Mental Health Assistant

at San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio, TX

Posted on Sep. 19, 2016

In - Person Interviews
Wednesday, September 28th
10 am - 2 pm

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Primary Purpose:
Assist students, teachers and administrators by providing support in implementing behavior management strategies with students whose behaviors present challenges in the classroom.


Associate degree or higher; or
Minimum of forty eight (48) semester college hours from and accredited college or university; or
High school diploma or GED equivalent (recognized by the Texas Education Agency or a regional accrediting agency) and passed the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test, or T.O.P. NCLB Test (Region XX); and
Be eligible to obtain a paraprofessional certificate issued by the State Board of Educator Certification; and
Candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by the applicant, before continuing within the process towards possible employment.

Special Knowledge/Skills:

Ability to work as a member of a team to provide assistance to special needs students, according to their ARD/IEPs.
Ability to restrain or provide physical support to students up to 100 pounds in weight without assistance, and weighing over 100 pounds with assistance.
Ability to respond to the demands of physical activities, such as basketball, baseball, kickball, volleyball, etc.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to adjust and be flexible in a multitude of situations in the school environment.


Work experience with children with significant behavior problems; or, two years of experience as an instructional assistant with some knowledge of child development; or, demonstrated proficiency in a specialized skill area; or, experience related to working with students or parents, such as work in church-related schools, day camps, youth groups, private schools, or licensed day centers; or similar experience.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

(The following statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions that may be assigned or skills that may be required.)

Instructional Planning and Delivery

Perform assigned tasks with any student under the direction of a certified teacher or teaching team in any instructional setting.
Follow a schedule that includes instructional assignments and student support services.
Escort, supervise and assist students, as necessary, throughout the school day.
Assist students during transition efforts to less restrictive environments.
Monitoring Student Progress and Potential
Maintain documentation, as needed, for the service delivery team and behavior intervention model, e.g., student staffings, ARD/IEP meetings, medication monitoring, parent conferences, case management reviews, etc.
Support the mission of school district by serving as a positive role model for students.
Classroom Management and Organization
Assist in managing the behavior of students, including crisis intervention and physical management of disruptive and inappropriate behaviors, as needed.
Utilize appropriate strategies to work with students who are difficult to manage and sometimes aggressive.
Effectively implement behavior intervention procedures such as, but not limited to, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Physical Management of Abusive Behavior (PMAB) techniques, time-out strategies, restraining of students and isolation techniques.
Assist in supervising and monitoring students with significant behavior challenges throughout the school day, inside and outside the classroom, including the cafeteria, playground, in physical education class, boarding and exiting the bus, on community-based activities, and on other assigned activities.
Manage student behavior in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, student handbook, and/or Behavior Intervention Plan.
Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.

Qualities of an Effective Mental Health Assistant in Special Education

Work effectively with other staff members and use leadership skills.
Use interpersonal skills to establish positive working relationships with students and their families.
Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly to others.
Use appropriate channels to interact with students, parents and district personnel.
Display behavior that demonstrates respect for the students and other staff members; model appropriate adult-student interactions.
Maintain high standards of confidentiality at all times.
Participate in staff development activities that improve job-related skills.
Keep informed of and comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies for district staff, including daily attendance and punctuality.
Compile, maintain and file all reports, records and other required documents.
Comply with the Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics.
Daily attendance at work and punctuality are essential functions of the job.
Demonstrate the following core values: integrity, high expectations, commitment, respect, dedication to teamwork and passion for a student centered environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervision of students


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