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Behavior and Educational Support Specialist (Paraeducator)

Puget Sound Educational Service District seeks a skilled Behavior & Education Support Specialist (Paraeducator) to provide educational and behavioral support for severely behaviorally challenged youth attending the ReLife School in Puyallup, Washington. ReLife School offers a full continuum of multidisciplinary services based on student strengths and needs to King and Pierce County districts and Bainbridge Island. Instruction is delivered to students in grades 2 through 12 in a site-based model focused on academics with a strong social emotional component incorporated. The program encourages active parent and community involvement to serve the whole child. The mission of ReLife is “Meeting academic and behavioral needs, one student at a time."

PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. Serving over 39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students, our agency provides critical services designed to ensure that our students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in postsecondary endeavors. We are committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization driven by equity in education. To learn more about PSESD, visit

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma, GED, or its equivalent and a qualifying score of 461 on the Education Testing Service ParaPro Assessment; or
    • an Associate Degree or higher from an accredited college or university; or
    • seventy-two (72) or forty-eight (48) semester credits at the one hundred level or higher at an accredited college or university; or
    • completed an apprenticeship as a paraeducator in a program registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council
  • Experience working with youth in a mental health private, university, and/or special education setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience providing support to emotionally/behaviorally challenged students in a self-contained classroom (direct experience) and/or in in a resource room (indirect experience)
  • Experience with de-escalation techniques
  • Experience supporting teacher in delivering lessons, or in planning and delivering content-specific instruction

Please note, applicants should describe their experience meeting minimum qualifications (and preferred qualifications if applicable) in cover letter and resume as part of the application and salary placement process. Unofficial transcripts may be required as part of a complete application.

Location: ReLife School, Puyallup Washington
Job Type: School Schedule (8hrs/day, 208 days/year)
Hiring Salary Range: $25.53 – $33.50 Hourly (Salary Band C)
Full Salary Range: $25.53 – $36.98 Hourly (Salary Band C)
Department: Learning, Teaching, and Family Support 

We attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. Salary offers consider candidate qualifications, experience and internal equity. 


We offer comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • 12 sick days, pro-rated
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement System
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • Subsidized ORCA card
  • Free parking
  • Electric Car Charging Stations (Renton office)

Open until filled.

Jobs are listed here for information only. To apply for a specific open position, you must be a registered applicant in the Fast Track Application System and apply specifically for each position for which you wish to be considered.

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PSESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and encourages all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications to apply.
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