Support Staff | Special Education Paraprofessional | River Valley Education Center


The SouthWest Metro Intermediate District #288 has a Full-Time opening for a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Ascent program located at River Valley Education Center in Jordan for the 2023/2024 school year. 
SouthWest Metro serves students in 11 member districts and 8 associate member districts across the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area with programs in Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Care & Treatment, Adult Education, and Alternative Education. We invite you to embrace your own value, potential, and ability at SouthWest Metro, while empowering others to discover theirs.  We work to empower ALL learners to realize their self-worth through personalized educational instruction, connection to resources, and access to a supportive learning environment.

The Ascent program serves middle school students at our River Valley Education Center in Jordan. Ascent is an Emotional/Behavioral Program (EBD) for students in grades 5-8. 

Special Education Paraprofessional, 7 hours a day for 183 Contract Days. 
Efficiently and effectively assist in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning program in a special education setting while working under the supervision of a supervising teacher.  Performs support work assisting students in meeting educational, communication, emotional, physical and behavioral goals of special needs students.  Works Individually or in small groups. 
Pay & Benefits: 
The starting pay is $20.00/hr and based on education and experience. A competitive and comprehensive benefit package is also available.
You also have the opportunity to earn up to $4.80 more per hour when completing continuing education. Benefits are available beginning the first of the month following the date of hire.  
Job Summary:
Provide support by working directly with students to increase their academic, social/behavioral, communication, and study skills under the direction of the teacher(s).
•          Two years of study at an institution of higher education (60 college credits) OR an Associate degree (or higher) OR the successful completion of the Paraeducator training and assessments (District funded).
•          Experience working with students with significant disabilities is preferred, but not required.  
•          Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) required. Training is offered by the school district.
•          Must pass a background check.
•          Capable of discretion/confidentiality.
Application Procedure:
Apply Online at  
Selection Procedure:
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately until the position is filled.  Those selected for interviews will be contacted.