Middle School Media Specialist Paraprofessional

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Department: School Level             Date Prepared: 06/2022


Job Title: Middle School Media Specialist Paraprofessional


Classification (FLSA Status): Non Exempt


Lane/Salary Grade: Grade 5


Location:  Canyon View Middle

Expected Work Hours:

  • 27.5 hrs/week

  • During regular school hours



General Function:

The Middle School Media Specialist works under the general supervision of the principal to assess and meet the information needs of students and faculty and develops programs to stimulate student interest. 


Organizational Structure:


Job Title: Middle School Media Specialist Paraprofessional - (Prep Aide)


Supervisor’s Title: School Principal


Jobs Reporting to this Title: Assistant Library/copy aide


Summary and Overall Objective:

The Middle School Media Specialist works under the general supervision of the principal to assess and meet the information needs of students and faculty and develops programs to stimulate student interest by performing the following duties. 


Essential Functions Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates and maintains an attractive environment in the media center which is conducive to positive learning. 

  • Establishes media center rules and operating procedures after receiving input from the principal and teachers. 

  • Maintains order and a pleasant atmosphere in the media center. 

  • Responsible for the day to day operation of the media center. 

  • Operates the curriculum desk.

  • Evaluates, selects, and orders materials and media equipment in cooperation with faculty, students, parents and administrators. It is strongly recommended that the School Principal  be consulted relative to all purchases related to materials, media and equipment. Meeting state and district guidelines.

  • Selects, receives, and organizes books, multimedia, and other materials and equipment.

  • Catalogs and processes new books and materials in a timely manner. 

  • Shelves books and materials. Repairs books.

  • Suggests appropriate books and multimedia to students for classroom assignments and personal access.

  • Assists students and faculty with use of public access catalog. 

  • Assists students and faculty with online searches and research projects. 

  • Plans and carries out a student instruction program for the school library media center.

  • Investigates technologies that will improve services.

  • Collects fines for lost books, damaged books, etc. in accordance with District policy. 

  • Sorts media center mail. 

  • Schedules classes and use of the media center. 

  • Schedules equipment that is heavily used. 

  • Distributes media to the teachers received from the regional media center and collects it from the teachers when it is scheduled to be returned. 

  • Distributes to the administrators and teachers information that would be of value to them as found in periodicals, web pages, etc. 

  • Assists and encourages teachers in teaching the State Media Core Curriculum. 

  • Keeps current of new children's literature and authors. 

  • Introduces students and teachers to a variety of literature. .

  • Maintains proficiency in the use of the current circulation software and any other software used in the media center. 

  • Supports district contracted on-line electronic library resources.

  • Be part of the instructional team by providing services and materials to teachers on an individual basis for the express purpose of helping them improve the quality of instructional presentations.

  •  It is suggested that the Media Specialist meet periodically in teacher departmental meetings to give teachers ideas on how the media center can assist them. 

  • Media used should relate to the District curriculum. 

  • Publicizes and encourages the use of school, city, district, regional, and state library media services.The Media Coordinator should also cooperate with these different entities as much as possible. 

  • Develops, recommends, and monitors media budget allocations as requested by the principal. Where possible, District-wide bulk ordering should be encouraged for media centers where feasible, with input from the Regional Media Coordinator and Director of Special Programs. 

  • Supervises the media center. Also, supervises and trains media, student and volunteer aides in the operation of the school's media system, including an on-going evaluation for improvement. 

  • Assists students and teachers in locating media that is relevant to the instructional program and suited to student needs and abilities. 

  • Provides in-service training to teachers in the various areas of media, including an annual review at the beginning of each school year of media services available to teachers. 

  • Regularly disseminates media related information such as guides, catalogues, schedules, materials, equipment, and services available through the media center. 

  • Organizes and classifies all media materials in the school. 

  • Maintains a comprehensive catalogue inventory and accounting system for all items in the media center. 

  • Sees that all media materials and equipment are kept clean and in good repair. 

  • Performs simple diagnosis of malfunctioning equipment (power on, cords plugged in, etc.).

  • Completes reports as required. 

  • Helps maintain school computers and students' chromebooks.

  • Takes lead of state level testing, other school wide testing and monitoring as assigned.

  • Monitors students throughout the day in the library and other areas as needed. 

  • Assists teachers in making copies and other needed classroom materials. 

  • Provides other services as may be needed in the best interest of the school's instructional program.


Competencies (Knowledge, skills, abilities):

  • Ability to assist with implementation of the instructional program and to participate in monitoring and ensuring appropriate student behavior. 

  • Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English at a level required for successful job performance. 

  • Ability to help others. 

  • Ability to meet and interact with teachers and students with tact, courtesy, and discretion. 

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out essential duties of this position. 

  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

  • A good knowledge of computer skills, spreadsheets and other programs that require some basic data analysis.  


This description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, knowledge and experience requirements; the machines, tools and equipment used; and any licenses or certifications required. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • Associates degree or 48 college semester hours (72 quarter credits) from a college or university; 720 hours on a certified transcript from a technical school or passing results (460) on the ETS ParaProfessional Assessment

  • If none of the above requirements have been met, the applicant must be willing to take and pass the ETS Paraprofessional Assessment within 2 months of hire (Cost of Assessment is $80 and is the responsibility of applicant).


Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • Previous experience in a public school setting preferred.


Job Related Experience:

  • Previous experience in a public school setting preferred.


Required Licenses and Certifications: 

  • This position does not require any certificates or licenses.



  • Iron County School District expects all employees to practice high standards of moral and ethical conduct which are consistent with the values taught in our schools. 

  • All employees are expected to be law abiding, ethical and honest; and demonstrate respect for the dignity of all students, colleagues, parents and members of the community. 

  • All employees are expected to adhere to all district policies while employed. 


Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Environment: 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. 

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, or feel, and talk or hear. 

  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. 

  • The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. 

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Machines, Tools, Equipment Used: 

  • Copy machines and high speed duplicators. 

  • Computer technology. 

  • Video equipment including VCR, camcorders and TV equipment and other media equipment. 

  • Classroom Technology (i.e., projectors, document Cameras, SMART Boards, etc.)


Possible Hazards: 

  • Contact with dissatisfied individuals


Expected Work Hours:

  • 27.5 hrs/week

  • During regular school hours


Travel Requirements: 

  • Personal transportation to and from school building is required


Terms of Employment: 


Job Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the board’s policy on Evaluation of Classified  Personnel.


This will be considered an "at will" position.  For further information regarding "at will" employment, refer to Iron County School District policy GCD Hiring Procedures.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A) and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Iron County School District is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law. 



Posted By

Iron County School District

2077 W Royal Hunte Dr , Cedar City, UT 84720

At the following locations

Canyon View Middle School

1865 N MAIN ST , CEDAR CITY, UT 84721