Adaptive PE Class Assistant - Pool

Los Altos Hills
May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Adaptive PE Class Assistant - Pool

Posting #: 16-177

Campus: De Anza College

Number of Working Months: 11 Months

Starting Salary: $1,543.07 per month

Close Date: 5/23/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Employment Duration: Part-Time


Starting Salary: $1,543.07 (per month) plus benefits; Salary Grade: C1-30
Full Salary Range: $1,543.07 - $2,033.28 (per month)

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the classified part-time position above.

De Anza College Mission Statement:
De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking

Reporting to the Disability Support Programs and Services Supervisor, assist the Adaptive Physical Education (APE) Instructor by providing assistance and oversight to students participating in Adapted Aquatic Fitness classes. Primary duties will include assistance in the maintenance, distribution, and collection of aquatic equipment. Assist students inside and outside of the pool in the execution of exercises as directed by the instructor. Assist students with mobility or ambulatory restrictions in and out of the pool. Monitor enrolled students to ensure they are participating in a safe manner and identify any students experiencing any type of physical distress. Identify and report hazards or safety concerns.

The classroom assistant will also be responsible for assisting in non-aquatic Adaptive Physical Education classes. In-class duties include assisting students with range of motion by stretching, strength development, and cardiovascular fitness. Assist students getting on and off gym equipment using safe transfer techniques. Maintain a safe environment by identifying students experiencing distress or potential environmental hazards. The assistant will be responsible for the cleaning and non-technical maintenance of equipment, mats, and gym area.

Reporting to an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of swimming and ambulatory aquatic exercise activities for adults with congenital and/or acquired disabilities. Provide support for Adaptive Physical Education (A.P.E.) instructors and program; and perform related duties as required or assigned.

Incumbents may be assigned duties in support of instructors in specialized small group classes or in support of the overall instructional program. The instructor(s) or the A.P.E. Specialist provides work guidelines and direct classroom supervision; however, day-to-day activities require the use of independent initiative and judgment. Perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral information, and possessing the manual dexterity to effectively use physical education related equipment and to handle and work with various materials and objects are important aspects on this job.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Assist instructional personnel in the implementation of physical education, swimming and ambulatory aquatic exercise activities following a prescribed plan developed by instructional personnel.
  2. Assist students during the performance of swimming and ambulatory aquatic exercise activities, which may involve being in the pool ; confers with students regarding progress; modify swimming activities and exercises to meet individual needs of students.
  3. Assist with two person transfers in and out of the pool.
  4. Train students and others in water safety as well as the safe and proper use of specialized physical education equipment; assist with equipment use as needed; answer students' questions regarding exercise and related exercise programs.
  5. Notify the classroom instructor of the A.P.E. Specialist of any medical symptoms arising with enrolled students.
  6. Coordinate materials, equipment, facilities and supplies for classes.
  7. Set up, install, maintain and service equipment, materials and supplies used in classes; assist with the distribution and arrangement of equipment and other related materials.
  8. Maintain physical environment and condition of the pool facility and equipment; may order or arrange for the ordering of lab supplies and equipment; receive, store, issue and maintain supplies.
  9. Participate in activities, specialized workshops and special events.
  10. Participate in periodic in-service training and apply learned skills.
  11. Maintain accurate and timely records.
  12. Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  1. Principles, theories, practices, methods and equipment common to group activities used in adaptive physical education and aquatics therapy.
  2. Safety practices for individuals with disabilities.
  3. Water therapy and exercise programs.
  4. Basic swimming techniques to include water safety.
  5. Basic instructional methods and procedures suitable for individuals with physical disabilities.
  6. Techniques for communicating with individuals with diverse academic, ethnic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds including persons with disabilities.
  7. Routine record management, storage, and retrieval procedures.
  8. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  9. Operation of a computer and other office equipment.
  10. Record-keeping techniques.
  11. Oral and written communication skills.

Ability to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  3. Perform semi-skilled tasks in assigned work area with minimal training.
  4. Work with some independence under general supervision.
  5. Lift supplies and objects required of specific job assignments.
  6. Demonstrate basic swimming techniques.
  7. Identify student needs and explain exercise plans and alternatives.
  8. Maintain current knowledge of rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions.
  9. Learn, interpret, apply and explain policies, procedures, rules and regulations; comprehend when and how to make appropriate referrals.
  10. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  11. Maintain records and prepare reports.
  12. Operate a computer and other office equipment.



  1. Swimming pool setting
  2. Outdoor environment.

Physical Abilities:

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone as well as making presentations.
  2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to perform transfers and operate a computer keyboard.
  3. Vision to read various materials.
  4. In a pool for extended periods of time.
  5. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.
  6. Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects between 50 to 100 lbs.


  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Any combination equivalent to completion of twelfth grade AND one (1) year experience working in an adapted physical education program in a pool setting.


  1. College-level coursework in aquatic therapy, adaptive physical education, physical therapy, special education or a related field.
  2. Work experience in a higher education environment.


  1. Ability to pass a swim test.
  2. First Aid certification.
  3. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.


  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at:

Position: Part-Time, Permanent, 11-months per year
Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. All interviewing costs incurred by applicant are the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-6217


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