Para is a prefix that comes from the Greek meaning “side by side or beside”. Paraeducators play a fundamental role in supporting teachers in the classroom.

Paraeducators include family liaisons, noon monitors, security aides, teachers’ assistants, to name a few. The positions could range from working in the classroom to monitoring the students during their lunch to supporting the students and families when conflicts arise.

Our SFUSD Core Values resonate deeply with our paras. They remain student-centered, staying focused on our students and their goals. Paraeducators are fearless because they are always willing to take on anything to best support the students. Paraeducators unite the classroom by serving as liaisons between the teachers, students and their families. They advocate for their students. And most of our paraeducators come from the same communities our students call home - bringing the knowledge and willingness to best reflect and support our diverse student population.



SFUSD's Office of Professional Growth and Development (PGD) supports high quality, student-outcomes-based, and equity-focused learning for teachers, paraeducators, site leaders and central office leaders. Some opportunities include:




SFUSD offers competitive salaries determined by experience, bi-lingual skills, and service to those with special needs.  Here is the current salary payscale for all paraeducator positions.  


  • SFUSD offers highly competitive benefits, including:​
  • Fully subsidized health benefits for individual coverage; Free vision and dental benefits
  • Pre-tax Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Pre-tax commuter transit program
  • And much more!

For more information about our comprehensive benefits package, take a look at our Summary of Benefits.



The following are minimum requirements for eligibility: 

K-12 Instructional Aide or Substitute:

  • High school diploma or equivalent AND passed District Instructional Aide Exam; OR
  • High school diploma or equivalent AND passed CBEST; OR
  • High school diploma or equivalent AND 48 college units (official transcripts required); OR
  • Associate's degree or higher

Child Development Program Instructional Aide or Substitute: 

  • ​High school diploma or equivalent AND completion of 6 semester units of Early Childhood Education 

Security Aide:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Noon Monitor: 

  • At least 18 years old



We are thrilled you're interested in joining SFUSD! If you are interested in a paraeducator role (instructional aide, instructional aide substitute, community relations specialist, security patrol, noon monitor, etc), please apply below. To complete this application, you will need a resume. 

You may save your application and log out at any time, then return later to complete it. After you have applied to each position of interest, the site administrators of each school will review and determine your eligibility, offering an interview only if interested in learning more about your potential fit for their needs. Job postings are updated daily, so we recommend checking frequently for new positions.​

If you have questions about your application or about the process more broadly, please submit a ticket through and select 'I have a question related to my current/future position' and 'My question is related to Classified Staff (PAR, Sub PAR) position.

Paraeducator - Frequently Asked Questions 

Paraeducator frequently asked questions are available here.