Behavior Change Assistant
Under close supervision and direction of a Behavior Change Specialist, the incumbent assists as needed in the training of classroom staff in the area of positive behavior intervention plans.
Duties include training classroom staff in techniques of positive behavior intervention, picture symbol use to assist with student transition, TEACCH and data collection. Important aspects of the position are assisting in creating a positive learning environment and gaining knowledge of and implementing the assigned student’s Individual Education Plan goals and objectives.
This position is classified as non-exempt and in accordance with the Federal regulations is eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week. Note: Overtime must be pre-approved and time off from work either paid or unpaid is not considered in determining hours worked in a week.
Other Performance Measures
Successful performance on the job requires following safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to self or students, school dress standards, proper attendance and leave policies and compliance with other policies set forth in the Employee Handbook. Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving is also important to the success of the incumbent.
Examples of Essential Functions
- Assists in training staff in techniques of positive behavior intervention, picture symbol use to assist with student transition, development and use of student schedules, preparation and modification of materials as directed.
- Assists in gathering baseline information for behavior change specialists and determine what programs may be in place for students who have been referred for behavior services as part of the behavior referral process.
- Trains 1:1 classroom assistants to transition to new students or trains new staff with students when there is a change in staff.
- Substitutes as a 1:1 staff as needed for students with complex behavior needs. The ability to keep up with running children and or to lift or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task.
- Assists teachers and other paraprofessional staff in data collection and materials preparation as directed by the behavior change specialists.
- Completes assigned paperwork, collects data as directed by the Behavior Specialist.
- Essential functions of this position as described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.).
- Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
- Works as needed in teams with teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals.
- Supports and reinforces the positive behavior philosophy at all times.
- Actively participates in all required meetings.
- Supports the overall mission and philosophy of the school.
- Serves on a committee.
- Maintain confidentiality of parent, student and staff personal identifiable information.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Ability to implement and instruct others in the implementation of behavior modification plans and crisis intervention techniques.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
- Considerable patience and ability to work effectively with children, young adults, and faculty members.
- A.N.D.T. training and certification.
- Ability to instruct others in the implementation of positive behavior management plans, crisis intervention techniques, and data collection.
- Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions and to perform all required tasks.
- Successful completion of the required training courses within a specified period of time
- Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others.
- Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screening.
Examples of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Some knowledge and understanding of child growth and development.
- Some knowledge of positive behavior support intervention techniques.
- Some knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
- Ability to participate in monitoring and ensuring appropriate student behavior.
- Ability to accurately record students’ behaviors and their responses to the implemented interventions.
- Ability to read, interpret, and follow safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using English grammar and spelling.
Minimum Acceptable Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree preferred; or, either successfully completing:
- an Associates Degree program; or
- completing 60 college credit hours; or
- the ParaPro assessment test administered by the Educational Training Service (ETS).
7:50 AM to 3:10 PM – Monday
7:50 AM to 4:00 PM – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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