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K-4 Instructional Aide (18-19)

Lighthouse K-4 Band (Elementary) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description


Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.

Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges.  We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement for low-income Latino students in  2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at

About the Instructional Aide Role

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for talented individuals to join our Instructional Aide team who are relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice.  Lighthouse Instructional Aides believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. We have one full-time position.  If you are inspired by our mission and vision and want to be a change-maker in students’ lives here in Oakland, then please apply and join us!



We are are looking for talented instructional aides who exhibit competencies in each of our five tenets:


  • Believes that every student can meet high expectations and our mission of college and career of choice.

  • Demonstrates commitment to equitable outcomes, most evident in the relentless support of students when they struggle.

  • Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues, and students.



  • Builds meaningful relationships and communicates effectively with students, families, colleagues, and community.

  • Works with the core teacher to promote a classroom culture where all students are known well and are supported in their learning.



  • Supports the core teacher and academic curriculum by providing instructional support



  • Actively collaborates with all colleagues, contributes pedagogical knowledge and expertise, and takes on leadership when challenges arise.

  • Proactively advocates and takes responsibility for what they need to meet the needs of their students.

  • Comply with all school and band obligations, policies, and expectations, including abiding by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect.

  • Exhibits the highest level of professionalism and urgency driven by understanding of our student and community needs.



  • Provide moderate to intense support to one or two children specifically assigned, and to assist in the attainment of each child's behavior goals.  This may include, but is not limited to:

    • Engage in training/coaching on de-escalation strategies.

    • Assist core teacher in supporting the student(s) to access academic instruction.

    • Facilitate practice of long and short-term goals in daily tasks.

    • Facilitate social interactions between the child and other children.

    • Practice "fade-back" support providing what is necessary to achieve goals.

    • Encourage generalization of skills and independence.

    • Ensure the safety of the child at all times.

    • Interfaces with team providing anecdotal information on progress and strategies via team meetings and collaboration with the core teacher.

    • Collaborate with the core teacher to maintain daily contact with the family and assist in carryover of goals.

    • Attend and actively participate in professional development activities, team and staff meetings.

Other additional responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.



  • A.A. required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • 2+ years working with urban youth in either a school, non-profit, or youth empowerment setting.  Experience in a school setting is a plus

  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus



Instructional aides are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm on M, T, Th, F, and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesday for Professional Development.



This position reports to the K-4 Director of Instruction.



Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.



People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter--Describing why you are an optimal fit for this position and how you would support students achieving the Lighthouse mission

  • 3 references including a current supervisor

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.  

Lighthouse Community Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.