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Senior Learning Guides/Behaviorists


Location(s):                    Menlo Park

Reports To:                    Executive Director, Associate Director

Pay:                                $26-$32 per hour DOE. Highly experienced individuals

Work Status:                  Approx. 30 hours per week, Generally 9:00 am - 3:00 pm,

                                      depending on classroom

Open Minds, Silicon Valley

Open Minds, Silicon Valley is a leader in inclusion and accessibility working with public, private, nonpublic schools and businesses around the SF Bay Area and beyond. Open Minds, Silicon Valley operates Open Mind School, a small k-12 nonprofit pilot model school in Menlo Park. Our world-class team of educators, entrepreneurs, and specialized service providers are working together to use data analytics to make informed decision making on school learning environments. We're dedicated to creating and providing a child-centered, personalized experience that leverages local experiential learning opportunities. Open Mind School's mission is for all students to access high quality education, enrichment opportunities, and social experiences in an inclusive and supportive environment. Open Mind School is a public benefit corporation and nonprofit organization which requires us to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Position Summary

We're looking for individuals with 2-5 years of experience. The position of Senior Learning Guides/Behaviorists (classroom support para-educator) is a unique opportunity for professionals interested in a career in Education or working in a school setting to gain meaningful hands-on experience. The school day is approximately 9:00-3:00pm, depending on the grades/students you support. All materials, curriculum, and training will be provided by Open Mind School.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Follow an individual education program for the student based on the student’s IEP and education plan including positive behavior support plans.

  • Keep the child(ren) motivated and engaged.

  • Provide support for group, small group, and individual instruction. We will have art therapists, music therapist, and yoga/movement providing enrichment.

  • Under the direction of the Inclusion Teacher you might be responsible for planning, preparing, and implementing lesson plans.

  • Support the classroom teacher in daily instruction.

  • Help students follow safe and appropriate toileting routines.

  • Be on time at the beginning of school and when returning from breaks.

  • Attend team meetings.

  • Assist with providing regular, ongoing, positive communication with parents, including but not limited to, daily or weekly written and verbal reports.

  • Direct questions from parents as needed to the school director.

  • Support the classroom teacher in maintaining classroom structure and organization.

  • Administrative tasks as assigned.

  • Maintain confidentiality.


  • 2-5 years of experience and/or training/applicable education.

  • We recommend classroom support have completed coursework, and examinations needed to perform duties in a private academic setting. However, we can assist the right candidates with RBT certification.

  • Requirements include a background check, current physical examination, a negative TB test and police records check.

  • Classroom support professionals must possess leadership skills, interpersonal and time management skills, proficiency with writing and communication, good problem-solving skills, and must work well within teams.

Compensation and Benefits

  • 401(k)

  • Dental insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Professional development assistance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Vision insurance

ADA Specifications

This position is largely sedentary in nature. However, one must possess the ability to speak, hear, write, use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Ongoing local and/or national travel periodically required.

OMS is an equal opportunity employer.


OMS hires employees regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other protected statuses as required by applicable law.

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