Perkins School for the Blind

Watertown, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3077396
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 4, 2019
  • Starting Date: June 24, 2019

Job Description


Under the general supervision of the Education Director, the Teaching Assistant assist in teaching skills to meet designated objectives within the Individual Education Plan (I.E.P) and report progress on these objectives in oral and/or written formats as prescribed by the program. They will also attend to the direct care, medical and behavioral needs of students in the residence and participate in staff development and trainings.


Maintains appropriate certifications and completes required training hours and mandated trainings, including on-the-job training.
Possesses skill and knowledge to perform all job requirements effectively, efficiently and safely while actively acquiring and applying current knowledge.
Actively participates in program and campus wide projects and activities.
Demonstrates an understanding of the general curriculum as well as the expanded core curriculum.
Assists in the development and implementation of IEP goals, objectives and strategies.
Develops and prioritizes measurable objectives for students, both short and long term.
Promotes student independence, self-confidence, and development of social, organizational, and other critical skills to the maximum extent possible.
Takes initiative to plan activities that meet the development level of the student.
Develops performance measures and informs students of the criteria for success.
Evaluates student performance, keeps records, and reports progress in learning.
Assists in providing a language and communication model based on the individual needs of the student.
Establishes and maintains structure, rules and procedures and standards of behavior.
Establishes and adapts the environment that is conducive to learning
Establishes good rapport and maintains respectful relationships with students and is a positive role model for students and staff.
Adapts lessons for individuals with diverse needs and various backgrounds.
Engages students by using a variety of approaches and motivating strategies to convey knowledge and develop skills and fosters community integration through the development and implementation of appropriate off-campus activities.
Provides positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to students.
Assists in setting up appropriate visual, auditory and physical environment for student.
Assists in creating a positive learning and home-like living environment that is safe, secure and clean.
Assists in the implementation of a safe, secure environment and effectively handles emergencies.
Ensures that student’s medical and behavioral needs are met by altering teaching strategies and following protocols.
Responds to student medical emergencies.
Assists with student medical and other appointments.
Complies with the OSHA and the Perkins’ Hazard Communication Program safety standards and immediately reports any hazard to supervisor.
Reports staff and student injuries and student incidents per policy and procedures.
Provides and monitors direct care tailored to the student’s individual performance levels and needs of students in a manner which respects student rights to privacy and dignity.
Assists students in helping them to control their behaviors.
Provides the appropriate level of physical assistance to students.
Actively assists student participation in all activities.
Shows respect for students, colleagues, administrators, family members, and others by creating and maintaining positive, inclusive interpersonal relationships.
Effectively communicates and collaborates with staff at all levels and in all departments, family members, outside agency staff, contractors, etc.
Maintains an appropriate professional appearance and demeanor.
Respects the confidentiality and human rights of students and staff.
Makes effective use of time, completes work on schedule and meets deadlines.
Accepts responsibility for all aspects of the job.
Produces clear, well-written reports in proper formats and submits reports/IEPs on time.
Demonstrates flexibility adjusting to changes in daily routines, needs, and administrative directives, policies and procedures.
Follows and complies with school rules, policies, and procedures including those that are financially related.
Follows and assists with the implementation of all regulations required by licensing agencies.
  • Position Type: Summer
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Adaptive Physical Education
    Special Education > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Autism
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Hard of Hearing
    Special Education > Learning Disabled
    Special Education > Life Skills
    Special Education > Mentally Disabled
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Welcome to Perkins School for the Blind!

    About Us

    Perkins School for the Blind is an innovative leader in serving people with visual impairments. Strong leadership from both staff and the Board of Trustees has created a legacy of education and discovery. We are always questioning how to best serve our students in the classroom, in the community and around the world. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Perkins School for the Blind is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Minimum Requirements:

      High school diploma
      Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications
      Preference may be given to candidates with:

      Bachelor’s degree
      Previous experience working with special needs children
      Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars
    • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • High School/Trade School degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Daniel O'Connell , HR Specialist
    • 175 North Beacon Street
    • Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

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