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Laradon Paraprofessional (Special Education) in Denver, Colorado

A Day in the Life of a Paraprofessional in Special Education . . .

The Paraprofessional (also called an Educational Behavioral Support Professional (EBSP) at Laradon) will provide direct and supportive services to students (ages 5-21) with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders receiving services in Laradon’s School incorporating all grades of K-12. This is done by implementing schedules and routines, working 1-to-1, in small groups or in full classroom settings, and supporting school-wide and classroom management plans, all under the supervision and guidance of the Classroom Special Education Teacher.

What you need to know . . .

  • Start Date: August 16, 2021

  • Schedule: Maintain a consistent schedule of 8 am-4 pm, M-F. This position is a full calendar year.

  • Environment: We have a total of 10 classrooms with no more than 10 students.

  • Compensation: $17.00/hr with minimum of BA/BS or 2 yrs experience. Additional compensation based on total years of applicable experience and education; up to $18.50/hr. Extended Breaks, Holidays, and Summer are paid.

  • Safety Care: All school employees are required to provide physical behavior support which includes physical management (training provided upon hire); may be subject to extensive aggressive and non-compliant behavior from special needs students.

  • Pre-Employment: Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and Colorado and Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

  • 100% In Classroom Learning: As Laradon is a small employer and employees work in a collaborative and team environment, our school employees must be physically present in the office to perform different job functions. Additionally, as a service provider, our instructional methods under our services model require the work to be performed on campus.

    What we offer you . . .

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

  • 401(k) + 4% Match

  • 9 weeks paid break/holiday time plus paid personal leave per school year. Click Here ( to view the schedule

  • Paid on-the-job training, including CPR/First Aid, Safety Care, & ABA Therapy.

  • Tuition and Certification Reimbursement.

  • Development, job growth, and internal training opportunities.

  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding environment alongside other Laradon staff – one where everyone is truly appreciated.

  • CDC and CDPHE office protocols to ensure the safety and welfare of all employees.

    How you will make a difference . . .

  • Work with students individually and in small groups to implement individualized support plans developed by treatment specialists.

  • Assist and guide students to reinforce reading, language arts, daily hygiene, computer instruction, work tasks, and other skills.

  • Implement, track and record Individualized Educational Plans “IEP” goals, behavior support plans, crisis intervention techniques, and any other skill areas needing improvement.

  • Follow through with prescribed behavior intervention plans throughout the school and community and during extra-curricular activities, including monitoring of the lunchroom, playground, or other school areas to ensure safety and security of students.

  • Counsel and teach students important coping techniques and life skills.

  • Track and collect data of behaviors of clients to help monitor positive behavior change.

  • De-escalate students as needed using approved Safety Care measures, as well as following the prescribed IEP as students may be aggressive or disruptive in class.

    What we’re looking for from you . . .

    We know there’s no such thing as a “perfect" candidate - we’re all a work in progress and are growing new skills and capabilities all the time. We encourage you to apply for a position with Laradon even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We believe in fostering an environment where there are a diversity of perspectives, in hopes that we can all thrive.

  • Superstar communicator – Able to communicate and listen well with youth, staff, parents, and the community.

  • Brains – Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field and/or at least two years of experience with developmentally disabled children/youth with emotional/behavior disorders and/or experience in child development, working with students, and/or working in a classroom environment.

  • Mindset – Compassionate, caring, energetic, and flexible.

  • Passion and Understanding - Skills in crisis management, flexibility, patience, and ability to maintain composure under stressful conditions.

  • Super strength - Able to exert/lift/push up to 50 pounds of force.

  • Must be 21 years or older

    Who we are . . .

    In order to provide culturally competent services to individuals, students, guests, and staff/employees, it is of the highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members – regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, veteran status, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics – should feel a sense of belonging and value. We applaud everyone.

    Laradon Values . . .

    Integrity | Respect | Inclusion | Accountable | Empowerment

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