GRANT FUNDED - COMMONWEALTH PRESCHOOL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE BEHAVIORAL ASSISTANT

Location
New Bedford, MA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 21, 2019
Ref
3055794
Grade Level
Early Childhood
Job Details
Job ID: 3055794
Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: February 20, 2019
Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
JOB GOAL:
1. To build capacity within the district to provide the best clinical support and behavioral services for students with disabilities, students in referral and/or at-risk students in New Bedford in grades pk-12.
2. The Behavioral Assistant functions as a professional in the Special Education substantially separate, behavioral-based and inclusion classroom settings within the New Bedford Public School District.
3. This person may provide individual, group, or classroom support and will work under the direction of teachers, consultants, related service providers, and in collaboration, other para educators, and school-based personnel to meet the goals and objectives of a student's IEP.
4. Services may include addressing the safety needs related to behavior management and support the development of social and emotional needs, sensory support, and providing academic support to students.
5. The Behavior Assistant in this role will assist in development, implementation, and monitoring of behavioral improvement plans that may require the ability to de-escalate behavior, deliver reinforcement and consequences, collect data, and physical management. Such duties may require the physical ability to lift, escort, hold, and guide students.
6. The Behavior Assistant in this role is asked to review students IEPs with teachers on a regular basis and employ universal precautions related to health and hygiene. The Behavior assistant is expected to utilize de-escalation techniques taught by the New Bedford Public Schools to minimize need for physical intervention. They must have the ability to remain calm during a crisis situation as evidenced by the ability to make quick rational decisions and prioritize immediate student care needs to maintain a therapeutic environment and ensure safety. Employees in this position must also be able to participate in the physical management of students if needed using approved methods only, to maintain safety for extended periods of time.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Work thru various aspects of the Special Education/Student Services Department and work with staff (Admin, School Adjustment/Guidance Counselors, teachers, paras, etc.) to develop, implement, and monitor a behavioral improvement plan that meets the needs of the whole student (social, emotional, behavioral, sensory, and academic needs).
2. Provide frequent consultation with all staff at all Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention Programs (CBIP), Trinity Day Academy and Whaling City.
3. Assist in the development of a Response to Intervention (RTI) model for the district to include both in-school and community supports and interventions, to address social, emotional and behavioral learning.
4. Assist in analyzing and collecting of statistical and student data (including behavioral infractions, at-risk forms, discipline) and complete all necessary reports and submit them to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
5. Support the team evaluation process and insurance of all state and federal compliance requirements regarding progress monitoring, data collection, and all relevant other data required by IEP.
6. Attend Team Meetings as necessary to ensure provisions of quality special education, necessary related services, and specialized programming for at risk students, and students with emotional disabilities and behavioral deficits.
7. Keep informed on all legal requirements governing special education.
8. Work collaboratively with all school staff: provide technical assistance and consultation to better support students exhibiting social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.
9. Work with individual and groups of students in crisis situations, individual, family and group interventions as needed to reinforce learning and behavioral interventions.
10. Support and plan coordination of Extended Year Services (EYS) services for all students who receive programmatic or related services during the summer.
11. Support Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans for students, and support and consult with staff regarding students placed in a 45 day interim educational placement (CBIP, TDA, Whaling City).
12. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by law, district, policy and administrative regulation.
13. Attend specific meetings (in and out of district) as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education & Student Services.
14. Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor of Clinical/Behavioral Services or the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education & Student Services.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

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As whalers' oil provided light to the world, so shall New Bedford students shine with academic excellence.

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Job Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Enjoys working with students with challenging behaviors.
2. Preferred Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. Evidence of specific professional study in the field of special education, psychology, Applied Behavioral Analysis, or social work.
3. High School Diploma or GED, along with highly qualified through Pathways 1, 2, 3 through the Massachusetts Laws.
4. Preferred bilingual in Spanish and Portuguese.
5. Trained or be willing to be trained in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and Preventing and Managing Aggressive Behavior (PMAB). Past experience with physical intervention preferred.
6. Willingness to assist in all areas of developmental appropriate milestones including daily living skills, wash-up, toilet routines, as necessary.
7. Two-three years experience in the area of Special Education/ Student Services.
8. Two-three years experience in the area of residential treatment services. Understanding of behavioral intervention techniques including ignoring, limit setting, delivery of reinforcement and consequence, proximity control, timeout, level systems, and physical management.
9. Experience in assisting to design, implement, and monitor special education programs, positive behavioral intervention strategies, social/emotional interventions, sensory input diets, behavior improvement programs and clinical intervention support to students and families.
10. Experience working collaboratively with community based mental health agencies, Department of Child & Family Services, Department of Youth Services, Department of Mental Health, and other community programs to integrate services for students in the New Bedford Public Schools.
11. Understanding of requirements for DESE mandated restraint training and experience working with schools to complete the training process.
12. Excellent communication skills- written, verbal and non-verbal.
13. Excellent interpersonal and social skills with colleagues, district staff, families and community.
14. Excellent Work Attendance.
15. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
16. Excellent time management skills.
17 Has a positive outlook.
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required


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    Contact Information
    Andrew O'Leary, Business Manager
    455 County Street
    New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
    Phone: (508) 997-4511
    Email: aboleary@newbedfordschools.org

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