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Instructional Assistant II - Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders - General Pool (2023-2024 SY)

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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School and Teaching
Full Time
Career Level
Entry Level

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Job Description:

The Autism Instructional Assistant II (Special Education) assists in the specialized instruction of students with autism spectrum disorders under the supervision of a licensed teacher in a special education classroom; observes and documents student progress; implements plans for instruction and reinforcement of skills. The autism instructional assistant observes and documents student progress; implements plans for instruction, and implements behavioral plans as directed by the teacher.

Vacancies are available at the following schools:

Mount Vernon Community School

Early Childhood Center

James K Polk Elementary

George Mason Elementary

  • Education: 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.
  • Certificates & Licenses: Formal training or certification in ABA is highly preferred.
  • Experience: The position requires experience and/or additional training in the instruction of students with autism spectrum disorders.

Essential Functions:
  • Adapts classroom activities, assignments, and/or materials under the direction of the teacher to provide an opportunity for the student to participate in classroom activities.
  • Implements intervention strategies and supports (visual aids, prompting strategies, reinforcement systems, communication tools, etc.) as directed by the teacher to address student goals.
  • Documents student progress or behavioral observations using objective measures and records data as directed by the teacher.
  • Confers with teachers on a regular basis to assist in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP goals.
  • Implements academic instruction taught by a teacher to meet learning goals, as described by an IEP.
  • Implements strategies to maximize practice opportunities for social and communication skills and emotional regulation to promote short and long-term independence as directed by the teacher.
  • Implements behavioral plans designed by the IEP team for students with behavior disorders or other special conditions to meet special education students' needs and provide a consistent environment.
  • Maintains instructional materials and/or student files/records (e.g. adapting instructional materials).
  • Accepts feedback from teachers and related service providers to ensure accurate and consistent implementation of educational techniques or strategies.
  • Communicates and collaborates to foster a positive learning environment.
  • Effectively communicates with adults and students.
  • Attends meetings and in-service presentations.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned, to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

  • 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.


Primary Location:
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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