Instructional Assistant

Caliber Public Schools - Richmond, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Our mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engagingeducation that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college, career, and community.

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

We are looking for educators and leaders who want to join a small but growing team of diverse community schools. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and is now a fully grown K-8 serving 800 students. ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016 and serves 700 students, TK-8th grade. Our long-term vision is to serve students K-12 in our immediate and surrounding communities.

Position Description

We are in search of a Instructional Assistant with broad knowledge of serving students with special needs, compassion and patience for the challenges these students face in the classroom, and creativity to find unique ways to make the curriculum accessible.

This role will be required to be on campus when Caliber returns to in-person instruction during the 21-22 school year.


  • Responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in the instruction of an individual student with disabilities including assistance in the laboratories, washrooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums, lunchrooms, libraries, field trips and all other educational settings as determined by the classroom teacher and IEP team
  • Provides reinforcement to individual of direct material initially taught by the classroom and special education teachers
  • Responsible for guiding any independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up by the classroom teacher
  • Maintains or modifies a student's curriculum to the needs of the student as required per IEP
  • Assists individual student in any testing and with special education computer programs
  • Responsible for implementing and following behavior support plans
  • Communicates daily with various groups of people outside the classroom including Adaptive PE, social worker, parents, technician team, vision itinerant, occupational therapist, speech therapist and physical therapist to assure smooth transition of student’s services
  • Maintains a daily student's activity log and student work samples
  • Attends parent/teacher conferences and IEP meetings
  • Performs other duties as may be necessary and assigned by the classroom teacher and/or administrator


Caliber staff…

  • are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
  • validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
  • know that It is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
  • approach situations and people with empathy and kindness



  • Three (3) years of recent experience in a special education setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability, skill, and experience in working with diverse populations.
  • Good relationship building skills and ability to build a strong rapport with students.


  • Required: HS Diploma + 2 years of college OR AA degree (or higher) OR passed CBESTPreferred Bachelor's Degree

This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and benefits package.

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber's mission is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in colleges, careers, and communities.
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