Jun 04, 2021

21-22 Behavioral Support Specialist

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Behavior Support Specialist is responsible for working to build the capacity of Rocketship 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 Behavioral Support Specialist will collaborate with a variety of school-based staff to design high-quality resources and programming for students with significant behavioral needs and to provide ongoing support related to the implementation of these resources. 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). Behavioral Support Specialists work under the direction and supervision of the Culture Specialist. This role is an exempt, school-based position in the D.C. region.

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

Essential Functions
    • Assist classroom teachers to support students in accessing the school setting in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
    • Implement academic, social language, and behavioral programming such as social skills groups and check in check out.
    • 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
    • Assist school staff in collecting behavioral data for functional behavioral assessments.
    • Independently utilize feedback from the Culture Specialist to refine, change, and further modify academic and behavior programs to best meet student needs.
    • Maintain a weekly report, 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
    • 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.
    • Assist in the implementation of individualized behavior intervention plans (BIPs) for students
    • Facilitate staff and family team meetings to present data collection and assessment findings as well as individualized plan recommendations and
    • Consult with Special Education teachers and school psychologist on IEP recommendations for appropriate goals, services and descriptions of present levels related to adaptive behavior
    • Participate in IEP meetings as a member of the IEP team as needed
    • Participate as a member of school site problem-solving teams (for example: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) leadership team, Student Study Team (SST) and the School Wellness Team (SWT)

    • Bachelor's degree in Education or related field
    • Advanced training in applied behavioral analysis and support (BCBA preferred)
    • 3+ years experience working in an educational or therapeutic setting
    • Experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program development, behavior reduction and skill acquisition procedures, data collection
    • Strong commitment to ensuring equity and inclusion for students with intensive behavioral needs
    • Thorough understanding of best practices for supporting students with intensive behavioral needs and commitment to working with students with severe, challenging behaviors
    • Excellent analytical and data-based decision making skills; proven ability to interpret multiple metrics and use data to inform action plans for students and schools
    • Experience working in an elementary school environment (strongly preferred)
    • Experience working in Response to Intervention (RtI) models (strongly preferred) Experience supervising ABA programs and a team of providers (strongly preferred)
    • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, with a demonstrated ability and desire to flexibly shift responsibilities over time as the role and department evolve
    • Strong customer-service orientation in approach to work with teachers and school leaders
    • Team player with extraordinary written and oral communication skills
    • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, investment in culturally responsive family engagement
    • Deep commitment to Rocketship's mission to eliminate the achievement gap within our lifetimes

Other Skills and Traits:
    • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to Rocketship DC's mission
    • Passion for education and a desire to help Rocketship DC schools grow

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy . For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Kenzie Kilb. Email: [email protected] Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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