Jan 13, 2024

Behavior Support Teaching Asst. / Para - Potential for growth- Tuition Reimbursement

  • TrulyHired
  • Watertown, MA, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

We are the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We believe every child can learn and learning is for life. We are committed to delivering best-in-class education to children, providing immersive training to professionals and creating a world of inclusion, accessibility and opportunity for people with multiple disabilities. At Perkins, we think courageously, we are collaborative and we take ownership. Join a community of growth where you will be supported and where your work makes a difference. Summary: The behavior support teaching assistant (TA) will work with students at Perkins School for the Blind who engage in challenging behavior. Your responsibilities will include supporting students in their classrooms across the day, implementing behavior support plans or behavior guidelines, and providing direct care. Additionally, there may be opportunities to assist other students in the same or different classrooms as needed Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following: KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH Maintains appropriate certifications and completes required training hours and mandated trainings, including on-the-job training. Participates in clinical meetings, staff meetings, and professional development days. Possesses skill and knowledge to perform all job requirements effectively, efficiently and safely. Remains positive and actively engaged with students across school hours. Can clearly and concisely define and present job responsibilities and program goals to others. Communicates effectively with peers and supervisors. Is receptive to positive and constructive feedback, and works to incorporate feedback into day-to-day performance. Actively acquires and applies current knowledge. Shows initiative in further developing position responsibilities and program goals to others. Works collaboratively with a team of support staff. Actively participates in program and campus wide projects and activities. Demonstrates an understanding of the general curriculum as well as the expanded core curriculum. Participates in company Safety-Care training for initial and re-certification. Is dedicated to their own professional and skill development. PROVIDES INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT PROGRAMS Assists in the development and implementation of IEP goals, objectives and strategies. Collects behavioral and IEP data across school hours. 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. Implements behavior analytic programming. Reports any clinical or other concerns to supervising BCBA. 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. PROVIDES AND MAINTAINS LEARNING ENVIRONMENT 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. Maintains a safe and supportive environment for students with complex disabilities. Provides high-quality direct care for students at Perkins School for the Blind. Provides crisis de-escalation when needed. Protects the confidentiality of students. Supervision Responsibilities: None Knowledge and Skills Think Courageously: Pave the way for change. Be creative, curious & resilient. Challenge yourself to try, fail and try again. Think big and embrace unconventional approaches. Take Ownership: Don't wait, initiate. Invest fully in your work. Own your choices. Deliver results. Have a bias for action and a dedication to quality. Be Collaborative: Create a diverse and inclusive community. Foster positive relationships. Communicate openly & respectfully. Build trust and operate with integrity. Be willing to disagree, commit and keep moving. Education and/or Experience High School diploma. Associate's or Bachelor's degree preferred with experience working with special needs children. First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Safety-Care required. Certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is preferred. Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Generally, the essential functions performed are typical in a school environment and involve work with special needs students requiring lifting or exertion of up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. Typically, essential functions routinely require stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling. Workers are required to ascend and descend stairs, walk, bend, reach, and handle objects, travel independently, and use hands to operate tools and equipment specific to the discipline, computer and keyboard. Work requires expression or exchange of ideas and the ability to receive detailed information. Work requires ability to compare, compile, analyze, and coordinate data and information; ability to instruct or train others; and ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills and behaviors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work Environment The work conditions here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job in a school classroom, residence or facility environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. We have benefits that put you first, including an employer contributing retirement plan, tuition reimbursement from day one, professional development for our employees, personal days, paid time off and paid sick leave. Our campus is quaint, charming and historical, a perfect mix of legacy and modern buildings. It is located in the heart of Watertown, adjacent to the Charles River and a 5 minute drive from food & entertainment at Arsenal Yards.

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