Instructional Assistant Special Education I, Resource - Part-Time - Adams Elementary, Mesa Public Schools

Instructional Assistant Special Education I, Resource - Part-Time - Adams Elementary



Job ID:

East Maricopa

March 19, 2024

Contact Information:
Mesa Public Schools
63 E Main S
Mesa, AZ 85201
District Website

Dana Yursi
Phone: 480-472-0463
District Email

Job Description:

Base Rate:


Performance Pay:

Available annually

New hire experience:

1% of the base hourly rate granted for each year of verified like experience (within ten years) beyond the requirement, up to a five-year maximum

New hire education:

1% of the base hourly rate awarded for an AA or higher degree if not required for the position


A11, 9.25 months


Part-time (25 hours per week)







To assist, under direct supervision of certified teachers and specialists, in the monitoring and instruction of special education students implementing the Individual Education Plans; to assist students in performing their academic, daily living and health care activities; to relieve teacher of routine clerical tasks.



  • Associate’s Degree or 60 college credit hours required at time of hire OR pass the ParaPro Test provided by the district
  • Ability and willingness to work with special education students who may require specialized instruction to meet academic, social, and behavior goals
  • Ability to work well with students, staff and parents; good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in stressful situations
  • Computer proficiency to include use of basic software applications (Word, Excel, etc)
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to organize and prioritize and to follow classroom guidelines as put forth by classroom teacher 


  • Deliver, under teacher’s direction, classroom work/homework and/or reinforce classroom objectives, tutoring and guided practice
  • Assist the development of instructional materials and maintenance of classroom
  • Assist in the collection of data on academic and behavior goals as instructed
  • Implement positive behavior intervention plans for students who display challenging behaviors including verbal and physical aggression
  • Respond to problem behaviors according to the student’s positive behavior intervention plan and district crisis intervention policy
  • Transfer and/or lift non-ambulatory students to assist them in the performance of their daily activities
  • Assist students with personal hygiene to provide for and/or develop students’ daily living activities and behavioral skills
  • May be occasionally required to assist students who need support in addressing personal care needs due to a severe medical condition and/or physical limitations (i.e. toileting, feeding, dressing suctioning, etc) to ensure their functioning in a school environment
  • Accompany students as they transition across campus
  • Monitor individual and/or small student groups in classroom and/or on the playground to maintain a safe and positive learning environment; facilitate social peer interactions
  • Maintain classroom and student equipment to ensure a safe environment
  • Model professional, safe, responsible and respectful behavior
  • Perform general clerical tasks to support the teacher in the maintenance of student files and to provide classroom materials
  • Participate in various meetings to share information and/or improve one’s skills and/or knowledge
  • Regular and on-time attendance required
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit
  • Assist other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities
  • May lift, pull, push or carry
  • May stand for a prolonged period of time
  • May move light weight furniture
  • May be exposed to outdoor elements
  • May require strength to push/pull 30-35 lbs
  • May require physical intervention for students experiencing behavioral difficulties
  • Physical demands may require assistance from other personnel


Mesa Public Schools is an award-winning district and voted Best Place to Work in Mesa. With over 9,000 employees, we are the largest school district in Arizona. Families have sent generations of students through our schools, as we are the premier educational choice in Arizona.


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