Chicago, IL, US
Feb 05, 2018

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every childin every school and every neighborhoodhas access to a world-class learning experience from birth, resulting in graduation from high school college- and career-ready.

The mission of the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is to provide high quality and specially designed instructional supports and services for all diverse learners within their least restrictive environment. We work collaboratively with several units, specifically schools and Networks with the goal of improving the academic achievement of all diverse learners by ensuring diverse learners receive meaningful and relevant access to grade level core instruction within their neighborhood school, school of choice, or the school closest to their residence.

The Behavior Support Specialist is responsible for working to build the capacity of CPS staff to ensure high fidelity delivery of research based behavioral strategies, including principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), for students with disabilities with significant social, emotional and/or behavioral needs. The Behavior Support Specialist will train and support school staff to implement behavioral strategies to ensure students are provided with the supports they need, in order to access their curriculum and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

The Behavior Support Specialist will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:

  • Assist classroom teachers to support students in accessing the school setting in their Least
  • Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Implement academic, social language, and behavioral programming, using principles of ABA
  • Create materials to provide behavioral supports that align with academic, social language, and behavioral programming.
  • Provide modeling and coaching around the implementation of behavior interventions and ABA Principles.
  • Assist school staff in conducting functional behavioral assessments, collecting behavioral data, and delivering behavior programming using the principles of ABA.
  • Independently utilize feedback from supervisor level Behavior Analyst to refine, change, and further modify academic and behavior programs to best meet student needs.
  • Maintain a weekly program book, summarizing and visually representing academic and behavioral programming.
  • Support staff and students in the school setting (i.e. during transitions between classes, beginning and end of the day, at recess, lunch, and specials) with optimizing social interactions and social pragmatic instruction in real life situations, using principles of ABA.
  • Manage behavioral crisis situations, model interventions, provide staff training, and guidance in the development of crisis plans.
  • Support staff in addressing student's adaptive living skills such as, toileting, feeding, dressing, etc. as it relates to behavior, on an as needed basis.
  • Responsible for completing "other related job duties" as assigned by supervisor.

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Behavior Support Specialist, must possess the following qualifications, as described:

Type of Education:

  • Must possess a valid TASN (NCLB) paraprofessional license from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Completion of an Associate's degree in related field such as psychology, and training in Applied Behavior Analysis, highly preferred.
  • Training and experience using tenants and techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), highly preferred. Certification as a Registered Behavior Technician, highly preferred.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Type of Experience and Number of years:

  • One (1) to three (3) years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in an educational setting, preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) to three (3) years' experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with classroom based strategies related to managing and addressing behavioral concerns, preferred. Strong verbal, written language, and interpersonal skills to support communication among school staff, community partners, parents, and other team members, required.
  • Basic familiarity with technology (i.e. Excel, Google Suite, PowerPoint, etc.), preferred.
  • Ability to respond professionally to all parental and/or staff questions and concerns.
  • Ability to adhere to predetermined timelines, multi-task between projects and respond to work requests based upon priority and complexity.
  • Ability to adapt easily to change and shift in work assignment/ tasks, as assigned.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective consultative working relationships with administrators, staff, associates, students, parents, governmental and community agencies, and employers.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to physically respond to students who are engaging in unsafe behavior (e.g. exert up to 50 lbs of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs of force frequently, and/or 10 lbs of force constantly to move objects).
  • Successful completion of CPS Physical Skills assessment, required.
  • Trained in the use of de-escalation, momentary physical intervention, and physical management techniques (training will be provided as part of the position).
  • Ability to physically respond to student elopement.
  • Must be able to physically maintain a safe learning environment, including moving furniture in response to a crisis situation.
  • Ability to travel across the city, as this is a citywide position and requires traveling to different schools across the city on a daily basis.


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