MAINSTREAM INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Essex Middle School

Essex Westford School District

Essex Jct, Vermont ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3721349
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : January 6, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Do you have a passion for education and a commitment to the success of ALL students?

Essex Westford School District is seeking full-time Mainstream Instructional Assistants at Essex Middle School to assist and supervise assigned special needs students instructionally, behaviorally and physically in the general mainstream program. Positions involve working with a student individually and/or in small groups in collaboration with a special educator. Successful experience working with students with emotional challenges and mental health diagnosis highly preferred. Experience working with middle school aged students helpful.

EWSD offers excellent benefits including paid time off, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and retirement savings.

Candidates with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:
  • Good working knowledge of disabilities of special education students, and special education teaching methods, theories and laws required.
  • Good understanding of standard classroom operations and teaching methods; good basic teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated mastery of the academic subject matter being taught to students.
  • Flexibility within schedule to meet bus and/or stay with student(s) at the end of the day.
  • Able to serve as a substitute bus aide before and/or after school.
For additional information, Click Here for a copy of the job description.

EWSD is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Successful candidates must be committed to working effectively with diverse community populations and are expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.

If you are committed to the success of all students but do not meet all qualifications listed above, you are still encouraged to apply.


For consideration, please apply electronically through www.schoolspring.com.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 2
  • Salary: $ 17.61 to $ 17.61 Per Hour
  • Job Categories : Special Education > Adaptive Physical Education
    Special Education > Autism
    Special Education > Emotionally Disabled
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Hard of Hearing
    Special Education > Learning Disabled
    Special Education > Life Skills
    Special Education > Mentally Disabled
    Special Education > Multiple Disabilities
    Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Employer Description

    EWSD is committed to “growing hearts and minds for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.” We serve approximately 4,500 preschool through 12th grade students in ten schools across three communities: Essex Town, Essex Junction and Westford, Vermont. We are one of the state’s largest and most highly-respected school systems, employ close to a thousand teachers and staff and operate with an $80 million-plus budget.

    We believe in the value of every individual. We strive to raise the voices of both students and staff. EWSD is committed to a growth mindset, seeking new learning opportunities, and working together to overcome challenges. This means that we don’t think people’s skills and attributes are set, but that we each can grow as we learn.

    We respect and value our team members, and do our best to communicate clearly and often. Knowing that feedback is an essential part of continuous improvement, we acknowledge that it’s important to make time to share our collective knowledge. Teachers across the district meet weekly in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to foster collaborative learning and are encouraged to take advantage of our professional development funds to continue their education.

    Our systems are constantly evolving. We encourage creative thinking and risk-taking in pursuit of growth to give our learning community the best possible experience.

    Our district’s instructional strategic plan – a multi-year plan built with an equity lens – lays out research-based, proven strategies to move our students and community forward. The rigorous, well-balanced proficiency-based curriculum focuses on emotional and academic growth to engage and inspire our learners. We believe in students sharing their voices and shaping their learning, with flexible opportunities to participate in arts, athletics, community service, and internships.

    We are committed not only to students’ intellectual development, but also their social, emotional, physical, and creative lives. We are also committed to ensuring each and every child is successful in reaching their goals and aspirations.

    A key part of our mission is growing both hearts and minds, and we aspire for compassionate, caring interactions in all of our relationships.

    Please visit www.ewsd.org to learn more about our district! Learn more about us...


    Location Description

    Essex Middle School is located on Founders Road in Essex Town and houses grade 6-8 students. Learn more about us...


    Job Requirements

    • EWSD conducts thorough screenings of all applicants being recommended for hire, which may include contacting references not listed on your SchoolSpring application. Selected individuals may also be subject to a VT Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) check (if driving students or EWSD vehicles), criminal records background checks, and child and adult abuse registry checks. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon acceptable results of these checks at the sole discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Please visit www.ewsd.org under the employment tab for additional background check information.

      Please Note: EWSD currently requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for employees who are able to receive the vaccine.**
      **Exemption requests will be considered for medical and/or religious reasons.

    • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Instructions

    Please answer the following questions:

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Where did you hear about this position?
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. When would you be available to begin?
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 3. Do we have your permission to contact all references, employers, educational institutions, and other individuals who may have knowledge of your employment and/or other pertinent information regarding your candidacy for this position?
      Yes/No
    • 4. Please review the job description and answer the following question (a link to the job description has been provided in the posting): Are you able to complete the requirements of the job with or without accommodation?
      Yes/No
    • 5. Are you an active candidate for another position in the Essex Westford School District?
      Yes/No
    • 6. Are you under contract or do you have a letter of intent from another school district or supervisory union that would conflict with this posted position?
      Multiple Choice / Single Answer
      - Yes
      - No
    • 7. Are you currently employed with EWSD?
      Multiple Choice / Single Answer
      - Yes
      - No
      - No, but I am a former EWSD employee

    Contact Information

    • Kevin Briggs , Principal
    • 60 Founders Road
    • Essex Jct, Vermont 05452
    • Phone: 802-879-7173
    • Fax: 802-879-1363
    • Email: click here

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