Title:  Paraprofessional

Reports to: Building Principal, Assistant Principal, Assigned Special Education Teacher

Work Day: 175 work-day calendar, 6.75 hrs/day

Hours: 8:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m. (Elementary) and 7:50 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Secondary); M-F


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working in a curriculum support capacity with students of various ages
  • Successful experience working with special education students
  • Basic computer skills preferred

Purpose and Objectives of the Position:

The Special Education Paraprofessional provides supportive education and maintenance assistance for the teacher of special education or general education students. The paraprofessional should possess a basic understanding of the characteristics of students and must possess the ability to work with students in a one on one setting and in small and large group settings.

NOTE: For certain student populations, position may require specialized training (severely intellectually disabled/profoundly intellectually disabled, autism); the ability to lift and physically manage students who may weigh over 50 pounds; the use of specialized equipment; the ability to assist with or perform personal activities such as feeding, toileting and diapering; or other special abilities. If necessary, these will be discussed in the interview.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide educational, social, communicative support to students with autism in resource and inclusive environments
  • Follow teamed prescribed procedures, academic, social, communication and behavioral interventions plans
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with general education teachers, administrators and other special education service providers/consultants
  • Implement a specialized curriculum
  • Teaching self-responsibility
  • Demonstrate strict standards of confidentiality
  • Demonstrate punctuality and dependability
  • Support students in all school environments, including community-based training
  • Share in recordkeeping duties, including progress monitoring, as assigned by professional staff
  • Seek assistance from other team members as needed to facilitate student progress
  • Organize and prepare materials
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Participate in Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) and Behavior Management Training
  • Participate in professional development and training as required
  • Demonstrate attitude that promotes a positive school environment
  • Take responsibility for the quality of own work
  • Share in school wide duties as assigned and which do not conflict with student time
  • Provide short-term coverage for professional and paraprofessional peers
  • Travel to/from schools as required by the job
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:

  • Requires stooping, bending, kneeling, turning, and reaching.
  • Requires prolonged sitting or standing.
  • Must occasionally work in noisy and crowded environments, with numerous interruptions.

General Responsibilities:

  • Ability to prepare for classroom activities under the supervision of a licensed teacher.
  • Ability to work with small groups of students to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher.
  • Ability to assist individual children in need of special attention.
  • Ability to perform clerical duties as required.
  • Ability to guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up by the teacher.
  • Ability to assist teacher with non-instructional classroom duties, such as snack, toilet, and clothing routines.
  • Ability to assist with reading and storytelling.
  • Ability to assist in drill work.
  • Ability to observe and follow all school district policies at all times.
  • Ability to respond to information requests in a cooperative, courteous, and timely manner.
  • Ability to keep student and personnel information and records confidential.
  • Ability to implement and follow all district health and safety policies, including all precautions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
  • Ability to perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities as directed by the principal or teacher.

Pre-Employment/Yearly Requirements: Employee shall meet all the pre-employment and yearly requirements as specified in the Policies of the Board of Education.

Term of Employment:    At will.

Salary: $10.25/hr, with increases for experience and education

FLSA Status:  Non - Exempt; Hourly

Evaluation: Performance effectiveness will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of Board of Education Policy.

Job Start Date: August-15-2019
Applications Due By: August-15-2019

Job Contact Information

Myranda Agnew - - 913-684-1400

Employer Information

Leavenworth U.S.D. #453

Leavenworth is a modern community which blends the best of urban and rural ways of life. Leavenworth is nestled in the rolling hills on the west bank of the Missouri River, only minutes away from metropolitan Kansas City. It is an exciting time in Leavenworth education as student achievement increases, academic rigor improves, and college/career readiness opportunities expand.  Leavenworth schools offer greater diversity than many schools in the area due to the international officers attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the Foreign Exchange Program.  Enrollment in the district is approximately 4,000 students. Leavenworth has modern and updated facilities structured with four PreK-5th grade elementary schools, a 6th-8th grade middle school, and a 9th-12th grade high school.  Leavenworth High School boasts the oldest and most successful JROTC in the country, 12 AP classes, more military appointments than any school in the area, and more than 50 clubs/sports/activities in which students may participate.  The future of Leavenworth schools is bright.  Come and be a Pioneer!

Employer Address: 200 N. 4th Street Leavenworth, Kansas

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