Paraeducator - 1:1

Federal Way, WA, US
Sep 15, 2018
Paraeducator - 1:1
Position Type:
ParaEducator (School Aide)/Paraeducator-Special Education

Date Posted:

Brigadoon Elementary

Date Available:
Upon Hire

Closing Date:

Hours per Day:
6hrs / $16.59 to $20.17 DOE

Days of the Week:

Shift Times:

Days per Year:

The paraeducator in this position must be willing to work 1:1 with a special needs student under the direction of a certified teacher, specialist or principal. Students may be medically fragile and/or have behavior problems which could range from mild to severe. This position supports the teacher and other caregivers with a variety of instructional and physical tasks that will help the student achieve the highest level of independent functioning possible when appropriate.

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 essential functions.
  • Assist in the care of medically fragile or behaviorally challenged student as directed and or stated in their IEP.Assist in the daily instruction of the assigned student and other students.Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of IEP goals and objectives.Assist in the planning of daily/weekly individual and group lessons based on IEP goals and objectives.Collect, analyze, and maintain data to modify IEP and help determine program effectiveness.Provide all staff with essential information to meet IEP goals and objectives.Assist in developing and implementing behavior plans for the student.Assist with the teaching of appropriate daily living skills, including personal hygiene, communication and classroom routines.Change diapers and/or toilet train as needed.Assist student with successful transitions such as music, P.E., library, motor activities, lunch, and recess.Assist in transferring student, if in a wheelchair, from chair to floor and back, from chair to toilet and back or to special equipment (i.e., Stander, special chair, etc.) using either a hoyer lift or 1 - 2 person lift.Practice effective safety and security within individual work routines.

  • Develop and maintain positive customer relations with staff and service providers.Work collaboratively with District staff and promote teamwork with co-workers.

The preceding list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.


Per Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Regulations, new hires must have:
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent, And one of the following :
    • AA degree, OR 48 College-Level Semester Credits, OR 72 College-Level Quarter Credits, OR Pass the state approved ParaPro Assessment

Work scheduled hours on a consistent basis
Have proficiency in basic spelling, math and grammar skills
Possess strong background and training in reading instruction, remediation, and assessment


Pass a criminal background check
Possess and maintain district-paid Type II driver's license
Possess and maintain district-paid Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) certificated course
Complete the district's paraeducator core competency requirements
Successfully complete the FWPS district-approved Right Response training at the advanced level at the next available time; maintain current certification at the advanced level through an annual recertification class

Individual education plans (IEPs)

Follow written and verbal directions with minimal supervision
Speak, read and follow written communications in English
Possess the desire, skill and patience to work with students with special emotional, academic and social needs, which may include violent behavior
Demonstrate a caring attitude and establish an environment that encourages appropriate behavior and successful learning
Exercise judgment as to when to act independently and when to refer to higher authority
Possess typing, clerical and office machine skills
Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct including the requirements of confidentiality
Communicate effectively with staff, students, parents/guardians, and the public in a multicultural and multiracial community
Perform basic spelling, math and grammar skills
Interact positively with students, parents and staff in a professional manner and demonstrate a commitment for students and their success
Continue professional growth
Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations

Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools' commitment to "Each Scholar: A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future."
Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.

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 frequently stand and walk, bend neck and back, use hands for repetitive grasping and pushing/pulling. The employee is frequently required to squat, kneel, and use hands for fine manipulation. The employee will occasionally be required to sit, climb stairs/ladder, lift and reach overhead, crawl, and lift/carry. The employee must constantly lift/carry up to 5 pounds and must frequently lift/carry up to 10 pounds. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a maximum of 50 lbs. The employee is occasionally required to push/pull a maximum force of 20 lbs.

WORK 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and intermittently works near video display. The employee occasionally may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Position regularly requires exposure to angry, frustrated, or aggressive individuals, typically in a school classroom environment.

This is a school year assignment. Hours and days will vary slightly from school to school.

Position reports to classroom teacher and/or department head and building principal. Position is evaluated by the building principal or designee.

Public School Employees Union (PSE) SEIU Local 1948

Paraeducator position on the PSE Salary Schedule.

Update 07/2015
Updated Right Response language 07/2017

The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.

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.

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