Instructional Support Specialist

Instructional Support Specialist

Instructional Support Specialist

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Education - Full-time

Job Title:        Instructional Support Specialist

                        Kent ISD Center Based Programs – Lincoln Pines

                       182 day position


Instructional Support Specialists work under the overall supervisor of the Principal/Administrator of the buildings with direct supervision provided by the special education teacher. Instructional Support Specialists provide direct instructional support alongside the classroom teacher in the areas determined by students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Duties will vary depending upon the age of students served as well as the nature and severity of the students’ disabilities.



Job Qualifications:

  1. Must meet one of the following:
    1. Completed at least 2 years of study at an institution of higher education OR
    2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree OR
    3. High school graduate
  2. BA degree preferred.
  3. Current CPR certification or willingness to obtain CPR certificates and CPI training.
  4. Demonstrated dependability and promptness.
  5. Evidence of skills with behavior management.
  6. Understanding, patient, warm, and receptive attitude toward students.
  7. Ability to assume responsibility for supervising students on an independent basis.
  8. Ability to maintain cooperative working relationship with students, staff, parents, and the general public while maintaining student confidentiality.
  9. Must be able to lift 40-60 lbs.
  10. Chauffeur license required (or willingness to obtain) with clean driving record.
  11. Willingness to work as part of a team of professionals.
  12. Must pass criminal background check as required by School Safety Legislation.
  13. Demonstrates a strong commitment to equity, social justice, and inclusion in all practices and position responsibilities. Demonstrates the ability to examine the impact of education inequities in student achievement outcomes as it aligns with race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.



  1. Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of the classroom teachers.
  2. Assist in the implementation of Individualized Education Programs for the students and monitor their progress.
  3. Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
  4. Work with related services staff, such as speech language pathologists, school social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, etc.
  5. Assist classroom teachers with maintaining student records.
  6. Support students with emotional or behavior concerns and assist them in developing appropriate social skills.
  7. Support the management of challenging behaviors. 
  8. Provide assistance with feeding and toileting.
  9. Assist students with medical needs including, but not limited to, Diastat and CPR.
  10. Supervise students in both a classroom and community setting.
  11. Collect and report data through special education student management system (PowerSchool Special Education).
  12. Assist in the making of instructional materials for the students.
  13. Other duties as assigned.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.


Benefits: Robust full benefit package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous sick time; State of Michigan School Employment retirement program; student loan forgiveness may be available through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for eligible Federal student loans.



The final candidate for this position will be required (at their cost) to furnish Kent Intermediate School District with a current Michigan State Police and FBI criminal records LiveScan check prior to our recommendation to hire.


It is the policy of the Kent ISD School Board that no student, staff member or candidate for any position in the District shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, ancestry, age, gender/sex, sexual orientation, marital status, height, weight, veteran status, political belief or physical/mental disability which does not impair their ability to perform adequately in the individual’s particular position or activity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or to be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which the Kent ISD School Board is responsible for or receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. The Coordinator for Title IX, Section 504, the Age Discrimination Act and Title II is: Danielle Hendry, Human Resource Director.