document students' academic and social behaviors
Attends and participates in school staff meetings, as well as, join in with other agency personnel, as needed
Transitions the students in an orderly manner during transportation transitions from the car/van/bus to the classroom or from the classroom to the car/van/bus
Confers, as needed, with agency staff on student status or the need for additional behavior planning

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and expectations required of the position.

Agency-Wide Core Competencies
Code of Conduct

Understands and adheres to the Agency's Code of Conduct, demonstrates a high level of integrity in all internal and external activities and complies with the Employee Handbook and all other Agency policies, practices and procedures. Must maintain strict confidentiality related to client, staff and other Agency information


Able to inform verbally and in writing, with clarity and good effect, and to understand clearly and quickly when instructions or orders are received. Includes judgment about what information is important and what is not, and what should be communicated, how, to whom and when.


Able to make decisions in a timely fashion that are sound, accurate, and supported by the reasoning and inclusion of appropriate people. Includes the ability to recognize, address, and propose solutions to problems that arise.

Position Specific Competencies

Ability to interact with children or adolescents in a consistent, empathic, flexible, and patient manner.
Ability to set clear yet firm limits and boundaries.


Capability to work creatively and cooperatively with a team

Job Knowledge

Encompasses the knowledge and possesses the skills to deliver appropriate services and interventions with students
Possesses the ability to assess problem areas and set clear yet firm limits


Four year college degree preferred, will accept an AA degree or its equivalent in college credits (at least 60 college credits)
Experience working in a school or treatment setting for students with learning or social/emotional problems.
A valid California driver's license, proof of personal vehicle insurance, and insurable by SBS' insurance policy based on DMV record
California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearance


Ability to perform multiple tasks with various deadlines with a high degree of accuracy
Detail-oriented professional with excellent organizational skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with many levels of staff and clients
Experience working in a school or treatment setting for students with learning or social/emotional problems preferred
The ability to interact with children or adolescents in a consistent, empathic, flexible, and patient manner
Possession of the ability to assess problem areas and to set clear and firm limits and boundaries
Encompasses the knowledge and possesses the academic skills to deliver appropriate instructional experiences within a student's assigned grade level or academic curriculum
Capability to work creatively and cooperatively with a team

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sitting for extended periods of time
Walking, standing, twisting and bending for brief periods of time
Occasional reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms
Regularly required to talk and hear in person or by telephone
Visual ability to read documents and computer monitor
May be required to lift up to 10 pounds
May be required to ascend/descend stairs
Exposure to low to moderate noise levels characteristic of working in an office or classroom environment
Exposure to working with children and adolescents in emotional crisis
Ability to drive
Physical ability to implement CPI procedures or its equivalent, including physical restraints
Able to perform basic first aid and/or CPR

Side by Side provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Keywords: Side by SIde, San Rafael , Teaching Assistant, Other , San Rafael, California

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