How to write a Paraprofessional job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Paraprofessional job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Paraprofessional job titles

    Instructional Paraprofessional
    Teacher’s Assistant
    Teaching Assistant
    Paraprofessional (Part-Time)
    Special Education Paraprofessional

Paraprofessional job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Paraprofessional job summary

We are a private academy seeking paraprofessionals to assist our teachers and develop the next generation through specialized curriculums. You will work closely with the teacher in your assigned classroom and support them in their duties. Flexibility is key for this role, as your tasks may change from day to day. Typical activities include creating presentations, printing off homework sheets, working with students in groups and individually during lessons and creating progress notes and reports. The ideal candidate is caring, compassionate and dedicated to the students’ success. They have a versatile skill set and a willingness to proactively look for ways to support the teacher. This position starts out with part-time hours and does offer full-time potential if you’re a good fit.

Paraprofessional responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Paraprofessional responsibilities

    Assists teacher with conducting lessons, managing the classroom and developing materials
    Track student progress during the school year and create reports to let parents understand what their children are learning
    Empower students through programs designed to enhance their academic and social achievements
    Work with computers and specialized AV equipment to make these resources available to the teacher during lessons
    Act as a nurturing and encouraging influence for students during lessons
    Monitor the classroom and minimize distractions and disruptions

Paraprofessional qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Paraprofessional skills

    Experience working as a substitute teacher for K-6
    Hold a current teaching license or comparable certification
    Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Education or another liberal arts program preferred
    Strong verbal and written communication skills
    Previous teaching experience for elementary school students
    Familiarity with learning management systems and other educational software

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