Open Mind School Senior Learning Guides/Behaviorists Menlo Park, CA · Part time

An amazing opportunity to support student(s) with their academic and personal goals.


Full Job Description

Report to: Executive Director, Associate Director

Status: Approx. 30 hours per week

Hours: Generally 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, depending on classroom; extended hours if able to do transportation on peninsula &/or south bay.

Starting Pay Range: $26-$32 per hour DOE. Highly experienced individuals and those with specialized skills (i.e. communication modalities such as RPM, RBT certification, other specialized trainings, etc.) may exceed the range noted.

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision and sick time are for 30+ hour staff and additional benefits are for 40+ hour staff.

We also have immediate openings for per diem/ substitute opportunities.

We're looking for candidates eager to get experience supporting students and those with years of experience. We offer competitive pay and lots of professional development.

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 might include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • 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.

Open Mind School is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) public charity organization serving students in K-12, who are gifted, those typically mainstreamed, and children with a range of special needs. Our year-round school provides both partial and full-day school programs, afterschool programs, home support, and weekend recreational activities.

Contact Information:

Open Mind School

Main number: (650) 260-3805

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $26.00 - $32.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • After school
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • On call
  • Home/residential/community support opportunities

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay


We no longer require, but strongly encourage Covid-19 vaccinations and mask wearing. We do regular weekly surveillance testing and addional testing if Covid-19 symptonms are being experienced or displayed.


$26 - $32 per hour