Special Education Teacher Assistant (Plank) Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Oswego Community Unit School District 308 7 reviews

Special Education Teacher Assistant (Plank)

JobID: 10208

Date Posted:



Plank Junior High School

COMPENSATION: $14.29/hour – $14.71/hour (depending on experience) plus benefits. *Please note that the hourly rate of pay is inclusive of the mandatory 4.5% retirement contribution to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the Oswego Support Professionals Association (OESPA).


  • Valid Illinois Educator License with Stipulations – Paraprofessional or Professional Educator License or Substitute Teacher License.
  • Appropriate verbal and written language skills
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job
  • Ability to use basic job-related equipment
  • Ability to understand students’ disabilities and apply this understanding to the responsibilities of the job
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and assist in lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Experience working with students with special needs preferred

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Special Education Teacher Assistant supports students with disabilities from ages 3-21. Under the direction of a licensed special education teacher, the teacher assistant supports the goals of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) by modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; following educational and specific behavioral plans; modeling appropriate behaviors and interactions with students and staff; and assisting students by providing for special health care needs.Employees in this classification will receive a variety of assignments including classroom support, lunchroom, playground, vocational and work sites, etc.


  • Assists students with disabilities with academic, behavioral, social and functional growth and development.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding all aspects of work with students with disabilities and other staff.
  • Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials.
  • Implements instructional programs and lesson plans (e.g. reading, math, language comprehension, writing, computer, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing learning concepts.
  • Promotes independence of students with disabilities.
  • Documents students’ daily activities (e.g. behavior, completed assignments, on/off task times, etc.).
  • Monitors individual and/or groups of students with disabilities in a variety of settings (e.g. classrooms, restrooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus-loading zones, cafeteria, assemblies, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
  • Provides specialized handling or care of students (e.g. toileting, diapering, feeding).
  • Communicates and collaborates with teachers and other relevant personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
  • Maintains classroom equipment and work area for the purpose of ensuring a safe and clean learning environment.
  • Participates in all meetings, and professional development activities as assigned by the building or district administrator.
  • Supports and implements District policies and procedures, regulations, and administrative directives.
  • Adheres to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education.
  • Performs other related duties as may be directed by the building or district administrator.


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