Educational Paraprofessional Position - A Step Up Academy
Position: Educational Paraprofessional Position
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Instructional Assistant
Job Location: A Step Up Academy
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: A Step Up Academy
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Telephone: 215-885-1075
Job Description:
Position: Instructional Assistant
Reports to: Classroom Teacher / Education Director
Status:  10 Month

Job Summary:  The Instructional Assistant will work with Preschool or Elementary (K-6) students with Autism in a highly structured, managed, and organized classroom setting of no more than 8 students per classroom.   The Instructional Assistant will implement, monitor, and track instruction and behavioral support and progress under the guidance of the Teacher, Education Director, and BCBA. Students will be taught using current research and practice in Applied Behavior Analysis, along with research-based educational programming aligned to the state standards with the goal of preparing students for maximum success in a school setting with their typically-developing peers.  

Certifications and Qualifications:  
Minimum of at least two years of collegiate level academic work or a  Bachelor’s degree in the field of Human Services (education, psychology, social work, etc.)
Current (dated within a year) Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances

Essential Duties:
  • Instructional Assistant, under the direction of and in collaboration with the lead Teacher, will be responsible for implementing modifications to student assignments, facilitating daily schedules, implementing and insuring fidelity with positive behavior support plans, one-to-one instructional support, and collaborating with various professionals on behalf of each student to ensure academic success. Specific duties Include, but are not limited to:
    • Support students in small group and 1:1 settings under direction of lead Teacher
    • Provide instruction to students under direction of Education Director and lead Teacher
    • Collect data on students behavior and academic goals under direction of lead Teacher
    • Support students in large group activities including lunch, recess, and special activities under direction of the lead Teacher
    • Support students and facilitate interactions with peers during inclusion activities
    • Assist lead Teacher in keeping instructional materials and classroom organized
    • Update Daily Data Sheets for students as directed by lead Teacher
    • Implement Positive Behavior Support Plans for students under direction of BCBA
    • Assist with adaptive/self-help skill instruction for students according to their individual needs/IEP goals or SDI, instruction on skills includes but not limited to potty training, brushing teeth, feeding, and dressing skills
    • Collaborate with related service providers (speech, OT, PT, Vision, behavior, etc) to ensure generalization of skills and implementation/use of assistive technology.
  • Complete other duties as directed by Teacher, Educational Director, BCBA, Head of School

Competencies Required:
  • Competence in collecting data with fidelity and assessing student progress towards IEP goals and objectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to follow established policies and procedures
  • Able to work independently and effectively with other team members.
  • Good team player and very reliable in working without close supervision
If you are interested in applying, please email Jamie Jenkins, M.Ed., Head of School at

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