Perkins School for the Blind
08/28/2023Return to view all job openings
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.
You will teach students in our Deafblind Program skills to meet their individual objectives and report progress on these objectives as prescribed by the program. You will assist in providing a safe and secure environment for students, on and off-campus, by applying good judgment and effective problem-solving skills. Consulting with other program staff and clinicians, you will prepare goals, objectives and specific lesson plans to meet the individual needs of each student.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:
- Oversee students at community job sites; provide training, implement modifications, conduct ongoing evaluation
- Plan and conduct vocational classes
- Meet weekly with students, both individually and in a group
- Develop and implement individual training plans for each student
- Evaluate student progress throughout the program
- Provide consultation to and in-service training for families, staff and community resources supporting the students
- Complete the paperwork in a timely manner associated with assessments and training completed
- Participate in student meetings
- Consult with all program staff as needed for reinforcement of skills taught
- Observe Perkins' Behavior Management Policy while working with students.
- Design and implement programs or protocols for staff to use consistently with students
- Provide support to students in the performance of self-care and independent living skills, according to their developmental level and physical ability and which respects the student’s right to privacy
- Physically assist student or students in one and two-person lifts and transfers as well any medical emergencies, such as seizures
- Provide for the safety of students in situations where they exhibit difficulty in controlling their behaviors as outlined in the behavior management plan
- Assist in providing consistent and positive learning experiences for students by promoting the development of independence, self-confidence, social skills, and positive behavior with students
- Provide appropriate social and behavior modeling and guidance for students
- Take initiative to plan activities that meet the developmental level of the student.
- Provide a positive role model for students
- Foster community integration through lessons
- Assist in the ongoing communication with families of students
- Provide in-service training for job site staff and serve as liaison to employers
- Commitment to pursue/complete Employment Specialist Certificate or similar training
Knowledge and Skills
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Ability to effectively communicate both orally and written
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Excellent organizational skills
- Current driver’s license and willingness to maintain Perkins vehicle clearances to competencies or wherever appropriate
Education and/or Experience
- Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation or related field
- Minimum of 1 - 2 years of experience working with students who have special needs and working with students in a vocational setting.
- Master’s preferred; Must be currently certified or willing to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
- Prior experience working with school age students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities or who are deafblind is preferred
- Experience and expertise in assistive/adaptive technology is preferred
- Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Licensed as Massachusetts Teacher in Special Education or able to obtain a waiver while working towards the teacher license.
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.