Full Time Hourly - Special Education Paraprofessional

Detroit, MI

Why U Prep schools?

Do you want a job? Or do you want a career in an organization making the difference in the life of scholars? 

Families send their children to U Prep because they recognize education is a tool in shaping and changing lives and value the culturally responsive curriculum and learning environments that set our scholars on a path to college and meaningful careers, fulfillment, and becoming positive changes agent in our community. 

The U Prep School district is home to ten K-12 schools with focused paths of College Prep, Art & Design, and STEM. We are one of the largest and longest public charter networks in Detroit – operating for over 20 years. We have alumni making a difference in the city, region, and beyond. Check out the latest 20 Black Detroiters Making History list to see some of our past scholars in action!

We continually seek out talented individuals to join the U Prep Crew and partner with us in supporting our educators and scholars as we all deliver on our mission. Read on if you are interested in being a part of this important work!

The special education paraprofessional works under the direction of one or more teachers to procide behavioral and academic support to a student within the general education setting.


  • Provide behavioral and academic support based on student Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Maintain daily documentation logs and records updating student progress 
  • Provide supplementary instruction under the direction and guidance of the general and special education teacher 
  • Support student success and the culture of the school by implementing specific behavior support and management practices.
  • Maintain safety and discipline in the lunchrooms, on the playground, or in other school offices
  • Assist in the development of instructional and related materials.  
  • Complementing instruction, such as assisting the teacher during the lesson by helping students who may need additional support with instruction
  • Assist students to use books, classroom materials and equipment 
  • Assists teachers on field trips by assisting students with physical needs, maintaining discipline, and reinforcing learning situations
  • Operates audio-visual equipment and prepares or uses other materials and methods to assist teachers in presenting lessons to students 
  • Attend IEP meetings, if requested  
  • Meet all obligations as set out in the UPrep Staff Handbook


  • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Experience working with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or students in the special education setting

Experience with behavior tracking systems of support 

Minimum Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Have completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education [defined as completion of 60 semester hours (or equivalent trimester hours) of college coursework or an applicable number of semester hours as defined by the institution of higher education attended, whichever is less; or Have obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or Have met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment – Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics; or Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
  • Have demonstrated ability to work effectively under the direction of others
  • Have willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
  • Behave and speak in professional manner 
  • An evident commitment to holding all students to high expectations for academic and personal success
  • Significant experience working with urban children and their families
  • Candidates should be comfortable operating in a flexible, self-directed and fast-paced work environment

Our education teams are at the heart of our ability to serve our scholars well. We provide them the robust support they need and help create clean, safe, well-resourced spaces for our scholars to learn and grow. You’ll be supported in a variety of ways too:

  • Working in well resourced and designed buildings that promote the physical and emotional safety necessary for learning.
  • A comprehensive benefit package, including retirement plan with a generous match. 
  • Provided time and programs for professional development.
  • Given opportunities to collaborate with your peers and receive guidance from a mentor. 
  • Supported by an engaged leadership and administrative team.
  • Working with team members who take great pride in their work and schools.
  • Interacting with highly engaged families who prioritize education and learning.

We believe a U Prep education sets scholars on a path to a future full of possibilities. That school are more than just a building. That providing culturally responsive learning environments allow all children to thrive.  If you are a thinker, doer, and believer in the power of education to shape and build lives we should talk. Let’s connect and discuss the possibility of you becoming part of team changing lives and our community for the better!

Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.