Special Education | Paraeducator | Hiawatha Leadership Academy - Northrop


Hiawatha Academies is currently seeking hard-working, passionate, social-justice-oriented educators to join our team as a paraprofessional for the 23-24 school year.

Job Summary
Every HLA-Northrop paraprofessional has the opportunity to join a team of motivated, mission-driven teammates who are committed to taking responsibility for their students’ learning. HLA-Northrop paraprofessionals are charged with providing a rigorous, fast-paced, and highly structured learning environment for their scholars.

We are looking for a highly qualified paraprofessional to join our school team. The primary responsibility of the individual in this role will be supporting a student individually with specific educational, social and emotional needs. This is an hourly position including benefits.

Candidates that are selected for an interview will receive additional information regarding the specific roles and responsibilities.

Prove the Possible

  • Student success is our number one focus

Drive Results

  • Ensure high standards for student behavior, performance, and attendance

Instructional Leadership

  • Deliver well-planned, rigorous, and meaningful lessons
  • Use data to inform instruction

Build Relationships

  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position
  • Serve as a positive force committed to our mission

Paraprofessionals must demonstrate knowledge and support of Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

*Perform other duties as required and assigned

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Minimum of two years college education or pass the ParaPro Exam
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse student populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of special education law or experience working with identified special needs
  • Teaching or special education teaching license preferred
  • Bilingual or multilingual

Compensation: The starting salary range for this position is $33,800 – $48,953 based on years of experience in an equivalent role. Salary will be prorated to the start date and based on FTE. Employees are paid bi-monthly.

Benefits: This position is benefit eligible the first of the month following the start date. Hiawatha Academies offers Medical, Dental and Life Insurance, Short-term and Long-Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program and state pension retirement accounts. A generous contribution toward health and dental insurance is provided by the network. 

Why Hiawatha?
Hiawatha Academies is a network of college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis. We seek to create a K-12 school experience for scholars that empowers them with knowledge, character, and leadership skills. At Hiawatha Academies, we are committed to making our city and our world a more inclusive, equitable, and just place. 
Our equity vision: to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. Hiawatha Academies permanently disrupts educational inequity by ensuring a great school for every child. 

Core Value and Beliefs
All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:

1) Children are at the center of everything we do.
2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.
3) We choose optimism.
4) We push ourselves to improve.
5) We are stronger together.
6) We create fun and a little weirdness.

Perks: Professional Development is scheduled into the calendar year and provides a time for all campuses to come together and celebrate our success.  

Hiawatha Employment Logistics

  • Hiawatha Leadership Academy students’ school day is from 7:45am-2:45pm, Monday-Thursday and 7:45am-1:00pm on Friday.
  • Staff must be present from 7:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, or until all duties are completed for the next day. 
  • Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
  • All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all family events at the school.

Application Timeline: This Notice of Vacancy will be posted until filled.  

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.