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Job Coach

Alexandria City Public Schools
United States, Virginia, Alexandria
1340 Braddock Place (Show on map)
March 29, 2024

Job Description:

The Job Coach for Special Education assists in the specialized instruction of students who are participating in work-based learning under the supervision of a licensed special education teacher; observes and documents student progress; implements plans for instruction and behavior, and providing clerical support to the teacher. The Job Coach reports to the Employment Support Transition Specialist in the Office of Specialized Instruction.


  • Education: 48 college credits or an AA degree, or be able to demonstrate or be able to demonstrate college-level skills in spelling, reading, writing and math by passing a proficiency test.
  • Certificates & Licenses: CPR and First Aid Certification strongly desired, if selected candidate does not have CPR and First Aid Certification they must be able to obtain both within 6 months of employment.
  • Experience: Targeted job-related education that meets the organization's prerequisite requirements. Job-related experience is required.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists in creating work plans for students including accommodations, scheduling, transportation, and task analysis.
  • Supports students in travel training back and forth between the school and the job site.
  • Implements strategies and supports (visual aids, prompting strategies, reinforcement systems, communication tools, etc.) as directed by the teacher to maximize practice opportunities for work-related tasks, including social skills and self-advocacy skills.
  • Collects data on student progress in the work environment and analyzes to determine when support can be faded.
  • Collaborates with the job site staff to ensure social integration of students in the workplace.
  • Confers with teachers on a regular basis to assist in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP goals.
  • Accepts feedback from teachers and related service providers to ensure accurate and consistent implementation of educational techniques or strategies.
  • Communicates and collaborates to foster a positive learning environment.
  • Effectively communicates with adults and students.
  • Attends training and in-service presentations.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned, to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Training Requirement:

The Virginia Board of Education as directed by the 2012 General Assembly requires that instructional assistants assigned to work with a teacher who has primary oversight of a student with autism spectrum disorders must receive training in student behavior management within 60 days of the assignment. The Special Education Instructional Assistant II will be provided with the opportunity to participate in online instructional modules for meeting this requirement at no cost to the employee.


  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance

  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


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