Kennedy Krieger Institute

Classroom Assistant $1,000 Hiring Incentive (LEAP-Greenspring Campus)

Vacancy ID
Pos. Category
Special Education
Job Location : Street
3835 Greenspring Avenue
# of Hours
Job Locations
Pos. Type
Regular Full Time
Department : Name
Special Education - LEAP


The Classroom Assistant provides direct support in a classroom setting to students with developmental disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral challenges. Work in collaboration to implement behavioral, instructional, socio-emotional, daily living skills, and/or medical protocols under the over-sight of behavior specialists, classroom teacher/administrators, and related service providers.



At the Lifeskills and Education for Students with Autism and Pervasive Behavioral Challenges (LEAP) Program, our mission is to ensure each of our students gains the independence and skills necessary to fully participate in school, community, workplace, and home life.


Our specialized autism program is a nonpublic special education day program approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.


We offer a range of educational and therapeutic services for students with complex academic, communication, social, and behavioral needs. Our program emphasizes the development of lifelong skills through an active approach to learning, including participation in community and work-based learning opportunities that allow them to apply skills outside of the classroom.



  1. Assist the Teacher and Assistant Teacher with instruction and assessment for students with developmental disabilities and/or emotional and behavioral challenges in accordance with student IEP and the Common Core State Curriculum.
  2. Adhere to behavioral plans/protocols as written. Utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as indicated.
  3. Effectively use behavior management strategies and implement approved physical intervention procedures (i.e., transportation/escort and immobilization/restraint) as trained.
  4. Work directly with assigned student to support skill acquisition (i.e., academic and social-emotional); assist with daily living skills and medical needs (i.e., toileting, hygiene, meals, lifting/carrying students with physical disabilities); and support behavior management in one-to-one (1:1), group, school, and community settings.
  5. Promote and support peer interactions, generalization of student skills across settings, and work to foster student independence.
  6. Modify academic, socioemotional, and behavioral tasks and materials to meet student needs/abilities as outlined by the teacher and Behavior Resource team.
  7. Accurately collect and record all data in a timely and prescribed manner.
  8. Follow classroom routines as outlined by the teacher and enact proactive classroom management strategies.
  9. Follow student fitness routines (to include pool and water-based activities) as outlined by the school program.
  10. Organize, prepare, and use school materials to support student learning and assist with the implementation of technology in instructional design and delivery.
  11. Actively engage in classroom and team meetings, supervision meetings, in-service trainings, and school-wide events as assigned.
  12. May be required to safely drive and operate Institute vans to transport students and staff members, as assigned.



High school diploma or GED required

Associate’s degree in education, special education, or related area preferred



Previous experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred.




PCM or CPI training will be provided by the department, according to the individual program requirements.  Employee must achieve and maintain certification (at the “Practitioner” level or higher for PCM) according to the timeline established within the departmental policy.


Kennedy Krieger Institute offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K with match, tuition reimbursement, free parking and child care subsidies!  In addition, we offer rich professional development opportunities.  


We require full COVID vaccination or documentation of medical and/or religious exemption(s) approval for this job as we are a healthcare institution committed to putting health and safety first for our patients, students, employees, and the communities we serve.




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