Paraprofessional | Paraprofessional-Special Education Consistent Support | Northern Lights Academy | Available: 08/22/2024


Instructional Paraprofessional


Assist students with disabilities who need support to access the curriculum and benefit from their educational placement. 


Reinforce Program Instruction 

  • Assist students with physical elements of hygiene, bath rooming, occupational therapy, feeding, clothing, diapering, transfers, etc.¬†

  • Assist students with daily transitions (e.g., transition between tasks and/or rooms, lunch, playground, etc.)

  • Assist students in the special education classroom helping the student to access the curriculum under supervision of the special education teacher¬†

  • Assist the special education teacher in implementing student‚Äôs Individual Educational Plan (IEP) goals and accommodations¬†

  • Assist in implementing behavior management programs¬†

  • Under supervision of special education teacher, reinforce instruction introduced by the special education teacher(s)¬†

  • Monitor the student to ensure his/her/their safety and the safety of other persons¬†

  • Foster and encourage the independence of the student¬†

  • Assist with crisis intervention which includes physical restraints¬†

  • Establish a positive and nurturing relationship with the student¬†

  • Assist in supporting classroom discipline

  • Assist student during field trips and other outings¬†

  • Collect and maintain data as directed by supervising teacher¬†

Student Supervision Responsibility 

  • Supervise and monitor students for appropriate behavior in all areas of NLA, document as needed

  • Inform the teacher and/or principal of discipline concerns.

  • Assist students with de-escalation when they are dysregulated


  • Maintain communication with teacher regarding schedules, student progress and problem solving daily


  • Assist classroom teacher with preparatory materials¬†

  • Perform related work as assigned or requested including attending professional development/meetings, in-services and workshops¬†




  • High School diploma or equivalent¬†¬†

  • Valid Minnesota driver‚Äôs license

  • Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of the ParaPro test as required by the No Child Left Behind, preferred

  • Previous experience in working with children, specifically with disabilities, preferred¬†


Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge and ability to apply basic computer, math and language skills¬†¬†

  • Ability to work well with students and staff¬†¬†

  • Ability to work with children of various ability levels¬†¬†

  • Knowledge of district restrictive procedures policy¬†¬†

  • Knowledge and application of Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training or willingness to become CPI certified

  • Position requires exercising confidentiality in handling district information¬†

  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.

  • Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others

  • Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.

  • Effective writing and verbal communication skills.


Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, and Software:  

  • Operates equipment which may include computer, printer, copy machine, telephone, and walkie-talkie¬†¬†

  • Uses Gmail to receive and send information to the district, school, and classroom


Physical Job Requirements:  

  • Position involves bending, stooping and kneeling while working with students¬†

  • ¬†Position involves extended periods of time on feet¬†¬†

  • Position involves occasionally lifting up to 40 lbs.¬†¬†

  • Position involves physical restraining of students in emergency and last resort situations¬†


Mental Job Requirements:  

  • Position involves responding to changing technology¬†¬†

  • Position requires handling multiple tasks at once while dealing with constant interruptions¬†¬†

  • Position requires flexibility and a willingness to undertake a variety of tasks, sometimes at the direction of more than one person¬†


Working Conditions:  

  • Majority of work is performed in normal classroom conditions¬†¬†

  • Position involves occasional exposure to blood/bodily fluids and airborne pathogens¬†¬†

  • Position involves exposure to outside temperatures/weather conditions for recess, gym, etc.¬†¬†

  • Position involves exposure to students with special needs and also students with severe disabilities¬†¬†

  • Position involves¬† assisting with daily cares for some students, including supervision of toileting tasks¬†¬†

  • Position involves working in gym areas¬†¬†

  • Position may involve traveling between buildings, within the building, and work area¬†


This description describes the general nature and work expected of an individual assigned to this position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.