Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Classroom Assistant for the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center – School Program. This position assists the certified Special Education Teacher in providing educational and behavioral programming for students with developmental disabilities. This position will support classrooms of students with severe behavior challenges; a greater percentage of work time will be spent implementing crisis management techniques including defensive techniques in response to punches, kicks, etc. and will require the use of physical restraint (protective equipment provided). Individuals in this position must be able to withstand blows to the chest, head and other areas, and must be able to assist and lift physically resistant individuals with developmental disabilities at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center – School Program.
General Summary: Under the direct supervision of the certified teacher, assists in providing educational and/or behavioral programs for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, some or all who may have special needs or assists in providing educational and/or behavioral programs for adults with special needs.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a high school/vocational school education or equivalent and some relevant experience working with children.
Positions that support certified special education teachers/teachers of the handicapped, who work predominantly with developmentally disabled or other special needs populations, also require the ability to work with children and/or young adults with autism or other special needs.
Must be able to communicate effectively, have effective client service skills, and have the ability to instruct and provide support to the specific student population.
Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats.
May require the ability to use specialized instructional and/or record-keeping instruments.
May require a valid driver’s license, two years of driving experience, and successful completion of the Rutgers’ Defensive Driving Course.
In accordance with New Jersey State law, applicants must agree to undergo, and authorize the university to conduct fingerprint, criminal history and/or child-abuse record checks with various law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division and/or The New Jersey Division of State Police Bureau of Identification.
Applicants must also assume any costs incurred by the university associated with the background investigations whether required by statute or not.
In accordance with state mandated requirements, a Mantoux test will be administered to successful applicants to verify the absence of tuberculosis.
In addition, the successful applicant, at the cost of the university, will be required to be inoculated against Hepatitis B, unless the successful applicant waives this vaccination in writing.
Required to obtain certification in CPR/First Aid within six months of employment.
Some college credits in an approved bachelor degree program in psychology, special education, or related field.
Completion of the DDDC undergraduate fieldwork course
A valid driver's license.
Some knowledge of autism.
Basic computer skills (i.e., word processing, data entry, etc.) helpful.
Educational materials and software (language arts materials, math workbooks, handwriting curriculum, etc.)
Microsoft Excel spread sheet/graphing program.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Employee must be physically active and be on feet most of the day. Duties may involve running and playing active games with individuals with autism (ages 3 1/2 – 21 years or adults), driving vans or other vehicles.
Following training must be physically capable of safely providing crisis management techniques including restraining, lifting, blocking individuals with challenging behavior.
Crowded and moderately noisy conditions with children, adolescents, adults, and staff moving about.
Posting Number: 19ST2180
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 89257
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.