Instructional Assistant- Full Time

West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School District | Plainsboro, NJ


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Posted Date 11/22/2022
Expiration Date12/17/2022

***Health Benefits for Instructional Assistants new to WW-P are limited to single coverage under the New Jersey Educator Health Plan or Garden State Health Plan.


  • Must have 60 credits from an accredited school or university.
  • Must be able to assist with toileting, feeding, and personal care
  • Must be able to assist with movement of students (ambulatory needs)
  • Must be able to assist in data collection.
  • Must be able to facilitate word processing and online learning platforms.
  • Handle with Care training preferred.

Job Title: Instructional Assistant for Special Education

Reports To: Principal / Director / Teacher

Salary Guide: WWPSA

Position Summary: The Instructional Assistant (IA) for Special Education assists licensed staff members in creating a positive learning environment to facilitate the personal, social, and intellectual development of students. The IA is an integral part of the educational team because he or she provides the support students need, promotes the achievement of the students’ educational goals and learning objectives by providing supplemental services to assist the classroom teacher in meeting individual education plans (IEPs).

Qualifications: Instructional assistants preferably hold a high school diploma plus 60 credits from an accredited college or university or 48 credits in education or a related field. Associates degree preferred. Knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, and of the diverse needs of students with special needs is essential.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist special education teacher in developing classroom curriculum based on individual students’ needs
  • Provide support in imparting specialized education based on lesson plans
  • Perform specialized tasks to achieve instructional and behavioral objectives
  • Assist special education teacher with behavior modification procedures
  • Help students with their mobility needs and ensure provision of a safe classroom environment
  • Provide instructions based on lesson plans and assist individual students in comprehending concepts
  • Monitor students during activities and downtime and intervene in case of adverse activities
  • Assist students at lunchtime by providing help with opening lunch boxes and drinking water
  • Adapt to classroom activities and assignments to serve the purpose of reinforcing classroom objectives
  • Apply and remove physical therapy equipment to students such as body braces and leg braces
  • Communicate with students to determine their needs and ensure that they are fulfilled properly
  • Assist lead teacher in developing and adapting conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of students
  • Observe students for changes in behavior or physical health and report observations to lead teacher
  • Create and submit student observation reports
  • Supervise and assist students during indoor and outdoor activities
  • Assist in facilitating the personal, social, and intellectual development of students.
  • Assist in establishing a positive learning environment, and respond to the individual needs of students.
  • Ensure that all activities conform to building and district guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the school district;
  • React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
  • Appropriately operate all classroom equipment.
  • Support the value of an education.
  • Support the philosophy and vision of the district
  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups. Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior.
  • Special education instructional assistants assist students with special needs who require extra help in school. Their duties depend on the specific needs of the students they're working with.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information about student.
  • Assists with the supervision of student/s during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, and field trips.
  • Participates in in-service training, as scheduled.
  • Performs other appropriate duties or tasks that may be assigned by the Special Education teacher, supervisor, or building principal.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Evaluation: Performance of this position will be evaluated annually.

Language Skills: To include good oral and written communication skills.


Special needs may include emotional and behavioral disorders, communication issues and challenges and physical disabilities. In addition to meeting educational requirements, special education assistants must also be able to meet the physical demands of the job, which include:

  • Occasional bending, pushing, and moving.
  • Lifting of objects with a strength factor of light work.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Assist students with personal care needs such as toileting, clothing, hygiene and washing up routines as needed
  • Clarity of vision at varying distances to monitor student’s behavior during classroom activities.
  • Verbal, auditory, and written capabilities to effectively communicate in an articulate manner.
  • Stooping, kneeling, lifting and standing for extended periods of time.
  • CPR and First Aid certification may also be required
Type of Job (K-12 or Higher Ed.)

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