Paraprofessional (2023-24SY)

Posted on: March 9, 2023 | | |

Title: Paraprofessional (2023-24SY)
Location: CICS Prairie- 11530 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
Reports To: Principal
Salary: Starting at $30,000, commensurate with experience
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: August 2023

The mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Overview

A Distinctive Schools Paraprofessional serves as an advocate for the needs of the diverse learning population.  Supporting and assisting teachers in fulfilling the academics and social-emotional needs of students is a top priority.  The paraprofessional, under the supervision of the school-based leadership team, and in collaboration with the special education teacher and the general education teachers,  provides support to individual students in areas that may include academics, functional performance, or physical assistance.



Maintain a student-centered perspective in decision making
Believe that all students can learn and can achieve great things
Celebrate student milestones, accomplishments, and growth towards their goals
Create a developmentally appropriate, positive, inclusive, equitable and safe learning environment
Foster a culture of belonging through positive and professional relationships with colleagues, students and families
Support mission of school and network
Academic/Functional/Behavior Supports

Deliver academic, behavioral, and functional skills instruction to assigned students in whole-class, small-group, and individual settings
Prepare materials and resources for use in the classroom that support students’ learning goals
Carry out the educational programs developed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, performing daily activities using specific materials/methods and/or material modifications designed by the special education teacher and support personnel (speech, OT/PT, etc.)
Implement individualized behavior intervention plans (BIPs) for assigned students as required
Collaborate with the general education and the special education teacher to plan instruction for individual students
Maintain clear communication between family, student and teacher in a professional way
Assist with the maintenance of records of student needs, instructional programs, student progress, preparation of forms, organizing and maintaining files
Collect data to measure assigned students’ growth utilizing a variety of evidence-based measures
Assist in toileting and feeding of students
Assist in lifting or transfer of students
Professional Development

Participate in on-going professional development to continuously improve their ability to serve assigned students
Attend and participate in campus and network/regional  meetings and professional learning opportunities
Requirements (minimum)

Education: High school diploma

Qualifications: Paraprofessional License (Applicable for IL only)

Physical demands: Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 50% walking, and 40% standing


25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more
Description Disclaimer: Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

EEO: Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191