Position Title: Para-Professional

FLSA: Hourly/Non-Exempt

Supervisor: CEO/Principal, Lead Teacher

Supervises: N/A

Para-Professionals at Arrowhead Youth & Family Services fulfill a wide range of responsibilities.  The Para’s primary responsibility is to support the classroom teacher in monitoring and managing student behaviors using CPI techniques.  In addition, the Para also assists in monitoring student IEP goals and their educational progress.  It is important that the Para-Professional fulfills all job responsibilities using a positive, strengths-based, therapeutic approach.

Performance Objectives:

  • Works with the Principal and Teachers by performing the following education duties:

    • Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce the learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.

    • Assists the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on a systematic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests and abilities.

    • Operates and cares for equipment used in the classroom for instructional purposes.

    • Helps students master equipment or instructional material assigned by the teacher.

    • Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, class time and off ground activities.

    • Maintains line-of-site supervision of students.

    • Alerts the regular teacher to any problems or special information about an individual student.

    • Uses CPI verbal de-escalation techniques to prevent students from acting out physically.

    • Serves as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher.

    • Adheres to Arrowhead’s policy on ethics and confidentiality.

    • Participates in in-service training programs as assigned.

    • To perform any other duties requested by the immediate supervisor or principal.


  1. Any qualifications set by state certification authorities or the appropriate agency.

  2. Any qualifications which the board may deem necessary for the specific position desired.

  3. Applicant must have an IL Para-Professional license or a substitute teacher license.

  4. Must be First Aid and CPR certified.

  5. Will value diversity and incorporate cultural differences into work environment.

  6. Must have a valid driver’s license and approval from the state of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to transport children.  Must qualify to become insured by Arrowhead’s insurance carrier.

  7. Must be physically capable of participating in the restraint of adolescents that are endangering the safety of self, others, or the destruction of property.  In addition, must be physically capable of successful completion of CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) training and be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

Terms of Employment:

Para-professionals are employed twelve (12) months per year.  Time off at school breaks are not reimbursed with the exception of specified holidays.


Performance of this job will be evaluated annually.