Bilingual Assistant

Cold Spring School

TITLE: Bilingual Assistant


Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is a student-focused, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence. Our mission is to empower and educate all students to think critically, creatively, and responsibly, to embrace diversity, and to pursue their dreams with a purpose. We are a family of excellent public schools in which every student has the opportunity to succeed and the power to create their own future.

Led by forward-thinking leadership and our commitment to prioritizing students, racial equity, and authentic engagement with our families, team members, and communities, our staff have diverse opportunities to develop their careers in a challenging but rewarding environment. We are an organization for people who are passionate about education and who are committed to the Indianapolis community.


The bilingual assistant assists English Learners in his/her assigned building with understanding academic concepts and content. The bilingual assistant also communicates with parents and staff, assists in enrollment, provides written translations and oral interpretation when required.


The following outlines what your core duties and responsibilities will be for this position and provides a sample overview of what your day-to-day may look like.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide assistance to English learners who are experiencing difficulty understanding academic content.
  • Serve as a link between the school and families.
  • Interpret for any school function or meeting that requires this service.
  • Assist in the enrollment process.
  • Provide written translation of notes to parents, important information that is shared with all families.
  • Work towards building a positive self-image in English learners.
  • Help students view their culture and themselves with pride.
  • Help the school staff to be aware of and sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Work with administration, teachers, and staff to help English learners reach academic goals.
  • Be present at work.

“Day In the Life” Overview

On a regular day, as the Bilingual Assistant, you might:

  • Push into a math class and assist a small group of students working on a practice assignment
  • Translate parent phone calls
  • Meet with the ENL teacher to discuss scaffolds needed for particular students


As an ideal candidate for this role, you will be able to achieve the following:

  • Exceptional fluency and literacy in English.
  • Demonstrated fluency and literacy in an additional language.
  • Understand basic mathematical concepts and be able to explain them to students in the students’ first language. Knowledge of more advanced mathematics such as algebra and geometry is necessary to work in secondary schools.
  • Be able to carry out instructions that are written, spoken or appear in diagram form.
  • Create a warm and welcoming environment for English learners and their families.
  • Collaborate and take direction from ENL and classroom teachers.


  • Sixty semester hours; or an Associate’s Degree; or successfully pass the Para Professional Assessment Exam
  • Must work under the supervision of a licensed teacher




Not Eligible


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Indianapolis Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, will not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, homelessness or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations, or ordinances. Indianapolis Public Schools does not tolerate any form of retaliation or bias-based intimidation, threat, or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the above representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This job description is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive list of all essential functions and duties performed by the occupant of this position. Factors such as regular and punctual attendance are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function.

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Job Type
Grade Level
Elementary (K-6), Middle School (6-8)
Grade Categories
Classroom Teacher, Instructional Support
Job Subjects
English Language Learning, Instructional Assistant/Para-Professional