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ESL Paraprofessional

Waltham, Massachusetts
Closing date
Jun 13, 2024

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Job Role
ESL Paraprofessional

Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to have an individual who can assist teachers in the delivery of direct English Language Development (ESL) instruction to students as well as supervise our English learners in sheltered content and specials classes.

Description of Duties:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Management of the Learning Environment
  • Implements student goals and objectives, under the direction of the teacher.
  • Utilizes educational materials properly.
  • Helps to maintain a pleasant, neat and well-organized classroom.
  • Performs scheduled duties promptly.
  • Fulfills paperwork responsibilities promptly.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service educational activities.

Teacher/Pupil/Parent Interaction
  • Assumes responsibility for providing a safe, supportive learning environment for every student.
  • Relates well to students of varied proficiency.
  • Provides and promotes opportunities for students to develop a wholesome self-concept.
  • Guides students toward self-control.
  • Provides effective student structure in the total school setting.
  • Accepts responsibility for the well-being of each assigned student.
  • Remains approachable to students and parents, as needed.
  • Contributes to a positive and effective working relationship between school and home.

Professional and Personal Qualities
  • Adheres to the academic, ethical and social standards of the profession.
  • Speaks and writes clearly, understandably and appropriately.
  • Dresses appropriately and is well-groomed.
  • Accepts constructive criticism.
  • Applies suggestions for improvement.
  • Uses confidential information for professional purposes only.
  • Is equitable and sensitive and responsive to all learners.
  • Realizes that good attendance is necessary for effective learning.
  • Participates in ongoing professional development.
  • Works the same hours and days as teachers in the school.

Teacher/Staff Relations
  • Shows evidence of helping to promote positive working relationships will school personnel.
  • Demonstrates willingness to share and exchange ideas, skills, techniques and materials.
  • Works effectively with administrative personnel.
  • Accepts and implements school and district decisions.
  • Fulfills assigned duties and out-of-class responsibilities.
  • Complies with school department procedures and school committee policies.

Toileting/diapering and heavy lifting may be required.


Supervision Scope:

Supervises students and evaluates their achievement.

Supervision Given and Received:

Supervised by principal and/or director.


Education, Training and Experience:
  • High school diploma, two years of higher education preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students, under the direction of the teacher.

Knowledge Required:
  • Ability to follow directions effectively.
  • Familiarity with culturally and linguistically diverse students' needs as well as sheltered instruction.

Abilities Required:
  • Ability to implement assigned tasks and activities.
  • Diligence in monitoring students' safety and security.
  • Ability to support and reinforce the teacher's expectations for students.

Skills Required:
  • Able to follow directions promptly and effectively.
  • Able to relate to students as a caring adult.
  • Able to work with students on academic tasks assigned by the teacher.
Salary: As per the WEA contract.

Non- Discrimination Notice: Waltham Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Waltham Public Schools has partnered with the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE) in our effort to welcome diverse candidates to our school system. We value and prioritize the hiring of educators who bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to our schools, and who reflect the diversity of the students we serve.

MPDE is a collaborative of public school districts with a 40-year uninterrupted history committed to supporting the interest of its members to increase the numbers of teachers of color for their schools by providing recruitment support and related services.

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