Instructional Assistant II - Learners with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities - General Pool (2023-20

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Dec 16, 2023

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School and Teaching
Full Time
Career Level
Entry Level

Job Details

Job Description

The job of ED Instructional Assistant (Special Education) was established for the purpose/s of assisting in the specialized instruction of students with emotional disabilities under the supervision of a licensed teacher in a special education classroom. The ED Instructional Assistant will be responsible for observing and documenting student progress; implementing activities for skill acquisition or reinforcement of skills, and implementing behavioral plans as directed by the teacher.


  • 48 college credits or an AA degree, or be able to demonstrate college-level skills in spelling, reading, writing, and math by passing a proficiency test.

Job Requirements:
  • Position requires experience and/or additional training in the instruction of students with emotional or behavioral disabilities.
  • Ability to work with other professionals in a collaborative manner.
  • Formal training or education in working with students that have emotional disabilities is highly preferred.
  • Physical ability to manage challenging behaviors in the school setting

Statement of Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience for this position includes experience working with learners with emotional or behavioral challenges in an educational environment; implementing academic, behavioral, and social skill practice activities by following protocols consistently and collecting data based on criteria outlined by the teacher, related service providers, or support staff; altering instruction to meet the needs of the learner or based upon feedback from the teacher or support staff; supporting learners with ED across a variety of settings using prompting and fading techniques to aid in student success.

Essential Functions
  • Adapt classroom activities, assignments, and/or materials under the direction of the teacher for the purpose of providing an opportunity for the student to participate in classroom activities.
  • Implement intervention strategies and supports (visual aides, prompting strategies, reinforcement systems, emotion regulation tools, etc.) as directed by the teacher to address student goals.
  • Document student progress or behavioral observations using objective measures and record data as directed by the teacher.
  • Confer with teachers on a regular basis for the purpose of assisting in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP goals.
  • Implement academic instruction taught by a teacher for the purpose of meeting learning goals, as described by an IEP.
  • Implement strategies to maximize practice opportunities for social skills and emotional regulation for the purpose of short and long term independence as directed by the teacher.
  • Implement behavioral plans designed by IEP team for students with behavior disorders or other special conditions for the purpose of assisting in meeting student needs and providing a consistent environment.
  • Maintain instructional materials and/or student files/records (e.g. adapting instructional materials) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of the appropriate instructional supplies.
  • Implement strategies or interventions as directed by the teacher or school support staff for de-escalating situations or managing challenging behaviors safely.
  • Assist in the management of student behavior through the use of positive reinforcement strategies and other appropriate techniques
  • Accept feedback from teachers and related service providers to ensure accurate and consistent implementation of educational techniques or strategies.
  • Communicate and collaborate to foster a positive learning environment.
  • Effectively communicate with adults and students.
  • Attend meetings and in-service presentations for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


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Salary Range:
$22,821.89 - $28,644.86 / Instructional Assistant II
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Alexandria City Public Schools is one of the most diverse school systems in the country and we celebrate that diversity. Our students come from more than 80 different countries, speak more than 60 languages, and represent a rainbow of ethnic and cultural groups. They are economically diverse, but all are rich in that the residents of Alexandria are dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of them achieves success.

The children of Alexandria have benefited significantly from the strong support of City Council and the Alexandria community over the years. Tremendous gains have been made in student achievement and ACPS continues to be in the forefront of technology integration.

T.C. Williams High School is on the cutting edge, both inside and out. The award-winning building features numerous environmentally sound features, such as a 450,000-gallon underground cistern that collects and stores rainwater for building use, and a rooftop garden that provides stormwater management. The redesigned educational program at T.C. consists of smaller learning communities designed to increase academic achievement and the level of student engagement. Students feel more connected to caring adults, and teachers have more opportunity to know and support their students.

The City of Alexandria was recently named one of the Top 100 Communities for Young People by America's Promise, partly because of the quality of our schools and programs. A recent City survey indicates that the number of people who made the decision to live in Alexandria based on the quality of the schools has increased since 2004. We have many reasons to celebrate. ACPS is truly an urban success!

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2000 N Beauregard St

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