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Paraprofessional position

While 'Closing' is 8/18/17, screening of received applications will begin on August 11, 2017,  and continue until a candidate is hired or a sufficient pool of applicants has been established.

Smith Valley School is seeking to hire for 2 to 2 1/2 instructional / special education paraprofessional positions.  

Hours:  Between the positions, there will be schedule flexibility.  We need to have two employees here through the noon hour and will need to have them between 10 and 16 combined hours per day. 

Pay:  DOE, approximately $9.00-10.64 per hour
Benefits will be explained by employer.

Job Description: Applicants must LOVE working with children!  Position will include providing extra support for children with academic and behavioral skills as well as giving support to teachers.  Applicant must have High School Diploma or GED.  Position includes supervising students for safety and behavior during transitions, recess, lunch, after school, crossing highway, etc.  Position may include some food service between 11:00 and 1:00. 

If interested, please contact the office at 406-756-4535, extension 4 or 7 to have an application sent to you, stop by our office between 9:00-4:00 M-Th (summer hours), or visit our website, or print Application here.

Send completed applications by August 11th to:
Laili Komenda, Superintendent/Principal
2901 Hwy 2 West, Kalispell MT  59901 or electronically to:

Detailed Job Description:


Provides assistance to administrative and instructional personnel in teaching and promoting a positive learning, working environment. Performs a variety of instructional activities; assists in the conduct of training and learning activities with children experiencing special learning needs; performs a variety of routine clerical and supportive activities for instructional personnel; and performs other related work as assigned. Assists special education teacher, students with special needs, and accompanies students to classes as needed.


  • High School Diploma 


  • Successful experience as Title I, Special Education, or general school paraeducator 
  • Successful experience in working with children 
  • Two years of college coursework in education or related field. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (may include, but not limited to):

  • Monitors and supervises students as assigned. 
  • Monitors and evaluates student progress. 
  • Assists special education students in all areas including personal needs. 
  • Assists instructional personnel with the presentation of learning materials and in the conduct of instructional exercises.
  • Provides remedial instruction as prescribed by I.E.P. and/or lead teacher. 
  • Assists in shaping of appropriate social behaviors. 
  • Assists in the preparation of a variety of instructional materials and learning aids geared to the instructional level of children with special needs.
  • Observes and monitors children with physical handicapping conditions and requests appropriate assistance for pupil experiencing physical distress.
  • Maintains or assists in maintaining an orderly, attractive, and positive learning environment. 
  • Participates in parent conferences, and pupil instruction and training planning processes as assigned. 
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor 
  • Participates as a member of classified staff and instructional team. 
  • Demonstrates effective time management skills. 
  • Demonstrates positive approaches and patience in working with students, associates, teachers, and parents.
  • Demonstrates an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, particularly those exhibiting specialized needs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of basic concepts of child growth and development and developmental behavior characteristics, particularly pertaining to pupils with special learning needs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of behavior management strategies and techniques relating to pupils experiencing atypical control problems.
  • Demonstrates organizational and record keeping skills, performs routine clerical tasks and operates a variety of educational and office related machines and equipment.
  • Demonstrates ability to make mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy. 
  • Learns to utilize a variety of appropriate instructional materials and procedures in the enhancement of a training and educational environment.
  • Follows directives and performs a variety of assignments. 
  • Demonstrates consistency in expectations and has high expectations of self and others. 
  • Respects authority and carries out Board Policy and procedures. 
  • Communicates effectively in oral and written form while maintaining required confidentiality. 


  • The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job functions.
  • Persons performing service in this position classification will exert up to 50 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • This type of work involves sitting, standing and walking most of the time, but may involve running.
  • Perceiving the nature of sound, near and far visual acuity, depth perception providing oral information, the manual dexterity to operate business related equipment, and handle and work with various materials and objects are important aspects of this job.
  • Exposure to hot, cold, wet, icy, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather may occasionally be experienced.
  • Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.


Employed for prescribed term, salary, benefits and other working conditions to be determined by District Policy, Federal and State Law as well as appropriate funding from state, federal, and/or passage of levies.


Performance of said duties will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's Policy on Evaluation of Classified Personnel.