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Founding Instructional Aide

Oakland, California
Overview: The Instructional Aide (“IA”) is responsible for supporting the Students Supports Coordinator (“SSC”) to ensure that all student subgroups (EL, SPED, academically struggling) are reaching their goals within the least restrictive environment and in accordance with their IEPs as applicable. The Instructional Aide works to execute and support the plans that the SSC provides for all students not achieving their academic goals. This includes, but is not limited to: (1) creating small group instruction opportunities, (2) facilitating Saturday School, (3) conducting home visits, and (4) presenting weekly reports to the faculty about our at-risk students.

Why Work at Aurum? 
  • Competitive compensation and covered BTSA fees
  • Paid time off in addition to sick time
  • Over 15 full-day professional development days a year in addition to dedicated daily faculty collaboration time
  • An emphasis on depth over breadth – more time teaching fewer students
  • Student and staff technology access supporting communication, student progress monitoring and differentiation
  • An engaged, supportive and connected community of families, colleagues and partner organizations
Background on the Organization: Aurum Preparatory Academy (“Aurum Prep”) is committed to educating all of its students, grades 6 – 8, to succeed in high school, college, and life and to serve as the next generation of moral leaders. Aurum Prep is a middle school that will serve its founding class of sixth graders in the fall of 2018 and continue to grow each year. Built in partnership with parents and families and also drawing from research based best practices from some of the highest performing schools in the nation, Aurum Prep will ensure that the children of deep East Oakland receive the highest quality education.
For students to determine their own life’s trajectory, they must have a foundation that prepares them to (a) excel in high school, college, and life and (b) become moral leaders in their communities and in our world. We must have high expectations and clear structures, all provided within a culture of joy for learning, working hard, and honoring our students’ fullest potential. For more information, please visit our website:

IA Qualifications:
  • Strong commitment to, belief in, and alignment with mission and vision of the school.
  • Experience in working with children or children with special needs.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
  • Openness to feedback, desire to continue development as professional, and willingness to take responsibility for student outcomes and achievement.
  • Ability to approach situations with optimism and perseverance.
IA Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Student Supports Coordinator/Education Specialist in his/her performance of duties serving the needs of special education students.
  • Support general education classroom teachers, ensuring the accommodations and modifications defined in students’ IEPs are met.
  • Provide individual and small group academic support to students, addressing the needs defined in Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
  • Understand, promote and support the mission, vision and guiding principles of EBIA.
  • Build a culture of high expectations: demonstrate excitement about learning and excitement about engaging children in learning; attempt to know every student attending the school.
  • Participation in other school activities as designated by school leadership

We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff. Please send a resume, two letters of reference and compelling cover letter.

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