Des Moines Elementary
Hours Per Day: 4.00
Position Type: Continuing
Salary: $16.82 - $18.39
Closing Date: 11/23/2017 - To be considered for this position, please submit a completed
online application and upload required documents on or before this date.
Additional Information: This position includes 3 hours of Kindergarten para, 30 minutes of recess
monitoring, and 30 minutes classroom para for a total of 4 hours per day.
JOB TITLE: PARAEDUCATOR
GROUP: Teamsters III - Paraeducator LEVEL: 11
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
WORK DAYS PER FISCAL YEAR: 180 HOLIDAYS: 11 or 12 dependent on school start date
SUMMARY: The job of paraeducator is done for the purpose of providing support to the instructional program
within an assigned classroom with specific responsibility for working with individual and/or small groups of
students; monitoring students in the classroom, playground, lunchroom, crossing streets, during
loading/unloading buses, etc. and providing clerical support to teachers and staff.
CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of
Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center in Washington State. Starting in
the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining the
community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline
Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.
The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline
students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their future.
The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and
* Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.
* Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.
* Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.
* A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not
exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also
be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
* Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the supervising teacher for
the purpose of supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.
* Administers classroom assignments, tests, homework assignments, make-up work for the purpose of
supporting teachers in the instructional process.
* Assists students, individually or in small groups, with lesson assignments (e.g. read stories, listen to students
read, provide writing assistance, reinforce lessons, facilitate activities, computer learning programs, etc.) for
the purpose of practicing and/or reinforcing learning concepts, and assisting student in reaching academic
goals and grade level standards.
* Communicate with teachers and/or parents for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or
implementing IEP objectives.
* Implements, under the supervision of the assigned teacher, instructional programs and lesson plans for the
purpose of presenting and/or reinforcing learning concepts.
JOB DESCRIPTION: PARAEDUCATOR
* Maintains classroom equipment, work area, and manual and electronic files and records for the purpose of
ensuring availability of items, providing written reference, providing a safe learning environment, and/or
meeting mandated requirements.
* Monitors student behavior during and between assigned periods (e.g. restrooms, playgrounds, hallways,
library, cafeteria, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring student compliance with established guidelines,
maintaining a safe and positive learning environment, and secure facility.
* Monitors individual and/or groups of students in a variety of settings (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips,
library, lunchroom, during bus loading/unloading, etc.) for the purpose of a safe and positive learning
* Refers incidents including personal injuries, altercations, suspicious activities, rule violations, etc. to
appropriate site personnel for the purpose of ensuring follow-up in accordance with administrative, site
security, and student safety guidelines.
* Coordinate testing, conduct assessments, manage assessment data, and summarize data for Behavior
Support team and teachers.
* Responds to a variety of situations (e.g. accidents, health, injuries, vandalism, suspicious activities, etc.) for
the purpose of taking the appropriate action to resolve immediate safety and/or security concerns.
* Supports classroom teachers and other school personnel for the purpose of assisting them in the
implementation of curriculum and teaching methodologies.
* 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 and supporting student learning objectives.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
AA degree or
High school diploma (or equivalent) and 72 college credits or
High school diploma (or equivalent) and successful completion of an approved paraeducator assessment test
Experience with students who demonstrate challenging behaviors
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Criminal background clearance
Based on programs at position location, employee must attend PBIS and/or RTI training
First Aid and CPR certification within 90 days of hire and maintain certification
Positive behavior interventions such as Check, Connect, & Expect
Writing skills including grammar and punctuation
Stages of child development and learning styles
Age appropriate activities
School board policies and procedures
Communicate effectively and clearly both verbally and in writing at all levels
Operate a microcomputer and related software
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students and general public
Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence
JOB DESCRIPTION: PARAEDUCATOR
Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations
Organize activities, collect data, set priorities, and follow instructions
Work cooperatively with staff, students and parents in a school environment
Make sound decisions and resolve staff conflicts tactfully and diplomatically
Use basic job-related equipment
Problem solve; interpret guidelines, identify issues and create action plans
Attend to detail and follow tasks through to completion
Work under pressure at various locations throughout the district
Work independently and with minimal supervision
Maintain strict confidentiality
Comply with district board policies and follow administrative procedures
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Building Principal or designee
EVALUATION: The paraeducator will be evaluated by the principal or designee based on performance of duties
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will constantly bend neck and back, use hands for
repetitive grasping, squat and kneel. The employee is frequently required to stand/walk, sit, use hands for fine
manipulation, and pushing/pulling. The employee will occasionally be required to climb stairs, lift and/or reach
overhead, knee stand, and lift/carry and push/pull. The employee must constantly lift/carry up to 10 pounds and
must frequently lift /carry up to 20 pounds. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 35 pounds
and occasionally lift over the shoulder a maximum of 15 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to
push/pull a maximum weight of 25 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions. The employee is
occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually
moderate. The employee is exposed to infectious diseases carried by children. While performing crossing guard
duties, employee will be exposed to moving vehicles.
Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not
intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.
Updated to add EEOC statement, 2017.03.07
Updated Superintendent’s statement, 2014.10.14
Revised education requirement language per suggestion of union business representative and agreement of district, 2014.02.03
Revised to make changes agreed upon at meeting on Dec. 9, 2013 between district and union, 2013.12.09
Transferred job description to new format, 2013.12.06
Revised by Human Resources to include district introduction, 2013.09.24
Updated physical demands per instructions from J. Hodson, 2013/07
Updated Physical Demands and Work Environment per job analysis, 2013/04
Updated by Human Resources, 06/2011
Nash & Company, Para Educator, 09/2004
Previously - Instructional Para-Educator
Revised by Human Resources to change the job title from Instructional Paraprofessional to Instructional Para-Educator, 12/1995
Revised by Personnel, 02/1992
Revised by E.A. Walsh and Company, 06/1991 prepared by E.A. Walsh and Company, 04/1989
JOB DESCRIPTION: PARAEDUCATOR
Highline Public Schools, District #401, complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate
in admission, access, treatment, or employment in education programs or hiring practices on the basis of race,
creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital
status, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical
disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all
students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Any
person having inquiries should contact: Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Affirmative
Action, Civil Rights Act (employees), and Title IX: Chief Talent Officer, 206.631.3121,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Civil Rights Act: Executive Director of Student Support and Family
Engagement, 206.631.3100, 206.631.3100, email@example.com; Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act- Director of Health and Social Services, 206.631.3011, firstname.lastname@example.org