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Substitute Paraeducator – Special Programs & Services

Substitute Paraeducator – Special Programs & Services

By |September 5th, 2018|


Whatcom Discovery(Ferndale), Snohomish Discovery (Arlington), Skagit Discovery (Sedro-Woolley), Northwest Regional Learning Center (Arlington), Whatcom Detention (Bellingham), Skagit Detention (Mount Vernon), Snohomish Detention (Everett)

Position Summary

The Substitute Paraeducator provides essential support in facilitating the overall safety and effectiveness of the school operations through student supervision, instructional support, behavior intervention, and management. These tasks are performed under the direction of certified teachers and under the supervision of the Program Administrator.

Essential Functions: The following essential functions are common to all program Paraeducators although the application of such may vary slightly due to the level of student developmental abilities/issues.

  • Provides consistent, active supervision of individual, small groups, and whole groups of students throughout daily programming in the classroom, during non-instructional time such as recess, lunch, break periods, and bus loading/unloading, as well as during off-campus outings and activities. Performs safety searches of students as directed. Monitors student interactions during the instructional day.
  • Under the direction of, or in conjunction with the teacher, carries out a variety of individual, small group, or whole groups instructional activities to implement academic, social, vocational/life skills, health/safety, technological and recreational curriculum including motivational support and reinforcement of student efforts and achievements.
  • De-escalates disruptive student behavior to prevent crisis escalation and participates in physical management of students in crisis according to established program procedures if warranted.

Supervisory:  This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities of NWESD employees.



Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to comply with NWESD policy/procedures and to maintain confidentiality of student records.
Experience teaching students with behavioral or developmental disabilities
Skill in diffusing and managing student crisis

A valid Washington State Teaching Certificate, First Aid and CPR training, and valid Washington driver’s license.
Washington State Patrol/Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history background clearance required.

Employment Conditions and Benefits

Work is performed in an educational center for special needs students. Travel may be required on occasion. Must be physically capable of performing de-escalation techniques. Lifts and carries a maximum of 40 pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.

Hazards: Due to the nature of the population of the school, hazards include but are not limited to exposure to weapons, threats, verbal abuse, hitting, fighting, throwing of objects, etc.

Salary Range

V, Range C

How to Apply

Submit a complete application at nwesd.org/jobs. Applications for this position must include:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Copies of Official Transcripts
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license
  • WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance is required.

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