Substitute Services-Parapro Substitute-S...
Seattle Public Schools - Seattle, WA

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1. Adapts, under the direction of the teacher. classroom activities, assignments and/or materials for the purpose of providing an opportunity for all special education students to participate in classroom activities.

2. Administers a variety of materials and assignments (e.g. tests, homework, grades papers, folders, etc.) for the purpose of assisting teacher in evaluating students' progress and/or organizing the individual needs of the student.

3. Administers first aid and medical assistance as required for the purpose of providing appropriate care for injured children.

4. Assists students requiring support in addressing personal care needs due to medical condition and/or physical limitations for the purpose of allowing students to function in school environment.

5. Directs and Implements behavioral plans for students with behavior disorders or other conditions for the purpose of assisting in meeting special education students needs, protecting the safety of the child and others, and providing a consistent environment.

6. Instructs students in a variety of activities in individual and group settings (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing instructional objectives, implement plans for remediation of students deficiencies in accordance with students individual educational program goals and ensuring students success in school.

7. Maintains instructional materials and/or student files/records (e.g. adapting instructional materials, checking papers, attendance, set up adapted projects, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring availability of items and/or providing reliable information.

8. Monitors students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. rest rooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus loading zones, cafeteria, parking lots, etc.) for the purpose of aiding students and providing a safe and positive learning environment.


Must be willing to substitute at schools throughout the District and in all types of classrooms.

Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.



Reports to building Principal or assigned Special Education Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:


Education: High school diploma or equivalent and 1) completion of an associate degree, OR 2) completion of two years of college, not a degree but seventy-two (72) quarter hours or forty-eight(48) semester hours of college credit, or 3) a passing score on the Praxis Parapro Assessment Test.

Experience: One (1) year of directly-related paid or volunteer work experience.

Substitution: Certification as a special education teacher will substitute for the experience requirement.

Education and work experience of categorically funded positions must be in compliance with applicable federal and state guidelines.

Required Testing:

None Specified

Certificates & Licenses:

Valid State of Washington Driver’s License

Continuing Education/Training:

Secure Training

CPR/First Aid


Criminal Justice Fingerprint

Background Clearance

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions. Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: instructional procedures and practices; age appropriate student activities; safety practices and procedures; conflict resolution; and stages of child development/ behavior.

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, non-technical tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.

ABILITY is required to gather and/or collate data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined and similar processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals; work with similar types of data; and utilize job-related equipment. In working with others, problem solving is required to identify issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data may require independent interpretation; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; working as part of a team; and working with constant interruptions. Ability to key-board; learn to use personal computers. May require the ability to do basic signing.


Responsibilities include: working under direct supervision using standardized procedures; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; and operating within a defined budget. Utilization of some resources from other work units is often required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to have some impact on the Organization’s services.

Working Environment:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting – up to 60 to 90 pounds or more, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. May need to handle medically fragile children, attend to students’ physical needs, which may include toileting, changing diapers, tube feeding and assisting menstruating students; support structured learning and behavior shaping activities. Generally the job requires 45% sitting, 25% walking, and 30% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Supplemental Information:

This job is available to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, have experience working with Special Education students and are willing to substitute as a Special Education Assistant.

In addition to this application, we need the following:
  • Two letters of reference
  • Transcripts showing your 72 quarter/48 semester university credits or a copy of your passing test scores from the ETS Parapro Assessment Test.
These documents can be added to your application by scanning them and adding them as attachments before you apply for this position.

All documents must be provied before you are considered for this position.

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