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Paraeducator – Skagit Discovery (3 positions)

Paraeducator – Skagit Discovery (3 positions)

By |September 28th, 2018|


Skagit Discovery
1103 McGarigle Rd
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

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Position Summary

The primary role of the Paraeducator is to assist special education students in grades kindergarten through high school and court-involved students in achieving academic and behavioral goals as specified in student Individual Education Plans (IEP). The Paraeducator provides essential support in facilitating the overall safety and effectiveness of the school operations through student supervision, instructional support, behavior intervention and management, as well as operational/clerical support. 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.
  • Maintains active supervision of assigned students in specialized times and settings including: alcove areas, in-school suspension, seclusion area, and before/after school detention.
  • 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.
  • Assists with the assessment of student performance as well as collecting and organizing behavioral data regarding student performance on an ongoing basis. Attends student IEP conferences as directed.
  •  Tracks attendance and other daily student needs. May have contact with parents, guardians, former teachers and administrators, and community agencies as directed.
  • Participates in direct behavioral/social/interpersonal skills instruction with students throughout the course of daily programming. Observes, records and provides consistent behavioral feedback to students in accordance with the program “Behavior Management Level System”. Assists with the tabulation and management of paperwork related to student Level System point sheets.
  • 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.
  • Monitors student health/hygiene and responds according to established program procedures.
  • As directed by the teacher and/or Program Administrator, prepares instructional and programming materials; assists with correcting/grading student assignments; orders, schedules, and performs record keeping of student and classroom materials; assists with the utilization of technical equipment; and coordinates classroom activities.
  • Shares in the overall responsibility for maintenance of facilities as well as the health and safety of the school environment.
  • Attends staff meetings and professional development activities.

Supervisory: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities of NWESD employees, however, the position does require general supervision of students and may require general oversight of substitute Paraeducators.

Other Job Functions: Performs related duties as assigned.* At the time of the interview additional job functions will be provided*



High School diploma and one of the following required: Associate’s degree or higher; two years of education from an institute of higher education (72 quarter hours or 48 semester hours); or proof of a score of 461 or higher on the ETS Parapro Assessment. Experience working with at-risk and adjudicated adolescents in an alternative environment is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to comply with NWESD 189 policy/procedures and to maintain confidentiality of records and other information.

Employment Conditions and Benefits

Work is performed in an educational environment for special needs students in which continual observation and awareness of the surroundings is critical. Must have sufficient stamina, fitness, and coordination to safely participate in physical containment procedures and recreational activities. Lifts and carries a maximum of 40 pounds. Transporting students may be required. 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, spitting, fighting, kicking, hitting, punching, biting, scratching, hair pulling, throwing of objects and other forms of physical aggression.

Salary Range

I.12 Step 1

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.
  • Valid First-Aid and/or CPR certificate and Right Response training required, or be willing to obtain.

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