Ralph C. Mahar Regional SD

Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District

Orange, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3871503
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : May 4, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

POSITION:Special Education Paraprofessional

Assume responsibility for continued professional growth to fully support educational programming.
Support and act in accordance with all school district goals, objectives and policies, Massachusetts General Laws, and other federal and state laws.
Assume appropriate roles as adult model and educator.
Demonstrate knowledge of students’ needs, including but not limited to: educational, medical, physical, sensory, speech/language, social/emotional, recreational, vocational, etc., as established by a multidisciplinary team and implement as needed.
Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all matters pertaining to students and personnel.
Demonstrate effective organizational skills, time management, and flexibility in order to meet staff and students’ needs.
Function as program or classroom instructional assistant but may be assigned as a one on one (1:1) instructional assistant on occasion.
Attends work on a regular basis, arrives to school on time; prepared to assist in the classroom.
Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the program coordinator, and/or classroom teacher.

A para educator license or or completion of 60 semester hours of college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (evidence is an official transcript); or obtained an associate degree (or higher) at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (evidence is an official transcript); or a valid Massachusetts Educator License

Planning and Preparation
Check functioning, operate, and report concerns of specialized equipment as trained and directed
Assist in the preparation of instructional materials (Copy, order, arrange, or gather materials as directed) including visual aids and classroom displays.
Observe and record data related to student interactions, initiatives, and health needs.

Classroom Environment
Escort, supervise, and assist student(s) to various settings throughout the building including, but not limited to: cafeteria, recess, and general education/special classrooms including arrival and dismissal times.
Facilitate appropriate social interactions amongst students by prompting, modeling, and reinforcing appropriate social behaviors in small group or classroom settings.
Assist in the follow through of planned behavior plans/interventions and provide reinforcement
Implement special systems/programs following training to assist students with specific diagnoses.

Assist Integrated Learning Center teacher and other educators with maintaining inclusive, learner-centered environments.
Ensure accommodations are provided to and for students
Assist student with relevant curriculum skills in school or community settings.
Help students implement and self-manage organization skills.
Help facilitate inclusion of students into general education settings.
Assist and monitor students in using assistive technology devices

Professional Responsibilities
Establish a positive rapport with staff, students, and families
Consult or meet with teachers or other professionals utilizing appropriate channels by engaging in positive solution finding steps to resolve areas of concern and request direction, instruction, or guidance for new or unfamiliar tasks.
Provide and communicate information in a timely manner about students or equipment to educators and administration.
Refers questions from families to appropriate teaching or administrative personnel
Model appropriate hygiene, appearance, interaction, and actions
Provide accurate information about students to team members, discuss confidential school issues only with appropriate personnel.
Be flexible, willing to listen, experiment, and make changes when needed

Participates in training for the purpose of providing or receiving information and updating skills.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit
Other duties as assigned

Responsibilities include: working under direct supervision using standardized procedures; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; utilization of some resources from other work units is often required to perform the jobs functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.

Ability to demonstrate regular attendance and punctuality
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and must be able to withhold confidential information
Ability to work well with all levels of internal management, staff, and students as well as parents/guardians
Ability to respond to changing situations in the workplace and exhibit flexibility
Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently under varying deadlines and adapt to changing work priorities
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and with frequent interruptions
Ability to set work priorities, take initiative, and work efficiently under minimum supervision
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing and the use of proper grammar and punctuation to write routine reports and correspondence
Ability to operate standard office equipment including using pertinent job related software applications and preparing and maintaining accurate records
Ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative in dealing with students, faculty, and parents/guardians
Ability to communicate with diverse groups
Ability to operate standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications and preparing and maintaining accurate records


The usual and customary methods of performing the job functions require the following physical demands: Significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 60% sitting, 15% walking, and 25% standing. The job is performed under conditions with exposure to risk of injury and/or illness and in a clean atmosphere. This positIon requires the ability to lift 50 lbs. Constant hearing, hand-eye coordination/mind-eye coordination; intermittent keyboarding and telephoning. Frequent repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers.

There will be an annual performance evaluation for this position

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Computer proficiency in spreadsheets, databases and word processing. Demonstrated ability to work well with others. Demonstrated organizational skills.

Per RCM ESP contract.

The Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District offers a wide array of benefits available to full-time employees which include 75% Employer paid health insurance. We also offer dental insurance, life insurance, flexible spending plans (Health Care and Dependent Care), eye insurance, retirement plans and supplemental insurances for additional life insurance, short and long-term disability, cancer and accidental policies, etc. We offer sick/personal days and vacation days for those that are year round (as per contracts).
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Instructional Support > Individual Aide
    Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Location Description

    Serving the towns of Orange, Petersham, Wendell, and New Salem, Massachusetts. Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School has been ranked as one of America's Best High School, according to the U.S. News & World Report. According to the data released by the Massachusetts Board of Education in regard to student dropout, Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School?s student dropout rate has decreased to 0.6% which is a historical improvement from 7.1% since 2002.

    With an excellent administrative team, school committee, faculty, parents, and students and with their willingness to adhere to our strategic plan, we have both the inspiration and the opportunity to renew our commitment to the education of our children. Together, we will continue building a better Mahar. Our strategic goals continue to engage all students in challenging programs that will meet their individual needs, create and sustain an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation within the entire school community, develop and nurture dynamic partnerships with the greater community, and to build organizational structures which support effective teaching and learning at all developmental levels while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Learn more about us...

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    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District 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

    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

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    Contact Information

    • David Messing
    • 507 South Main Street
    • Orange, Massachusetts 01364

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