Paraprofessional (Teacher Assistant) - #196961

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

Date: 06/08/2022 09:30 AM

City: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day



As a Paraprofessional (Teacher Assistant), you have the rewarding opportunity to connect with students with special needs in a positive way, engage with them and help them to promote their academic, daily living skills, social and emotional potential

Interested candidates with a high school diploma are encouraged to apply. The opportunity for CIU20 assessment to become highly qualified is available at no cost to applicants. See below for more information.*

Ideal Candidates shall:

  • Work collaboratively in a team environment

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal collaborative skills, demonstrated by patience and understanding to effectively work with staff and students

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Complete and maintain student and classroom records with tasks with attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to maintain complete confidentiality

  • Demonstrate basic computer skills to complete tasks related to medical billing, email, web-based education software, and virtual meeting environments; experience with Google Suite is beneficial

  • Respond positively to supervision and suggestions for improvement


  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, lift, reach, and communicate to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities

  • Ability to physically lift up to 40 lbs. without assistance and/or assists any student as required by students’ physical needs

  • Ability to conduct a safety restraint protocol following appropriate training and certification

  • Ability to assist students with self-help skills, feeding, and personal hygiene needs

Successful Paraprofessionals (Teacher Assistants) come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. If you’ve ever worked in any of the following fields, you’d be a great fit for our team: teacher, paraeducator, teaching assistant, teaching aide, tutor, special education, working with individuals with special needs and/or disabilities, preschool worker, daycare provider, medical assistant, CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide), residential treatment facility worker, rehabilitation and transition / vocational rehabilitation (OVR) services, job coaching, mentoring, mental health services, behavioral health services, probation services, youth coaching, children and youth services, case management, and/or other similar professional childcare experience

  • The education qualification for a Paraprofessional (Teacher Assistant) position is a high school diploma with a passing acceptable IU 20 assessment to become highly qualified. Individuals who do not have two years of college or 48 college credits may become highly qualified by taking our local assessment. Assessments may be scheduled by calling the Office of the Director of Special Education (610) 515-6449. A preparation booklet is available to help you review the content of the assessment and prepare for the test. Click here to access the booklet. We encourage you to take the test to become highly qualified when you apply. Our applicants have had great success in passing this assessment through a review of the booklet and content.


Paraprofessional (Teacher Assistant) needed for the Autistic Support program. Position beginning with the start of the 2022-2023 School Year

You will assist in planning special activities and events to make learning engaging for students. You will work with the teacher to accomplish the objectives and goals of the curriculum. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to engage your creative abilities assisting the team with developing activities that provide students with unique and individualized learning activities that promote their interests, needs, and individual development goals in a safe and positive environment

Starting annual salary:

$18,829.00 – High School Diploma with Highly Qualified Distinction

$20,329.00 – Associate’s Degree or attained 48 college credits

$22,829.00 – Bachelor’s Degree

The salary schedule represents a 188-day work year. New employees who begin after the first day of the school year will have their salary prorated to the number of workdays remaining in the school year. 10-month classroom staff is paid over a 12-month time period

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Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Wellness Program, and Paid Time Off available to full-time staff. Summary of benefits can be found via this

Application Procedure

Your online application material will be screened and reviewed by the program administrator. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the administrator regarding the interview date and time. Please be certain to fill out all areas as requested in the resume section

Current CIU20 Employees interested in applying for this position may apply via the Applicant Portal or submit a letter of interest within 5 days of the posting to the Human Resources Department:

Recruitment Office

Human Resources and Research Services

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

6 Danforth Drive

Easton, PA 18045-7899 FAX (610) 515-6407


Summary Information:

Job Title

Paraprofessional (Teacher Assistant)

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Full-time 10 Months


See Description Section

Calendar Days

Full-time 10 mo. 188 work days

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Colonial Early Learning Center

3144 Linden Street

Bethlehem, PA 18017


0-2 years

Degrees / Certificates

High School Diploma

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