Catholic Charities West Michigan

Teacher Assistant (Paraprofessional), Transitional Foster Care

Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
Child Welfare
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

The Unaccompanied Children (UC) Transitional Foster Care (TFC) Teacher Assistant is primarily responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in the planning, organizing, and implementation of the instructional program in a preschool, elementary, or secondary learning environment. This position must function in a manner that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.


Spanish Speaking Bilingual ability required.

Hourly Wage: $16.00 Hourly


Are you passionate about discovering new ways to help empower people and make a difference in their lives?

If you’ve got what it takes to support us in our mission to provide help and create hope through innovative, collaborative, and diverse programs within the community, then we’ve got the right opportunity for you.


About Catholic Charities West Michigan

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is a community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan and offering a variety of services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach.

  • CCWM is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and a work environment whereby all staff are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
  • CCWM encourages persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths to apply for employment.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the planning, preparation, and delivery of lesson plans, tests and instructional materials that facilitate active learning in accordance with established procedures. 
  • Assists with the instruction and monitoring of students in the use of learning materials and equipment.
  • Effectively uses relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction.
  • Effectively manages student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures.
  • Maintains discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the program.
  • Provides student's the appropriate feedback on work.
  • Encourages and monitors the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of students' progress and development.
  • Updates all necessary records accurately and completely in alignment with Office of Refugee Reinstatement (ORR) requirements.
  • Participates in school activities, as well as staff and treatment team meetings.
  • Supervises children during field trips and in the classroom.
  • Communicates necessary information regularly to Case Manager, Therapist, foster parents, and the assigned supervisor regarding student progress, concerns, or needs.
  • Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Assists the teacher in the delivery of classroom activities.
  • Provides a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.
  • Assists or leads preschool classroom if necessary.
  • Serves as a backup to the teacher and providing instructions to students.
  • Assists the teacher with creating lesson plans and classroom curriculum.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to demonstrate working with students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Ability to build rapport with clients to help them adjust to new life circumstances.
  • Ability to demonstrate teaching students the English language and all other basic educational topics.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and creativity in a diverse work setting.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent attention to detail and high organization skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate high motivation and self-management.
  • Ability to provide excellent and compassionate customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgement, and a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions.

Recommended Employment Qualifications


  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.
  • A bachelor's degree in Education is strongly preferred.


  • A minimum of one year experience teaching English Language Learning (ELL)/English Secondary Language (ESL) is strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English fluency required.
  • A minimum of one year experience working with children and families from diverse cultures with sensitivity to cultural difference and norms required.


Benefits Offered:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Retirement plan
  • Referral program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Professional development assistance
  • Employee assistance program


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Valid CPR, First Aid, and AEC certified upon hire or within 60 days of hire.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.


Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.


Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life


CCWM is an equal opportunity employer, subject to all federal and state laws as applicable to a religious Agency.


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