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Residential Teaching Assistant
Perkins School for the Blind | Watertown, Massachusetts
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Job Description

Teaching Assistant

Schedule: Full-time & Part-time second shifts (2-10pm), must be able to work Sundays

Free Campus Housing! (On campus living is not required)

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.


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.


  • 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
  • Assists students in helping them to control their behaviors.
  • 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.
  • Provides the appropriate level of physical assistance to students and assists student participation in all activities
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the general curriculum as well as the expanded core curriculum.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals, objectives and strategies.
  • Develops and prioritizes measurable objectives for students, both short and long term.
  • 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.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.

 Minimum Requirement:

  • High School diploma
  • Willingness to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) certifications; Sign Language (dependent on program needs)

Preference may be given to candidates with: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree with experience working with special needs children; valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles


Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package, which includes, recess time, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training. Dependent upon availability, housing may also be offered to staff.


How to apply: To apply for a position at Perkins School for the Blind, please visit our website: http://www.perkins.org/get-involved/careers/ and submit a resume and cover letter with your application.


Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.


Perkins is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age. A

compendium of those regulations can be found at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=503a5e825dae16425ec0bfd2ca33cbd0&mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title34/34cfrv1_02.tpl#100.

The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination:

Name and Title: Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources

Address: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Telephone Number: (617) 972-7671

E-mail Address: Michele.crews@perkins.org

Inquiries concerning the application of each of the federal statutes and their implementing regulations to Perkins may be referred to Ms. Crews or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921.



About Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. Our five areas of focus support Perkins’ aspirational mission. Our organization is driven by a proven team of experts and supported by a community that's committed to upholding our core values. Our history of excellence pushes us to actively seek the next innovation the world holds. We are Perkins – ever evolving to meet the challenge.

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