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Paraprofessional Support Staff / Educational Assistant
Second Start Learning Disabilities/ Pine Hill School

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Paraprofessional Support Staff / Educational Assistant

Second Start Learning Disabilities/ Pine Hill School
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Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 11 days ago
Job Role
Teaching Assistant, Social Services Specialist
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit, Education

Job Description

Paraprofessional Support Staff/Educational Assistant

Second start is looking for an outgoing person to join our great school staff! This position follows a school calendar so the work year would be 1533 hours, rather than 2080 hours. It is a 35-hour workweek with 219 paid staff days and seven weeks off during the year. The standard hours of 8:00am-3:30pm.


The Support Staff assists the classroom Teacher in the implementation of positive student behavior management techniques and procedures. The Support Staff provides academic support for students under the supervision and direction of the Teacher on a daily basis. This position works closely with Teacher, the Clinical Manager, the Behavior Interventionist, and Counseling Interns on issues related to the educational, behavioral, and emotional success of the students. The Support Staff confers with school counselors and the teaching staff to obtain insight regarding student problems in learning, mental impairments, emotional impairments, and behavior disorders affecting the learning process. This position assists the classroom Teacher with effective class management for the successful accomplishment of the student's Individual Education Plan.


  • Provide "in classroom" behavior management and academic support to the classroom Teacher by performing tasks that evaluate, monitor, and manage the actions of the students ensuring that they are behaviorally available to participate in class lessons.
  • Performs problem solving with students through coaching, mentoring, and disciplining according to procedures set forth by the classroom Teacher.
  • Responds to and de-escalates crisis situations in the classroom by mediating conflicts between individual students, and/or staff and teaches healthy and effective conflict resolution to the students.
  • Physically intervenes with aggressive who act out their aggression in prescribed situations as detailed in Day School policy. (This includes but is not limited to physically restraining, escorting, lifting, or taking necessary action to maintain eye contact with the student.)
  • Calls on Behavioral Interventionist when a student's behavior is disruptive or physically threatening and cannot be managed within the classroom setting.
  • Meet on a scheduled and regular basis with Behavioral Interventionist to discuss current Day School behavior management policy, industry trends, and best practices.
  • Assists students, individually or in groups, with lesson assignments to present or reinforce learning concepts.
  • Acts as classroom caretaker in the temporary absence of the Teacher ensuring the daily lesson plan is followed.
  • Under the direction of the Teacher, presents subject matter to students, utilizing a variety of methods and techniques, including lecture, discussion sessions and supervised role-playing.
  • Performs daily school entrance gate coverage for student arrivals and departures.
  • Procures and distributes behavior incentives and rewards for students.
  • Maintains classroom and student documentation and records as requested by the Teacher.
  • Attends staff meetings, Individual Educational Plan meetings, clinical behavioral meetings, training sessions and retreats as requested by the Teacher or the Day School Principal.
  • Participates in activities such as field trips, and graduation exercises at the request of the Teacher or the Day School Principal.
  • Takes on other related duties as needed within the scope of current assigned duties and position related work experience.


Determines which tools are to be utilized during the course of providing student behavior management support.


  • Must possess effective communication skills for interface with student.
  • Must possess effective working knowledge of current and professional student behavior management techniques and practices in - Special Education environments.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team in a collaborative manner.


  • A High School diploma is required or a four-year college degree from an accredited institution, preferably in education or child


  • Must complete Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training (i.e. Handle With Care) within the first year of employment.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to effectively communicate.
  • Must be able to effectively use a computer and telephone.
  • Must be able to read and compose documents.
  • Must be able to lift and move at least 70 lbs.
  • Must have adequate vision and hearing to make keen observations and be proactive in responding to situations before they escalate.
  • Must be able to physically participate in implementation of approved hands-on student behavioral management techniques and methods when necessary.

Some local travel may be required.

Please submit your resume for consideration.

Business Overview

Our Story

Enhancement of self-esteem is an important part of Pine Hill program. Pine Hill teaching staff works in conjunction with counselors, administration, and parents to establish a comprehensive educational plan for each student.Pine Hill School employs Administrators, Teachers, Behavior Specialists, Counselors, and Speech and Language Therapists to provide a team of qualified professionals, which supports students in the classroom.The satisfaction and effectiveness of working in the classroom are directly dependent on a unified team. We believe that information gathered from various perspectives and disciplines is essential in understanding and addressing the student needs effectively.Pine Hill firmly believes that students can and will succeed when provided with a supportive, structured and exciting learning environment. We recognize individual differences and meet each student’s needs with professionalism, insight, and the vehicle to provide students with the tools to success, positive self-image, and personal and academic growth.


Culture & Perks

Community Oriented
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