Instructional Aide Jobs – Education Centers

The Watson Institute is hiring full-time Paraprofessionals / Instructional Aides at the Education Centers in Sewickley and Bridgeville, PA; special education schools for children ages 3 to 21. Instructional Aides work Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and follow the school calendar.

Please note: we are seeking applicants now for this 2024-2025 school-year position.

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

Employment Type: Full-time


  • Instructional Planning – review activities and organize materials
  • Instructional Management – manage activities, implement review procedures, implement monitoring procedures
  • Organizational skills – relate to students, use effective interpersonal skills, participate effectively as a transdisciplinary team member, document activities, contribute to the smooth operation of the Education Center, adhere to safety and health procedures
  • Skill Development – participate actively in the supervisory process, engage in skill development activities
  • Support all programs – ability to travel to various programs (sites) and provide support
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelor of science/arts degree preferred
  • Three years experience working with children with disabilities
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
  • Supervise students during emergency drills, play periods and community based instruction; the ability to keep up with running children and/or lift, position or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • The essential functions of the job require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds).
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current PA Acts 34, 114 and 151 Clearances required
  • Pre-employment medical examination, including a tuberculosis test required

Job Benefits:

  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
  • Ongoing professional development through continued education opportunities, training, and direct staff support
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage, and additional voluntary benefits
  • 403b retirement plan with employer contributions and match after 1 year of employment
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