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SpEd Instructional Aide/Paraprofessional-MS (Immediate opening)

Lighthouse K-8 (Elementary/Middle School) | 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 1,300 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 gaps 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 



Special Education Instructional Aide - Competencies, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

Lighthouse Community Charter Public School K-8 is looking for Instructional Aide who will work closely with the special education teacher to deliver individualized services and supports for students with special needs.  Additionally, the Instructional Aide may lead small groups to directly teach academic, social-emotional, and life/functional skills.  At Lighthouse, we strive to hire and retain staff who are relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color develop agency and are able to strive for the post-secondary educational experience and career of their choice.  Lighthouse staff believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community.  If you are inspired by our mission and vision and want to be a changemaker in students’ lives here in Oakland, then please apply and join us!


  • Under the guidance and supervision of the special education teacher, deliver individualized or small group instruction in the following areas: academic, behavioral/social-emotional, social, transition, and functional/life skills as specified in the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) in order to support the student in achieving their personalized goals.

  • Supports teachers in maintaining students’ engagement, inclusion, and independence in the larger general education classroom through the implementation of school-wide systems and strategies as well as the accommodations and modifications necessitated by students’ IEPs.

  • Collaborate weekly with classroom teachers and/or special education teachers to customize supports that encourage students’ engagement and inclusion in the general education classroom.

  • Support with the modification and accommodations of learning activities, under the guidance of the special education teacher.

  • Formally monitor and document students’ progress on IEP goals.

  • Provide testing accommodations or modifications for students (e.g. 1:1 testing support, supervised breaks, extended time, etc.)

  • Communicate with students’ families in conjunction with the teachers to discuss progress and growth areas.

  • Attend and actively participate in professional development activities to increase knowledge of best practices.

  • Implement behavior intervention strategies and plans, as needed.

  • Maintain a high standard of professional behavior and follow all school staff policies, including Mandated Reporter, staff/student interaction policies and other requirements at all times.

  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


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

  • Believes that every student can meet high expectations and demonstrates commitment to equitable outcomes, particularly for our most vulnerable students.

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

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

  • Has knowledge of child development and different learning modalities

  • Proactively advocates and takes responsibility for what they need to provide high quality supports to the students they serve.


  • Associate’s degree or completion of the equivalent of 2 years of college coursework

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred

  • 1+ years of experience supporting students with disabilities, in a school setting preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish, a plus


This position reports to the Assistant Principal.


This is a full-time 10-month salaried non-exempt role. 190-day work year. 

Common Building Hours:  8:00-4:00pm daily.


At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees.  We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical and dependent FSA).



People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing why you are an optimal fit for this position

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of the working relationship

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.