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Teacher Assistant (37.5 hrs/wk)
Job Code:2021-KIEFER-004
Salary Range:$16.75/hour-$17.62/hour

We have Teacher Assistant positions open in both our Kiefer School and Academy for Autism.

Kiefer School provides special education for children who experience difficulty in their home school due to severe emotional, behavioral and/or learning challenges. The goal is to improve a child’s ability to function within the public school setting by providing intensive intervention in small classrooms and a range of treatment and support services to the student and their family. Kiefer is an AdvancEd accredited, ISBE-approved private school.

Our Academy for Autism serves students ages 5-21 with an educational or medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through intervention with ISBE licensed educators and teacher assistants in each classroom and small class sizes, our students are able to find their pathway to success using innovative tools and techniques geared towards those with Autism.

Teacher Assistants provide behavioral and academic support to students while providing assistance to teachers in the classroom. They are a vital part of each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)They work with students to promote learning and social development, all while serving as strong role models. The ideal staff member understands the particular challenges experienced by the students and works with them to overcome these challenges. Teacher Assistants work from 7:45am to 3:15pm.

Job Function:

Assists teacher with classroom activities to ensure academic and behavioral functioning of students, and maintains professional boundaries and demeanor.     


- Paraprofessional Certificate or eligibility to obtain certificate is required at the time of application
- Paraprofessional Certificates must be obtained by the employee start date
- Classroom experience strongly preferred, practical experience working with children
- Experience with children with Autism, children exposed to trauma and skill in signing are highly desirable
- Strong interpersonal skills, maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in students, staff, and families served
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work within IEP team
- Knowledge of childhood trauma
- Ability to handle job related matters in a professional, diplomatic and confidential manner
- Hearing and speaking ability which allows for effective oral communication of information
- Ability to physically transport self and students to various locations
- Physical and emotional stamina to effectively handle job related issues and stress
- Physical ability to perform physical restraints.

Benefits & Pay:

  • PTO (paid-time-off) accrual 3 weeks first year (full-time)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Sick Leave accrual 12 days per year (full-time)
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K with company match
  • Company paid life insurance, STD and LTD
  • Supplemental life insurance