Middle School Instructional Aide

We are seeking a mission-driven Instructional Aide (IA) to join our team at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with academically underserved students. We are looking for team members who are passionate about middle school students and excited to become a member of a growing school community.

Green Dot IAs are committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field, ensuring a quality education for all. IAs will participate in twice-weekly professional development and specialized cross-network professional development days; summer training; and various opportunities for professional development. We believe strongly in providing training and support to our staff in order to enable strong teaching and learning in every classroom and are looking for IAs who hope to transition into full-time teaching roles in the future.


  • Discuss classroom learning activities with teacher/specialist to coordinate instructional efforts and to implement instructional programs.
  • Tutor or drill students, individually or in groups, following lesson plans in a variety of academic subjects to explain and/or reinforce learning concepts.
  • Provide assistance to students through translation and small group facilitation in their primary language.
  • Provide assistance to, participate with, or monitor students in activities such as physical exercises and/or classroom activities.
  • Correct such student work as printing, writing, spelling, punctuation, arithmetic exercises, etc., of classroom and/or homework assignments, computer, record scores and return to students.
  • Operate a variety of office machines and/or instructional equipment such as, copy machine, typewriter, computer, laminator, telephone, video cassette recorder, etc.
  • Perform a variety of classroom associated clerical work, such as typing, sorting , filing, keeping accurate records, setting up and maintaining file folders, recording attendance, and completing forms and applications.
  • Prepare various teaching aids and materials such as charts, graphs, and other related items using such methods as typing, duplicating, collating, stapling and laminating.
  • Assist in classroom organizing activities such as displaying educational materials, preparing bulletin boards, arranging furniture to facilitate instructional needs, creating an orderly and clean classroom environment.
  • Observe and report significant student behavior, behavioral patterns, and/or problems to the teacher/specialist. Implement behavior management programs for student(s) as designated by certificated staff.
  • Administer first aid or necessary physical assistance to ill or distressed students: may administer prescribed medication in accordance with established school procedure.
  • May call parents to arrange appointments, to provide approved information about school or student, at the direction or concurrence of the teacher/specialist.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instruction.
  • Assist with discipline of students in accordance with school policy.
  • Keep accurate records.
  • Demonstrate confidence, tact and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrate adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities within the learning environment.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively as an educational team member.
  • Abide by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect
  • Special projects and duties outside of primary teaching responsibility as assigned.


The equivalent of graduation from High School and one of the following:

    • Completion of at least two years of study (60 semester units or 90 quarter units) at an institution of higher education, or Attainment of an Associate of Arts degree or higher, or A passing score on the ETS ParaPro Assessment
    • You can find out more about Instructional Aide Requirements and the ParaPro assessment by visiting the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.
  • Strong skills in MS Word and Excel
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in verbal and written forums
  • Excellent intrapersonal skills
  • Any other combination or training of experience that could likely provide the desired skills, knowledge or abilities may be considered, however, experience cannot substitute for the above educational requirements.

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.

The hourly rate for this role begins at $15.00/hour, depending on experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of students in Seattle, Tacoma and Kent.

To apply for a position at RVLA, please  (1) fill out this brief form AND (2) email your resume and a cover letter to apply@myrvla.org.