POSITION: Teacher's Aide/Wake Up Staff


Teacher's Aide Jobs


At least one year experience working with people with developmental disabilities or with people who have physical disabilities or medical conditions; valid driver's license from Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New York and ability to drive program vans; minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, push and/or pull more than 50 pounds, bend, stand for long periods of time.


During the operating hours of The Learning Center, the person acts as a teacher's aide and will assist the teachers and the Director of Day Services in all aspects of the students' programs. Following the directions of his/her supervisor, person will be responsible for the students' personal care, implementation of the students' Individual Education Plan through active treatment, and behavior management as directed. The person will work Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM regardless of holidays or weather conditions. At the beginning and end of each day, whenever the Learning Center is closed or in the case of illness requiring students to stay home, person will act as residential personnel.

Performs duties of teacher's aide in the School Program as an assistant to the teachers when The Learning Center is open.

Overview of Performance of Teacher's Aide:

  • Follow the direction of the teachers in carrying out individual and small group activities in the assigned classrooms.
  • Know the purpose of activities he/she is performing with the students based on the objectives in each student's IEP (Individualized Education Program).
  • Help prepare instructional materials as directed and maintain the upkeep of these materials.
  • Assist the teachers in any tasks that she/he deems necessary and appropriate.
  • Communicate clearly with the teachers any observations or suggestions which would enhance a student's program.
  • Know how to use specialized equipment in the classroom such as but not limited to: communication devices and adaptive switches.
  • Accurately complete data collection sheets based on IEP
  • Accurately complete other documentation when necessary including daily logs, communication books, seizure logs, behavioral data, and incident reports.
  • Create relationships with students, student family/guardian, other service providers and co-workers that foster good boundaries, trust and collaboration.
  • Maintain cleanliness of The Learning Center (bathrooms, hallways and classrooms).
  • Supervise students and assure their safety at all times.

Performs residential duties (7 - 8:30 and 2:30 - 3) as assigned on days when the students are attending The Learning Center.

Report for duty 6:55 AM. Read individual log books and black communication book prior to starting the day.
Assist individuals in arising, getting dressed and having breakfast. Use appropriate eating protocols, dressing programs, and behavior management programs.

  • Clothes should be clean, free of rips, fit properly and be weather appropriate.
  • Assist individuals in making routine choices (what to wear, what to eat, etc) unless contraindicated.
  • Assist individuals with hygiene (brushing hair & teeth, washing hands & face, etc)
  • Assist individuals in performing routine chores as appropriate.
  • Supervise individuals and assure their safety at all times.
  • Perform light housekeeping tasks:
  • Make all beds. Soiled beds must be stripped and clean linen put on.
  • Straighten bedrooms and common areas, storing items in the appropriate location to make a neat appearance.
  • Gather dirty laundry and take to the laundry room. Load washer and start when appropriate. Put clean, wet laundry into the dryer and start the dryer.
  • Rinse breakfast dishes and put into dishwasher. Start dishwasher when leaving the building.
  • Clean and straighten kitchen.

Beginning and end of each day:

  • Complete each individual's daily log and put information into the black log book as appropriate.
  • The last person to leave the residence in the morning will: check all rooms to make sure that no individual is left behind and turn all lights off.
  • Bring the individuals to The Learning Center by 8:45 AM unless otherwise directed by a supervisor.
  • Report to assigned classroom after bringing the individuals to The Learning Center unless redirected by teacher or other supervisor.
  • Return with individuals to the residence following the conclusion of the program at 2:30 (or time determined by a teacher).

    • Supervise the individuals until it is time to leave to assure their safety at all times.
    • Person cannot leave until there is adequate staffing for the next shift. If there is not adequate staffing for the next shift, person will stay and act as residential staff taking direction from the shift supervisor in that residence.

Performs residential duties on days when The Learning Center is closed or when it is necessary to stay home with a group of students who are unable to attend the program.

In addition to the duties listed in the section above, the following will be done throughout the day

  • Keep all areas neat, clean and free from hazards. All supplies must be kept in the appropriate cabinets.
  • Laundry must be done as necessary throughout the day.
  • Prepare lunch for students. Following the meal: Rinse dishes, put into dishwasher and start the dishwasher. Clean and straighten the kitchen.

Student Care

  • Assist individuals in engaging in meaningful and appropriate activities throughout the day.
  • Provide change of position for all inndividuals on an appropriate schedule.
  • Assist individuals in all personal care and personal hygiene needs. All individuals must be appropriately dressed at all times.
  • Assist individuals with lunch. Use appropriate eating protocols.
  • Supervise individuals and assure their safety at all times.

Other matters:

  • If there is supervisory residential staff in the residence, person will be responsive to that supervisor’s direction regarding all activities.
  • Person cannot leave until there is adequate staffing for the next shift. If there is not adequate staffing for the next shift, person will stay and act as residential staff taking direction from the shift supervisor in that residence.
  • Supervise individuals and assure their safety at all times.

Other Duties across settings:

Other Duties across settings:

Crisis Prevention and Intervention:

  • Follow behavior and treatment plans.
  • Accurately complete data collection sheets for all behavior and treatment plans.
  • Use approved crisis prevention strategies, restraints and physical intervention when necessary.

Medical and Environmental:

  • Report any change in demeanor or symptoms of illness to a teacher or designated RN
  • Know each individual's medical protocol or where to find the information immediately (for but not limited to: seizure control, thickening of liquids, use of VNS).
  • Assist individuals with personal care and hygiene.
  • Use universal precautions when assisting individuals with personal care, use infection control procedures for maintaining the cleanliness of surfaces and materials.
  • Equipment Use and Protocols:
  • Is completely familiar with and uses the appropriate lifting and transferring techniques.
  • Is completely familiar with all the orthopedic equipment for each individual and uses it appropriately.
  • Is completely familiar with specialized equipment such as but not limited to: tilt tables, plinths, and portable lifts.

Rights of Individuals Served:

  • Respect the confidentiality of all individuals at Berkshire Meadows.
  • Act as an advocate for each student at The Learning Center
  • Know the responsibility of being a Mandated Reporter to prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation of individuals and what procedure to use when a report is necessary.
  • Know where to find the number for Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) or the Department of Children and Families(DCF).
  • Uphold the rights and dignity of the students at all times.

Emergency and Evacuation Procedures:

  • Respond to emergencies and critical situations according to the stated policies and procedures of Berkshire Meadows.
  • Know and carry out all evacuation procedures.
  • Respond to emergencies in a calm and efficient manner.

Other Support Activities:

  • Attends all in-service trainings and supervision meetings as scheduled.
  • Keep certifications in CPR/First Aid and CPI (or other non-violent restraint method required by Berkshire Meadows) up-to-date.
  • Maintain a current, valid driver’s license from New York, Connecticut or Massachusetts. Inform the Berkshire Meadows’ Human Resource Department if there are any changes to your license.
  • Maintain an attitude of cooperation and support for all Berkshire Meadows Staff.
  • Respond to the changing needs of Berkshire Meadows by assuming new functions appropriate to the position.
  • Complete any projects, duties or tasks delegated or assigned by the teachers, Day Services Director or Berkshire Meadows Program Director.
  • When necessary, work in an unsupervised environment with the individuals.
  • Work one additional 8 hour shift per week if needed.
  • Follow the JRI Rules of Conduct.

Attendance at trainings, staff meetings, and other assigned responsibilities outside of my regular work schedule is required. I understand and agree that my schedule is not fixed and can be changed at any time. I understand and agree that I may be scheduled to work at any program of the JRI Berkshire Meadows.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. If you require an accommodation please speak with your supervisor.