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Special Education Assistant

One City Schools
Madison, WI
  • Over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Special Education Assistant (aka Student Support Specialist)

One City Schools is growing! Be a part of the Team! Join our Dream Team! We are hiring Student Support Specialists (aka Special Education Assistants) for the 2023-24 school year. You must be dedicated to moving children beyond academic achievement and opportunity gaps, supporting children with special education needs, be passionate about helping children see and reach their full potential, and bring energy, inspiration, excitement, and love to the students you teach and support.

We are specifically seeking Student Support Specialists for grades K - 7 that want to work with One City Schools to help us grow one of the most unique and transformational public schools in Wisconsin. Our teaching positions include competitive pay, comprehensive benefits, and an unbelievable opportunity to help redefine public education in Wisconsin and do something exceptional for children. Visit our website to learn more at


Positions will remain open until filled

All new One City team members participate in a fun, informative, and engaging New Employee Orientation and significant professional development in our education models, de-escalation training and other relevant training, beginning in the summer of 2023. We teach our Student Support Specialists how to teach, and they contribute daily to support instruction and student learning. They attend the exact same teacher training as our special education and lead classroom teachers, and have a coach to help support and guide their learning and implementation of our education program and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with their students.


One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community (and country) where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them.

One City Elementary School (OCES) is an EL Education Network School, offering the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum in kindergarten through 6th grade. It is also a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children and works directly with families to ensure children are inspired, learning, growing and achieving to their full potential. 

We are currently located in a 57,000 square foot building on Madison's Nob Hill on the South Side of our capital city. However, this fall, we will move into our permanent home, a $12 million facility located at 1707 W. Broadway in Monona, Wisconsin, a small city locate on the South Side of our capital city just three minutes from our current location. This 13.5 acre campus includes a 157,000 school facility that will eventually serve grades K - 12 , and a new 140,000 square foot athletic center with a high school/college-sized indoor soccer field, two high school/college sized basketball courts, weight training and cardio rooms, locker rooms, or features and underground access to our school facility. Our campus also includes a wooded nature area for science and outdoor learning, and outdoor play space. The campus is situated just 5 blocks from Lake Monona, just north of Lake Waubesa and 10 minutes from downtown Madison.


The Student Support Specialist is responsible for assisting teachers and the Director of Special Education in the delivery of educational and behavioral interventions to students with special education needs. They also assists special needs students 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, Student Support Specialists may provide a variety of support and assistance, and should be flexible adjusting to student needs. Specifically, responsibilities include:

  • Deliver educational interventions designed by special education teachers to help students meet educational, academic, life skill, behavioral, physical, social and emotional goals.
  • Assist in preparation of materials needed for classrooms, including duplication, lamination, etc.
  • Assist in and around the school with recess/lunch/bus duty and general assistance in hallways and classrooms.
  • Take notes for students and provide to appropriate staff.
  • Assist teachers with Special Education students to enable learning with minimal disruptions to other students.
  • Administer medications as trained, assigned, and directed.
  • Attend to physical needs of students. May include handling equipment such as prone standards (muscle inactivity so student is changed manually), wheelchairs and braces, (how to refit once removed, now to use properly, and physical lifting).
  • Assist special education students in study labs to complete homework assignments and prepare for tests.
  • Provide small group and tutorial instruction and supervision as directed.
  • Provide preventative and follow-up behavior management to students exhibiting disruptive behaviors and documents these situations.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, students, and/or parents regarding needs and concerns.
  • Use NVCI and 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.
  • Learn and implement a variety of behavior plans for students.
  • Use knowledge of student needs to make necessary modifications to daily activities.
  • Attend to health care physical needs of students, which may include feeding, toileting, diapering, responding to medical emergencies, and handling equipment.
  • Participate in professional development as directed. Attend staff meetings and trainings as needed.
  • Attend and participate in parent/teacher conferences as directed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Model appropriate behavior reflective of One City’s Habits of Character: integrity, self-respect, compassion, perseverance and a willingness to encourage and allow students to take risks;
  • Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance & appropriate use of planning time;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other staff members;
  • Strive to communicate the positive aspects of One City to the public in word and deed;
  • Help maintain a clean an orderly educational environment and facility, and at all times and shows grace and support when engaging children, parents and guests who utilize or visit One City; and
  • Excellent judgment, growth mindset and creative problem-solving skills; committed to teamwork and collaboration
  • Self-reflective and open-minded; open and willing to change
  • Energetic, flexible, dependable, collaborative and proactive, and desire to be innovative, receive and provide feedback, and try new strategies with students.


  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City, and to working to with young children from diverse racial/cultural populations and their families; experience working with diverse children preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalency; interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree and certification in teaching a plus
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience working with young children from racial, ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working with special needs students preferred.
  • Ability to regularly and routinely lift and push at least 50 pounds.
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently, a plus but not required.
  • Completion of a background check required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Other duties as assigned


One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, as well as comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Benefits include:

  • Minimum $17 per hour, depending on education, experience and demonstrated impact on student achievement and children's success
  • Although we have a longer school year, between scheduled breaks and PTO, staff receive nearly 60 days off
  • Generous time-off program, including 18 Days of PTO and holidays, spring break and winter break (same dates as the Madison Metropolitan School District)
  • Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
  • Comprehensive professional development in student-driven, project-based learning models
  • Opportunity to continue your education towards receiving a teaching degree, with financial support from One City Schools
  • 401K with employer match of 5.9%
  • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Your age-eligible child automatically admitted to One City Expeditionary School
  • Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
  • Investment in Professional Growth and Development
  • Employee Assistant Plan

Compensation will be consistent with One City’s approved compensation plan as stipulated by the Board of Directors.



One City is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all team members and applicants, and to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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