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Paraprofessional

PACE Career Academy Charter School

PACE Career Academy is a three-year-old innovative charter high school, combining career internships with a standard academic program. It provides small classes, individualized instruction, opportunity for independent projects, and significant work experience in the community. It serves students who may be at risk of dropping out and it strengthens the community by graduating students who have a career plan, some work experience, and a sense of personal responsibility and excellent work ethic.  

Mission:

To allow students "to partner in the design of their academic, career, and personal growth paths with a goal of becoming an essential part of their community, family and world of work."

History:

PACE was started in 2011 with twenty students; it currently enrolls 37 with a waiting list and plans to expand next year to 40 students. Presently it serves students from Concord, Manchester, Hooksett, Pembroke, Allenstown, Epsom, Chichester, Loudon, and Bow.

Current Programming:

Each student spends half the day in the classroom and the other half day in an internship in the community.

Classroom instruction follows individual interests as much as possible and academic work combines small classes with on-line courses. In addition, each student develops an independent project every quarter including a research paper, Power Point slides, and visual display board and makes a final oral public presentation to parents and friends.

Internships have included work in manufacturing and construction, automotive repair, property maintenance and landscaping, public TV, animal rescue, fire department training, and work with students with disability.

Current internship sites are Natural Playground in Bow, Allenstown Elementary School, Espom Library with their early childhood program, Big Jim’s Lumber Yard in Allenstown, Seacoast Science Center in Rye and with the Pembroke Academy Robotics Team.

The staff includes three full-time teachers, one of whom is a career specialist, a director who also teaches and does counselling, and an office manager. Guest speakers address vocational interests and there is outreach to parents to offer educational programs, e.g. concerning students with special needs.  


PACE Career Academy (“PACE”) (http://www.pacecareeracademy.org/ ) seeks a dynamic and accomplished paraprofessional to join our team.  This role provides IEP services to students, as well as working with one specific student full-time.

The successful candidate will (1) be an inspiring educator and communicator, (2) have a strong understanding of a-typical learners, (3) have an accomplished background in project based learning and cross curriculum work (4) be aligned with the school’s philosophy, mission, and values, and (5) have a strong commitment to family and community involvement. 

PACE Career Academy is dedicated to allowing students to partner in the design of their academic, career, and personal growth paths with a goal of becoming an essential part of their community, family, and place of work. We take extreme ownership of our PACErs and offer a highly personalized combination of personal development, core academics and career experience.

Essential Job Functions

-  Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, communication, organization and behavior  

-  Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.

-  Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.

-  Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.

-  Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.

-  Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and ensure students are on task.

-  Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision as necessary

-  Constructs, copies and distribute and use educational materials as needed.

-  Assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability to participate in school or learning activities.

-  Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs.

Additional Duties:

-  Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed.

-  Perform any other related duties as assigned.

Note:   The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

-  Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

-  Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.

-  Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).

-  Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.

-  Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.

-  Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.

-  Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.

-  Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.

-  Effective writing and verbal communication skills.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

-  Works in standard office and school building environments.

-  Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.

Note:   Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.

Qualifications Profile

-  Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying.  Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

-  High School diploma or equivalent.

-  Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of examination as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

-  Prior experience working with special needs children is desirable.

How to Apply:

Send Resume and cover letter to Mary Verville by email at mverville@pacecareeracademy.net

Salary Range:

$16.00 to $20.00

Job Location:

Pembroke

Date Added: November 18, 2020

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