Instructional Assistant III - Specialized Physical Health Care

6/27/2018 9:56:29 AM 587


$21.09 - $24.45 Hourly

Location Various Locations, CA

Various Locations, CA

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Closing date and time

7/18/2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana



This eligibility list will be used to fill part-time positions that work 3.5 hours per day during the school session. 
Under the general supervision of a certificated teacher or administrator, assists students who have acute or chronic health problems which require daily, ongoing care, or monitoring by trained personnel to meet the physical requirements of attending classes, often at a special education school; performs a variety of instructional support duties in developing life skills and/or physical care activities; performs related duties as assigned. 

  • Assists teachers in assigned features of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with a wide range of disabilities, often severe or profound and who may exhibit behaviors such as biting, kicking, hitting, throwing, running, spitting, verbal aggression, pulling, and pushing.
  • Assists in instructing/tutoring, supervising, monitoring, and record keeping of as­signed students in basic academic language, personal hygiene, grooming, and self-help activities.
  • Following appropriate training and authorization, administers medica­tions prescribed for students, and maintains related logs and records.
  • Following training in required procedures and sanitation techniques, administers gastroscopy tube feedings, oral feedings, tracheotomy suctioning, and catheters, as required, following clearly defined procedures.
  • Demonstrates or assists students with severe physical disabilities in performing personal hygiene and grooming functions, including toileting, diapering, eating, dressing, and positioning.
  • Assists in physical transferring/lifting students to and from wheelchairs.
  • Utilizes approved District restraint training to assist with restraining students as appropriate.
  • May be assigned to accompany stu­dents or transport to and from school, as required by IEP.
  • May accompany, assist, and monitor students on community-based instructional outings and field trips.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS: Works in a classroom or community environment with students with a wide range of disabilities, often severe or profound. Sitting, stooping, crouching, standing, running, kneeling, squatting, walking and bending to work with assigned students.  Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office equipment, learning aids and instructional materials.  Hearing and speaking to model clear English speech.  Drives to various district sites.  May occasionally lift or move a student weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance.  May need to lift or move a student weighing more than 50 pounds with assistance. May need to push wheelchairs up and down inclines, on and off buses and steps, and on long walks out in the community. Assist in positioning of students on the floor for exercise activities, in chairs for eating, classroom activities, and resting. Arrange classroom furniture and various types of training and mobility equipment.  Subject to physical and emotional outbursts by students, including such behaviors as kicking, hitting, spitting, scratching, biting, running, and verbal aggression.


Education and Experience: High school diploma and two years of paid experience equivalent to full-time in working with students with disabilities or current enrollment in or completion of an approved nursing program and some experience with individuals with disabilities is required.  Part-time experience will be considered and adjusted appropriately.  Any other combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required skills, knowledge and abilities may be considered. You are required to bring a copy of your high school diploma or GED at the time of the multiple choice exam.
CERTIFICATE:  Must possess, or obtain within the first month of employment, and maintain per CPR and First Aid guidelines a valid First Aid Certificate and a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (through classes endorsed by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross).  

Knowledge of:
  • Strategies and techniques of assisting in the instruction of students who are medically fragile or who possess mobility impairments.
  • Special characteristics related to the supervision and motivation of students in an instructional setting.
  • Child guidance principles and practices related to students who are medically fragile and/or who possess orthopedic impairments.
  • Essential procedures and concepts related to health, safety, hygiene, and patient care.
  • Principles of body mechanics in transferring and providing personal care to non-ambulatory students.
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Correct English usage, including vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
  • Basic teaching techniques and methods.
  • Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.
  • Appropriate restraint procedures using district training techniques.
  • Appropriate hygiene standards.
  • Health and safety regulations as related to the position.
  • First Aid and CPR procedures.     
Ability to:
  • Assist in the supervision and instruction of medically fragile and/or orthopedically impaired students in a school environment.
  • Perform essential health care and personal hygiene tasks for students.
  • Successfully operate one or more pieces of medical equipment.
  • Safely and skillfully perform specialized health care services as directed or required.
  • Assist students with personal care such as dressing, eating, and toileting.
  • Assist students who exhibit behaviors such as biting, kicking, hitting, throwing, running, spitting, verbal aggression, pulling, and pushing.
  • Recognize and effectively assist in responding to emergency and/or hazardous conditions.
  • Transfer, position, and assist in ambulation of students who are medically fragile and/or who possess mobility impairments.
  • Perform physically demanding work in lifting, transferring, and assisting students.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Learn required record keeping, educational programs, medical practices, and procedures.
  • Gain the confidence of students.
  • Use patience and tact in working with students.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively in the English language, both in oral and written form.


The Garden Grove Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family, or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

SELECTION PROCEDURES:  Applications will be accepted from the general public and district employ­ees who possess the above qualifications.  The district reserves the right to invite applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the requirements needed for the position to continue in the examination process. The examination may consist of an evaluation of training and experience, multiple choice, performance, and oral/technical exams.  Persons needing reasonable accom­modation must notify the Office of Personnel Services by the last day to file.  A qualifying score must be achieved on all portions of the examination in order to be placed on the open eligibility list.  Outside and district candidates will be placed on one ranked list, with eligible permanent district employees receiving five seniority points which will be added to their final scores.


HOW TO APPLY:  Applications may be obtained from our website @ www.ggusd.us or from the receptionist in the lobby of the District Education Center, 10331 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove.  Please note that the district office will not be giving out or accepting hard copy applications for those recruitments that are online only.   Please read each posting carefully or call our office if you have any questions.  All applications should be filed in the Personnel Commission Office by 5:00 p.m. on the last day to file.
VETERAN'S CREDIT:  Veterans shall have an additional five (5) points added to their final percentage score on an open eligibility list as prescribed by Education Code, Section 45296.  "Veteran" as used in this article means any person who has served in the United States armed forces in time of war, or national emergency declared by the President of the United States of America, and who has been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. "Armed forces" means the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. At least thirty (30) days of active service are required to obtain veteran preference points.
Disabled veterans shall have an additional ten (10) points added to their final percentage score on an open eligibility list as prescribed by Education Code, Section 45296. A "disabled veteran" as used in this article means any veteran who is currently declared by the United States Veterans Administration to be ten percent (10%) or more disabled as a result of service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Proof of disability shall be deemed conclusive if it is of record in the United States Veterans Administration.
Additional eligibility may be granted based on future changes to the law and verification from the Veteran's Administration or the United States Office of Personnel Management.
In order to obtain credit, the applicant shall furnish satisfactory proof of qualifying military service prior to establishment of the eligibility list.  No adjustment of rank on the list shall be made when such proof is presented thereafter.
A veteran may be credited veterans' preference points only to obtain initial employment in the district.  Thereafter, the only additional points for an open examination shall be seniority points granted in accord with section 4220.3(C)2.
HIRING PROCEDURES: Garden Grove is a merit system (civil service) school district.  Employment and promotions are based upon merit, fitness and qualifications.  The person selected to fill any regular position will be from among the top three ranks on the eligibility list approved by the Personnel Commission.  All regular employees will serve a six (6) month probation.  Classified management will serve a twelve (12) month probationary period.
EXAMINATION FOR TUBERCULOSIS:  Proof of freedom from active tuberculosis must be furnished prior to employment and must be based upon an intradermal Mantoux tuberculin skin test completed within the last 60 days.
FINGERPRINTING:  All new employees will be fingerprinted.
BENEFITS:  All classified employees receive the following benefits:
Up to 22 paid vacation days per year
Up to 14 paid holidays per year
Up to 12 sick leave days per year with unlimited accumulation
Social Security coverage
All regular classified employees who are employed 30 hours or more a week are eligible for the following additional benefits:
Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance for the employee and family
Life Insurance for the employee
Generous Retirement Plan (PERS)
9701.89  (Revised: 03/17)

Garden Grove Unified School District
10331 Stanford Avenue

Garden Grove, California, 92840