Job Title: Instructional Paraprofessional
Work Year: 175 Days; this will vary depending on school calendar
Reports To: Principal
Pay Range: Classified Salary Schedule (Starting at $13.48/hr up to $18.22/hr)
Actual placement determined by education and experience.
This job description applies to any employee whose position is hired as an Instructional Paraprofessional employee. This position may include assignments such as but not limited to grade levels, special education, departments, and/or individual or groups of students.
Union Colony Schools involve students in educational experiences that prepare them to excel in college or other post-secondary educational endeavors.
The vision of Union Colony Schools is to provide an educational program, Kindergarten through Twelfth grade, that recognizes and attends to the many and unique needs of its students. The Schools will assure each student the opportunity to reach their full potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically, while developing a love of and respect for learning. The vision encourages each student to become compassionate, productive and contributing members of society with high academic and moral standards which are sustained by a commitment to excellence in all aspects of school life.
Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member, to assist certified professional staff with students in the classroom to meet instructional goals and objectives, and to free certified professional employees from non-professional duties such as proctoring study halls to enable them to make a contribution to other aspects of the educational program, such as curriculum development.
Essential Job Functions
- Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, and other skills.
- Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.
- Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.
- Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.
- Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.
- Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and ensure students are on task.
- Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, study hall, and other related non-instructional areas.
- Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision.
- Constructs, copies and distributes and uses educational materials as needed.
- Assists teachers with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.
- Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement if IEP objectives, etc.
- Participates in the IEP process and serves as a resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed.
- Assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability to participate in school or learning activities.
- Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs.
- Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed.
- Perform any other related duties as assigned.
- Assist with daily school duties such as but not limited to student drop-off, pickup, crossing guard, and/or any other duties as assigned by the building principal or assistant principal.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
- Use standard office equipment, such as personal computers and copiers.
- Travel between schools, or between schools and central offices, may be required for certain positions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.
- Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
- Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
- Effective writing and verbal communication skills.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
- Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.
- Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying.
Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of examination as required by the No Child Left Behind Act
- Prior experience working with special needs children is desirable.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Union Colony Schools shall not discriminate in its employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Union Colony is committed to cultural diversity among school personnel as a means of enriching educational experience. The School shall identify, solicit, and consider applicants for employment from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will contribute to that effort.