Substitute Education Support Professional 2023-2024

September 1, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type



Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary Level:Salary Available atSalary Schedules - Substitute Hourly Rates

Benefits: NONE

Examples Of Duties

Sub Education Support Professional Head Start:

This position on a temporary basis, assists the classroom team in establishing a safe and positive child-oriented learning environment and promoting each student's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth in accordance with Early Childhood Education and Assistance and Head Start Program Standards.

Sub Education Support Professional :

This position, on a temporary basis assists a certificated teacher or staff member. This position tutors students individually or in small groups; monitors students in the classroom, at lunch, in the playground, and/or boarding buses; and provides general classroom and/or office assistance, as assigned.

Sub Education Support Professional Special Ed:

Must meet all requirements for sub Education Support Professional listed above and also have current Right Response-Advanced training.


1. Tutors children individually or in small groups on a variety of subjects, as assigned; compiles, reviews, and records student assignments and progress.

2. Monitors student behavior in the classroom, lunchroom, during detention, and/or at recess; disciplines students according to procedures; monitors students entering or leaving the building, between classes, and/or boarding buses.

3. Assists teacher with classroom management; assists in preparing lessons; duplicates, organizes, distributes, and files learning materials; assists teacher in preparing student progress reports.

4. Provides school office assistance, as assigned; answers telephone and takes messages, files, duplicates materials, sorts mail, types bulletins or other documents; provides basic first aid in the absence of the school health room personnel.

5. Administers district tests, records student scores, and reports results.

6. May pull students from classroom to tutor in assigned subjects for brief periods as assigned; may move between classrooms throughout the day to tutor various small groups of students for brief periods as assigned.

7. Attends building staff meetings; provides information regarding students; attends program meetings and workshops.


1. May travel between schools to work with students, as assigned.

2. Performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis, to assist the teachers or administrative staff.

3. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


Required to work outdoors in inclement weather; required to deal with upset students; may be exposed to infectious disease; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, run, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Sub Education Support Professional must submit proof of required High School graduation or equivalent (GED), and Associate's degree or 72 college-level credit hours of post secondary education or passing ETS ParaPro Assessment state test with a score of 455 (effective July 2023) or higher.

Licenses/Special Requirements

Assistants working with the health impaired; required to obtain a first aid certificate and training in District approved restraint training and CPR.

Allowable Substitution

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources office for comparability.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of childhood academic, social and physical development.

Knowledge of assigned subject areas.

Ability to establish positive relationships and tutor school-aged youth.

Ability to obtain, clarify and exchange information.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.

Ability to organize and coordinate activities with assistance of classroom teacher.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools 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:

  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 253-571-1252,
  • Title IX Coordinator: Wayne Greer, 253-571-1191,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 253-571-1096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 253-571-1003,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

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