School-Based Support

Apply for a School-Based Support Position 

Serving a population as richly diverse as ours, creativity, innovation, and an intrinsic desire to improve the academic outcomes for all students are at the heart of our approach to education. Our student body comes from a vast range of cultural, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds. We believe it’s precisely this variety of potential experiences, though, that sets The School District of Philadelphia apart.

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Eligibility

Apply to one of the following candidate pools:

  • Student Support (Bus Attendant, Special Education Assistant, Supportive Service Assistant, Student Climate Staff)
  • Operational Support (Food Service Assistant, General Cleaner)

Come learn about our hiring process and meet with our recruiters! Based on our conversations with you during the information session stage, we will move you through the eligibility track for the ONE position that is the best fit for you!

Some of our positions require one or more exams in order to qualify. Please click here for more information on the testing process.

If you meet all of the requirements for a position, you will be added to the eligibility list and ranked based on your exam scores. You will be contacted for employment when your name is reached on the eligibility list.

*Please note, The School District of Philadelphia is committed to selecting the most committed, character-driven candidates for our school-based support roles. Attending an in-person or virtual information session is a crucial step in our consideration of your candidacy. If you do not take advantage of one of our opportunities to connect with us, we will not move forward with your application. Our priority candidates will be those who meet with us in person or via a virtual information session at any point while completing the application.

Processing Steps

*This process applies only to candidates who will be moving into a school-based support position with an annual salary of $40,000 or less.

  • Meet with our Records Team and apply for the necessary clearances
  • Please be sure to bring with you the certificates of completion for the following trainings: Act 126 Mandated Reporter (all positions) and Act 71 Suicide Prevention (Special Education Assistant only
  • Complete your physical and TB test with our on-site physician and nurses
  • NOTE: If you are a Special Education Assistant candidate, you will need to either provide proof of Child and Adult CPR/First Aid certification, or attend an in-house certification training. This will constitute an additional appointment.
  • Submit the rest of your paperwork, learn about your benefits, and select a school placement
  • For a list of everything that is required, visit our Required Hiring Documents page
  • The assignment slip you receive during your 3rd appointment will contain information about your start date

Explore More

Click below to learn more about each of our entry-level talent pool roles, as well as related webpages and unions affiliated with these positions.

Job Title
(Click the title below for a full job description)
Accepting Applications?
Basic Responsibilities Part-Time / Full-Time  Starting Pay 
Bus Attendant  Yes
  • Monitors the activities of special education students while on buses en route to and from school
  • May assist the teacher in a variety of classroom activities such as distributing and collecting classroom materials, aiding students with personal habits and self care skills; reinforcing classroom routines and activities and performing related duties as required
 Part-Time  $10,965 annually
 Student Climate Staff  Yes
  • Assists security and instructional personnel in monitoring and directing students’ activities
  • Helps to maintain order in the dining areas during lunch periods and the school play areas during recess
  • Assists with monitoring climate in the hallways in between and during classes
 Part-Time  $11.61
hourly
 Supportive Service Assistant  Yes
  • Assists teachers in the preparation of and during instructional activities, and addresses the tutorial needs of students as identified.
  • Provides instructional assistance in the classrooms in major subject areas which include reading and mathematics and/or facilitative services to non-instructional staff in support of the program’s overall objectives.
 Part-Time  $13.44 hourly
Special Education Assistant  Yes
  • Assists special education classroom teacher or a student assigned to programs for students with disabilities, including: autism, severe mental retardation, multiple handicaps and/or physical handicaps.
  • Assists students in using instructional materials and equipment.
  • Provides verbal and/or written feedback of observations to the teacher for the purpose of evaluating students’ progress and/or implementing IEP goals and objectives.
  • Works with students individually and in groups to reinforce instructional objectives and implement IEP goals and objectives.
  • Records and reports appropriate data regarding academic, behavioral, and/or health information and services provided to the student using the appropriate service log.
  • Assists students with all aspects of toileting, which may include lifting on and off the toilet, diapering and the use of changing tables and mats.
  • Assists with student’s tube feeding needs when required as instructed by the teacher and/or school nurse.
  • Administers First Aid and/or CPR whenever needed and/or required.
  • Serves as a source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regularly-assigned teacher.
 Full-Time  $19,344 annually
Job Title
(Click the title below for a full job description)
Accepting Applications?
Basic Responsibilities Part-Time / Full-Time  Regular & Probationary Pay Rates
General Cleaner No
  • Performs general housekeeping tasks in the cleaning and maintaining of offices, classrooms, cafeterias, auditoriums, shops, multipurpose rooms, lavatories and laboratories, as well as the schoolyard and walkways
  • Reports all health/life and safety related maintenance concerns, including leaking and non-operating fixtures to their immediate supervisor
Full-Time $20,423 annually
Substitute Services – Supplemental General Cleaner Yes
  • Performs a variety of custodial tasks in an effort to maintain cleanliness of the facility where assigned. Cleans School District buildings and grounds which may require the use of power equipment
Part-Time hourly
Food Services Assistant No
  • Prepares, assembles, and portions food for children and adults in cafeteria
  • Counts the number of items prepared and sold; enters figures in a log; operates a compliant POS Computer System and Terminal
  • Washes pots, pans, trays and other utensils; cleans preparation and/or service areas
Part-Time $12.48/$11.61 hourly
Food Service Utility Worker No
  • Performs routine heavy manual labor which involves lifting and carrying heavy crates, collecting and removing trash, assisting on a service line, and heavy cleaning tasks
  • Receives deliveries of food and supplies; participates in food and supplies inventory
  • Operates complaint Point of Service and Point of Service computer terminal and/or roster
Part-Time  $14.58/$13.56 hourly
Food Service Worker II Yes
  • Prepares, assembles, and portions food for children and adults in cafeteria
  • Counts the number of items prepared and sold; enters figures in a log; operates a compliant POS Computer System and Terminal
  • Washes pots, pans, trays and other utensils; cleans preparation and/or service areas
Part-Time $13.10/$12.18 hourly
Lead Food Service Worker Yes
  • Orders, receives, stores, reconstitutes and distributes pre-packaged, prepared lunches at a school location, and may supervise a small crew of Food Service Aides engaged in the unpacking, heating and serving of these meals
  • Reviews student applications for meal categories; accounts for lunch tickets purchased and used; accounts of the number of meals served and the monies collected, and prepares a weekly operations report
Part-Time $13.53/$12.58 hourly
Food Service Worker III Yes
  • Supervises a crew of food services workers; determines work assignments, work methods and production goals; reviews work in progress
  • Prepares and cooks the daily breakfast, lunch and after school meals following prescribed menus and standardized recipes
  • Orders food, produce and supplies using automated ordering system; records market quotations and other ordering information as required; receives deliveries and checks the accuracy of delivery slips; maintains records of deliveries and prepares a weekly invoice record of orders received; takes a monthly inventory of food and supplies on hand and maintains a perpetual inventory system
Part-Time $15.43/$14.35 hourly
Job Title
(Click the title below for a full job description)
Accepting Applications?
Part-Time / Full-Time  Starting Pay  (Probationary and Regular)
Automatic Plant Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Bricklayer/Cement Finisher Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Electrical Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Field & Grounds Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $32,386 (probationary)  $32,386 – $39,894 (regular)
Fire Alarm Maintenance Technician ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $51,085  (probationary)  $57,762 (regular)
General Construction Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $42,548
H.V.A.C. Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Ironworker Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Mechanical Mechanic ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Mechanical Mechanic ‘B’ (Machinist) Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Mechanical Mechanic ‘B’ (Steamfitting) Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Painter/Glazier/Plasterer ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Pest Control Technician ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $33,010 (probationary) $33,010 – $40,622 (regular)
Plumber ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)
Roofer ‘B’ Yes Full-Time $37,586 (probationary)  $37,586 – $44,408 (regular)