Jun 25, 2020

Substitute Special Education Assistant

  • TrulyHired
  • Clarksville, TN, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description


Job Title: Substitute Educational Assistant

Department: Substitute Program Special Education (SPED)


You can find details regarding our program at:


Date Reviewed: March 2014 Reports To: Classified Employment & Substitute Coordinator

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to perform as a Substitute Educational Assistant in a special education
classroom in the absence of the regular SPED Educational Assistant. Duties and responsibilities
include working with students with disabilities in various classroom settings under the supervision of the
SPED classroom teacher. All employees are expected to maintain student confidentiality, as mandated
by both State and Federal law, at all times, as well as adhere to all other local, state, and federal

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties may be required for this job. These are not to be construed as
exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assists with classroom instruction and individual student instruction under teacher direction and
  • supervision
  • May assist in providing students with visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation throughout the day.
  • May supervise students under teacher direction and supervision.
  • Maintain classroom routines while classroom teacher performs other educational duties.
  • Facilitate individual workstations under teacher direction and supervision.
  • Escort students to and from classroom for lunch and various activities/classes
  • Assist with lifting, transferring, and positioning students as instructed by the classroom teacher and
  • or/therapist
  • Assist with meals, including delivering food and dishes to or from the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch
  • and feeding students breakfast and lunch in the classroom and/or cafeteria.
  • Assist with toileting needs which may include changing diapers as needed and/or toilet training
  • Assists during student arrival and dismissal with loading/unloading of student buses.
Additional Job Functions

Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

High School Diploma or Equivalent


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and /
or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to constantly to move objects.
Must be physically able to operate a variety of office machines and equipment such as computers,
printers, typewriters, facsimile machine, binding machine, television and VCR, tape recorders,
photocopiers, opaque projectors, laminators, transparency machine, paper cutter, etc. Must be physically
able to work, move or carry objects or materials. Essential physical requirements of the job include:
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands
and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing
required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion. Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to
prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery surfaces. This factor is important
if the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of
body equilibrium. Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This
factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and
back muscles. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees. Crouching: Bending
the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees
or hands and feet. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. Standing: Remaining
upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time. Walking: Moving about on foot to
accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another. Pushing:
Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward,
downward or outward. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul, or
tug objects in a sustained motion. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position. This
factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper
extremities and back muscles. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily
with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling. Grasping: Applying pressure to an
object with the fingers and palm. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape,
temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. Hearing: Perceiving the
nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive
detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.

DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional,
technical, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious
standards) of data, people, or things.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people
to convey or exchange information, Includes giving assignments and/or directions to coworkers or

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation,
directions, instructions, and methods and procedures related to job of Substitute Educational
Assistant-Special Ed. Requires the ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and

grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice
control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand complex principles and techniques;
to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to the
job of Substitute Educational Assistant-Special Ed.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors and elected
officials; to explain procedures and policies; and to follow verbal and written instructions, guidelines and

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and
subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages; determine time and weight, and utilize
statistical inference.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width,
and shape visually with office equipment.
MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using office

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control
knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while
coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot

COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people (i.e. staff,
supervisors, general public, and elected officials) beyond giving and receiving instructions such as in
interpreting departmental policies and procedures. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate
stress when confronted with an emergency related to job of Substitute Educational Assistant-Special Ed
PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: May require the ability to talk or communicate through signing;
(talking-expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words or sign).

ATTENDANCE: A regular and dependable level of attendance is an essential function for this

KNOWLEDGE OF JOB Has considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the
School System, Special Ed and classroom practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to
the job of Substitute Educational Assistant-Special Ed. Has considerable knowledge of classroom
practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Knows how to develop and administer
operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the
department. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations,
equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively
communicate and interact with supervisors, members of the general public and all other groups involved
in the activities of the department. Is able to assemble information and made written reports and
documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Has good organizational, human relations, and
technical skills. Is able to use independent judgment and work with little direct supervision when
necessary. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures, and related
information. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within
the department. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Is knowledgeable and
proficient with computers.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School System may provide reasonable accommodations to
qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss
potential accommodations with the employer.

  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Categories: Instructional Support > Substitute
Special Education > General Special Education
Special Education > Special Education Assistant
Contact Information
  • Jacklyn Winegarden
  • 621 Gracey Avenue
  • Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

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