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Para Educator – District Behavior Intervention

Ferndale School District

This is a Contract position in Ferndale, WA posted December 5, 2021.

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Position Title:

Paraeducator – District Behavior Intervention Team



Classification/Union Group


Reports To:

Behavior Intervention Specialist

Position Purpose/Overview

Assist the teacher in the education of students including management of student behavior; recordkeeping; instructional assistance; classroom safety; security and organization; and interaction and communication with students, support staff, parents/guardians, and agencies.

Paraeducators work within all district programs, with a variety of students who are in need of academic assistance and have learning, communication, and behavioral or emotional disabilities.

Education and Experience/Desired Qualifications

State Requirement:

  • At least eighteen years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, and
  • Receive a passing grade on the education testing service paraeducator assessment (Para Pro Test); or
  • Hold an associates of arts degree; or
  • Have earned seventy-two quarter credits or forty- eight semester credits at an institution of higher learning.

· Successful Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint clearance

· Successful background check

· I-9 Employment Eligibility in compliance with the Immigrations Reform and Control Act

· Proof of Immunization (if born after 1/1/57)

· Willing to obtain/maintain all district required training related to the position (i.e., first aide, right response, etc.)

· Experience with students who may have a range of behavior, cognitive and/or physical challenges.

Essential Job Functions

· Provide one-on-one and group instruction in academic areas as directed by a certificated staff member.

· Maintain awareness of physical and emotional changes in students and report concerns to teacher or child protection services if appropriate.

· Ensure personal and student safety pursuant to established procedures when working with students who may have infectious diseases.

· Supervise students during yard duty to ensure students are following rules and activities are appropriate.

· Communicate rules, expectations and consequences to the students.

· Evaluate students’ needs and provide interventions to redirect behavior.

· Assess crisis situations and intervene to defuse situations using conflict resolution, crisis intervention, restraints, or assisting staff as appropriate.

· Provide feedback to develop positive self-esteem of students.

· Complete incident reports for both positive and negative circumstances.

· Correct completed work assignments and record grades.

· Attend trainings regarding safety/security and behavior management as requested.

· Maintain regular attendance.

· Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s)

Knowledge of:

· Aversive Therapy techniques or willingness to be trained in same.

· Basic reading, writing, and math, as identified by passing a proficiency test in those three areas.

Ability to:

· Maintain a high level of integrity and commitment.

· Maintain confidentiality.

· Focus on solving conflict.

· Remain open to others’ ideas and contribute to building a positive team spirit.

· Remain calm and professional in work environment.

· Provide support for physically, emotionally and/behaviorally challenging students in a self-contained, resource or general education setting.

· Work with preschool, life skills and/or behavior team.

· Feed and attend to student hygiene care/needs (i.e, diapering/toileting).

· Implement positive behavior intervention strategies.

· Implement emergency protocols.

· Read and understand instructions, teaching manuals, and/or guides.

· Successfully supervise children.

· Willing to work without immediate supervision in direct one-on-one and small group instruction.

· Carry out behavior management and conduct academic testing.

· Willing to travel to different sites.

· Adapt to individual needs of teachers and students and work with interruptions.

· Respond quickly in emergency situations.

· Ability to assist students in use of computers in the classroom.

· Use standard office and classroom equipment.

· Work well with others from diverse backgrounds.

· Communicate fluently verbally and in writing in English.

· Respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, staff, or members of the community.

Physical Requirements (i.e., sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, walking, and fine motor skills. Also cognitive demands like visual and perceptual skills, attention, and memory)

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: heavy lifting (up to 100 pounds), twisting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; and some fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 50% sitting, 25% walking, and 25% standing. Work with students in crisis. May be exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students.

DISCLAIMER: The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $18.76 – $24.42 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • College Credits or Degree or take and pass the Para Pro Test (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple Locations