AURORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SUPPORT STAFF JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Assistant, Braillist
Work Year: 177 days
Department: Exceptional Student Services
Reports To: Vision Teacher/Special Education Consultant/Braillist
Salary Range: 36
Starting Salary: $17.74/hr
SUMMARY:
Responsible for assisting the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) with students who are blind or visually impaired, including transcribing print materials into Braille, interlining, preparing tactile graphics to represent visual stimuli and pictures, enlarging materials, working with students one-on-one and/or in small groups to reinforce academic and functional skills; and supporting students in classroom settings. Also responsible for accompanying students on field trips, assisting students with orientation and mobility and daily living skills. Performs some office duties including ordering materials and keeping inventory for the vision department and individual students. May assist with translation and/or communication using second language skills when possible.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following statements of duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon building assignments and other factors.
D40% Transcribe print materials into Braille, interline, prepare tactile graphics to represent visual stimuli and pictures, and enlarge materials.
D40% Work with students one-on-one and/or in small groups to reinforce academic and functional skills, and support students in classroom settings.
D10% Accompany students on field trips, assist students with orientation and mobility and daily living skills. Coach students at various work sites.
D5% Order materials and keep inventory for the vision department and individual students.
D3% Commute between schools, office, and warehouse.
Ongoing2% Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
High school diploma or equivalent. Certified Braillist preferred. Must successfully complete job embedded staff development as part of No Child Left Behind Act within the first year of employment.
EXPERIENCE:
1 year and up to and including 2 years of experience in keyboarding, general office duties and working with children with special needs.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EQUIPMENT & OTHER:
Oral communication, interpersonal, English language, English writing and basic personal computer skills. Ability to work with children with special needs and from various backgrounds. Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers. Operating knowledge of Braille transcription software, Braille embosser and Braillewriter required within 6 months after hire. Operating knowledge of tactile image enhancer and adaptive software required within 12 months after hire. Oral and written fluency in second language may be preferred. based on building assignment. English language skills required. Oral and written fluency in second language may be preferred or required based on building assignment.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS:
Valid Colorado driver’s license and automobile insurance. State Braille Competency required within 24 months after hire. National Braille Certification preferred.
SUPERVISION/TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITY:
This job is responsible for supervising students in a classroom setting, on the job, during extracurricular activities and during orientation and mobility. Acts as a resource for Teachers and students by transcribing documents and obtaining or developing resources for vision-impaired students.
SAFETY TO SELF AND OTHERS:
High exposure to self and students to bruises, cuts, heat burns, fractured bones, loss of limb and sight, disfigurement and fatality due to automobile accidents. High exposure to self to repetitive motion injuries due to keyboarding and brailling. Low exposure to self to hernia due to lifting students.
The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
MENTAL FUNCTIONS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, copy, coordinate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate. The employee is frequently required to compare, analyze, instruct, compute, synthesize and evaluate.
Aurora Public Schools - Job Description - Assistant, Braillist