LAYC Career Academy
Start Date: Immediate Hire
Salary Range: Starts at $40,000
Reports To: Special Education Coordinator
Language: Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
Please note the application deadline is February 16th. We will not actively screen those who apply after the deadline. However, if you apply after the deadline and the position is not filled, we will review your application.
A special education paraprofessional plans, prepares, and assists in the delivery of instruction to students, particularly those with special education needs. The special education paraprofessional collaborates with other members of the instructional team in order to ensure students with diagnosed needs are receiving appropriate instruction.
80% - Instructional Assistance
Provides assistance in innovative and CCSS-based lessons
Meets regularly with instructors to discuss their lesson plans and the instructional adaptations needed for SPED students
Assists with maintaining classroom environment based on principles of
positive youth development
Ensures instruction is adapted to students’ special needs
Provides targeted instruction for small groups of students that have diagnosed SPED needs
Meets with students regularly to ensure they are working towards their goals
Keeps track of student progress towards academic goals
Utilizes technology on a regular and consistent basis
20% - Administrative Duties
Follows directives of Coordinator of Special Education Services to maintain compliance with all SPED rules and regulations
Communicates necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and
parents regarding student progress and student needs
Is available for families of students with special needs as needed
Reports any concerns to Director of Academics and/or Special Education Coordinator
Attends meetings pertaining to IEPS, trainings, transitions, and other special education related topics
The Skills You'll Need
Success in the SPED Paraprofessional role will require a clear alignment to LAYCCA’s mission, core values and commitments to supporting older youth and young adults in receiving their GED, industry training, and industry recognized certifications.
The ideal candidate will also bring most of the following skills, attributes and experiences:
Competent in leading classes and meetings, with a proactive approach to multitasking and initiative-taking.
Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace.
Excellent attention to detail, paired with strong organizational, planning, and time management abilities.
Committed to the principles of positive youth development and equipped with robust interpersonal skills.
Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional nights, weekends, and other non-standard hours.
Knowledge of Common Core State Standards and educational technology, along with an understanding of social media's role in education.
Spanish fluency, a Bachelor’s Degree, and experience in Special Education are preferred.
Experience working with opportunity youth, especially those with special needs, is advantageous.
The SPED Paraprofessional will report directly to the SPED Coordinator. This person will also work closely with students, staff, and the broader community on a daily basis. As over 50% of our school population identifies as Latine or Hispanic, this person must be able to effectively communicate in both English and Spanish.
LAYC Career Academy engages and empowers youth and young adults by providing a college preparatory education, career training in high-growth occupations, and college-credit classes. For more information, please visit our website: laycca.org.
The Next Steps
This search is being led by the team at Imagine Consulting. We are a talent and recruitment firm specializing in placing high-impact people in high-impact roles. If you have questions or need support completing the application, please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historically, people of color, women, transgender, GNCNB, and disabled individuals face insurmountable oppression when engaging with employers and recruiters. At Imagine, we understand that talent is not bound to a single story and that our intersectional identities are value adds in every space we enter. LAYCCA and Imagine are committed to building and supporting a diverse staff, and investing in fostering leadership from marginalized communities.