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BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST

James Russell Lowell Elementary School
Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, Massachusetts

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Job Details
Job ID: 3855010
Application Deadline: May 11, 2022
Posted: April 27, 2022
Starting Date: May 5, 2022

Job Description
Position: Behavior Specialist
Department: Special Education
Reports to: Principal and Director of Student Services
Affiliation: WEA Unit A
Salary range: As Determined by Unit A Contract
Approved by: Superintendent

SUMMARY:

The Lowell Elementary School seeks an outstanding Behavior Specialist to support students with emotional disabilities and behavioral challenges. While primary responsibility will be working with children placed within the Integrated Support Program, the Behavior Specialist will also provide consultation and support to general education teachers regarding behavior management strategies, de-escalation techniques, and forming, implementing, and monitoring Behavioral Intervention Plans.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • With the program special education teacher, provide ongoing therapeutic support to students that allows them to access the curriculum
  • Facilitating social skills groups with students, and targeted social emotional intervention groups as needed
  • Implementing and monitoring Behavioral Intervention Plans
  • Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) as needed
  • Interfacing with outside social service agencies and providers to support students
  • Providing consultation and support to parents of children demonstrating challenging behaviors in school and/at home
  • Collaboration and consultation with general and special education teachers
  • Overseeing and directing Instructional Assistants assigned to the program
  • Providing training in Safety Care to district staff, including teachers and instructional assistants

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

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. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Safety Care qualified trainer, with ability to apply techniques with students as well as to train other staff in Safety Care techniques

Ability to effectively work with students to prevent problem behaviors, de-escalate behavioral episodes, and re-integrate students into the instructional environment

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field required; Masters preferred
  • DESE License as Social Worker, Guidance Counselor, or School Adjustment Counselor
  • Experience supporting students with behavioral challenges in a public school setting

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This position requires the ability to use Safety Care techniques to physically manage students who may be posing a risk to themselves or others.

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination and the ability to distinguish color. The employee must be able to input information into a computer as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively other staff members in order to exchange accurate information.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending on the activity and the particular part of the day and location. The employee interacts with other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people.

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. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Welcome to James Russell Lowell Elementary School!

History of the James Russell Lowell School The James Russell Lowell School opened in September 1927. It was named after James Russell Lowell, poet and United States Ambassador to England and, at a later date, Spain. As trustee of his wife’s estate, James Russell Lowell deeded to the Town of Watertown a parcel of land to be used as a school. The original James Russell Lowell School location is now the site of the North Branch Library. When it became necessary to build the present larger school, the name of the school was retained. In 1996, an addition was built and the old part of the building was renovated. James Russell Lowell lived near Longfellow House in Cambridge but made frequent visits to Watertown, as his wife Maria Lowell was a Watertown native. His description of a winter brook in “The Vision of Sir Launfal” is said to have been inspired by a brook in Watertown.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field required; Masters preferred
  • DESE License as Social Worker, Guidance Counselor, or School Adjustment Counselor
  • Experience supporting students with behavioral challenges in a public school setting
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Stacy Phelan, Principal
Lowell Elementary School
175 Orchard Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Phone: 617-926-7700
Email: Stacy.Phelan@watertown.k12.ma.us

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