Special Education Assistant

Job | Posted 19 days ago
Position Areas
Special Education



# work weeks / year  

# hours / day   


Hourly rate

Annual Shift Stipend




2021/22 - TBD



 2020/21 Hourly rate determined by collective bargaining agreement.

 This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement and is eligible for insurance benefits.

 To qualify for employment the candidate must have or be eligible for State of Illinois Paraprofessional Approval.




Purpose Statement

The job of Special Education Assistant was established for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional program within assigned classroom with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care and instruction of special needs and at-risk students in the regular classroom or in a self-contained classroom; assisting in implementing plans or interventions/strategies for instruction; monitoring student behavior during non-classroom time; and providing information to appropriate school personnel.

This job reports to Principal

Essential Functions

         Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials, under the direction of the supervising teacher, for the purpose of supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.

         Administers tests, homework, make-up work, etc. for the purpose of supporting teachers in the classroom.

         Assists mainstream, medically fragile, physically disabled students (e.g. bathroom, change clothes, change diapers, feeding students, grooming, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining students' personal hygiene.

         Communicates with supervising instructional staff, and/or professional support personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.

         Implements behavioral plans for students, under the supervision of administrative staff or assigned certificated staff for the purpose of presenting and/or reinforcing documented objectives.

         Maintains instructional materials and/or manual and electronic files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items; providing written reference; and/or meeting mandated requirements.

         Monitors students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. rest rooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus loading zones, cafeteria, parking lots, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.

         Provides under the supervision of assigned administrator or certified staff, instruction to students in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing instructional objectives; implementing IEP plans; and ensuring students success in school.

         Reports observations and incidents relating to specific students (e.g. academic progress, accidents, fights, inappropriate social behavior, violations of rules, safety conditions, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information to appropriate certified and/or administrative personnel.

         Responds to emergency situations (e.g. injured student, fights, safety drills, etc.) for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.

Other Functions

         Attends meetings and in-service presentations for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.

         Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements:  Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.  Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions.  Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: instructional procedures and practices; age appropriate student activities; safety practices and procedures; conflict resolution; and stages of child development/ behavior.

ABILITY is required to schedule activities; gather and/or collate data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to  work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods.  Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to identify issues and create action plans.   Problem solving with data may require independent interpretation; and problem solving with equipment is moderate.  Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; working as part of a team; and working with constant interruptions.


Responsibilities include: working under direct supervision using standardized procedures; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; and operating within a defined budget.  Utilization of some resources from other work units may be required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to have some impact on the organization's services.

Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 50% sitting, 25% walking, and 25% standing.  The job is performed under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness and in a clean atmosphere.


Experience      Job related experience is required.

Education        Targeted job related education that meets organization's prerequisite requirements.


Posted By

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

899 North Mill Street , Naperville, IL 60563

At the following locations

1 - Elementary Maplebrook

1630 Warbler Drive , Npaerville, IL 60565