Bilingual Instructional Assistant

Maryville Academy Des Plaines , IL 60019

Posted 2 weeks ago

Join the Maryville Academy Unaccompanied Childrens Shelter and improve the lives of children and families! We have a full time opening for a Bilingual Instructional Assistant in our Des Plaines location.

About Maryville Academy

For more than 130 years, Maryville has been committed to providing protection and guidance to children. As the world has changed, so have the needs of the families and children we serve. Maryville has adapted by focusing on our communitys most critical issues. Today, our range of programs includes residential care, mental health services, healthcare and family support services, as well as a variety of educational and youth development offerings. Maryvilles mission is to help children and families to reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.

About the Unaccompanied Childrens Shelter

The Unaccompanied Childrens Shelter is home to adolescent boys and girls through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This program provides a safe setting for children during their first days in America until a permanent setting can be established for them.

About the Bilingual Instructional Assistant Position

The Bilingual Instructional Assistant for the Unaccompanied Childrens (UC) Shelter assists students individually, or in small groups, in meeting course expectations and improving academic and vocational skills. This position has close interaction with staff and students, and works under the direction of the teacher. The Instructional Assistant is a grant position related solely to the Unaccompanied Childrens Shelter as funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and any successor funding.

Essential Functions:

  • Assisting students in reviewing and completing assignments during class time;

  • Implementing classroom procedures and reinforcing students positive behavior;

  • Reinforcing organizational and note-taking skills;

  • Grading materials for immediate feedback;

  • Demonstrating use of the computer for drill and remediation, as well as for homework and classroom assignments;

  • Actively participates and assists in classroom instruction in cooperation with certified teacher;

  • Participates and contributes to in-service trainings and staff development opportunities;

  • Assisting and facilitating tutoring or one-on-one instructional time as required by student need under the direction and supervision of teacher;

  • Assisting crisis management up to and including physical restraints when appropriate;

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High School diploma or GED equivalency required; Bachelors Degree preferred;

  • Must have State Approved Paraprofessional License;

  • A minimum of 1-2 years experience in classroom/school setting.


  • Bilingual English/Spanish language competency required;

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;

  • Basic computer proficiency including working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines;

  • Skill in telephone etiquette;

Physical Demands:

  • Required to frequently sit, stand, bend, stoop, walk and drive for extended periods; ability to walk up and down stairs;

  • Required to occasionally lift/move objects and/or youth weighing in excess of 40 pounds;

  • Must possess the ability to provide physical restraint for students threatening to harm themselves or others;

  • Must have the visual, hearing, and learning capabilities sufficient to perform the essential functions defined above.

Environment and Scheduling:

  • Work is performed during school and vocational program days and hours;

  • Work is performed in classroom settings as well as in an administrative office settings;

  • Duties involve contact with students who may be traumatized.

Why Join the Maryville Family?

Maryville employees get to make a difference in the lives of children and families. In addition, full time employees also receive:

  • Competitive pay

  • PPO health insurance options

  • Vision Insurance

  • FSA and HSA

  • 403(b) match

  • Paid vacation and sick days

  • 9 paid holidays a year

  • After one year of service you will be eligible for dental insurance, long term disability and life insurance and tuition reimbursement.

For more information about all of the services that Maryville provides, please visit our website at

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