May 11, 2020

19-20 Per Diem Substitute Paraeducator

  • TrulyHired
  • Reading, MA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description



Position: Per Diem Substitute Paraeducator

Department: District

Reports to: Principal

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Approved by: John F. Doherty, Ed.D

Revision Date: November 2017

SUMMARY : Fill in for regularly scheduled paraeducator and assists the teacher in general daily classroom activities. Supervises students to ensure student safety. May also perform office/clerical duties at the discretion of the building principal. May provide and perform minor medical care in urgent situations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Works with students in academic settings.
  • Assists teacher in non-instructional functions and routine classroom operations.
  • Assists in small group instruction.
  • Assists students with classroom assignments.
  • Escorts children throughout the school building.
  • Assists with set up of classroom and prepares materials for use in classroom instruction.
  • Assists in maintaining a disciplined, neat, orderly, and attractive learning environment.
  • Uses instructional technology appropriately with students and works with students to facilitate their use of instructional technology.
  • Completes attendance reports, lunch counts, and related clerical functions with the teacher or secretary.
  • Covers for teacher in classroom during teacher meetings.
  • Supervises students in the cafeteria and on the playground during lunch/recess periods.
  • Supervises during bus duty before and after school to ensure that students safely disembark/board appropriate bus.
  • Takes steps to intervene when students are not in control or may be in dangerous or unsafe situations.
  • Performs office/clerical duties.
  • Covers office during secretarial lunch and breaks.
  • Models appropriate behavior for students.
  • Maintains appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety in classroom.
  • Provides limited first aid when necessary in absence of nurse. Assess injury to determine whether nursing care is needed. Maintain knowledge of students that may have medical concerns to remain aware of potentially dangerous situations for their individual condition.
  • Participates in training sessions as provided by the Reading Public Schools.
  • Uses feedback to reflect critically upon his or her classroom experience and identify areas for further skill and professional development.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements.

  • Basic understanding of child development theory and principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward children
  • Ability to carry out assigned duties safely and effectively
  • Ability to successfully use behavior management techniques
  • Ability to follow written and oral directions of classroom teacher, building administrator, and IEP requirements
  • Ability to successfully complete basic first aid, CPR, and other required training
  • Basic clerical and record keeping skills
  • Ability to operate a computer and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form
  • Understand confidentiality requirements regarding student academic, special education, and medical records
  • Understand responsibilities as a mandated reporter under state law
  • Ability to implement emergency preparedness procedures when circumstances require
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required; associates degree or above preferred. Secretarial/office management skills with related experience a plus.


Teaching certification is preferred but not required.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about to provide services and may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will have essential duties requiring him/her to work in a classroom with the ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, bend or twist at the neck and trunk. The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. Occasionally operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer). The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other staff members in person and on the telephone. In the classroom, the employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of students as well as speak frequently to provide instruction. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to move quickly across even or uneven surfaces.


The employee will be working in a normal school environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents and other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people. While the majority of the work day is spent inside, the employee must spend time outdoors for recess, fire drills, and special activities.

The physical demands and 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. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Categories: Instructional Support > Substitute
Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
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Contact Information
  • Jennifer Bove, HR Admin
  • 82 Oakland Road
  • Reading, Massachusetts 01867

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