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Special Education Assistant - OHI - Sped Prog 3 (2021 - 2022)

Date: Sep 23, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Special Education Assistant - OHI - Sped Prog 3 (2021 - 2022)  and Requisition ID number: 79808

Close Date: 11:59 PM on  

Organizational Unit:  Special Ed Program 3 (10000968) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 37.5 hours/week, .9375 FTE; 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.



Following July 15th, current MPS Special Education Assistants 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)


Disability Focus: OHI (Other Health Impairments)




Under general supervision of the MPS Case Manager the SEA provides transition and mobility support specific to a specific student based on the students  Individual Education Plan (IEP).  The SEA will work with the case manager and related service providers to develop and implement modifications and accommodations to materials to support access to learning.  The SEA will also support physical transitions, promote student independence, promote self-advocacy skills to helps the student(s) to meet the goals outlined in the IEP.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Provides support services to children with physical impairments in a non public school, supervised by  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.
  • Monitors assigned students and records data for independence per the IEP and keeps records of student progress and activities sharing with the case manager.
  • 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.
  • Prepares the classroom environment and materiel to be used by students; provides assistance with specific student(s)
  • 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



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in education or a closely related field; AND two (2) years of paid experience working with children; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.   Associate’s Degree in Education or Child Development is preferred.


Knowledge of:
  • Classroom policies, procedures and processes.
  • Methods and techniques for working with students with disabilities and special needs.
  • Local community resources and regional community services programs.
  • Basic principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Personal computers utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Safety rules and regulations.


Skill in:

  • Monitoring and communicating mobility and accessibility skills.
  • Maintaining composure, and working effectively under classroom conditions.
  • Reacting quickly to situations that could create personal stress and safety problems.
  • Communicating effectively with children.
  • Collaborating as a team member, with colleagues, staff and community representatives.
  • Following verbal and written instructions.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.  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.



  • Bargaining Unit:    Educational Support Specialists
  • Grade:                  
  • FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt
  • Job Group:            Student Support
  • Revised:                November 10, 2016



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 | Special Ed Program 3 (10000968) | Davis Center (0001) | Paraprofessional 

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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