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INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT I, – English Language Development (ELD)

San Mateo Union High School District San Mateo, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $23 to $28 Hourly
  • Part-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To be considered, applicants must apply online at by November 26, 2019. Please visit under Human Resources-Job Postings-Classified, ref. Posting#2946.

EXCELLENT FRINGE BENEFITS with District-paid premiums which includes medical, dental, life, vision, long term-disability, and CALPERS retirement.

WORK YEAR: 182 Days, 10 Month plus 14 paid holidays

WORK HOURS: 30 Hours per week; 6.5 Hours per day


Under general supervision, assist teachers or other certificated staff in the instructional support and supervision of individual students and/or small groups of students in a variety of subject areas; monitor student behavior and performance; and perform classroom related clerical duties as assigned. The emphasis of the position is on providing direct assistance to students, not on clerical support.

Positions in this class require practical knowledge of standard procedures acquired through moderate training and experience. The classroom teacher provides non-recurring assignments by indicating what is to be done, deadlines to be met, and assignment priority. The employee uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently, without specific instruction, but refers deviations, problems, or unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to the teacher. Personal contact is made with students, parents, and school district staffs to obtain, clarify, or give and receive facts and information.


In English Language Development (ELD):

  1. Assist the teacher in supervising and directing students’ learning activities during instructional periods.

  2. Participate in District-wide testing and common assessments.

  3. Grade student tests and assignments as assigned; maintain records and student files related to attendance, grades progress, behavior and assigned activities; prepare mandated reports and documentation as required.

  4. Participate in department meetings and on-site professional development.

In Special Education:

1. Provide instructional assistance to students in a variety of academic areas in special education and mainstream classes.

2. Assist students in completing classroom assignments; homework and projects in various subject areas; assure student understanding of classroom rules and procedures; and assist students by answering questions, providing proper examples, emotional support, friendly attitude, and general guidance.

3. Observe and monitor behavior of students according to approved procedures and assist teacher with behavioral issues and classroom management.

4. Assist teacher to prepare instructional and test materials.

5. Assist teacher/department to schedule IEP meetings, contact IEP members, file paperwork, provide correspondence and other related duties on a limited basis not to exceed 5 hours per week.

6. Work closely with teachers and administrators in the observation, evaluation and communication of individual student progress toward goals and objectives.

7. Accommodate students in a variety of ways including note taking, reading out loud, organizing material, reviewing lesson plans, and guiding effective study practices.

8. Assist teacher with maintaining records and files related to students and classroom activities.

9. Assist the teacher in supervising and directing students’ learning activities during instructional periods.

10. Assist in the supervision of students to maintain a safe environment conducive to learning.

11. Participate in District-wide testing and common assessments.

12. Participate in department meetings and on-site professional development.

13. Escort students to and from buses, classes and other locations as assigned; push student wheelchairs; accompany and assist students in mainstreamed classes and take notes as requested.

14. Assist with the implementation of positive behavioral and educational plans for identified students.

15. Implement positive behavior interventions strategies and emergency behavior interventions for students.

16. Advise and model positive behavior.

17. Assist with strategies that focus on helping students to learn how to control aggression/anger, enhance communication and social and interpersonal skills, improve daily living skills, impulse control, peer relations, problem solving and improve community responsibility.

18. Assist in monitoring class dynamics, and assist in addressing disruptive behavior immediately.

19. Perform related duties as assigned.


Education/Training Experience:

  • Equivalent to high school diploma. Completion of two years of higher education study OR possession of an Associate's or higher level degree, OR pass assessment that demonstrates knowledge of and the ability to assist in teaching reading, writing, and mathematics OR reading, writing, and mathematics readiness.

  • One (1) year of experience tutoring students or working as a teachers' aid in a classroom.

  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.

  • Child development education course is preferred.

  • Valid certification in basic First Aid and CPR issued by an authorized agency.
  • Position may require bilingual fluency and skills.


  • Acceptable knowledge of a range of high school courses including but not limited to math algebra, science, English, history/civics, and writing.

  • Designed academic language, and/or specialized area of learning sufficient to instruct students at specified level of achievement.

  • Child guidance principles and practices related to children with special education needs.

  • Problems and concerns of students with special needs.

  • Safe practices in classroom activities.

  • Effective methods to tutor students in standard academic subjects.

  • Techniques to motivate students to produce their best work.

  • Classroom procedures and appropriate student conduct.

  • Methods, techniques and procedures utilized in the care of severely handicapped children.

  • Correct English usage, spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

  • Basic computer operations and word processing software including Microsoft Word (current version).

  • Excel and Student Information System programs are preferred.

  • General record keeping and multi-tasking skills.

  • Congenial telephone and communications skills.

  • Proficient knowledge of Spanish – oral and written – for personnel assigned to the ELD Department.

  • First aid and CPR procedures.


  • Assist an assigned teacher in caring for and reinforcing instruction to individual or small group of special education students in a classroom or other learning environment.

  • Assist students with developing and performing social, independent living, communicative, self-help and learning skills and activities.

  • Communicate effectively with school staff, students and parents.

  • Work effectively with students who are at different academic skill levels.

  • Demonstrate skill in oral and written communication.

  • Use tact and discretion in handling confidential information.

  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude towards students with disabilities.

  • Work with students from a diversity of socio-economic and socio-cultural backgrounds.

  • Develop a positive rapport with students and parents.

  • Read and write at a level sufficient to tutor high school subjects.

  • Understand the needs and learning styles of students including special education students.

  • Organize materials to help students achieve educational objectives.

  • Write routine reports and correspondence; maintain detailed reports.

  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Exercise sound judgment and work effectively under pressure to remain calm and patient in stressful situations.

  • Establish on-going contacts with key people to improve communications and assure that necessary, complete and current information is provided to: Counselors, Assistant Principals, Principal, Administrative Assistant, Dean, Data Analyst, Attendance Clerks, Health Clerk, Safety School Advocate, and College and Career Advisor.

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

  • Follow directions and function within school policies and procedures.

  • Observe health and safety practices and procedures.

  • Meet District standard of professional attitude as outline in Board Policies 4119.21, 4219.21, & 4319.21, Professional Standards for Classified Employees.

  • Administer first aid and CPR.


  • Classroom and outdoor work environment.
  • Vision sufficient to read fine printed material.
  • Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities.
  • Sufficient hearing and speech ability to carry on conversations in person and over the phone.
  • Mobility sufficient to move about the campus and during off campus excursions and field trips.
  • Stamina sufficient to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to write legibly and operate standard office and classroom equipment.
  • Upper and lower body strength sufficient to lift and carry weighing 20 lbs.
  • Upper body and arm strength sufficient to push students in wheelchairs around campus, in the community and on field trips.
  • Upper and lower body strength sufficient to lift and transfer students (weighing 40-50 lbs. without assistance, 80+lbs with assistance.)
  • Upper body and arm strength sufficient to push students in wheelchairs around campus and in the community.
  • Ambulatory ability sufficient to walk with students on campus and in the community for up to 60 continuous minutes, and ascend stairs, wheelchair ramps, and inclines around campus.


The San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) is a community funded district with approximately 8,500 students. SMUHSD is situated in central San Mateo County between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

The District encompasses six communities, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Foster City, and San Mateo, and has six comprehensive high schools: Aragon, Burlingame, Capuchino (International Baccalaureate School), Hillsdale (Smaller Learning Communities school), Mills, and San Mateo. The District has an API over 800 and all schools are in Newsweek Magazine's Top 1000 High Schools. In addition, the District has Peninsula Alternative High School, an Alternative School of Choice, Middle College High School, and an Adult School serving 10,500 students. The District enjoys strong parent and community support as evidenced in three major bond measures passed in 2000, 2006, and 2010 ($621.5 million) for new construction and modernization.

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