Paraprofessional (2018 -2019)

Camden City School District Camden , NJ 08101

Posted 2 months ago


(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent's approval)

The Superintendent invites qualified and interested candidates to apply for the position of Paraprofessional.

The Camden City School District is in the midst of a transformative period marked by progress. Since 2012, the graduation rate has increased from 49 percent to 66 percent while the dropout rate has decreased from 21 percent to 11 percent. Across all District schools, staff are focused on providing the appropriate supports to students to ensure they are successful. In the past few years, this focus has included a shift toward restorative practices and trauma-informed care, which has led to declining suspension rates and increased attention on school climate and culture.


A paraprofessional in the Camden City School District will provide invaluable support to ensure exceptional instruction that affords all students the opportunity to excel academically and meet grade level standards. The paraprofessional will utilize their instructional, organizational and communication skills to help equip students with the skills necessary to become informed, successful citizens in a global economy. The paraprofessional will collaborate closely with teachers and other staff members to ensure that all students receive outstanding support and services. Through this role, the paraprofessional will work relentlessly to increase student achievement levels by working to support rigorous academic and behavioral goals for students, assist in the monitoring of progress towards these goals, and identifying ways to best support the classroom. The paraprofessional will work to actively build positive and beneficial relationships with teachers, school staff, parents, guardians and community members in order to positively impact their students' academic performance. REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associate's Degree or 60 college credits

  • Demonstrated proficiency in written, oral and reading communication skills

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office for Windows (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Access)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse groups of students and with all levels of school personnel

  • Prior experience teaching low-income students in an urban setting (strongly preferred)

  • A valid driver's license with current insurance and valid vehicle registration

  • Required criminal history background check, physical and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status


Major responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide daily reinforcement activities to improve students' mastery of key skills under the direction of the teacher

  • Provide additional support to ensure high quality, differentiated instruction to students

  • Assist in monitoring and enforcing rigorous academic and behavioral goals for students and investing students in these goals

  • Coordination with classroom/Special Education teachers to ensure that the academic and behavioral needs of each student are met

  • Assist in tracking student achievement and behavioral data

  • Consistently implement and enforce rules and consequences in the classroom setting and school-wide

  • Maintain, monitor, and report students' grade and attendance records

  • Aid students with disabilities (when applicable)

  • Commit to continual professional growth that leads students to achieve the greatest learning gains

  • Communicate effectively with teachers, students, families and colleagues in order to invest all stakeholders in the learning process

  • Attend and actively participating in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings, when necessary

  • Support projects and initiatives in other divisions and departments throughout CCSD on an as-needed basis

  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Supervisor's designee


An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

  • A commitment to the success of all Camden students, specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities

  • An unwavering commitment to ensuring all students leave school with the skills necessary to succeed in life and further education and/or training

  • A genuine belief that all students can achieve at high levels when they have access to high quality instruction and resources

  • A drive to improve the minds and characters of students inside and outside of school

  • A desire to grow professionally and seek out new opportunities to learn

  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills

  • Evidence of self-motivation

  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment

  • A willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education

  • An ability to demonstrate the qualities of flexibility and grit through past experiences


We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the district's core values:

Respect and Humility

We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.


We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.

Communication & Collaboration

We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.


With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions.


  • Principal or a designee appointed by the Principal


  • Principal or a designee appointed by the Principal


Salary Range:

  • Paraprofessional A Salary Guide

Employment Period

  • Ten month, tenureable position

Union Affiliation

  • Camden Education Association (CEA)


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