St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf is seeking a Teacher assistant to assist the teacher in the classroom.  Hours:  8:15AM – 3:00PM (sign in at 8:10AM); or 8:30AM – 3:00PM (sign in at 8:25AM) with an additional 1 hr. of duty Thursdays to 4:00pm (4 times per year) 

(10-month position)


  1. Assist the teacher in the classroom.
  • Work with the small groups or individual students as directed by the teacher using specified materials.
  • Assist in the physical care of the students and/or classroom as needed by situation and department. (may include feeding, dressing, toileting, ambulation as needed)
  • Prepare instructional materials as directed.
  • Perform clerical duties necessary for efficient functioning of the class (i.e. obtain supplies and media equipment, correct papers, create classroom materials and use computer/library for research.
  • Help to maintain orderly procedure during assigned duties and emergency drills.
  1. Assist outside the classroom
  • Accompany students and assist in all out of class activities.
  • Assist on class trips.
  • Assist other students or staff as needed.
  1. Assume supportive duty assignments
  • Substitute for classroom teachers school wide as needed (teacher meetings, absences, professional development, etc.) as directed by supervisor and/or their designee.
  • Supervise breakfast/lunch/recess programs as required in the department.
  • Accompany/assist students as needed. (related services, nurse’s office, etc.)


  1. Interact and communicate effectively with students throughout the school day.
  2. Foster an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  3. Assist teacher by observing student behavior and keeping behavior logs/charts as needed.
  4. Maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times.


1  Certification

1.1 New York State Teacher Assistant certification level 1, 2, 3 or continuing certification as a Teaching Assistant required.

  • High School Diploma
  • Communication Skills –  Sign Language Skills required (SCPI, ASLPI or equivalent minimum rating of intermediate required)
  • Ability to work with others, report to work on time, perform all functions of the position and maintain professional conduct


  1. Display flexibility, patience, good judgment and dependability
  2. Ability to perform job functions with attention to time and attendance.
  3. Possess mature personality and good interactive skills.
  4. Respond responsibly in crises situations.
  5. Display a positive attitude towards children and an understanding of their growth and development.


Classroom Teacher, Department Supervisor

Closing Date: Open until filled. For a position descriptions please visit our website under the ‘Contact Us’ tab.

*This position is included in the Jointly Organized Essential staff bargaining unit.

“An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer”


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