Job Description

Substitute - ESP

Location:  Various

Hours:  Varies

Pay Rates:  $14.35 Office, Duty, Crossing Guard, Security

                   $14.72 Instructional Assistant: Classroom, Special Education, Title 1

                   $21.54 Instructional Assistant: Personal Care, CABS, Roadrunner 

** This position will start 8/5/2024. Orientations will begin in June 2024

Purpose Statement

The job of Substitute - ESP is done for the purpose of providing support to the instructional program within the school site in the absence of the regular ESP employee.

This job reports to the Site Administrator

Essential Functions

Maintains a positive learning environment for all students and a professional relationship with all staff in accordance with district policy. 

Communicates with administration, staff and/or parents for the purpose of conveying information.

Supports classroom teachers and other school personnel for the purpose of assisting in ensuring a safe and positive learning environment.

Monitors individual and/or groups of students in a variety of settings for the purpose of ensuring student compliance with established guidelines and maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.

Maintains confidentiality of all student and staff records.

Refers incidents including personal injuries, altercations, suspicious activities, rule violations, etc. to appropriate site personnel for the purpose of ensuring follow-up in accordance with administrative, site security and student safety guidelines.

Reports observations and incidents relating to specific students (e.g. accidents, fights, inappropriate social behavior, violations of rules, safety conditions, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information to appropriate instructional and/or administrative personnel.

Responds to a variety of situations (e.g. injured student, fights, vandalism, etc.) for the purpose of resolving immediate safety or security concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.

Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements:  Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform single tasks using existing skills.  Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:  adhering to district policy, safety practices and procedures; operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math; read and follow instructions; and understand written and oral instructions.  Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:  concepts of grammar and punctuation; stages of child development and learning styles; age appropriate activities; and school safety and security practices.

ABILITY is required to schedule activities; collate data; and use basic, job-related equipment.  Flexibility is required to work with others; work with data utilizing specific, defined processes; and operate equipment using defined methods.  Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals; work with specific, job-related data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment.  Some problem solving may be required to identify issues and select action plans.  Problem solving with data requires following prescribed guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited.  Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:  communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; and working as part of a team.


Responsibilities include:  working under limited supervision in some cases; working with immediate supervision in some cases; leading, guiding and/or coordinating others.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands:  some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, some stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 10% sitting, 45% walking and 45% standing.  The job is performed under some temperature extremes and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Experience:   Job related experience is not required, but preferable in                           clerical positions.

Education:    High school diploma or equivalent.


Required Testing                           Certificates and Licenses                  


Continuing Educ./Training               Clearances

                                                    Criminal Background Clearance    

Paradise Valley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or Title II of the Genetic Information NonDiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.  


Primary Location: District Wide

Shift Type: Volunteer

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

Application Instructions

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