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Posted: 11/21/2017
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 24341
Keywords: preschool

Job Description


If you are not currently a DPS Paraprofessional or Teacher you must first apply to the general Paraprofessional Job Opportunities posting before applying to a specific school.  If you have not completed this process you will find the Apply Now button above is not available.  Candidates who are not current DPS employees may apply to the general paraprofessional position here or by searching the DPS Job Board for job ID 20366.  Current DPS employees will find the Paraprofessional Job Opportunities position listed under the Hot Jobs section of Opportunities in their Employee Space.




Hours Per Day: 8

Starting Salary:  $12.50 per hour

School Year:  2017-18


Essential Functions and Objectives:


The English Language Acquisition (ELA) General Paraprofessional supports teachers by providing curriculum based English language acquisition educational support to students in designated subject areas. Communicates and coordinates with students and parents (oral and written) about routine issues in their native language. The ELA General Paraprofessional may assist with computer led instruction, student assessment and lesson planning among other duties.


Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


- Must be able to communicate in a second language, both orally and in writing. Effective April 10th, 2017, ELA General Assignment Paras for Spanish are required to complete a proficiency exam hosted by Berlitz. The test has two parts, speaking and reading and the candidate must pass in order to be hired for the position. The cost of this test is $70. This cost is eligible for reimbursement if the candidate is hired and becomes an active working DPS Employee. For more information, visit

- Background in Math preferred.


Education Requirements:


Copy of official/unofficial transcript(s) verifying at least 48 semester hours, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. You do not need a course-by-course, just a basic evaluation. Visit for approved service members).




Copy of high school diploma or GED and proof of passing the WorkKeys exam in reading, business writing, and math.


Testing Information for WorkKeys:


Emily Griffith Technical College at 1860 Lincoln Street. Testing is offered, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-12:00pm and Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm. The cost for all 3 exams is $40 (re-testing will incur additional fees) and tests can be scheduled by calling the Welcome Desk at 720-423-4702. Prep materials are available through Emily Griffith Technical College at and The Denver Public Library. If you need testing accommodations, contact the Emily Griffith Welcome Desk to discuss the accommodations you may need. Additional testing with accommodations is available at the Community College of Denver. Intake appointment is required, call 303-556-3300 to schedule an appointment. CCD testing is located at 800 Curtis Street, Room 121. If you need to take the WorkKeys, we highly recommend that you schedule and start the process prior to interviewing with the schools. This will help you with becoming a strong candidate and increase the speed of the hiring process if you are selected.


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at

Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

Application Instructions

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