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Behavior Specialist - Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

Company: Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

Position Type: Instructional/Behavior Specialist Date Posted: 7/11/2022Location: High Point SchoolThe WISD's Mission is to promote the continuous improvement of achievement for every student while providing high-quality service to our customers through leadership, innovation, and collaboration. The WISD's Vision is to be a leader in empowering, facilitating, and delivering high-quality, boundary-spanning, educational system that educates all children through an equitable, inclusive and holistic approach. SUMMARY: The Behavior Specialist for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program provides consultation and training services to the WISD classrooms in order to support the needs of students with behavioral concerns. The Behavior Specialist works by providing resources, strategies, and instruction to classroom staff, related services staff, and parents in the implementation of interventions and programming for all students in the ASD program in cooperation with the ASD team. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Demonstrates a strong commitment to equity, social justice, and inclusion in all practices and position responsibilities. Demonstrates the ability to examine how his/her/their position (directly or indirectly) impacts educational inequities in student achievement outcomes. Engages in reflection and ongoing learning and development on critical concepts and terms identified in the Washtenaw ISD Educational Equity Policy including concepts such as cultural proficiency, racial equity, and systemic and structural inequities. Coordinates, utilizes and facilitates the use of evidence-based assessments and interventions for students with behavior concerns in an educational setting. Consults/demonstrates teaching techniques/strategies with teachers and/or building teams as appropriate. Collaborates/develops teaching strategies with teachers and/or building teams. Collaborates with building teams regarding behavior issues such as providing assistance with development of FBA/BIPS. Trains staff and monitors implementation of interventions and how to reinforce alternate behaviors. Trains function of student behavior to staff. . Collects, records and reports data relative to student performance on IEP goals and behavior plans. Collaborates with others to improve student outcomes and district goals. Demonstrates knowledge of a variety of technology applications related to multi-sensory access to the curriculum, universal design for learning, differentiated instruction and assistive technology. Manages time to successfully meet all requirements for record keeping, instruction and assessments as well as other district duties. Demonstrates operational knowledge of Internet and Web-related technologies. Demonstrates skills and comfort using instructional online tools and technology. OTHER RELATED DUTIES AS ASSIGNED . QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations shall be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master's degree in behavioral analysis, school social work, psychology or related educational field REQUIRED. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) PREFERRED. Knowledgeable of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and Common Core State Standards. Knowledgeable on proper use of Seclusion and Restraint in the State of Michigan. Knowledgeable on Michigan Special Education laws and requirements Experience with classroom implementation of evidence-based practices for students with behavior needs. Experience and working knowledge of behavioral principles/ techniques in an educational setting. Experience with behavior-based learning. Experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Demonstrates knowledge of behavioral characteristics typically associated with Autism, Behavior Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Intellectual Disabilities. Strong verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, school community, staff and external agencies. Knowledgeable and able to train effective behavior management techniques. Knowledgeable of educational curriculum and instructional methods. Experience working in a virtual online instructional setting (PREFERRED). CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid Michigan driver's license. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to work with elementary and secondary students. Ability to read, analyze and interpret information including periodicals and professional journals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of educators, parents, students and the general public. TECHNICAL SKILLS: Ability to integrate technology into the everyday workflow is necessary. Ability to utilize District technology and maintain proficiency, as required skill sets change with technology and/or the needs of the District. Ability to use computer technology for research, data management, communications and other instruction. Ability to use a personal computer (PC) or MAC in a networked environment to utilize the Internet and other electronic communication mechanisms. Knowledge of productivity applications such as Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software). Ability to select and administer appropriate assessment tools and interpret results of assessment. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply math concepts consistent with the duties of this position. REASONING ABILITY: Highly proficient in subject areas of reasoning, problem solving, organizational dynamics and emotional intelligence. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Ability to build rapport with others and to serve diverse publics. Ability to take initiative, work well with others as a collaborative team member and exhibit good communication skills. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with other departments, agencies and individuals. Ability to work creatively and skillfully with students. Ability to demonstrate initiative and understanding in working with students, staff and parents/guardians. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds such as books and teaching material or when assisting in student interventions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision and the ability to adjust focus. The ability to travel to other buildings is required. The position requires the individual to sometimes work irregular or extended work hours and meet multiple demands from several people. ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTABILITY: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day. The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff. The employee is directly responsible for the safety and well-being of students. The employee is exposed to infections at a greater risk than the average person. Occasionally the employee may be required to be outdoors for a short period of time, and therefore subject to varying weather conditions, for purposes of accomplishing the essential functions of this job. FUNCTIONS OF POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and ability as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position. The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the duties of employees under supervision. The WISD retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment. This position description is not a contract for employment. The WISD is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. TERMS: This position is subject to terms, conditions, and calendar of the Master Agreement between the District and Unit II AFT Local 3760. Starting salary ranging (dependent upon education and experience) from $44,678 - $94,038. Washtenaw Intermediate School District is a drug-free workplace and District policy requires drug testing for all potential employees. It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Keywords: Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor , Behavior Specialist - Autism Spectrum Disorder Program, Other , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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