Special Education Associate

Des Moines Public Schools   Des Moines, IA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 20, 2024
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Des Moines Public Schools is Iowa's largest provider of K-12 education and has been named one of America's Best Midsize Employers by Forbes Magazine.

DMPS is seeking Special Education Associates in a number of buildings from preschool - 12th grade. Associates assist teachers in the instruction, supervision and care of students with disabilities in a variety of instructional settings, including special education, general education and work/community settings. This position requires continuous use of independent judgment.

This position is full-time, 7.5 hours/day, 190 days a year. The position starts at $16.46/hr. 

Des Moines Public Schools offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Family Health Insurance at no cost to the employee during the first plan year of employment (July1 - June 30) ($600/year after that). There is opportunity to have the $600/year waived via participation HealthyU program.
  • Family Dental Insurance with a minimal monthly cost (Single insurance coverage at no cost)
  • Enrollment in IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System) -- a defined benefit plan

Successful candidates for this position will possess:

  • High School Diploma, HiSET or G.E.D.
  • One of the following: (1) 48 credit hours post-secondary education, or (2) associate degree or higher, or (3) paraeducator certification from Board of Educational Examiners, or (4) combined score of 150 or higher on the COMPASS test, or (5) a passing score on the AccuPlacer test.