Position: Instructional Assistant

Team: School

Status: Full Time Exempt

Duration: 10 Month Employee

Reports to: Principal

Our Mission

The Elmwood Village Charter Schools provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment

that recognizes student capability, fosters their connectedness to their immediate and broader

communities, and offers them ways to contribute to school life. EVCS believes that all students

can and will learn at high levels when provided with the right learning conditions.

Who we are

● We are passionate about social-emotional learning and believe it is as important as the

academic curriculum, and children must meet with social success before they can

achieve high levels of academic success.

● We have a strong belief in social justice and believe that every voice matters. We value

diversity and a wide variety of perspectives. Our leaders are committed to preparing

students to be critical thinkers who use their voices for active civic engagement.

● Our students are exposed to a strong academic program that emphasizes social

responsibility, arts integration, multiculturalism, and community alliances.

● The EVCS community values relationships with our staff, students and families.

● Our students experience academic success in an intimate, peaceful, and diverse school

community that appreciates different learning styles.

● Students know that they are valued and respected, and each one of them can contribute

to school life.

● We put students first – all decisions are made around what is best for students.

● We act with urgency – we set a plan of action with urgency in response to student

outcomes and needs.

● We always seek to be better – we believe seeking feedback and professional growth

directly impacts students’ growth

● We work as a team – we collaborate to achieve shared goals.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a student-centered, dynamic Instructional Assistant who will:

● Provide support to our teachers and staff members by fostering a culture of academic

rigor and achievement.

● Provide small-group instruction, plan center-based learning activities, and lead guided

reading groups

● Work with teachers to address individual learning needs of students

● Deliver instruction planned by general education teacher

● Keep students on task by engaging them in the lesson

● Complete documentation for RTI under the supervision of the general education teacher

● Provide Academic Intervention Support (AIS) under direction of general education


● Assist in classroom set-up and logistics – prepping student materials or manipulatives,

classroom beautification and maintenance, etc.

● Provide lunch supervision

● Support in student behavioral management and de-escalating challenging student


● Collaborate with families and staff to support student learning

● Ensure the safety of students at all times

● Supervise students in and out of classroom as needed – this may include but is not

limited to – moving students to proper locations during fire drills, lunch and recess duty,

enrichment activities/classes, etc.

● Provide an inviting, exciting, stimulating, and innovative learning environment

● Maintain a classroom environment conducive to learning by following the Responsive

Classroom and Cooperative Discipline models

● Enable students to develop social responsibility by faithfully following the Responsive

Classroom and Cooperative Discipline models

● Additional responsibilities to meet the needs of our students

What We Look For

● Has commitment to the Mission and Core Values of Elmwood Village Charter School

● Has commitment to continuous improvement principles

● Can form relationships and work with young children in a nurturing school environment

● Has a passion and commitment for social justice, diversity and equity in education

● Can communicate in a positive and professional manner across the school

● Can build interpersonal relationships with diverse audiences

● Maintains a positive attitude, even in the face of pressure

● Is a team player and open to receiving feedback

● Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and is flexible

● Is solutions-oriented and completes tasks and projects effectively and in a timely


● Takes initiative, prioritizes tasks effectively, and can work independently with little


● Maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion in the dissemination of information

● Can gather and organize data and solve problems effectively


● Ability to build strong relationships with children and engaging them in lessons

● Ability to pass a NYS Education Department background check

● Excellent writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and the ability to work both

independently and on a team.

Preferred Qualifications

● Two or more years of teaching experience

● New York State Elementary Teaching Certificate or NYS Certification as an Instructional


● Bachelor’s Degree in Education

What We Offer

EVCS offers an excellent working environment supported by our shared leadership team to

ensure each person’s strengths can be utilized and fostered.

EVCS offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits


EVCS believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that

enables our community to thrive. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without

consideration to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status,

or any other characteristic protected by law.

Join Our Team

To apply to this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter on Elmwood Village

Charter Schools Website: http://www.evcsbuffalo.org/careers/

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