Instructional Assistant

Valley Achievement Center is looking for Instructional Assistant

Employment Status: Part-time/Full-time

Reports To: Program Manager

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 or 8:30 to 5:15 (Full time); 1:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Part time)

Position Summary: To provide an effective learning environment with instruction based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a classroom setting (including, but not limited to 1:1, 3:1, 6:1) for students with Autism, or other Developmental Disabilities, ages 3 – 22. Provide the support required to effectively teach academic, functional, self- help, social, and communication skills and all responsibilities thereof. Must have the ability to manage and adapt to challenging behavior(s) from student(s) in accordance with VAC policies and protocol.

Job Requirements:

  • Ensure student and employee safety at all times.
  • Maintain close proximity to assigned student(s) at all times.
  • Maintain student and/or classroom program binders and notify Program Manager/Teacher of any concerns regarding student programs.
  • Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for student behavior(s).
  • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other


  • Lead lessons, instruction, games, and activities as stated in Individual Program Plans (IPP) or Individual Education Plans (IEP).
  • Protect and uphold student confidentiality at all times.
  • Collect, record, and maintain accurate data pertaining to student’s IPP/IEP goals.
  • Work with a variety of students within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities.
  • Maintain organization of student work/classroom area.
  • Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
  • Follow appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to students, parents, VAC vendors,

    supervisors and other employees.

  • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
  • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
  • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Actively participate in community based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in water activities (changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined the VAC Dress Code).
  • Exemplifies VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to work as a team, actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
  • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
  • Prior experience working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities preferred.
  • Flexible and adaptable to student, program, and organizational changes.
  • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.

    Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).
  • 20 College units or Paraprofessional Certification required (Basic Ed only).
  • Minimum of 6 units Child Development (Preschool only).
  • 2-year degree or equivalent from a regional accredited university preferred (all programs).

    Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs. with assistance.
  • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing.
  • Simple grasping with both hands and fine manipulation with both hands.
  • Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
  • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
  • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
  • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.


  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
  • Completion of behavior modification training within first 30 days of employment.