Instructional Aide Job – LEAP Preschool

The Watson Institute is hiring an instructional aide for the LEAP special education inclusive preschool program at our Sharpsburg, PA, located 6 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. This position will work Monday through Friday and follows the school calendar.

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

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Employment Type: Full-time

Location: Sharpsburg, PA

200 Linden Avenue | Sharpsburg, PA 15215

Teacher’s Assistant Job Responsibilities:

  • Instructional Planning – review activities; 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 program; adhere to safety and health procedures
  • Skill Development – participate actively in the supervisory process; engage in skill development activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Teacher Aide Job Requirements: 

  • 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 to lift, position, or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • The essential functions of the job described 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 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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