Harvard Community Unit School District 50 (learn more)

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3727275
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: November 24, 2021
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Job Title:

Educational Support Personnel - Special Education 1 on 1 Aide


Job Summary:

The Educational Support Personnel (ESP) assists teachers in the delivery of educational and behavioral interventions of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs); also assists students with IEPs in general education classrooms with the goal of helping students to reach their educational goals. Due to the varied and individual needs of each student, Special Education Educational Support Personnel may provide a variety of support and assistance, and should be flexible in adjusting to student needs. 



High school diploma or GED

60 College Credit Hours and/or Passed ETS Paraprofessional Test 



Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Staff.


Reports to:

Building Principal 


Terms of Employment:

This is a 9-month position. Salary and benefits as established by the Board of Education.





Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Delivers educational interventions designed by Special Education teachers to help students meet educational, academic, life skill, behavioral, physical, social and emotional goals.
  2. Assists teachers to enable learning with minimal disruptions to other students.
  3. Attends to physical needs of students.
  4. Assists students with IEPs to complete assignments.
  5. Provides small group and tutorial instruction and supervision as directed.
  6. Provides preventative and follow-up behavior management to students exhibiting disruptive behaviors and documents these situations.
  7. Uses de-escalation techniques to assist with behavioral non-compliance and to work
    with students in crisis to enable their return to the proper academic setting.
  8. Implements a variety of behavior plans for students.
  9. Communicates effectively with staff, students, and/or parents regarding needs and concerns.  
  10. Uses knowledge of student needs to make necessary modifications to daily activities.
  11. Assists in the preparation of materials needed for classrooms, including duplication, lamination, etc.
  12. Assists in and around the school with recess/lunch/bus duty and general assistance in hallways and classrooms.
  13. Participates in professional development as directed.
  14. Attends staff meetings as needed.
  15. Complies with district confidentiality guidelines including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 
  16. Performs other duties and responsibilities as determined by the principal or designee or as needs arise.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Must demonstrate the ability to interact and communicate effectively with children with special needs
  • Must demonstrate the ability to provide behavior management and crisis intervention
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work as a team member providing services to children with special needs
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others

Physical Demands:

The physical demands of this position include frequent sitting and standing for extended periods of time. Dependent on class/student assignment the employee may occasionally lift, push, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds. Repetitive bending at the waist as well as kneeling, stooping, crouching to assist students is also required. Employees may reach overhead as well as above the shoulders and horizontally.



The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.


This job description is intended to describe minimum qualifications and duties and responsibilities performed by employees assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  The District reserves the right to amend and change the position responsibilities to meet District needs as necessary.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories: Special Education > General Special Education
    Instructional Support > Individual Aide
    Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
    Support Staff > Supervisory Aide
  • Equal Opportunity Employer


    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Vicki Larson, Assistant Superintendent
    • 401 N. Division St.
    • Harvard, Illinois 60033

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