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Instructional Assistant - Special Education #2-20

at Newport Mesa Unified School District

Pay: $19.154 to $23.454/hour
$19.154 - $23.454
Posted: 1/2/2020
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2469163
Keywords: clerical, office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description: The Vacancy, Basic Function, Minimum Qualifications

This recruitment is open and promotional. These positions are typically for 3-6 hours per day, 5 days per week, 10 months per year.  We are also looking for people interested to be on our substitute list.  This job involves working with students with all types of special needs including autism, physical and mental challenges. 

We also have another job classification which requires ABA specific training: Instructional Assistant - Behavioral Intervention.

Please apply online at and follow the link for classified open positions.

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, provide instructional support and assistance to teachers and students assigned to a designated mild, moderate, severe, Early Childhood, Response to Intervention (RTI) special education instructional program; perform a variety of support activities related to behavior management and classroom instruction of special education students; perform a variety of clerical support duties related to classroom activities; assist students with developing self-help, toileting, personal hygiene, social and communication skills.


Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and two years experience working with children in a specialized learning environment.

Examination Procedures & Information


Exam Weight

Written Examination (No Child Left Behind Exam) :
Qualifications Appraisal Interview:
Eligibility list will be certified and established for six (6) months.

The written examination will be held on an as needed basis, or about every 2 months. You will be notified via email, as indicated on your application, regarding the testing and interviewing dates, times, and locations.

Applications will be reviewed for minimum requirements.  However, Newport-Mesa Unified School District reserves the right to hold a competitive screening based on the number of applications and the needs of the District.

If you elect to have Newport-Mesa Unified School District (hereafter, 'District') contact you via email regarding your application and the hiring process, please be aware that the District is not responsible for any contacts you may have blocked on your email service.  Unclaimed emails to applicants are not the responsibility of the District. In an effort to allow our emails through your personal spam filter, you can try to add the and to your safe senders list.

Job Responsibilities

Provide instructional support and assistance to teachers and students assigned to a designated mild, moderate, severe, Early Childhood, Response to Intervention (RTI) special education instructional program; communicate with teachers regarding the individual needs of special education students.
Provide instructional assistance to individual or groups of special education and Response to Intervention (RTI) students in a special education or regular classroom, on campus or out in the community; assist regular education students and special education students during mainstreamed classroom activities and various other activities as directed.
Assist assigned teacher and certificated personnel with the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs); assist students with meeting the goals and objectives of their Individual Education Plan.
Perform a variety of clerical duties such as preparing, typing and copying instructional materials, scoring papers and recording grades; collect data and maintain a variety of logs; assist in keeping attendance; prepare and maintain student confidential records and files as necessary.
Assist students with developing self-help, toileting, feeding, meal preparation, personal hygiene, social and communication skills; lift, push or move students in and out of wheelchairs.
Assist assigned teacher with the implementation of lesson plans; assist in administering, proctoring, scoring tests and papers and charting student progress; modify materials and explain instructions and words.
Reinforce instruction to students with learning disabilities and language, communication and behavioral problems; redirect student behavior according to established techniques and procedures; confer with teachers concerning programs and materials to meet the individual needs of special education students.
Observe and control behavior of students according to approved procedures; report progress regarding student performance and behavior.
Provide support to the teacher by setting up work areas, displays and exhibits, operating office and classroom equipment and distributing and collecting paper, supplies and materials.
Direct group activities of students as needed; assist in monitoring recesses, assemblies and playgroup activities; assist in unloading students to and from a bus or a vehicle; accompany students to other classrooms and on field trips.
Accompany students to work sites and other community sites using public transportation as directed; monitor safety of students in a variety of indoor and outdoor travel settings including educational, vocational and community based settings; teach students travel, self-advocacy, safe pedestrian skills and strategies to adapt to unfamiliar places and situations.
Maintain inventory of classroom supplies and place orders as appropriate; assist other staff with instructions and order processing.
Maintain an orderly, attractive and positive learning environment; assure the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and procedures.
Operate a variety of classroom and office equipment including a calculator, copier, laminator, timer, token board, a computer and assigned software.
Perform related duties as assigned.


Concepts and principles of child development and behavioral characteristics.
Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
General school functions, policies, rules and regulations.
Problems and concerns of students with special needs.
Behavior management strategies and techniques utilized with students exhibiting atypical social behaviors.
Basic subjects taught in District schools including arithmetic, reading, writing, grammar and spelling.
Child guidance principles and practices, especially as they relate to students with behavioral and/or learning disabilities.
Safe practices in classroom activities.
Basic instructional methods and techniques.
Appropriate English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Maintaining confidentiality of student records.
Basic record-keeping and data collection techniques.
Operation of a variety of office and classroom equipment, a computer and assigned software.
Assist an assigned teacher with instruction and related activities in a classroom or learning environment.
Perform clerical duties related to classroom activities.
Monitor, observe and report student behavior and progress according to approved policies and procedures.
Reinforce instruction to individual or small groups of students as directed by the teacher.
Understand and relate to children with special needs.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Operate a variety of office and classroom equipment, a computer and assigned software.
Observe health and safety regulations.


Classroom, outdoor and special education learning environment including      
working with children with various mental, emotional and physical impairments.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office and classroom equipment.
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to assist students.
Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
Lifting, pushing or moving children in and out of wheelchairs.

Potential contact with body fluids.
Potential contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

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