Federal Programs/Special Education Paraprofessional | Kimberly


Federal Programs/Special Education Paraprofessional Job Description


Under federal law, a paraprofessional, also known as a “paraeducator,” an “education assistant” or an “instructional assistant,” is defined as an individual who is employed in a preschool, elementary school, or secondary school under the supervision of a certificated or licensed teacher, and includes persons employed in language instruction educational programs, special education programs, and migrant education programs.


Paraeducators are employed by the District mainly to assist the teacher. A paraeducator is an extension of the teacher, who legally has the direct control and supervision of the classroom or playground and is responsible for the control and welfare of the students.



High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) and:

  • Demonstrated through a state approved academic assessment knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing or preparing students to be instructed as applicable to the academic areas they are providing support in; or
  • Have completed at least 2 yrs of study at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; or
  • Obtained an associate degree or higher-level degree


Be capable of physically assisting students with specials needs as required (positioning, lifting, transferring, restraining, changing, etc.)

Demonstrated ability to work effectively under the direction of others

Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others

Willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position

Support the Mission Statement of the district.

Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the work to be performed

Such alternative to the above qualifications as the District may find appropriate.


Primary Responsibility to:

Principal and a Teacher to whom the Principal may have delegated responsibility for close direction.


Secondary Responsibility:

Federal Program Director/ Special Education Director



The nature of the work accomplished by paraeducators will encompass a variety of tasks that may be inclusive of “limited instructional duties.”

Duties of a paraprofessional include, but are not limited to:

  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Assisting in classroom management
  • Assisting in computer instruction
  • Conducting parent involvement activities
  • Providing instructional support in a library or media center
  • Acting as a translator in instructional matters
  • Providing instructional support services
  • Assist in preparing class materials, lesson plans, etc.
  • Assist in monitoring work of students and charting progress made
  • Assessment administration/proctoring as directed by supervisors
  • Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for the students and monitor their progress
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities
  • Support students with emotional or behavior concerns and assist them in developing appropriate social skills
  • Work with other professionals, such as speech therapist, social worker, occupational and physical therapists.
  • Distribution and collection of instructional, testing, or other materials
  • Supplying proper documentation of duties performed, time cards, time and effort reporting, travel logs, record keeping, etc.  as directed by supervisor, district policy/protocols, and/or program requirements
  • Assist students with the proper use of equipment including any specialized equipment that a student may require
  • Attendance at parent nights, PAC Meetings, Federal Program nights, etc. as requested by supervisors
  • Personal care and health needs for students as required, i.e. lifting, feeding, changing diapers or clothing, etc.
  • Non-instructional duties such as providing technical support for computers, playground supervision, bus supervision, and clerical duties are generally performed by classroom or school aides, however, this does not preclude paraprofessionals from also assisting in these non-instructional areas
  • Attend professional development/ training opportunities as designated by supervisors
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Displays timeliness, cleanliness, and willingness to participate and be part of the total operations of Kimberly Schools.  Work with integrity and ethically in maintaining confidentiality of all aspects of employment


Terms of Employment:

The employment period shall be determined by the immediate supervisor, Principal, Director, and the Superintendent.  The salary shall be commensurate with the classified salary schedule.  Summer and vacation employment may be offered if the funds are available.  Paraprofessionals shall have reasonable assurance of part-time employment unless notified otherwise. 



Performance of this position will be evaluated periodically by the teacher, Principal, and/or Director.