The Bridge School strives to employ the best qualified staff in order to maintain the excellence in educational leadership and innovation for which we are known. The recruitment, training, and retention of staff is a high priority for the organization, and strategies are developed to nurture and sustain a positive working environment through communication, team work and professional development and recognition.
Whether you are still in school, just starting your career, or an experienced professional, we are interested in hearing from you. In addition to our regular workforce, Bridge School provides opportunities for students to complete internship or student teaching experience. We also have a track-record of supporting new teachers and speech-language pathologists (working in their Clinical Fellowship Year) through that critical "first year" in the classroom.
We remain committed to the ongoing growth and development of our experienced staff. Frequent on-site workshops, reimbursement for conference attendance, tuition reimbursement, and membership in professional organizations are a few of the ways that we support our professionals in their individual career development. More critically, staff are encouraged to develop a variety of skills which support Bridge School in expanding our mission. These include curriculum and instructional activity development, the training and mentoring of others, professional speaking, writing of educational materials and resources, and development of project planning and educational leadership and management skills.
Our staff work in interdisciplinary teams which cross all levels of the organization. From developing a long-range strategic plan for the organization, prioritizing outreach activities for the upcoming year, discussing current philosophies and approaches for evaluating children, and planning the upcoming month's curriculum, we work together and find solutions which are enhanced by a variety of opinions, experiences and approaches.
The Bridge School offers a competitive salary and benefit plan. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
9:45 am - 12:45 pm
The Instructional Assistant works as a member of a classroom team comprised of a special education teacher and speech-language pathologist, and under their direction, the Instructional Assistant assists in meeting the instructional and physical/health care needs of school-aged children with severe speech and physical disabilities in the special day classroom and general education classroom. The Instructional Assistant reports directly to the assigned educational professional.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Maintains physical and health care needs of students: maintains individual student’s well being/comfort and responds to needs; toilets and feeds students according to parent/therapist guidelines and/or medical protocols; positions students in adapted equipment according to parent/therapist guidelines; administers medications and responds to medical needs as specified in medical protocols; implements therapeutic protocols (e.g., sensory integration) as directed.
- Assists with the overall educational programming under the direction of the professional staff: independently sets up materials and equipment for activities throughout the school day; independently follows classroom routines with written classroom schedules and adapts to changes and adjustments for self/students; demonstrates competence with required computer and assistive technologies to implement student programs; implements individual student lesson plans as specified using appropriate cueing, feedback and positive reinforcement to encourage success; accurately summarizes (written and oral) student performance.
- Implements individual student communication programs and assists in supporting vocabulary needs under the direction of professional staff: appropriately implements the use of low and high technology communication protocols, strategies and systems; programs communication systems as needed for classroom interaction and participation; maintains communication equipment in the school environment (e.g., cleaning, charging batteries, etc.)
- Fosters student participation and inclusion in the general education setting: facilitates and supports social interactions and fosters the development of positive relationships between students with disabilities and non-disabled peers; assists professional staff with adapting the general education curriculum; uses positive strategies to encourage student participation and attending; assists all students by modeling appropriate behavior and attitudes and providing emotional support and general guidance; accurately summarizes (oral and written) student performance; conveys to the appropriate Bridge School staff member, classroom assignments/activities and assists students in completing as directed.
- Maintains the classroom environment: assists in packing/unpacking materials that come in/go home with students; assists in organizing, maintaining and general clean-up of classroom environment (e.g., bulletin boards/displays, put away materials, wash dishes after lunch period, clean kitchen/art/science area, clean classroom work areas, clean computer equipment, etc.); notify appropriate individual when equipment/facilities are in need of repair or maintenance; report any unsafe work/school conditions to Office Manager.
- Prepares classroom and instructional activities: prepares material for classroom activities as assigned; develops overlays/picture symbols for student communication systems and assistive technologies as assigned; programs alternate access equipment as assigned.
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities, typically acquired through:
- High school diploma/equivalent (required), 2 years of college, 2 year or 4 year degree preferred
- 2 years experience in child care, camp or educational setting
- CPR and First Aid Certificates
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Ability to learn quickly when provided with demonstration and written materials.
- Ability to take initiative and be independent with familiar activities following initial training.
- Ability to be systematic in following instructional programs and maintaining records.
- Ability to be flexible in accepting varying and changing assignments.
- Ability to effectively use time (punctual, timely, efficient).
- Ability to ask for help or assistance when needed.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn the basic operations, set up and implementation of computer/assistive technologies.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to .