Founded in 2008, The Hope Learning Center consists of multiple western Pennsylvania campuses offering outpatient physical, speech, occupational and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, as well as a privately licensed academic school, early learning childcare, and consultative services for school districts and private companies. The company’s non-profit arm, The Hope for Autism Foundation, seeks to educate and assist the public on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A Paraprofessional at The Hope Learning Center will aid students with disabilities or behavior problems by providing appropriate academic, behavioral and emotional support. As a paraprofessional, you will work with students in the home, school or community.
Associate's Degree (required)
Bachelor's Degree (preferred)
Act 33 Child Abuse Clearance
Act 34 State Criminal History Clearance
Act 114 FBI Clearance (Department of Education)
Act 168 Clearance
Mandated Reporter Training
Recent Staff Health Assessment/Tuberculosis Test
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide one-on-one support for students in the classroom with assignments, tests and activities.
Assist teachers in tasks for the classroom such as setting up and taking down activities, implementing student behavior plans throughout the school day, etc.
Collaborate with IEP team including teachers, schools and behavioral personnel to assist in daily planning, record keeping and achieving student IEP goals, accommodations and modifications.
Support students with daily living skills to include personal hygiene, communication, and classroom routines and expectations.
Facilitate the movement of students with physical needs throughout the school building.
Provide personal assistance to students, as needed, to address mobility, positioning, personal care, daily activities, and utilizing the restroom.
Apply and support student behavior plans and strategies under teacher direction.
Assists with the safe transportation of students for assigned bus routes as needed in accordance with training, policies, procedures, safety rules and regulations.
Retain effective working relationships with professional and support staff, administration, students, parents and community groups.
Attend training sessions, in-service workshops, and update skills as necessary.
Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
Comply with all company policies and procedures.
Perform any additional duties as deemed necessary by the director.
Other Skills and Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate information to students, parents, colleagues and 3rd parties effectively, and to timely monitor and report on developments.
Exercises sound judgment and exhibits strong decision-making and problem solving skills.
Ability to identify triggers, de-escalate and intervene during aggressive and/or hyperactive behaviors
Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, clients and the public.
Displays exceptional interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
Results-oriented and self-starter who is able to effectively work within deadlines.