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Teaching Assistant

Perkins School for the Blind
United States, Massachusetts, Watertown
April 26, 2022

Teaching Assistant

Department: Education Programs

Schedule: Full-time & Part-time (First and second shifts available based on program needs)

Free Campus Housing Available!

Our Perkins Story

If you're looking for a chance to change the world for children and young adults with multiple disabilities and visual impairments, Perkins School for the Blind has opportunities for you.

We're looking for energetic and talented individuals committed to helping people reach their full potential. Our work begins with students on our campus in Watertown, Massachusetts, but spans the globe with partnerships that help the world's most vulnerable children.

As an organization, we encourage our employees to:

  • 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.

Across all departments, these actions are fundamental in helping Perkins achieve its mission of building a world where people with complex disabilities and visual impairments can learn and thrive. If these sound like you, we encourage you to consider a career at Perkins.

About this Role

The Teaching Assistant works with multiply impaired, deaf and deafblind students 5-22 years of age. Responsibilities include providing direct care, independent living skills training and classroom assistance, assisting with lifting and transferring, implementing behavioral interventions and communication skills.

We'd love to talk with you if you have many of the following:

  • You promote student independence, self-confidence and development of social, organizational, and other critical skills to the maximum extent possible.

  • You take initiative to plan activities that meet the development level of the student
  • You assist students in helping them to control their behaviors.
  • You provide and monitor direct care tailored to the student's individual performance levels and needs of students in a manner that respects student rights to privacy and dignity.
  • You give the appropriate level of physical assistance to students and assist student participation in all activities

  • You demonstrate an understanding of the general curriculum as well as the expanded core curriculum.

  • You assist in the development and implementation of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals, objectives and strategies.

  • You develop and prioritize measurable objectives for students, both short and long term

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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


  • Tuition Reimbursement from Day One
  • Employer Contributing Retirement Plan
  • 5 Minute Drive from Food & Entertainment at Arsenal Yards

  • Cafeteria On-Site Several Days per Week

  • Free Parking for Employees

We provide a complete benefits package that 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.Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.