Support Staff | Educational Support Professionals | Various Locations | Closing: until filled


Description:  To inspire and prepare all students with confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning by supporting students and assisting the special education teacher in the operation and function of the classroom. To work with individual or small groups of students as assigned by and under the supervision of the District’s Special Education Coordinator. This is a permanent position whose daily assignment is determined by student needs.

Job Summary:

  • Assisting special education students with daily activities including academic, social, motor and/or functional tasks
  • Observing, collecting, documenting and reporting data as requested
  • Carrying out the special education needs, goals and objectives of students as communicated by the special education teacher
  • Participating in IEP conferences as requested
  • Insuring that vulnerable students are adequately supervised
  • Using adaptive equipment correctly and safely
  • Supporting students who display aggressive, abusive or inappropriate verbal and/or physical behavior as outlined on the Behavior Support Plan (BSP)
  • Following all district procedures and policies for maintaining a health and safe environment for students and staff
  • Assisting students with self-care tasks of feeding, dressing, and toileting.  Lifting, moving and transitioning may be necessary for repositioning and/or functional tasks.  Under the direction of a licensed school nurse or registered nurse, perform basic medical procedures to include, but not limited to:  tube feedings, seizure recognition and precautions, etc.
  • Operating adaptive equipment (i.e., wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices, assistive technology) and insuring their safe and proper use.

Responsibilities and tasks include:

  • Keeping all student information strictly confidential
  • Communicating with appropriate personnel as dictated by Federal Education Reporting practices Act (FERPA) and district policy
  • Participate in required training
  • Support and mentor ESPs in areas as assigned by the District’s Special Education Coordinator
  • Participate in staff team meetings when requested.

Minimum qualifications include: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Candidate must be Highly Qualified.

Applicants meet the Highly Qualified requirement if they have:
*Two years of study at an institution of higher education; Minnesota’s standard; A minimum of 60 semester credits or the amount required to complete two years of full-time enrollment as determined by the institution attended OR
*An Associate’s (or higher) degree; Minnesota’s standard: An AA, AS, AAS, (or higher) degree OR
*Received a passing score on the ParaPro Assessment.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrate ability to work with students.
  • Computer and word processing experience helpful.

Salary:  View salary grid on Educational Support Professional contract 

Work schedule:  30 hours/week

Job Type or FTE:  part-time; school year

Bargaining Unit: Educational Support Professional 

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible

Osseo Area Schools offer:

  • Meaningful and impactful work 
  • Opportunities to grow professionally
  • A variety of benefits
  • Mentorship programs for teachers and educational support professionals
  • Summer opportunities
  • and more 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: 
Osseo Area School District ISD 279 is an Equal Opportunity, and veteran-friendly employer.
Osseo Area School District ISD 279 ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Osseo Area School District is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the district and strongly encourages persons to apply who can strengthen our diversity. For more information, view the District’s Equal Opportunity and Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Policy. 
Veteran’s Preference: If you are an eligible veteran, please submit a legible copy of your DD214 with your application. 
Accommodation: If you have a disability that requires an accommodation during the selection process, please email Human Resources at or call 763-391-7007.
Background Check Upon Conditional Offer: 
Background checks are conducted upon receiving a conditional offer. Employees must complete a background check and are responsible for the background fee. A passing background is required.  Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.