Behavior Specialist (2022-2023) - Two Positions - Woodrow Wilson
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK Under the supervision of the Director II - Student Support Services, in collaboration with the Principal, the Behavior Specialist supports and assesses instructional and behavioral programs for students in a therapeutic and behaviorally supported educational environment; performs professional work providing direct-care and consultative services for assigned school/program.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Provide staff development and work collaboratively with teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff to demonstrate best practices, therapeutic interventions and strategies Integrate techniques to enhance instruction for students with social, communication, behavioral, and learning challenges Collaborate with staff to develop understanding of a variety of methods to improve student behavior Assist with the development of functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans Provide individual and group counseling to students to include socialization activities Plan and confer with the classroom teacher as requested concerning any behavioral, social, or personal problems affecting the students Assist staff with the development of crisis prevention and intervention plans, including the behavioral modification program Coordinate and conduct individual and group parent education sessions with families as needed Assist in developing and maintaining home-school relations in crisis situations with students Assist with case-management and team problem-solving with other school and district staff, agency personnel, and other appropriate professionals on a regular basis Assist with the development and maintenance of program evaluation procedures Demonstrate patience, respect, and a receptive attitude toward students of varied academic and behavioral levels of need and abilities Utilize professional knowledge and skills to assure implementation and maintenance of intervention plans Identify, document, make recommendations, and report data on students’ behavior based on trends and research Receive training on approved de-escalation techniques and physical intervention methods, and utilize those methods when deemed necessary Assume responsibility for own professional growth and development by keeping current with the literature and new research findings and by attending professional development as appropriate Perform other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Must have knowledge of current trends and methodologies used to address the needs of children with behavioral challenges Must have skills in evaluation, development and implementation of positive behavior intervention plans; knowledge of tiered intervention frameworks; knowledge of current accepted best practices utilized in the full continuum of placement options for students with behavioral challenges Must have knowledge of data tracking and collection, record management and reporting methods, and a demonstrated understanding of differentiated instruction Must have expertise in developing and providing staff development activities for individual schools and/or programs Must have a valid driver’s license. Bilingual (English-Spanish) abilities preferred