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Paraprofessional (Sign on Bonus)

JCFS Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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Through a holistic approach, the Knapp Therapeutic Day School creates an inclusive therapeutic learning community centered around empowering student to reach their full potential.

Position Description:

The purpose of this position is to assist in the establishment and maintenance of a safe and effective educational environment for all students and staff through close collaboration with School Teachers, Clinical Staff, and School Administration.  This person will:

  • Maintain calm, helpful, and appropriate demeanor during crisis and post crisis debrief. 
  • Have familiarity and assist in implementing students’ crisis support plans.
  • Utilize interventions prescribed by TCI, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Ukeru to provide emotional and environmental support for students, with the goal of reducing the likelihood of a crisis situation.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • ISBE Certified Paraprofessional
  • Must be able to successfully complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Ukeru training and maintain the required credentials.

Why Join the JCFS Team:

  • Our work is driven by compassion and a desire to improve the world
  • We ensure staff receive high quality training, knowledge and the resources to succeed
  • We offer a great benefits package (Medical; Dental; Vision; Paid sick and vacation time; discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options) 

New hires would need to be fully vaccinated with 1 or 2 doses and booster and provide their card upon hire OR begin receiving the booster within 2 weeks of being hired and participate in weekly COVID testing until fully vaccinated OR provide documentation for an ADA or religious exemption and participate in weekly COVID testing. 

JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS Chicago provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application. JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area.  Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS


We Redefine What's Possible

JCFS Chicago has strengthened the lives of children, teens, adults and families for more than 160 years.

How We Help

When people need help, JCFS Chicago is ready to provide caring and healing services to guide them from crisis to calm, from anguish to awareness, and from isolation to support. With services that are infused with Jewish values and compassion, we work to make our community inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

You are not alone in your struggle when you receive help from JCFS. Each year more than 22,000 children, teens, adults and families turn to us for expert, individualized help as they strive to live successfully in their community.

The services of JCFS are as diverse as the people who benefit from them: the agency’s talented and diverse workforce helps individuals and families regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender, sex or sexual orientation.

The JCFS family of services include: 

  • Services for children and young adults including education at the therapeutic day school and Yeshiva, speech-language/occupational therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, and behavioral assessments and interventions. 
  • Services for individuals such as counseling (individual and family), support groups, marriage counseling, career services and training.
  • Services for people with disabilities and their families include community-based group living, support and assistance for independent living, customized employment and job training.
  • Immigration, citizenship and refugee resettlement services.
  • Clinical support for children and families in the child welfare system. 
  • Jewish community programs such as addiction services, abuse prevention, spiritual support and connections to JCFS services through community partnerships. 
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230 W Monroe
230 W Monroe

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