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Recruitment #17-000630-0001




Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

RICA - Baltimore

605 South Chapel Gate Lane

Baltimore, MD  21229 

Main Purpose of Job

The Instructional Assistant II works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide quality education to students with special educational needs. The position responsibilities are mainly to assist the lead teacher including planning, preparing and implementing curriculum, managing and supporting students using positive behavior interventions and taking data regarding behaviors and IEP goals.


Education:    Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience:  Two years of experience assisting a teacher in a classroom setting.


Applicants may substitute additional education at an accredited college or university for the required experience at the rate of 30 credit hours for each year of experience assisting a teacher.


Title I of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires that paraprofessionals working as instructional assistants meet one of the following criteria prior to an offer of employment:

1. Completion of two years of study at an institution of higher education.

2. Possession of an associate’s degree.

3. Demonstrate through a formal state or local assessment process, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics. Applicants not possessing the necessary post-secondary education may obtain additional information about the assessment process from the employing agency.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date.


Contractual employees who works for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If online process is not available, please send your paper application to: DHMH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. If you need to submit additional information, the preferred method is to upload. If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: (410) 767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact the DHMH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251 or via email at