Special Education Program Paraprofessional 
Merritt Creek Academy

31.25 hrs/week | Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 2:45 pm
Starting Wage: $16.08/hr + Benefits

Join the Duluth Public Schools team, where we work to inspire every student to achieve their potential and prepare students to lead productive, fulfilling lives

Summary:
Duluth Public Schools is seeking an individual to assist the instructional staff, as well as specialists, in providing for the educational, physical, safety, and general life skills development of special needs students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience as a teacher’s assistant in a teaching environment in or outside a school system or related childcare work
  • 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of college or a passing score on the ParaPro assessment
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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to work cooperatively with children and adults
  • Ability to effectively communicate with, and establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, parents, staff and community
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to observe and record accurately
  • Ability to understand and accurately correct student assignments
  • Ability to meet federal/state guidelines (where appropriate) and/or to successfully complete specified in-service courses
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively with students with disabilities and under the supervision of a special education teacher

Additional Information:

  • Special Education Program positions– can be assigned to work anywhere in the program at the school/site at the discretion of the principal/director.
  • These positions are specific to the program, such as ASD III.
  • They are not specific to a particular room or teacher.
  • The para can be moved by the principal/director any time during the day or school year to work anywhere within the program. 

In addition to rewarding career opportunities, Duluth Public Schools offers an excellent benefit package to employees who are hired into positions scheduled to work 24 hours/week or more. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:
 
Medical/Prescription Drug Plan with Health Reimbursement Arrangement

  • Single Coverage – District pays 100% of premium (FREE) + contributes $2,612.50 into HRA annually
  • Family Coverage – District pays 75% of premium (25% employee contribution) + contributes $5,225.00 into HRA annually

Dental Plan

  • Single Coverage – District pays 100% of Basic premium (FREE)
  • Family Coverage – District pays 25% of Premium

Life Insurance                                       

  • District provides minimum of $50,000 of life insurance at no cost, employee may purchase supplemental life insurance

 Long Term Disability

  • District-provided at no cost to employee

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Employees may elect to contribute on a pre-tax basis to Health Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Care Accounts

Retirement

  • The District contributes 7.25% of your total salary in the Public Employees Retirement Association) pension plan.
  • Employees may also elect to participate in Tax-Shelter Annuity options.

Time Off

  • Each bargaining unit contract defines time off provisions such as holidays, sick/personal leave, vacation, etc. 

Contact Information:
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kohel at 218-336-8722 or email christopher.kohel@isd709.org