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Instructional Assistant, Special Education (Behavioral Support)

  • Classified

Salary range: 29

Reports to: Classroom Teacher/ Appropriate Administrator

The work location for this position may take place at multiple school sites during the course of the day and school year.


Support the instruction and supervision of students with identified Special Education needs; assist with instructional behavioral support and goal-driven, specialized, one-to-one and/or small group services for a short term while a plan is being developed and in the initial phases of implementation and data collection. Employees in this classification receive direct to general supervision from Certified Teacher(s). Employees in this classification will receive training, indirect supervision, and evaluation by the District Supervisor of Behavioral Support Services. Behavior management procedures and data collection are essential functions of this role. This job class provides responsible support and follow-through activities as specified in the student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP); the primary role is to support identification, initiation, development, and training, to implement a positive Behavioral Support Plan for students in the context of the classroom.

  • Minimum of an A.A. degree with training in behavior tracking and behavior management required; B.A. preferred
  • Prior job-related experience, paid or volunteer, with pre-school to school-aged students
  • Experience working with students with learning disabilies and/or equivalent experience
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Assist Classroom Teacher with development of an instructional environment conducive to learning for student
  • Support students individually or in small groups to reinforce and follow up learning activity as related to student participation
  • Assist in the management and shaping of student behavior through the use of positive reinforcement strategies
  • Auditory and visual monitoring of students both inside the classroom and during outside activities
  • May perform clerical duties such as filing or duplicating materials
  • Maintain student discipline in the absence of the teacher
  • Assist in maintaining a neat, orderly, and attractive learning environment
  • Understand behavior needs of assigned child and effectively relate to these needs in a learning and/or recreational situation
  • Learn physical requirements and/or specific needs of assigned special education students
  • Understand and carry out both oral and written instructions in an independent manner
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Maintain calm and patience in stressful situations
  • Modify curriculum to meet individual needs of each child
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • Perform all related duties as assigned
  • Collaborate with support staff to model and implement effective behavioral support strategies.
  • Ability to develop an understanding of the behavior needs of assigned children and effectively relate to these needs in a learning and/or recreational situation;
  • Understanding of the behavior needs of students with emotional disturbances and effectively implement Individual Behavior Plans;
  • Knowledge and understanding of methods to successfully complete necessary behavior management and safety training;
  • General needs and behaviors of children;
  • Familiarity with Behavior Support Plans, data collection, creation and maintenance of ABA binders;
  • Proper English usage and grammar;
  • Oral and written communication skills;
  • Methods of modifying environments to meet individual needs of each child;
  • Computer and software applications appropriate to assignment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

Lifting 30 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. May entail exposure to electrical shock. Position requires direct contact with students; may involve exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 10 Months (32 hours per week)

Revision Date: 06/06/2013

Initial date: 02/26/2013

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.