Boys and Girls Village

Lead Paraeducator/MHW

Location: Milford, CT


At Boys & Girls Village, we understand that children and families are the cornerstones of our society. Since 1942, it has been our mission to preserve and strengthen family bonds. As a leader in services for troubled youth and their families, we continually strive to develop a seamless continuum of care. Boys & Girls Village offers an array of services for children and their families. These services range from highly structured sub-acute services on campus to intensive intervention and care in the home and the community. Our broad range of programs and services are designed to work collaboratively with families, state and local agencies, and other community providers.




The Charles F. Hayden School is committed to serving children through a psycho-educational, clinically informed therapeutic milieu. Collaborative educational planning and placement teams including families and district personnel design Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) for every student.



The Lead Paraeducator is considered a leader within the classroom who provides direct care support, in the moment feedback and direction and is a role model for the Paraeducator/MHW in regards to behavior management, and supports educational and clinical services for the clients in the Charles F. Hayden School. When school is not in session the lead paraeducator has the opportunity to work in the shelter as a MHW.





  • Under the direction of the EMC and EMS, implements the social skills model, behavior management, crisis intervention and safety plans, and all program policies and procedures with students in their assigned classrooms.
  • Provides modeling and training in all aspects of the job to paras, escalating issues to supervisor and coordinator as needed.
  • Monitor the participation of the Paraprofessional/MHW in weekly therapeutic groups as a co-facilitator, under guidance of clinical staff
  • Provides themselves and ensures the Paraprofessional/MHW are supporting classroom activities and lessons with the educational staff
  • Acts as a leader in their assigned classroom, assisting in facilitating classroom meetings.
  • Maintains students point sheets and tracks points and levels in assigned classroom.
  • Completes all documentation in accordance with school and agency policies within indicated time frames, including incident reports, notes, CBA/ICMPs.
  • Immediate notification to Supervisor, Coordinator, or Manager regarding crisis situations, including elopements, major aggression and sexual acting out
  • When working as a MHW, follows all policies and procedures and job responsibilities of the MHW.
  • When 1:1 with a child must remain within arm’s length of the client until relieved by other staff
  • Attends supervision and staff meetings weekly
  • Attend school leadership meetings.
  • Discuss observations of client behaviors with Supervisor, Coordinator or Manager as requested
  • Create and maintain a clean work environment
  • Adhere to the staffing schedule with the understanding that shift assignments are determined by program needs
  • Carries out all additional assignments as directed
  • May be asked to cover for a supervisor




  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a behavioral health related field such as social work, counseling, human services or a related area, or Associates degree and 3 years experience working with children in a milieu based program.
  • Previous experience working with children in a recreational, educational, residential or day program
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • CPR, First Aid Certified
  • TCI and Boys & Girls Village Model Certified
  • Knowledge of working with diverse populations




  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Knowledge of cultural diversity and childhood development.
  • Specialized license (Endorsement A) to drive students in agency vehicles




  • Modeling and training for new para staff




  • Must pass physical examination
  • Must be in sufficient physical condition in order to engage in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
  • Lifting over forty-five pounds
  • Moving furniture when necessary




  • Flexible work schedule
  • Be willing to drive off campus and transport children




Boys & Girls Village takes pride in the supportive, team-oriented work environment we offer to current and prospective employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan and generous vacation benefits. In addition, it is our goal to assure that the highest quality of care is provided to our clients by our competent, committed employees. To that end, we encourage professional development through our tuition reimbursement program and promote continued growth through various learning opportunities.

Boys & Girls Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we kindly ask that you do not inquire via telephone about the status of your resume. You can be assured that if you do not hear from us, your resume will be held on file for future consideration.

PLEASE NOTE:Due to the Department of Children & Families regulations, we are prohibited from hiring anyone with a pending charges or convictions of assault or a violent crime; risk of injury to a minor; impairing the morals of a child; physical or sexual abuse, possession; use or sale of a controlled substance; similar crimes.

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.