This position will involve working as a substitute/on-call para-educator to assist schools on a program need basis. The positions will be varied, and may include instruction with and care of basic education and disabled students in self-contained and regular education settings, recess and/or crosswalk duty, providing clerical assistance, and performing other job-related duties as assigned. All duties of the position will be performed within the scope of Columbia School District policies and procedures, including regular attendance and punctuality.

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



  1. Skills commensurate with job requirements as evidenced by some or all of the following:
  1. Present transcripts of highest level of education within thirty (30) days of hire.
  2. Perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  3. Meet the Physical Demands of the position.

  4. Have an AA degree or above; OR 72 credit hours from an accredited college or university OR must pass a basic skills test.

  5. Pass a background check, which includes employee paid fingerprinting.

  6. Positive recommendations/references from previous supervisors.  Family and friend will not be considered acceptable references.


  1. Available to work Monday-Friday 7:50 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. at various locations as needed.

  2. Work in any classroom, including all special services classrooms.

  3. Care for disabled children, including toileting and other needed responsibilities.

  4. Uphold board policies and follow administrative procedures.

  5. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.

  6. Attend in-service trainings or other meetings as required, as well as attend any training as directed by management.

  7. Evidence of ability to assess and correct issues involving safety.

  8. Evidence of ability to establish and maintain a tactful, cooperative and effective relationship with students, parents, staff, fellow employees and management.

  9. Evidence of ability to approach assigned work in a professional manner, working toward the common goal of teamwork, pride in service delivery and continuous improvement

  10. Demonstrate sufficient command of the English language to communicate verbally and in writing with students, parents, district staff members and other concerned people regarding all aspects of their job related activities.

  11. Use basic computer programs to maintain records, enter timecard information and read and respond to email.

  12. Become first-aid certified if required.

  13. Have and maintain evidence of positive evaluations, excellent attendance and punctuality, evidence of ability to be self-disciplined and a self-starter.


  1. College level ECE (Early Childhood Education) and/or work experience preferred.

  2. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to cope with unpredictability; be flexible, diplomatic and cooperative; follow the teacher’s directions; model appropriate behavior; demonstrate patience, enthusiasm and a positive attitude toward working with students with disabling conditions; maintain composure in difficult situations.

  3. Employee must value and maintain the confidential nature of sensitive student information

  4. Successful experience working with school-aged children.

  5. Successful experience at recess duty desirable.

  6. Demonstrated clerical skills, training and/or experience in using computers and other technology applications.

  7. Ability to be flexible with the varied demands of the position.

  8. Ability to communicate effectively and work with a variety of people.

  9. Ability to follow directions.

  10. Willingness to work with all children within the school regardless of abilities.

  11. Willingness to support and promote the classroom teachers and to maintain a warm and friendly relationship with those teachers.

  12. Willingness to care for disabled children, including toileting and other needed responsibilities. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MobilityWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, push or pull 18-50 lbs., sit, kneel and crouch, twist and bend,  use hands to type, finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arm. . The employee may be required to physically move quickly in an emergency or while performing student supervision duties


SenseThe employee is required to talk/hear conversations and other sounds. The employee must be able to communicate effectively in person and over the telephone.  The employee is required to taste and smell.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, far vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Lifting: The employee must be able to lift or move up to 18-50 lbs and up to 100 lbs with help; must also be able to lift overhead.


Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Hazards:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work outdoors in a wide variety of temperatures; from -10 degrees F to 100 degrees F +.   The employee may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The noise level in this work environment is moderate.


Applicants must complete the online District application. All hires are subject to a satisfactory criminal background check.

Columbia School District #400 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:  Title IX Officer, Jay Aune, 787 Maple Street, Burbank, WA  99323, 509-545-8573, , ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Mike Taylor, 835 Maple Street, Burbank, WA  99323, 509-545-8571, and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Ian Yale, 977 Maple Street, Burbank, WA  99323, 509-547-9393,


All hires are conditional on passing the FBI fingerprinting/criminal history background check and reference checks.  People of disability may request reasonable accommodation. The Columbia School District #400 is an equal opportunity employer.  Inquiries may be made at the Columbia School District #400 District Office. If hired, the candidate must show original education certificate and supply official transcripts from all colleges attended.