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Schenectady City School District Paraprofessional in Schenectady, New York

Paraprofessional Role

This position reports to the school principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital Region of Upstate New York. The Paraprofessional will play a critical role in assisting teachers in facilitating quality academic and enrichment activities for all students. The Paraprofessional will assist the Teacher in creating a learning environment that will enhance the academic character and social-emotional skills of all students. The Paraprofessional will implement and assist with all non-instructional duties as assigned by engagement team or supervisor. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, professionalism and culturally responsive disposition.

Paraprofessional Expectations

  • Clerical duties such as assisting building secretary, answering phones, copying, filing and attendance duties. Contact parents as directed by supervisor;

  • Assist in library duties such as checking books in and out, restocking shelves, inventory, recordkeeping, maintenance of equipment and overdue notices.

  • Assist with student supervision;

  • Organizing, scheduling, and maintenance of computer labs as directed;

  • Intake recordkeeping, preparing testing materials, ordering of testing materials;

  • Breakfast and/or lunch monitor duties to include playground supervision;

  • Escorting students as directed by supervisor;

  • Monitor halls, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and all outside areas within the immediate vicinity of the building;

  • Morning and afternoon bus duty supervision;

  • All other non-instructional support needed by immediate engagement team or supervisor;

  • Assist teachers in implementing culturally responsive practices to assists students in improving their literacy skills;

  • Collaborates with teachers and leadership to promote a positive and rigorous learning environment

Paraprofessional Key Qualities

  • Reflects on practices and modify as necessary to meet the unique needs of all students;

  • Passionate about developing relationships with students;

  • Set high expectations for students;

  • Demonstrates for students the importance of being life-long learners;

  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment;

  • Designated champion for every child in your classroom;

  • Demonstrate perseverance and be proactive in supporting students in and outside of the classroom;

  • Establish daily practices that support students in enjoying the experience of learning making human connections;

  • Establish daily practices that remind every student they become the best they can possibly be;

  • Cares about students’ academic and social emotional needs;

  • Strives for 100% attendance;

  • Dedication to understanding the needs of our students;

  • Collaborate with teachers regarding daily and weekly plans and expectations

  • Lead a variety of small and large group activities daily;

  • Communicate in a proactive and positive manner with Principal and colleagues;

  • Supervise and engage students during meals and recess time;

  • Build student relationships and a sense of community;

  • Flexibility in thinking and acting; pitch in when and where needed, so as to ensure a safe and productive day for all students.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED);

  • Experience working in schools with children and families to support diverse learners.

Civil Service Title: Teacher Aide