Long Term Substitute - Instructional Assistant
Hillsborough Township Public Schools - Hillsborough, NJ

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Township School District



Instructional Assistant


1.Substitute teacher certificate required.
2.Experience working with children
3.Experience working with persons with disabilities preferred

Primary Function:

To work with individual or small groups of pupils with disabilities to assist the teacher in assuring that the goals and objectives of the pupils’ EIPs are met. The primary task of the instructional assistant is to work directly with pupils.

Report Level:
Building Principal/Director of Special Services
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist the students to whom assigned in such physical tasks as putting on and taking off outerwear, moving from room to room, and using the lavatory.
  • Perform simple errands and tasks for student such as sharpening pencils, carrying lunch trays and the like.
  • Establish as fully as possible a supportive and sympathetic relationship with the student without fostering or encouraging intense emotional involvement.
  • Serve as a resource person, if and when requested, to the Child Study Team conferring about one of the students to whom assigned.
  • Assist young or disabled students getting on and off the bus.
  • Assist the teacher(s) in implementing behavior management systems or collecting behavioral data.
  • Guide children in working and playing harmoniously with other children.
  • Alert the teacher to special needs of individual children.
  • Provide escort and assistance to children as necessary including other classrooms, the cafeteria, locker room, arrival/departure area, halls, restrooms, etc.
  • Help maintain individual records for each child.
  • Foster good eating habits and table manners in children.
  • Assist teacher in maintaining neat work and study areas.
  • Assist with the supervision of children during regular play periods.
  • Assist regular education and special education teachers in devising special learning strategies and/or modifications based on understanding of individual students, their needs, interests and abilities.
  • Help students’ master equipment or instructional materials assigned by the teacher.
  • Guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the teacher.
  • Assist with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods and field trips.
  • Check notebooks and supervise testing and makeup work as assigned by the teacher.
  • Assist with wash-up and toilet routines including diapering when necessary.
  • Serve as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher.
  • Maintain the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed teacher.
  • Participate in inservice training programs as assigned.
  • Refer parent requests for information to classroom teacher.
  • Read and implement pupils’ goals as set by the IEP.
  • Implement changes to the pupils’ program only in consultation with the classroom teacher, child study team, related services staff or administration.
  • Assist teacher by carrying out all clerical tasks.
  • Perform other duties as directed by Building Principal / Director of Special Services.

  • TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 10 months/year. Salary and work establish by the Board of Education. Instructional assistants will be provided one period/day for lunch.