Program Assistant - Special Education

Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 25, 2017

The Foundation Schools which has provided specialized educational and therapeutic services to students with emotional disabilities since 1975, is seeking a Program Assistant (Teacher Assistant) for our Largo, MD School.

Program Assistants manage students' behavior and ensure students' safety through the implementation of the behavior modification system, school rules and The Foundation School policies.  Program Assistants support the academic program, as assigned, by working under the direction of the classroom teacher to implement lesson plans and IEP goals. They must demonstrate basic principle of behavior management systems and have experience working therapeutic restraint as well as experience in crisis intervention.  Program Assistants also provide staff assistance and program support through participation in meetings, committees and special activities.

A High School Diploma is required, a Bachelors Degree in a related field is preferred.(Education, Special Education or a related field). Program Assistants must possess formal training and experience in special education, a psychiatric or other appropriately similar setting for children and adolescents.  Training in TACT II and LSCI preferred.

Qualified candidates must possess sufficient mobility to stand for long periods of time to assist in providing student supervision, move and carry supplies (light lifting, non-repetitive), and to restrain or assist in restraining students when necessary. They must be able to type and/or write reports and other paperwork. Program Assistants must possess a high level of mental and emotional balance and be able to respond quickly and tactfully to crisis situations. Program Assistants must be able to quickly and easily shift job priorities and must possess sensitivity and a professional attitude when dealing with students, families, community representatives and co-workers.