Job Openings

School: Teaching Assistant
Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Schenectady, NY


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for caring, compassionate and engaging individuals to help promote students in their academic, social, communication, self-care, health, and physical growth. Wildwood Programs is a proud provider of educational, residential, employment, and other community-based supports to people with disabilities and we are looking for someone dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. 

Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to interact with our students in a positive encouraging way, demonstrate a professional demeanor, patience, empathy and a positive attitude while possessing a strong desire to help others. Problem solving skills and commitment to the team is required.


What are the job duties:

  • Assists students, studently or in groups, with specialized instructional programs prepared by the teacher to present or reinforce learning concepts
  • Supports teachers in the development and use of available instructional resources, materials and equipment appropriate to planned learning programs for students
  • Contributes to the monitoring of students' activities in the halls and cafeteria, on the playground and during arrival and dismissal periods
  • Attends to the physical needs of students such a helping with clothing or attending to personal hygiene and toilet habits as needed
  • Learns and uses behavior management strategies to increase students' participation in the educational program
  • Assists teachers with clerical tasks such as attendance taking and reporting, lunch money and other collections, and organizing materials, equipment and furniture for day-to-day class work
  • Transports students as program needs require


How we make a difference:

We envision a world that embraces a fundamental respect for ALL student, their strengths, their uniqueness, their creativity and the infinite diversity that we each represent.

Our employees make this possible through their dedication and enthusiasm. We are on a Mission to empower and enable both children and adults with neurologically-based learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives, while integrating our values of Respect, Integrity, Creativity and Holism to get it done




  • A valid NYS license and clean driving record are required as you will be responsible to drive students to activities
  • Reliable transportation, attendance and willingness to learn
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • NYS Teaching Assistant Certification or eligible to complete the requirements for and maintain NYS Teaching Assistant Certification
  • Required to complete, pass, and use CALM training, provided by the school, which includes de-escalation strategies and approved protective holds and movements for students
  • Commitment to schedule, assigned job duties and performance expectations
  • Clean, appropriate and presentable appearance while on duty
  • Subject to NYS OPWDD mandated criminal background check, finger printing and a driving record verification


Other Expectations:

  • Promote Physical and Emotional Well-Being: Commit to promote the emotional, physical, and personal well-being of the students supported. Encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of those receiving support while being attentive and energetic in reducing the risk of harm
  • Integrity and Responsibility: Support the mission and vitality of the profession to assist student in leading self-directed lives and to foster a spirit of partnership with the students, other professionals, and the school community.
  • Confidentiality: Safeguard and respect the confidentiality and privacy of students
  • Justice, Fairness and Equity: Affirm the human rights as well as the civil rights and responsibilities of students. Promote and practice justice, fairness, and equity for all
  • Respect: Respect the human dignity and uniqueness of the students. Recognize each student as valuable and promote their value, interests and needs
  • Relationships: Assist students to develop and maintain positive relationships
  • Self-Determination: Assist students to direct the course of their education
  • Advocacy: Advocate with students for justice, inclusion, and full community participation


If you have any questions, please reach out to Colleen on the Wildwood Human Resources team - or 518-836-2242. 


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