JobID 3720 : Temporary Teaching Assistant - Therapeutic Program (#1947518)

Job | Posted 4 months ago
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  Description:  The Pollard Middle School is looking for a Teaching Assistant to support our Transitions Program, a therapeutic program which offers a continuum of supports and services for students who, because of their emotional disability, can experience significant disabilities in the general education classroom and school environment. Students may experience a wide range of mental health issues and ineffective school functioning. The goal of the Transitions program is to provide students with the social, emotional and academic supports and services that they need in order to gain skills and strategies that will allow them to learn and be successful in the least restrictive school environment. The Transitions Program takes a team approach in supporting the emotional and educational needs of the students. 

Job Summary: Teaching Assistant works in a separate setting to support students with emotional and behavioral needs. Teaching Assistants are trained and supported by the Special Education Liaison, School Adjustment Counselor, Special Education Coordinator, and the classroom teacher. Teaching Assistants to provide academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional support for students during the day in separate classroom and general education setting. 

Job Requirements:
-A highly motivated, self-starter who can work both independently and collaboratively
-Ability to be flexible in order to follow the routines of multiple classroom schedules
-Patience and the ability to make quick decisions when dealing with dysregulated students 
-Experience working on a team, well-established communication and interpersonal skills, strong written communication skills 
-Good communication skills  
-Experience in developing and implementing behavior plans and collecting behavior data 

Application Procedure:
Please apply online: 

Applications will be considered only when a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation and transcripts have been attached to your online application.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Unit C contract outlining wages and working conditions on our website 

The Needham Public Schools does not discriminate against students, parents, employees or the general public on the basis of race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age. In addition to the protected classes identified and in regard to employment practices, the Needham Public Schools also does not discriminate based on genetic information, ancestry or status as a veteran.

The Needham Public School System is a member of METCO, Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS) and the Greater Boston School Human Resources Network.  Candidates who have a strong commitment to active anti-racism are encouraged to apply. 

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Needham Public Schools

1330 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$17,516 (USD)

State Average: $17,439 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 9%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 13.39

% IEP Students


State Average: 17%



State Average: 296