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Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, US, 32084

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Requisition No: 292824 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind

Working Title: INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT I - 48008406

Position Number: 48008406 

Salary:  $18,567.40 - $20,067.40 

Posting Closing Date: 01/28/2021 

POSITION TITLE:  Instructional Assistant I


POSITION TYPE:  Career Service


DEPARTMENT:  Blind Academics (Blind K-8 or Blind High School)


FSDB SALARY RANGE – 10 months:  $18,567.40 - $20,067.40 annually (paid biweekly over 26-pays).  This range is inclusive of verified experience and education.


REQUIREMENTS: Completion of 60 college semester hours from an accredited institution; or Associate of Arts Degree or higher; or high school diploma and a score of 464 or higher on the Para Pro Assessment.  **Proof of education will need to be provided at time of interview.**


PREFERRED: Bachelor’s Degree; Knowledge of working with students with visual impairment; Knowledge of Braille.


CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  Applicants under consideration for employment at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will be required to complete background investigation.  Fingerprints will be taken and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a background check of your criminal history record(s) at the state and national level.


WORK LOCATION: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, 207 N San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, Florida


WORK HOURS: Monday – Friday, Hours vary


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The incumbent of this position works as an Instructional Assistant in a state-mandated academic program.  Assists classroom teacher with:  classroom instruction, redirection of students who are off-task, behavior management, role playing, planning and preparation for field trips and special events, recordkeeping, attendance, and grading class work.  Develops learning materials for students (independently or as directed by the classroom teacher).  Supervises students during school time, lunch time, recess time, and before and after school hours.  Writes and submits student occurrence reports to the assistant principal on significant occurrences. Substitutes and maintains the instructional momentum of the program in the absence of the teacher.  Assists students in understanding and completing classroom assignments.  Provides remedial assistance to students having difficulty achieving objectives in their specific subject areas. Accompanies students on scheduled appointments and medical trips.  Duties may include instructing and assisting students with activities of daily living which may include personal hygiene, toileting, and self-care tasks as assigned.  Position may or may not having boarding duties, such as: supervises and instructs students in self-care skills and activities of daily living.  Writes and submits written reports to the Director of Student Life on significant happenings during the residential period.  Serves as a liaison between the boarding and classroom program. Other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Ability to complete yearly training and administer skills acquired during CPR and CPI; Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective communication; Ability to prepare and maintain records; Ability to implement and maintain individual programs for students; Ability to plan and prepare educational materials; Ability to instruct deaf and/or blind persons in social and daily living skills; Ability to instruct and/or assist students in social and daily living skills, such as personal hygiene, toileting, and self-care tasks, etc.; Ability to communicate in the appropriate modes for assigned students; Ability to document and follow through on behavior programs; Ability to assist in classroom with small group and individual activities; Ability to write reports and to pay attention to details; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to supervise and transport/escort students independently.


Applicants who are selected for hire are encouraged to learn sign language. Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.


State Benefits for Career Service Employees: Florida Retirement System, Health Insurance ($50/month for individual coverage, $180.00/month for family coverage), $25,000 Life Insurance policy (paid for by the state).  Supplemental policies are offered to employees (dental, vision, accident, hospitalization, etc).  Career Service Employees earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every pay period.  Career Service employees receive nine (9) paid holiday’s per year along with one personal day. 




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APPLICATION DEADLINE:  11:59 p.m. on January 28, 2021.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Jacksonville