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BASIC FUNCTION: The Program Assistant (Paraprofessional) assists the Teacher Therapist and other classroom/support staff in providing a comprehensive education and behavioral program for students with autism, learning and/or behavioral disabilities. Also assists with behavioral intervention, supervising classroom activities collecting data, organizing materials, and implementing strategies consistent with the social learning model of the program. 


  1. Implement Instructional Program: Assists in implementing activities related to the behavioral/education program. The implementation of the activities will be under the direction of the certified staff.  Assists certified staff with behavioral and crisis intervention with students.
  2. Progress Reporting: Assists in collecting and preparing behavioral data on each child to be used in establishing and evaluating individual educational programs.
  3. Organize, Inventory, and Prepare Instructional Equipment: Responsible, under the direction of the certified staff, for preparing and organizing materials needed for the daily lesson plan implementation, including reading the lesson plans ahead of time, determining which materials were to be used, setting up, and organizing materials at the beginning and end of the day.


  1. High School diploma or equivalent and Paraprofessional approval (or ability to obtain upon hire) required. Substitute Teacher licensure in the State of Illinois preferred.
  2. One year of experience working with children with autism, learning, behavioral and/or developmental disabilities preferred.


Benefits & Perks: We take good care of our employees so they can take care of our community. Benefits for full time Classroom Assistant (Program Assistant) include:

  • Health Insurance (choice of 3 medical plans)
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Retirement plan (403(b)/ROTH) with employer match
  • No cost Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Plan and Dependent Care Plan
  • Generous Paid Vacation, Personal time, Sick time, and Paid Holidays
  • School staff paid year round, over school breaks. 3 weeks off in summer!
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • NEW - No fee, No credit check $1,500 Line of Credit for medical, mental health, & veterinary services
  • NEW - Personalized assistance with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Discounted Fitness Memberships
  • Advancement opportunities and abundant training
  • Mentorship and professional development opportunities
  • Competitive pay with annual merit increases

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