Direct Care Paraprofessional

Perkins School for the Blind - Watertown, MA (30+ days ago)

Program: Secondary

Schedule: 40 hours/week, mix of 1st and 2nd shift (7am-3pm/2-10pm, flexibility to work on weekends preferred)

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 Direct Care Paraprofessional assists 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develops performance measures and informs students of the criteria for success and valuates student performance, keeps records, and reports progress in learning.
  • 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 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.
  • Assists students in helping them to control their behaviors.
  • 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.
  • Respects the confidentiality and human rights of students and staff.
  • Produces clear, well-written reports in proper formats and submits reports/IEPs on time.
  • 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.

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

For a more detailed description of the position and to apply, please visit our website and 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.


Job Type: Full-time


  • child care: 1 year


  • High school or equivalent