Pennsylvania Special Education Paraprofessional - Remote/Immediate Hire (ISPA) at K12 Services

Posted in Education 23 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Description:


Get to know ISPA!

K12, a Stride Company, believes in Education for Any One. We provide families an online option for a high-quality, personalized education experience. Students can thrive, find their passion, and learn in an environment that encourages discovery at their own pace. In support of this, we are committed to creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion and diversity where our employees are passionate about serving students and families, treat one another and customers with respect, challenge each other to innovate and always strive to do better.

Passionate Educators are needed at the Stride K12 partner school, Insight PA Cyber Charter School. We want you to be a part of our talented team!

The mission of Insight PA Cyber Charter School is to provide an exemplary individualized and engaging educational experience for students by incorporating school and community/family partnerships coupled with a rigorous curriculum along with a data-driven and student-centered instructional model. Student success will be measured by valid and reliable assessment data, parent and student satisfaction, and continued institutional growth within the academic community. Join us!

Summary: The Special Education Paraprofessional primarily works in collaboration with special education teachers and related service therapists to provide functional supports for Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) students with disabilities. Designated duties will vary depending on the individual skill needs, goal areas, and/or specialized plan objectives stated within a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Essential Functions

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to the Special Education Paraprofessional position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required; other duties may be assigned as department needs arise. 

The Special Education Paraprofessional generally:

  • Serves as a liaison and point of contact for students with disabilities enrolled in Career & Technical Education programs

  • Works with students individually or in groups providing feedback and support to maximize student competencies in executive functioning and employability skills

  • Continuously communicates with Special Education Transition Coordinators, CTE Administrators, & School Principals as it relates to unique needs for students with alternate graduation pathways

  • Provides additional support to students with disabilities who have attendance improvement plans, positive behavior support plans, or other functional accommodation needs

  • Maintains contact with families for students utilizing assistive communication devices, hearing aids, or other specialized device to ensure function and use is sustaining students’ access to their programs

  • Collaborates with the teacher and parents in tracking student progress making sure to share feedback and qualitative data gained from working individually with students

  • Collaborate with teachers and case managers to ensure that necessary class materials are prepared prior to class and, if appropriate, accounted for after class

  • Attends professional development, state testing, and other travel duties as required

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent AND

  • Sixty (60) credit hours at an institution of higher education OR

  • Associates degree in a closely related field

  • Experience working with families and/or students

Minimum Required Skill Set

  • Exceptional communication and self-management skills with the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively to perform assigned tasks

  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity in developing and supporting student-centered efforts in the pursuit of their individual post-secondary goals

  • Strong technical skillset and proficiency with computer-based programs and daily organizational tools

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in computer-based web applications, databases, spreadsheet reports, virtual collaboration software, and other multi-media solutions

  • Exceptional self-management skills with the ability to work autonomously and take initiative for the betterment of the school’s service to students with disabilities

  • High level of energy and enthusiasm for students in the pursuit of their desired post-secondary outcomes

  • Extensive knowledge and relevant work experience in a school setting

Certifications and Credentials

  • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance

  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check

  • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) – Dept of Education ONLY

  • Letter(s) of recommendation upon request

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position can be performed as a home-based position

  • Childcare is a general expectation for all Insight PA personnel according to established policy

  • This position could include limited travel and could include limited overnight travel. This is estimated to be less than 10% of the cumulative 10-month school year.

Job Performance Requirements:

The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  1. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  2. Ability to exhibit mental dexterity to “dial” a telephone, to enter data into a computer, to read a computer screen and printed material, to hear and understand speech at normal office/workplace levels, and on the telephone, and to speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in the workplace and on the telephone.

  3. Ability to physically lift up to 10 pounds.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of this position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.  All employment is at-will as governed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The at-will nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer of Insight PA Cyber Charter School.

Stride, Inc. is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status age, or genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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