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District Behavior Specialist

Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

Job Details
Job ID: 4001718
Application Deadline: August 24, 2022
Posted: August 10, 2022
Starting Date: August 31, 2022

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

The Watertown Public Schools seek an outstanding Behavior Specialist to support students with Autism or other related disabilities and behavioral challenges. The Behavior Specialist will provide consultation and support to general education teachers and other educational faculty and staff regarding behavior management strategies, de-escalation techniques, and forming, implementing, and monitoring Behavioral Intervention Plans.

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.

  • Implement and monitor Behavioral Intervention Plans
  • Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) as needed
  • Interface with outside social service agencies and providers to support students
  • Provide consultation and support to parents of children demonstrating challenging behaviors in school and/at home
  • Collaborate and consult with general and special education teachers
  • Provide training and modeling for faculty and staff

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.

  • Safety Care qualified, with ability to apply techniques with students.
  • Ability to effectively work with students to prevent problem behaviors, de-escalate behavioral episodes, and re-integrate students into the instructional environment.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or related field required; Masters preferred
  • DESE License as a Special Education Teacher or School Counselor preferred
  • BCBAs may apply
  • Experience supporting students with behavioral challenges in a public school setting

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

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.

The noise level in this environment ranges from 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 Watertown Public Schools!
The Watertown Public Schools offers a unique learning environment that is intellectually rigorous and nurturing with small, responsive classrooms designed to ignite creativity, while empowering student resilience and confidence. Located in the greater Boston area, the Watertown Public Schools currently has 2608 students enrolled in its preK-12 program within the Early Steps Preschool, three elementary schools, Watertown Middle School and Watertown High School. Watertown students explore and shape the world around through a variety of innovative learning experiences and opportunities in a public school setting. Our student body is diverse, reflecting the ever-changing demographics of our community and our nation.

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
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Marie Mele, Student Services Program Coordinator
30 Common St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-7766