Must hold a license issued by any agency.
The license position area must be in one of the following areas: Autism, Special Education.
The license must be in one of the following grades: Preschool/Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The license status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program. Expired certifications will be considered.
BASIC FUNCTION/NATURE OF WORK: The Autism Specialist is required to provide support services to identify needs and assist with program development, consultation with school personnel for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and act as a facilitator for classroom teachers in the implementation and evaluation of inteIVentions for students with ASD. The Autism Specialist wiI!: demonstrate knowledge of the principles, practices, trends, and theories pertaining to ASD; possess the knowledge of assessment, interventions, and diagnostic techniques, procedures, and methods; be able to work with teacherS at varying levels of expertise; and advance tbe knowledge base of instructional slaff regarding successful teaching methods for students with ASD. They must have knowledge of: policies and objectives of assigned autism programs and activities; the special needs and requirements of students with autism; applied behavior analysis techniques; data collection and analysis; intensive, systematic. and evidence-based interventions. The specialist must be able to: plan, develop, and coordinate programs and service delivery options to meet the needs ofstudents diagnosed with ASD; provide leadership and direction to autism programs and activities; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course ofaction; prepare and present oral presentations; prepare comprehensive narrative and data reports; provide ongoing training, consultation, and progress monitoring; work as an effective team member to enhance services for students with ASD through the implementation of the Division's Autism Plan; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, parents, School Division personnel, community based agencies, and other professionals working in the field of autism. Demonstrate prompt and accurate written communications and reports. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES/ILLUSTRATIVE EX OF WORK: • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders in providing a World·Class Education. • Provide direct instruction on goals (social, behavior, communication) to students with ASD. • Provide classroom support vis·a·vis evidence based practices. • Support model demonstration autism classrooms. • Participate in the special education eligibility determination process and in the development of the IEP. • Administer a wide variety of assessment tools, such as the ABLLS, autism rating scales, etc., to guide instruction. • Interpret assessment results to administrators, teachers, and parents and the implications for instructional planning. • Provide staff development training and modeling to instructional and support staff in current and effective strategies and methodologies for serving students with ASD. • Utilize evidence-based practices to implement strategies. • Coordinate transition plans for students moving to other instructional envirorunents. • Utilize positive strategies to manage student behaviors and assist in developing FBAs and BIPs. • Follow and adhere to state and local special education procedures as outlined in the Administrarive Procedural Manual. • Assist c!assroom teachers in providing appropriate adaptations and interventions for children who are experiencing academic delay andlor are suspected of having a disability. • Serve as a resource person in assisting the schools with complex cases. • Serve as a liaison between special education central office and school staff. • Demonstrate prompt and accurate written communications and reports. • Complete other duties as assigned.