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Date:  Sep 17, 2022


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Requisition No: 675142 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind

Working Title: INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT I - 48008712

Position Number: 48008712 

Salary:  $23,013.40 - $26,013.40 

Posting Closing Date: 10/07/2022 

Job Advertisement

Instructional Assistant I - Position Number 48008712

Department – Deaf Middle School

Position Type – Career Service


About Our Organization and Mission

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a state public school available at no cost to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind, including boarding and transportation services. FSDB is nationally recognized for its comprehensive educational services, designed for the unique communication and accessibility needs of students. FSDB also provides educational outreach programs for children ages 0-5 and their families.  The FSDB experience provides students with the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success.


The mission of FSDB is to utilize all available talent, energy, and resources to provide free appropriate public education for eligible sensory impaired students of Florida. As a school of academic excellence, the school shall strive to provide students an opportunity to access education services in caring, safe, unique learning environment to prepare them to be literate, employable, and independent lifelong learners. The school shall provide outreach services that include collaboration with district school boards and shall encourage input from students, staff, parents, and the community. As a diverse organization, the school shall foster respect and understanding for each individual. (Section 1002.36, Florida Statutes)


How You Will Grow 

FSDB provides staff members with opportunities to grow professionally, enhancing their ability to support students' growth. School- and state-required training and skills development is offered both online and in-person for academic and non-academic staff members.


Where You Will Work

The FSDB campus is situated in the Uptown area of historic St. Augustine, by the Intracoastal Waterway. St. Augustine, also known as the nation’s oldest city, has a rich heritage that makes the city and its surroundings a charming and distinctive place to live and to visit.


St. Augustine has its own unique character, with friendly local people at farmers markets, nearby beaches, entertainment venues, shopping areas, community events, restaurants, and more. The links below give insight into the city we love:

Florida’s Historic Coast

Visit Florida–St. Augustine

First Coast Relocation Guide

Historic Coast Culture

Florida, the Sunshine State, is known for warm climates, friendly residents, and exceptional outdoor and recreational opportunities.  It offers a great quality of life with a reasonable cost of living without a state income tax.  Florida continues to be a magnet for new residents each year.


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida

FSDB is a state of Florida agency and a major employer in St. Johns County. Working for the state of Florida is more than a paycheck. The state’s total compensation package for our SES and Career Service employees features a highly competitive set of benefits including:

Annual and sick leave

Paid Holidays

Personal holiday–one day per year

State group insurance–health, dental, vision, life, and supplemental coverage options

Retirement plan options–including employer contributions (for specifics, visit

Flexible spending accounts

Tuition waivers

And more!

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10 months: $23,013.40 - $26,013.40 annually (paid biweekly over 26-pays) This range is inclusive of verified experience and education. 



Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 3:30pm.


Your Specific Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position works as an Instructional Assistant in a state-mandated academic program. Assists classroom teacher with: classroom instruction, redirection of students who are off-task, behavior management, role playing, planning and preparation for field trips and special events, recordkeeping, attendance, and grading classwork. Develops learning materials for students (independently or as directed by the classroom teacher). Supervises students during school time, lunch time, recess time, and before and after school hours. Writes and submits student occurrence reports to the assistant principal on significant occurrences. Substitutes and maintains the instructional momentum of the program in the absence of the teacher.  Assists students in understanding and completing classroom assignments.  Provides remedial assistance to students having difficulty achieving objectives in their specific subject areas.  Accompanies students on scheduled appointments and medical trips.  Duties may include instructing and assisting students with activities of daily living which may include personal hygiene, toileting, and self-care tasks as assigned. Performs other tasks as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective communication; Ability to prepare and maintain records; Ability to implement and maintain individual programs for students; Ability to plan and prepare educational materials; Ability to instruct and/or assist students in social and daily living skills, such as personal hygiene, toileting, and self-care tasks, etc.; Ability to communicate in the appropriate modes for assigned students; Ability to document and follow through on behavior programs; Ability to assist in classroom with small group and individual activities; Ability to write reports and to pay attention to details; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to supervise and transport/escort students independently; Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired during CPI and CPR. Ability to attain sign language proficiency level in accordance with FSDB O.P.P.1.24.


Minimum Qualifications

Completion of 60 college semester hours from an accredited institution; or Associate of Arts Degree or higher; or high school diploma and a score of 464 or higher on the Para Pro Assessment.  **Proof of education will need to be provided at time of interview **


Sign Language Requirements

Applicants who are selected for hire will be required to attain an Advanced proficiency in sign language within one year of hire. 


Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.



Preferred Qualifications

Sign Language Skills


An attached resume is not a substitute for the information required on the application.  It is the responsibility of all applicants to keep their application current.


All members of the Florida Retirement System are required to contribute 3% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.




Applications accepted through People First only.


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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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