Paraprofessional Special Education Support
Who are we?
Are you a trailblazer, observer, visionary, and innovator ready to discover learning with purpose alongside a team of students and professional educators? We are. And we are looking for a paraprofessional to join our team. We believe in place-based education that shifts learning out of the traditional classroom setting and puts kids back into the community ready to share their unique genius. We are Compass Community Collaborative School.
We will open in August 2018, serving a diverse population of students in grades 6-10 from across Northern Colorado. Employing a hands-on learning curriculum, we will inspire thoughtful and creative problem-solvers who aspire to live with integrity and compassion and have the skills to be positive change-makers in the world. Compass Community Collaborative is dedicated to personalized, competency-based learning to help all students discover learning with purpose; to author the best story of their lives and our collective future.
What are we looking for?
Compass is looking for a full-time (40 hours/week) person who loves to work with adolescents, especially those who need extra support during the school day. These students, like all students, need to know that you care about them as people, that you are learning alongside them, and that you will help them advocate for themselves as they practice mastery of academic and social emotional skills. You will work under the direction of our Special Education teacher, but you will collaborate with all staff in the building as you work with students in our school building and out in the community (we will travel by MAX bus and foot). You will support students working on a computer-based curriculum (Summit Learning Platform) as well as on venture projects that involve real-world application of academic skills (reading, writing, researching, applying mathematics to problem solving) and social emotional skills (collaborating with peers and community partners, planning and completing work, conflict management).
Desired Mindsets & Habits
Demonstrates a strong belief in the Compass core values (Love, Community, Equity & Integration, Entrepreneurship, Cultural Diversity)
Encourages a culture of mutual respect and equitable practice
Demonstrates a willingness to learn and encourages the same mindset when interacting with students
Exhibits a high degree of self-awareness, self control, and maintains a positive attitude
Communicates clearly and frequently with staff regarding student progress
Flexible and willing to try new things, travel with students out of the building, and work with diverse community partners
Curious about students and willing to creatively experiment with ways to work most effectively with each individual
Excited to get students out into the community to work on meaningful venture projects to learn and apply academic and social emotional skills
Professional Qualifications & Responsibilities
Must have high school diploma (or G.E.D.) or higher degree
Mathematical skills including basic calculations and application of basic math concepts
Personal computer and keyboarding skills
Reading and writing skills, including reading aloud comfortably
Bilingual oral and written communication skills preferred
Comfortable working on computers
Ability and desire to work with students with various mild to learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and special needs
Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job
Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions, use time efficiently, demonstrate attention to detail, follow instructions, and respond to management direction
Ability to maintain honesty and integrity in all aspects of the job
Ability and willingness to adhere to attendance requirements, including regular and punctual employee presence
Ability to participate and work in a flexible, multi-faceted team environment
Ability to communicate, interact, and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds
Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment, and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator
Ability to walk several miles, and be on your feet often throughout the day
Compass Community Collaborative is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. CCC promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.
What do we provide?
A caring and respectful learning and working environment where all people thrive
A competitive salary and benefits package - $13/hour plus $400/mo toward health insurance premium as part of our health insurance coverage and an additional 20.15% of your salary to PERA, a retirement benefit plan.
Training and support needed to do excellent work
Opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people from around our great city
An annual pass to ride the Fort Collins MAX bus
8 hours per day of meaningful, challenging, interesting learning with teens and an adult staff team that is creative, committed, and fun to work with from 8:30a-4:30p (including a one-hour lunch break from 12-1p).
How to Apply:
Send a letter of interest and resume to [email protected] to tell us about yourself and why you think you are an excellent candidate for this position in our school.
Deadline for applicants:
May 25, 2018 5p
August 15, 2018 and follows the Poudre School District high school calendar for the school year 2018/19.