High School Instructional Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




District of Columbia
United States



KIPP DC is a non-profit network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. Our sixteen schools and The Learning Center recruit and educate over 6,000 students on six campuses in the city’s most educationally underserved communities. At KIPP DC, we empower students to access opportunities that lead to a choice-filled life. Highly skilled teachers and leaders, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students climb the mountain to and through college.


At KIPP DC, we believe the quality of instruction defines the rate and quality of student achievement. Therefore, teaching and learning is at the core of everything we do, and we view our lead teachers as a critical component of our mission and success. As an organization, KIPP DC makes a commitment to their teachers. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and opportunities. In addition, we seek to create a staff culture that is ambitious, intentional, and joyful. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession, and are continually seeking to improve sustainability and benefits.

As part the KIPP network’s 209 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and across the country.



We are looking for highly dedicated individuals who will bring an unwavering commitment to helping children succeed. The Instructional Assistant, which would work exclusively with classrooms educating students with special education needs, supports the classroom teacher in providing specialized instruction to students by making the curriculum and daily activities accessible for students. The Instructional Assistant works alongside the Lead Teacher in achieving educational objectives and is responsible for assisting our KIPP DC school family in all classroom duties, including but not limited to:

  • Using lesson plans provided by the Lead Teacher, provide specialized instruction to students with special education need
  • supporting the lead instructor with classroom instruction and management
  • working with students one on one or in small group settings
  • tailoring lessons to an individual student's needs or assist students with especially challenging assignments
  • monitoring and recording a student's progress or behavior in an effort to better meet a student's needs and IEP goals
  • supporting teachers to prepare lesson plans that best fit the needs of their students.
  • maintaining the classroom’s appearance including cleaning the classroom and preparing demonstrations or visual aids for specific lessons


  • Support the creation of environments and instructional opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Assists in preparation of materials for class, classroom activities, and assignments
  • Shares responsibility during the school day for the supervision of students in all areas of the school
  • Under the direction of the classroom teacher, provide academic supports to improve children's achievement of individual academic and behavioral goals in support of children's IEP goals
  • Regularly observe students and take anecdotal notes to inform planning in the arrangement of small groups, classroom set up, integrations of students’ interests in learning activities, and subsequent assessments
  • Assisting with arrival/dismissal support, cafeteria and hallway duty, etc.
  • Works with the teacher in creating a classroom environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Communicate the individual children’s goals/progress to families and communicate ways in which the family can support the child at home
  • Maintain confidentiality and treat all information about children and their families in strict confidence
  • Establish positive relationships with colleagues, students, families and the community which reflect recognition of and respect for every individual
  • Fulfill the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness


  • High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (Required)
  • Bachelor’s degree (Preferred)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Must be energetic, reliable, flexible and integrity driven
  • Strong communication skills in order to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, families, and children
  • Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
  • Experience teaching in an urban school (Preferred)



KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • Salaries for staff are competitive with added compensation for KIPP DC’s extended day and year, along with additional bonuses
  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after 3 years
  • Staff members are also supported with a robust professional development plan, KIPP DC-paid cell phone for student/parent calls, and a laptop computer for work

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply



Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit online at http://www.kippdc.org/careers/apply-now/, and click “Instructional Assistant job posting located under “Leadership and Support Positions.” If you have any questions, please contact us via email at careers@kippdc.org.  The Instructional Assistant will report directly to the Principal.