Substitute Paraeducator



The job of instructional para educator is done for the purpose of providing assistance to classroom teachers. Responsibilities vary with individual assignment, but typically include tutoring students, providing small and large group instructions, and implementing behavior management systems. This position requires working with students with varied disabilities (mild to severe learning, behavioral, emotional, and physical disabilities). To remain on our active substitute list, substitutes will need to have had a minimum of 4 assignments per month before the last day of school. Likewise, subs who are inactive for more than 30 consecutive days may be released from the Mead substitute position. 


Essential Functions



All instructional para educators shall be required to be highly qualified upon hire as defined by federal law (*this may be waived for substitute positions if enrolled in a qualified paraprofessional program).  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of 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.


A person working in this position will exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally while carrying, pushing, and/or pulling to move objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unaided and may lift over 50 pounds with the assistance of another person and/or a lift assist. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; some stooping, kneeling, and/or crouching; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is performed under conditions with exposure to risk of injury and/or ordinary infectious diseases carried by students.


All other applicants interested in this position, must apply for this posting through a link to our online applicant system found on the website at  Upload the required documents to your application.  Below is a list of required materials.  If you have questions regarding this process, you may contact Patti Flanik at the District Administration Building or email  The application, along with all required documents must be complete, incomplete applications will not be considered.  



  1. Your Resume
  2. Your current Letter of Interest, which speaks specifically to your abilities in the position for which you are applying
  3. Your Para Pro test results and a copy of your high school diploma, or a copy of your college transcripts. *education requirements may be waived for substitutes unless hired into a continuing position. 
  4. Three (3) dated and current letters of recommendation (within the last 3 years)

Verification of identity and United States work authorization must be completed before employment commences. The successful candidate for this position must be fingerprinted. Employment is contingent upon clearance by the Washington State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Mead School District #354 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, genetic information or veteran status. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer, Section 504 coordinator, and/or Affirmative Action officer.  Persons who may need some accommodation in the hiring process should contact the Human Services Office at (509) 465-6010.