Special Education Paraprofessional

Payette School District Southwest / Boise Paraprofessional / IA Not Applicable Full Time Posted 2M ago

About this job



At least two years of college-level coursework or an Associate’s Degree in education or related field
Previous aide or teaching experience preferred
Ability to lift up to forty pounds and push and pull up to one hundred pounds
Knowledge of child growth and the diverse needs of children with disabilities
Knowledge of appropriate special education classroom practices
The ability to work with students with emotional, physical, and mental disabilities
Ability to instruct students one-on-one and small group situations, at the direction of the Special Education Teacher
Strong background in teaching methods and developmentally appropriate classroom activities
Demonstrated knowledge of subject matter and effective teaching methods
Knowledgeable about word processing, data bases, spread sheets, and reports
Ability to maintain a learning environment
Works well with students, staff, and the public
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Able to work under pressure and deadlines
Maintain confidentiality of staff and students

Special Education Teacher and/or Classroom Teacher and Director of Special Services


Assists the classroom teacher and/or special education teacher in achieving the goals and objectives as stated on each child’s current Individual Education Plan (IEP) through individual, small group, or whole group instruction.


Working with Students

Maintain high academic standards and expectations
Repeat lessons to Title I students who were absent for that lesson
Provide tutorial help to students following lessons prescribed by the teacher and reinforce material and skills using a variety of methods as directed by certified staff
Provide immediate feedback on student performance
Respond to students’ questions and requests for assistance
Observe students’ work and study habits
Observe and record students’ time on task when needed
Assist students in locating prescribed instructional materials and starting their assignments
Assist the classroom teacher in the delivery of an effective instructional program
Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material and skills introduced by the teacher
Help students master equipment or instructional materials assigned by teacher
Provide individualized instruction activities using materials and sequences selected by the special education teacher and other related services personnel
Identify pupil needs and provide instruction appropriate to those needs
Follow modifications and accommodations as specified in IEPs
Administer informal assessments to accommodate students’ specific modifications at the direction of a certified teacher
Assist with such large group activities as drill and practice, reading aloud, and storytelling, and participate in other forms of oral communication with students
Guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work assigned by the teacher
Assist students in the library or media center
Check notebooks, correct papers, and supervise testing and make-up work as assigned by the teacher
Assist with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, and field trips
Administer, score, and record such achievement and diagnostic tests as the teacher recommends for individual students
Encourage students to strive to meet their highest potential
Communicate classroom rules, and encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
Other Classroom Assistance

Assist the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on an understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities
Alert the supervising teacher to any problem or special information about an individual student
Serve as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher
Keep the supervising teacher informed of activities and any issues that may arise
Operate and care for equipment used in the classroom for instructional purposes
Distribute and collect workbooks, papers, and other materials for instruction
Engage children in conversation to encourage language development
Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
Meet the personal needs of children with disabilities including toileting, feeding, locomotion, and health needs
Assist, where appropriate, in loading and unloading the special education pupil from transportation buses or vans

Keep accurate records and maintain individual records for each student
Become familiar with basic special education knowledge as covered by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act with an emphasis on due process procedures and confidentiality of information and records
Complete clerical duties as assigned by the supervising teacher
Attend faculty meetings as required
Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and problems
Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development through such efforts as reading professional journals and other publications
Seek assistance should emergencies arise
Represent the school district in a positive manner
Know and follow school district policy and chain of command
Perform other duties as assigned

Performance of this position will be evaluated annually by the classroom teacher and/or special education teacher and/or the director of special services in conformance with any applicable federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy.


Salary based on experience and skills. The position qualifies for benefits which include health, dental, vision and life insurance, PERSI retirement, paid vacation as well as access to optional ancillary insurance and retirement products.


This position shall be considered in all respects “employment at will”. The “employment period” and other descriptions and terms set forth in this job description shall not create a property right for the employee. These are set forth only to advise the employee of when and what type of services will be required by the district so long as the employment continues.

Payette School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Positions are open until filled. All recommendations for hire are tentative offers. Employment is contingent upon board approval, and successful completion of a federal background check and drug-free workplace pre-employment screening (if required for the position). Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Payette School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.