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Teacher Assistant

Location:Chicago, IL
Benefits:Medical, Dental, 401k with generous employer match, employer paid Life/LTD/ADD, PTO
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Therapeutic Day School
Description:Teacher Assistant works within a classroom giving assistance to the teacher for the improvement of classroom performance of individual students; assists the education staff in maintaining student behavior in the school area by utilization of verbal and physical intervention techniques in line with Agency policy of students weighing a minimum of 50 lbs. The use of intervention skills requires frequent kneeling and return to standing position without assistance. Includes ability to visually observe/hear classroom disruptions and outbursts.


Assist with activity planning for students, both in class and for activity time.
Assist in maintaining classroom control through the point system and personal interaction.
Work with students on an individual or group basis as designated by the teacher and/or supervisor.
Use special education techniques to monitor and control all aspects of student movement, such as hall, classes, nurse, lunchroom, gym, recreation and other areas.
Settles classroom and individual behavior problems as required, applying approved intervention methods.
Provides documentation for student incidents and provides input for student behavior planning.
Assists with program needs such as room setup, repairs, book sorting, office routine, Agency driving.
Attends study groups and in-service functions for professional growth.
Monitors detention hall as assigned.
Responsible for physical management of students requiring additional control as described in Agency policy on use of physical restraint.
May be required to transport students on field trips, between agency facilities, etc. in agency vehicle/van.
Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement
activities as assigned.
Ability to work effectively with clients and staff in a culturally diverse environment.


- High School Diploma with specialized training in behavior management and a minimum of two years experience.
- Must have a valid Illinois drivers license which has not been suspended or revoked in the last three (3) years.
- Ability to pass background clearance and drug screen.
- Ability to work with students/staff of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
- Ability to intervene verbally and physically with students. Physical intervention requires the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance.


Exposure to student behavior problems that may include physical acting out and requires safe physical management skills
Exposure to students with complex mental health issues and/or disorders
Exposure to youths with various states of cleanliness and hygiene

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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