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ESY Classroom Assistant – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a classroom assistant for the ESY (Extended School Year) summer program at Friendship Academy, a special education school for students with emotional and behavioral challenges located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

Schedule: Mandatory trainings on June 24th and 25th, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ESY Program runs June 26 – July 25, 2019 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; no ESY on July 4, 2019

All days of the program are mandatory

Learn more about what it’s like to work at the Watson Institute!

Employment Type: Seasonal


  • Under the supervision of the teacher, the Classroom Assistant will support the implementation of students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Goals & Objectives, Positive Behavior Support Plan, and Specially Designed Instruction
  • Maintain accurate records according to an established time frame
  • Use effective interpersonal skills to communicate with staff and to motivate and encourage students
  • Support students in classrooms, halls, cafeteria, gym or during emergency drills and community-based instruction
  • Assist in maintaining safe organization of classroom environment and adhere to all policies and procedures
  • Complete cab/lunch duty as schedule
  • Organize and prepare lesson materials, bulletin boards, and equipment (stock supplies, copy, laminate)
  • Attend all scheduled meetings and participate effectively on transdisciplinary team
  • Participate actively in the supervisory process and engage in skill development activities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelor of science/arts degree preferred
  • One year experience working with children with disabilities preferred
  • Ability to interact with a variety of staff and students
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, or brisk walking
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances required