What we do
Profiles of classified jobs
Classified employees perform a wide range of vital services in our public schools. These are just some of the jobs classified employees do.
Food Service Professionals (PDF 154KB)
Food service professionals make sure that everything the students eat meets nutritional guidelines and is savory and presentable. They are in charge of keeping the cafeteria, kitchen, cooking equipment and utensils clean and in orderly condition.
Maintenance and Operations
Custodial Professionals (PDF 201KB)
During their workday, custodians interact with teachers, administrators and parents. They are usually the first ones to arrive on campus to unlock gates, open restrooms, turn off alarms and to make sure the place is clean and poses no hazards to the students.
Groundskeeping Professionals (PDF 167KB)
Groundskeepers keep schools presentable and safe for the students. They take care of all the plant life on school grounds. Groundskeepers trim and water lawns and other plants, apply fertilizers and insecticides where needed, prune trees and shrubs, maintain athletic fields and pick up litter.
Locksmith Professionals (PDF 173KB)
A school locksmith's job is to ensure the safety of students and school equipment by keeping all of the doors and locks in a school working properly. They create master keys for the school district, help teachers get into the classroom when they get locked out and perform routine maintenance on all doors and locks.
Plumbing Specialists (PDF 149KB)
Plumbers take care of emergencies, perform required maintenance and do renovations on water and sometimes gas plumbing. Plumbers are an integral part of a school district’s maintenance team because they keep the water running so students and staff can use the drinking fountains, bathrooms and sinks. Plumbers also prevent dangerous gas or water leaks.
Office and Clerical
Administrative Professionals (PDF 129KB)
School office workers serve as liasons between parents, teachers and administrators. They're involved in the daily operations of the school, besides making sure the students are kept safe.
Financial Aid Professionals (PDF (117KB)
CSEA members who work in financial aid offices at California's community colleges help students afford a college education by determining who needs financial aid, how much they can get and where they can get it.
Fiscal Professionals (PDF 155KB)
Fiscal and budget professionals make sure the money goes where it is supposed to go. They keep track of funds, whether among departments, at the district level or from the school to the district budget office.
Paraprofessionals (PDF 145KB)
Paraeducators work directly with children. Some help the teacher in the classroom and work with the children who need one-on-one attention. Others assist in computer labs and some even reach out to families in their homes. They make sure students get help when they need it. They support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process.
Math Paraeducators (PDF 164KB)
These specialialized paraeducators think of different and creative ways to get students interested in the math equations being taught in class. They create sample questions, math games and word problems to help students grasp the subject and work with small groups of students and one-on-one.
Healthcare Professionals (PDF 164KB)
School health professionals are the first ones to respond when a child becomes sick or injured at school. With districts facing cutbacks and reducing the number of certified nurses, the responsibility of students' health at school has shifted to classified employees.
Sign Language Interpreters (PDF 264KB)
Sign language interpreters translate spoken language using American Sign Language or Signed English for students who are hearing impaired. They work with groups of students or a single student depending on need.
Community Liaisons (PDF 173KB)
A community liaison serves as a link between the school and the home. Students are referred to liaisons when obstacles such as financial hardship, health issues and social problems are keeping them from reaching their full potential in the classroom.
Computer/Information Technology Professionals (PDF 167KB)
Information technology specialists make it easy to store information and retrieve it on computers. Some maintain the Web site; others are troubleshooters who make sure the machines don't fail.
Dropout Prevention Specialists (PDF 162KB)
Dropout prevention specialists monitor truancies and look for students who drop out. They inform students and their parents about the legal consequences resulting from dropping out and they give students the opportunity to return to or refer them to health or social service providers.
Network Specialists (PDF 133KB)
In schools, computer network specialists are the ones to call for anything having to do with computers and technology, including installing new printers, updating software, running cables, setting up new e-mail accounts and managing domain servers.
Transportation Professionals (PDF 133KB)
Bus drivers are the people who make sure that students get to school and back home safely every day. They are the first school workers to greet students in the morning and the last to wave goodbye to them in the afternoon.
Auto Mechanics (PDF 623 KB)
Handling everything from routine maintenance to major overhauls, district mechanics ensure that maintenance equipment, school buses and other vehicles used for transporting students and staff operate smoothly and safely. The preventive maintenance they perform on a daily basis saves school districts money on costly repairs and equipment replacement.