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Student Support Assistant/Paraprofessional-Early Elementary

Lighthouse K-12 (Whole 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 



Student Support Aide/Paraprofessional - Competencies, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for Student Support Aide/Paraprofessional who will work one on one with an early elementary student to develop their capacity to work independently, interact appropriately and safely with peers, develop life skills including fine and gross motor skills and social skills, ensure the student’s safety in the classroom and in unstructured spaces. At Lighthouse, we strive to hire and retain staff we 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 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!


  • Deliver individual instructional supports, behavioral, occupational, speech and language supports and life skill supports as specified in IEP goals in order to support specified student’s learning that close skill gaps and support the specified student’s movement towards meeting learning targets and IEP goals.

  • Support the development of life skills including but not limited to: gross and fine motor skills, social skills, and support with toileting.

  • Consistently implement support plans for all identified students to maximize success for all students.

  • Supports teachers in maintaining student’s engagement and inclusion in the larger classroom culture by implementing preferred Lighthouse strategies and systems as well as the accommodations and modifications necessitated by the individual student’s IEP.

  • Collaborate weekly with classroom teachers to identify, monitor progress through formal documentation methods, and collaboratively develop supports to match individual student needs.

  • Collaborate with K-4 Lead RSP and other service providers  to monitor progress and adjust practices to support student engagement in the full educational experience.

  • Communicate with family to discuss progress and growth areas.

  • Provide support in learning practices of personal care and social integration.

  • Attend and actively participate in professional development activities, team and staff meetings, including trainings for instructional aides and paraprofessionals to promote professional learning.



We are are looking for paraprofessionals 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.

  • Provides access and results for all students, in particular, SPED and English Language Learners, and demonstrates ability to consistently implement  modifications, accommodations, and identified supports.

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


  • Holds a  sense of urgency by assessing  and analyzing student data and implementing supports which advance student IEP goals in collaboration with classroom teachers.


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

  • Supports  school and classroom culture where all students are known well and are supported in their learning.


  • Actively collaborates with all colleagues.

  • 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.



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

  • Ability to support students with life skills development including gross and fine motor development, toileting, and social skills, required

  • At least two years student support experience working in a school setting preferred

  • Experience working with early elementary (K-2) and/or preschool students preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish a Plus


This position reports to the K-8 Principal.


This is a full-time 11-month salaried non-exempt role. 200-day work year. 

Common Building Hours:  8:00-4:00 pm daily. Exact Hours to be determined by student’s schedule.


Commensurate with experience.


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

  • 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.