Burlington Schools District Office

Burlington Public Schools

Burlington, VT ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3492823
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 12, 2021

Job Description

Scope of Work:

 Under the direction of the assigned supervisor, Paraeducators assist a certificated teacher in providing instruction to individuals or small groups of students in an assigned educational program; assist children with meeting the goals and objectives of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP); attend to the physical and health needs of students; monitor and report student progress regarding educational performance; perform a variety of clerical and supportive duties related to classroom activities and classroom management


Burlington is a vibrant, picturesque community on Lake Champlain and the most culturally diverse city in Vermont. Burlington has an international airport, and is in close proximity to a number of large cities, including Montreal, Boston and New York City. With our excellent schools system, parks, Lake Champlain and local ski mountains within an hour’s drive, it is not surprising that Burlington routinely finds itself on the “best places in the country to raise children” lists.


Essential Functions:


A) Support the developmental growth of each child:

  1. Facilitate children's engagement in play activities by asking children open-ended questions about their activity and offering suggestions to add more complex materials and ideas.
  2. Facilitate language development by describing to children their activity as well as the adult’s activity as they are happening.
  3. Use motivation/positive behavior management technique
  4. Understand young children, their behaviors and motivation:

B) Work Collaboratively with Teaching Team by:

  1. Following IEP Objectives and Behavior Plans
  2. Using methods, materials prescribed by the teaching team
  3. Assist professional staff in supervising students across environments
  4. Assist professional staff in the maintenance and operation of classrooms by prepping materials and classroom for daily activities
  5. Participate in scheduled paraeducator in-service and trainings
  6. Assist professional staff with the collation, collating, and recording of data
  7. Perform other tasks and duties as appropriate and/or assigned

C) Maintain Professionalism:

  1. Accept constructive feedback and suggestions from the teaching team and use the information to enhance/improve one's work with children
  2. Maintain a positive attitude and working relationship with both students and colleagues.
  3. Effectively handle stress and stressful situations at work
  4. Seek and ask for help if needed
  5. Maintain a high level of confidentiality in accordance with Federal Law (FERPA)
  6. Maintain a respectful demeanor with co-workers, parents, guardians, and students





Required Qualifications:



  • Education:


    1. Minimum Required: At least two years post-secondary education or successful completion of the Praxis exam.   
    2. Preferred: Coursework in Early Childhood or related field (i.e. psychology, education, human development, etc.); Associate or Bachelor’s degree.


  • Experience:


    1. Minimum Required: Experience working with children aged birth to 6 preferred but not required.
    2. Preferred: Experience working with children that have special needs
  • List Specific Skills And/Or Abilities Required:
  1. Proficiency in English.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with students, parents, guardians and school staff.
  3. Ability to consistently demonstrate enthusiasm in working with preschool age children.
  4. Ability to tolerate stressful situations and maintain proper decorum.
  5. Willingness to learn about children and their needs to better handle situations and problems.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Location Description

    Diversity Mission Statement
    The Burlington School District recognizes and values the diversity of our students, staff and community. The District is committed to a culture of diversity that reflects the voices, perspectives and differences arising from our diverse community and the world. We believe that it is important for students to understand and appreciate human diversity, develop a capacity for cultural competence, and commit to encouraging inclusion in their future lives.

    The District will adopt procedures and implement staff training intended to achieve a diverse and culturally competent school community, inclusive of diverse races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and spiritual beliefs, ages, and physical and learning abilities. The administration shall report to the Board annually on its progress, barriers and outcomes. Learn more about us...

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    Burlington School District 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. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Contact Information

    • Christopher Celotto
    • 150 Colchester Avenue
    • Burlington, Vermont 05401

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