Open Mind School Entry-level & Associate Learning Guides/Behaviorists Menlo Park, CA · Part time

Support educator to students (para-educator)


Report to: Executive Director and Associate Director

Consults with: Lead Behavior Specialist and Learning Specialist, as well as other specialist (OT, SLP, etc).

Status: Part-time 6 - 30 hours per week

Hours: Generally 9:00 am-3:00pm, depending on classroom

Pay Range: $20-25 per hour DOE.

Highly experienced individuals and those with specialized skills, particularly those with various communication modalities such as RPM and/or other specialized trainings, may exceed the range noted.

Position Summary

The position of Learning Guide is a unique opportunity for professionals interested in a career in

Education, Behavior Support, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Psychology,

Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Social Work or related fields to gain meaningful hands-on

experience in a dynamic work environment. Training, consultation, and ongoing opportunities for

personal and professional growth are embedded in the experience and opportunities at Open


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow an individual education program for student(s) based on the student’s Student
  • Learning Overview and education plan including positive behavior support plans.
  • Support student(s) in maintaining regulation, engagement, and attention.
  • Provide support during group times, small group, and individual instruction. We have art therapists, music therapists, yoga/movement, cooking and many other elective specials embedded in our curriculum.
  • Under the direction of the supervising specialist you might be responsible for implementing or completing lesson plans or working on student individual goals.
  • Support the classroom teacher in daily instruction.
  • Help student(s) follow safe and appropriate daily living skill routines.
  • Be on time at the beginning of your shift 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 and family engagement program coordinator.
  • Support the classroom teacher in maintaining classroom structure and organization.
  • Administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Dress in comfortable but professional attire.
  • Have fun and be creative!


  • Requirements include a background check
  • Classroom learning guides must possess excellent leadership, interpersonal and time management skills, proficiency with writing and communication, good problem-solving skills, and must work well within teams.
  • An open mind to many methodologies and teaching strategies is required.
  • Minimum of an undergrad degree and preference for graduate degree in progress or completed.


  • Medical, dental, vision, 401k, 3 sick days
  • Affiliation with a groundbreaking startup
  • Opportunity to positively impact the lives of students and their families
  • Job growth opportunities

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.

About Open Mind School

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.

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.


$20 - $25 per hour