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Special Education Assistant - DCD 1x1 - Sanford Middle School

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Special Education Assistant - DCD 1x1 - Sanford Middle School  and Requisition ID number: 83406

Close Date: Open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Sanford Middle School (10000091) 

Site:  Sanford (0324) 

FTE .7625 FTE; 30.5 hours per week.; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  ESP(28) 

Functional Area:  Paraprofessional 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



Internal Applicant Notice: Following July 15th, current MPS Special Education Assistants; except Cadres are ineligible for voluntary transfers within their job title through the end of the school year. The SEA transfer process for the following school year will reopen in early spring. (MFT #59 Contract Article 20.3)



Under general supervision, provides a variety of services to assist students with special needs in a learning environment; assists MPS staff to develop and implement appropriate individualization lessons and activities for students with disabilities; helps students to meet their therapy and education goals.


DISABILITY AREA: DCD, working 1x1 with student.




  • Provides support services to children with moderate to severe disabilities enrolled in MPS; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies, quality standards, and the Standards of Effective Instructional Support for Educational Assistants; duties may vary according to job assignment.
  • Assists MPS staff to facilitate educational functions and other services to maintain a safe, inclusive, and productive learning environment in the Least Restrictive Environment possible, that is also sensitive to the individual needs and legal rights of Special Education students; works with students to improve personal skills and reinforce classroom learning.
  • Assists students in learning processes; applies Prevent, Teach, Reinforce Behavior Intervention Plans, reinforces positive behavior, provides individual instruction, encourages opportunities for peer socialization.
  • Monitors student activities, promotes respect, explains social norms and disciplinary consequences, de- escalates personal confrontations, and enforces District policies and rules of conduct.
  • Monitors assigned students and records data for academic and behavioral assessments; maintains files, and keeps records of student progress and activities.
  • Maintains behavior documentation, written observations and anecdotal information files for Support and Advocacy for Independent Living Program (SAIL), Individualized Education Program (IEP), and Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA).
  • Monitors work corrects papers and transitions students for medications, meals, buses and classes.
  • Attends to and provides for students’ daily hygiene, personal and health related cares, as directed by licensed staff.
  • Promotes student independence in community, recreational, school and leisure activities, and vocational training.
  • Reports learning problems, behavioral issues, and other concerns to supervisor or Principal.
  • Prepares the classroom environment and materiel to be used by students; provides assistance with students in classrooms, special projects, and after-school programs.
  • Provides customer service to parents and guardians, answers questions, and explains school rules.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis


Class Designation: Intervention SEA: Provides support in the least restrictive environment so that students can be successful in resource settings; ensures that Prevent, Teach, reinforce behavior support plans are being implemented with fidelity for students in special education resource settings. Personal transportation is required as position may move from site to site.



AA degree or completion of 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits in Education or related field OR

A passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessessment AND either a high school diploma or a GED certificate (More information on the ParaPro Assessment and be found at


Two (2) years of professional experience working with children; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.



First Aid/CPR/AED, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training, and Special Education Orientation is required within one year.



Work is performed in a classroom environment, with moderate physical requirements; requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree, and working with special needs children. Must be able to frequently lift up to 50 pounds. Eligibility for position is based on passing the required pre-placement exam.



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On 10/27/2021 | Sanford Middle School (10000091) | Sanford (0324) | Paraprofessional 

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