Instructional & Behavioral Assistant in Fort Washington, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/2/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

This position is responsible for the delivery of services and instructional activities for students in the program. The IBA collaborates with members of the instructional team in the planning and implementation of behavioral and academic interventions and supports to ensure students receive a quality educational program. The IBA also may support small groups or individual students as assigned by the Principal. The IBA functions under the direct supervision of the Special Education Teacher and reports to the Principal.


  • Effectively manage the operation of a safe and orderly environment and assist in the on-going implementation of the behavior management program in the classroom and in non-instructional areas, holding students accountable for their actions by establishing and enforcing PBIS.
  • Provides support to the school community at all times to maintain a safe school environment; provides support to students in crisis or those students demonstrating non-compliant behavior.
  • Assist the teacher in observing, recording and charting behavior; input all required behavioral reports, incident reports, and other documentation in the maintenance of a safe school environment.
  • Provide direct supervision and effectively manage instructional and non-instructional environments, including transitions, lunchroom, afternoon activities, and during approved instructional times that students utilize for breaks.
  • Assist with planning and preparation, delivery, and assessment of academic and behavioral instruction.
  • Actively engages students in learning activities.
  • Effectively uses PBIS, Mandt, and trauma-informed practices.
  • Implements accommodations and adaptations as designated on a student’s IEP.
  • Regularly attends professional development and transfers theory into practice.Maintain a classroom that fosters structure and support conducive to learning.
  • Assist the teacher with regular communication with parents, guardians, and other team members.
  • Adheres to all PHMC and Fairwold policies and procedures.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of educational staff to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships and maintain high professional standards with all stakeholders.
  • Excellent ability to work with students of all ages, academic levels, and from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with classrooms, small groups, or individual students as directed.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of School Wide Positive Behavior Support, Mandt, and Trauma-informed practices
  • Demonstrated skills with computers, data systems and electronic reports
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sufficient mobility and ability to participate in managing the safety of a child through physical or personal interventions.

Performance Requirement:

  • Provide direct supervision of students and effectively manage non-instructional environments, including arrival, dismissal, transitions, lunchroom, and all on-campus activities.
  • Provides support to the school community at all times to maintain a safe school environment; provides support to students in crisis or those students demonstrating non-compliant behavior.
  • Assist the special education teacher and other professional staff with planning and preparation, engaging students and incorporating proactive management strategies for positive learning and behavior outcomes; assist students, individually and in small groups, with reading, mathematics, positive social interactions, technology, and language: implement student modifications and accommodations under the direction and supervision of the special education teacher.
  • In the absence of the special education teacher, provide guidance and direction to students and substitute professional in the classroom management and instructional procedures for the classroom.
  • Collect instructional and behavioral data; input data into databases, and participate in problem solving with professional staff to document and improve student learning and performance.
  • Adhere to all proactive behavioral protocols, including Mandt, PBIS, and trauma-informed practices.
  • Complete all behavioral and incident reports within designated timelines as designated by PHMC and Fairwold policy.
  • Ensure student point sheets include positive and accurate daily feedback for effective and meaningful parent communication.
  • Engage in full, active, and frequent participation in professional development events and opportunities and achieve a minimum of 20 hours of PDE mandated professional development and the transfer of those skills into job performance.
  • Full and active compliance with all PHMC and Fairwold academy policies regarding job performance and conduct standards and expectations.
  • Perform all related duties and accepts program assignments as directed.

Physical demands/work environment:

  • Routine school environment. Employee may be involved in de-escalating student behaviors using mandatory approved techniques.
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens; may transport students in agency in accordance with PA Department of Education and Department of Transportation requirements and school and PHMC procedures.
  • Ability to climb stairs and walk on uneven terrain, play yards and school grounds.
  • Ability to move rapidly, forward, backward and laterally.
  • Physical capacity to lift, move and position a student up to age 21 who may weigh 150 pounds or more with the assistance of other properly training personnel.
  • Ability to independently utilize routine office equipment.
  • Ability to independently travel outside of school hours as determined by administration.
  • The physical demands and work environment described is 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.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum requirement: Associate’s degree OR completion of 60 postsecondary credits OR a high school diploma AND completion of the Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeductors in Pennsylvania
  • Three years’ experience working with a special needs population in a school setting and an understanding of emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health issues, autism, developmental delays, Intellectual disabilities.


  • Commensurate with education and experience.

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

  • This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.