• Posted Date: Jun 8, 2020 Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
  • Mafalda DiMango Complex for the Arts

Job Details

School Name: M.S. 936

District: 20

School Site: Mafalda DiMango Complex for the Arts, 278 59th Street, Brooklyn New York 11220

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Subject to sufficient budget, positions in the school may include, but are not limited to, the following titles: Paraprofessional


Mission - Social and Emotional

At M.S. 936 we believe that the Arts are the foundation to teaching the whole child. We embrace a culturally diverse learning community and promote strong teacher-student relationships. We commit to strong family ties to support both our students and the community we serve.

Mission - Instructional

To create a rigorous learning environment that engages students. To develop strong curricula aligned with the key shifts of Advanced Literacy. And to give our students the skills they will need to be critical thinkers as well as creative contributors in the 21st Century.

Our School Vision

At M.S 936 we will prepare our students with the tools they need to be creative, productive citizens that understand their worth as unique critical thinkers in our ever changing society. The arts allow students the opportunity to become collaborators who possess strong interpersonal skills and celebrate diversity and expression. We will provide students with a strong foundation that is unique unto itself due to its emphasis on teaching the whole child through music, dance, visual arts, and theater. Our students will be able to face the rigorous demands of college readiness with a specific skill set only obtained through a quality education and full immersion in the arts at a developmentally integral age.

Because we believe that all staff members play an important role in the education of our students, the school will offer a 2 – day summer planning institute for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program. In addition, the school offers opportunities for paraprofessionals to participate in activities like:

  • After school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Daytime professional development with teachers and collaborative conversation among all staff members

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.


UFT Paraprofessionals hired after 2004 must have a Level 1 NYSED Teaching Assistant Certificate. UFT Paraprofessionals hired before 2004 currently on DOE payroll are eligible for this position.


Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Working within a school schedule and organization structure that meets the needs of English Language learners and students with disabilities.
  • Working with teachers to ensure a student centered environment.
  • Supporting students in the classroom and understanding how to read and implement and IEP.
  • Contributing to student observation and documentation files
  • Collaborating with individual teachers and teacher teams to provide targeted, small group and one-on-one instructional support to students
  • Working with teachers to implement an integrated curriculum and student-centered environment
  • Collaborating with teachers to create a learning environment where students’ emotional and social needs are met through conflict resolution, peer mediation, collaborative learning, team building activities, etc.
  • Seeking professional growth experiences, and contributing to the professional growth of colleagues


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing reading, writing, mathematics and science strategies in student’s daily lessons
  • Ability to assist teachers in implementing study skills and organizational strategies in student’s daily lessons
  • Ability to work with classroom teachers to implement collaborative learning activities
  • Strong student management skills
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate orally and in writing with colleagues, and students,
  • Ability to work in teams and collaborate and support school wide initiatives to support student engagement and learning.
  • Commitment to continuous professional growth (i.e. professional development, formal education, outside reading)
  • Experience or willingness to learn how to support the use of technology in the classroom to improve student learning
  • Ability to assist teachers in all independent, partner, group and whole class projects, work and activities
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality, organization and management skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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