Salem, MA, US
Sep 14, 2018
Intensive Instructional Paraprofessional


Paraprofessionals will assist teachers and/or other certified personal in providing an innovative, high quality education program designed to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities in the Salem Public Schools. Paraprofessionals will work with school staff to create an educational environment in which quality and continuity are key factors. In addition to sound reasoning and good organizational skills, paraprofessionals are expected to contribute to positive school culture and climate. Paraprofessionals are district-wide employees and subject to the negotiated Paraprofessional Contract, as well as the rules and regulations of Salem Public Schools

The position may include some personal care, lifting, academic support, behavioral interventions and the use of technology. The right person for this position is dependable, organized, flexible and eager to learn through hands-on experience, reading and workshop trainings.

Position Expectations for 1 to 1, ECC, Life Skills, Autism Spectrum and Therapeutic Program Paraprofessionals
  • Assist in toileting and Activity of Daily Living (ADL) skills as determined by student need
  • Crisis Prevention Certification provided & required
  • Must be physically capable of and willing to engage in restraint, bending, and lifting as required to meet unique student needs

General Paraprofessional Responsibilities Include:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of assigned students profile and learning needs, read student IEPs and engage in related PD
  • Support and collaborate with the general education and special education teachers on an ongoing basis
  • Review, correct and reinforce lessons with individual or small groups of students, read stories aloud, assist with math concepts, scribe and brainstorm written work, other curriculum related activities.
  • Prepare and inventory instructional materials, set-up/operate and maintain various learning aides, materials, and assistive technology
  • Assist with classroom management & supervision; administering behavior modification programs/ point systems, data taking, discrete trials
  • Assist teacher in implementing accommodations and specialized strategies for instruction, skill reinforcement, work production and test taking
  • Guide independent study, enrichment work and remedial work as defined by the teacher and the IEP
  • Escort and assist students as needed throughout the building and on community based experiences
  • Follow direction of supervisor and assure safety of students at all times
  • Other duties as prescribed by building or PPS administrative staff as described within the Paraprofessional contract

One to one paraprofessional must have the skills, abilities and aptitude to meet all unique needs of their assigned student

Job Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Forty-eight (48) Credit Hours of College Coursework or an Associate's Degree, or a passing score on one of the two following Formalized Standardized Assessments: ParaPro Assessment ( ) or WorkKeys
  • Minimum of two years experience working with school aged children
  • Written and Oral English proficiency required; fluency in Spanish advantageous

Position Type: Full-time

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salem Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Contact Information
Liza Bento, Director of Human Capital
29 Highland Avenue
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Phone: 978-740-1115
Fax: 978-740-1279

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