J.O. Combs Unified School District

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Paraprofessional, RISE

at J.O. Combs Unified School District

Posted: 3/24/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3679
Keywords: professional

Job Description

Position Goal: Special Education Paraprofessionals work under the supervision of a special education teacher to provide care and support in a safe and appropriate manner while focusing on each student’s academic success in meeting their individual goals. There are no supervisory duties over other staff assigned to this position.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties and responsibilities of this position.

  • High School Diploma or GED required

  • An Associate’s degree or higher OR completed two years of study (equaling 60 or more credit hours) from an accredited institution of higher education OR obtained a passing score on one of the Arizona Department of Education paraprofessional approved assessments required

  • General computer skills

  • Ability to read and follow directions

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding individual students’ situations

  • Ability to provide student assistance during emergency evacuations



  1. Support the Mission, Vision and goals of J.O. Combs Unified School District

  2. Provide academic and/or behavioral support based on the identified student needs under the supervision of the special education teacher

  3. Assist teachers (in special education and general education) or therapists with support during instructional lessons  or therapy sessions

  4. Work collaboratively with the special education teacher, administration, general education teachers, parents, therapists and students to implement the goals and accommodations/modifications specified in each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  5. Perform activities of daily living with/for students including, but not limited to: toileting, diaper changing, grooming, dressing, feeding and/or drinking

  6. Assist students in the use of alternative and/or augmentative communication or other assistive technology devices.

  7. Accompany students from one location to another in classrooms and on campus

  8. Collect data on student’s IEP goals in collaboration with the special education and/or general education teacher, using a variety of data collection techniques to monitor student growth and progress

  9. Participate in school professional learning community as appropriate to assist in problem solving for student  growth and progress

  10. Complete Medicaid in Public Schools (MIPS) registration packet within 10 days of hire

  11. Complete MIPS billing as per IEP and supervising teacher direction using online system

  12. Maintain current CPR, first aid certifications

  13. Maintain Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) certification and be willing to perform physical restraint of student for safety as needed

  14. Attend all required professional development and staff/campus meetings

  15. Maintain cleanliness of classroom environment

  16. Assist education staff with other duties as assigned


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

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to move about the classroom and campus and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel objects, tools, controls and to reach with hands and arms, bend stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. The employee may have to safely physically restrain a student from hurting self or others.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


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

Duties may require an employee to be exposed to outside weather conditions including extreme heat or cold, wind and rain. High humidity and/or dusty conditions may also be present.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Salary Schedule: Support Staff Wage Schedule, Range G

Benefits: As per District policy

Evaluation: Annual

Contract: 190 Days, 9 months                                                                

Hours: 30-35 weekly

Reports To: Principal, Supervising Teacher, Program Specialist           

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


The J.O. Combs Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or (480) 987-5300. 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs no discrimina basada por la raza, el color, el origen nacional, el sexo, la discapacidad o la edad de una persona en sus programas o actividades y proporciona igual acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Las consultas pueden dirigirse al coordinador del Título IX o al coordinador del Título II de la Sección 504 / ADA en 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 o (480) 987-5300. 


Primary Location: Harmon Elementary

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Friday, January 3, 2020 12:00 AM
(Pacific Standard Time)

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