Substitute Paraeducator 5-7-2019

Cosmopolis School District No. 99

1439 Fourth Street   Cosmopolis, Washington  98537   (360) 532-7181

Superintendent, Cherie Patterson


Position:    Substitute Paraeducator                                  On-Call Basis

Date Posted: May 7, 2019                                                                      Date Closes: Opened Until Filled                                                                                                        


Education & Experience:    

  • Graduation from high school or evidence of equivalent educational proficiency.
  • AA degree or a passing score of 461 on the ParaPro Assessment tests from ETS or 2 years of approved study at an institution of higher education
  • Valid First Aid card & CPR endorsement with ability to perform CPR if necessary
  • WSP-FBI background clearance required.


Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience and knowledge working with students of all ages from preschool to sixth grade  in a school setting preferred
  • Experience and knowledge with implementing reading and math instruction with small groups of students
  • Experience and knowledge working with special needs students to include but not limited to, autism, physical and/or mental disabilities ranging from low incidence to severe, preferred
  • Adequate physical strength, must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs up to 50 lbs
  • Demonstrated ability to safely manually handle/move/lift or transport student if necessary in controlled or uncontrolled environment
  • Ability to communicate in a positive manner effectively with students, parents, faculty and administrators
  • Ability to assist teacher and lead class when necessary  
  • Ability to act/move quickly to situations when the need arises
  • Ability to accurately complete job duties with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to work effectively and professionally under pressure and continual interruptions
  • Knowledge and experience working with computers, general office equipment, and general office operations
  • Must be able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously with demonstrated ability to be flexible and versatile

Must be able to perform the essential job functions and scheduled assignments

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Essential Job Functions:      

  • Assist student (s) with assignments and special needs as designated by the Teacher/Principal and other certificated specialists.
  • Performs routine functions under the direction of the Teacher, Principal, and/or other certificated specialists.
  • Establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with students, staff, volunteers and community members, maintaining confidentiality.
  • May perform assigned classroom duties including: independently instruct students in all subject areas; prepare materials and develop worksheets for individual students; and may implement behavior management plans.
  • Maintains a constant vigilance for safety of the students
  • May lift/transport/transfer student as needed either manually or with equipment.
  • May change diapers or toilet students as necessary.
  • May perform assigned patrol/lunch/recess/bus duties, which may include: supervise cafeteria/playground; and supervise/assist students pre and post boarding of buses.
  • Attend in-service training which may include:preventing back injuries; implementing behavior management plans consistently; microcomputer skills; and information on disabilities, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Work:

Classroom environments may include the ability to handle and lift students with severe physical limitations; ability to work comfortably with children on the floor for extended periods of time. Willingness and ability to use therapeutic escorts and holding techniques as directed and appropriate. Physical demands include (based upon assignment): standing for long periods of time, walking, sitting, use of hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend and taste or smell. Noise level will range from quiet to very noisy. Employee is exposed to outside weather conditions when traveling from building to building, recess, multipurpose room, bus drop off/pick up etc...


To request an application, please contact Human Resources at 1439 Fourth St., Cosmopolis, WA, 98537 (360) 532-7181 or visit our website at  If you have a current application with the Cosmopolis School District and would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest to Human Resources.



The Cosmopolis School District No. 99 shall provide equal employment opportunity and treatment for all applicants and staff in recruitment, hiring, retention, assignment, transfer, promotion and training. Such equal employment opportunity shall be provided without discrimination with respect to age, race, color, creed, national origin, marital status, gender, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity,  presence of any sensory, mental for physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boys Scouts of America or other designated youth groups. The district may give preference to a United States Citizen over an authorized alien if two candidates are equally qualified.  Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Cherie Patterson at 1439 Fourth St., Cosmopolis, WA  98537 (360-532-7181.)