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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2879317
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 3, 2018

Job Description




Position:                     Extended School Year Special Education Paraeducator

Department:               ESY

Reports to:                 ESY Coordinator

FLSA Classification:   Non-Exempt                                   

Approved by:             John F. Doherty, Ed.D                                  

Revision Date:           January 2017


SUMMARY: The Reading Public Schools is seeking paraprofessionals for the Extended School Year program. ESY Dates: July 9-August 9, 2018.Under the daily direction of a licensed Special Education Teacher experienced in Autism, PDD, Developmentally Delayed, Social Emotional Learning, and other severe neurological disorders or disabilities, and the general supervision of the building principal, team chair or designee, administers tutoring and support services to students in a classroom setting, small group setting or 1 on 1 setting in acquiring learning, behavior and social skills. Goals are established by the collaborative educational team and the student’s individualized educational plans (IEP).


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSBILITIES: The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide a variety of responsible instructional support activities to enhance the educational environment of students and to meet the educational/training objectives of the program and the educational team.
  • Implements the needs of the students IEP and implements program modifications as directed by certificated staff. Maintains awareness of the disability of the child.
  • Conducts specific behavioral therapy, reviews data, reports concerns, and provides progress information and outcomes to certificated staff.
  • Collects data and records notes in designated student program data collection systems.
  • Oversees students during class, tutoring, mainstreaming, playground, eating activities, emergencies and preparedness drills, etc.
  • Uses Instructional Technology appropriately with students.
  • Supervise students in a variety of situations under the jurisdiction of certificated staff, the collaborative educational team, and parents, always observing students’ behaviors carefully to ensure personal and group safety.
  • Assists assigned children in instruction, communication, social activities and integration, recreation, sports, arts and crafts, personal hygiene, and other designated activities.
  • Assists and supervises in transferring children to and from buses, special equipment, classrooms and events, supervising students during lunch, transition, and recess time; ensuring student safety at all times.
  • Assists and supervises in the toilet training, toileting, diapering, dressing, cleaning, feeding and lifting of children as necessary.
  • Provides demonstration and instruction to less experienced aides through modeling and/or shadowing techniques (a skill taught in training).
  • Prepares materials to use in classroom and therapy.
  • Communicate with parents and legal authorities, collaborative educational team, and Special Education to facilitate crisis intervention. Assist in crisis intervention procedures and restraints.
  • Meet on a regular basis with Special Education staff, collaborative partner staff and others working with assigned students.
  • Understands the general needs and behavior of children as well as learning the physical requirements and emotional needs of children with disabilities and unique needs of children with disabilities such as Autism, PDD, Developmentally Delayed, Social/ Emotional and other neurological disorders and learning disabilities (as taught in training).
  • Ability to read, interpret and follow state and District rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Understands basic child development theory and principles.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of basic first aid and CPR principles and practices.
  • Manage student behavior, deliver directed therapy.
  • Recognize problems which may interfere with learning of students or the physical/emotional welfare of students and implement appropriate solutions in the learning environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward children.
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Successfully complete required training and apply behavior management techniques learned.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student and school information at all times.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.




  • Ability to read and comprehend documents such as memos, safety rules, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to use reasoning ability to evaluate information and determine/recommend an appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff and the community.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.


Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

  • Education: Associate Degree or above. Additional specialized training in child development, education or a related field is desirable.
  • Experience: Some experience working with special education students and/or children with Autism, PDD or other neurological disorders is desirable.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and first aid certificates.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about to provide services and may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will have essential duties requiring him/her to work in a classroom with the ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, bend or twist at the neck and trunk. The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Workday may include providing limited personal care to students. The employee must also occasionally lift or position students to provide services. Occasionally operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and other staff members in person and on the telephone. The employee will be exposed to volatile and assaultive behavior. In the classroom, the employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of students as well as speak frequently to provide instruction. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to move quickly across even or uneven surfaces. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move fifty (50) pounds without assistance.



The employee will be working in a normal school environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents and other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people. While the majority of the work day is spent inside, the employee must spend time outdoors for recess, fire drills, and special activities.


The physical demands and 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. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
    Special Education > Special Education Assistant
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Reading 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 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.

    It is unlawful in Massachusetts to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates this law shall be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability.

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    Contact Information

    • Jennifer Bove , HR Admin
    • 82 Oakland Road
    • Reading, Massachusetts 01867

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