Overview

JOB DECRIPTION: Behavior Intervention Specialist
WHERE: PEETABECK ACADEMY, FORT ALBANY, ONTARIO

DESCRIPTION: The Behavior Specialist helps coordinate Functional Assessments of Behavior and Behavior Intervention Plan that address students’ inappropriate behaviors and provide a means to help the students become more academically successful. Behavior Intervention Specialist also provides classroom and school-wide behavior management strategies.

DESIRED CREDENTIALS:

  • Highly qualified teacher with Ontario teacher certification (OCT) and successful completion of a Behavior Specialist Additional Qualification or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years successful elementary classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of “at risk” and/or “behaviorally challenged” students was an important responsibility for the position will be an asset.
  • Expert knowledge of function-based intervention planning for developing behavior change strategies that focuses on reducing problem behavior and increasing more appropriate behavior.
  • Expert knowledge of techniques needed to successfully complete effective Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), function –based interventions, and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).
  • Exceptional knowledge in the use of technology to support instruction
  • Ascribes to the philosophy that all children can succeed and demonstrates the commitment to do what is necessary to make this a reality
  • Demonstrates exceptional skill in the roles of a teacher leader: collaborator, action researcher, reflective practitioner, and learner advocate

SCOPE OF POSITION: The Behavior Intervention Specialist provides leadership and direction at the school level, working to design, implement, coordinate and evaluate a comprehensive behavior support program. In addition, the Behavior Specialist works directly and aggressively with identified students to adopt behaviors that substantially increase their academic performance. Under the supervision of the Principal, the Behavior Intervention Specialist will provide diversified strategies and activities specifically designed for targeted students.

Professional Responsibilities: The Behavior Intervention Specialist will:

  • Assist staff in: defining and measuring behavior; understanding principles of reinforcement; teaching new behavior; implementing strategies for weakening behavior; and identifying antecedents.
  • Facilitate team meetings with the identified student’s teachers and parents for the purpose of completing a Functional Behavioral Assessment.
  • Facilitate team meetings that: design Behavior interventions Plans; address classroom organization, effective instruction, social skills instruction, and ethical issues; School-wide Positive Behavioral Support; and factors that affect effectiveness including social validity and treatment integrity.
  • Promote highly specialized positive behavior interventions in which “at risk” students thrive: behavior instruction that is explicit, intensive, accelerated and provides ample practice.
  • Use ongoing assessments to maintain a record of student progress.
  • Develop a repertoire of assessment strategies consistent with instructional goals, teaching methods, and individual student needs to more accurately assess student behavior skills and understandings.
  • Regard assessment as a joint venture through which both student and teacher understanding is enhanced.
  • Create fair and equitable assessments to assess higher-order thinking and problem solving as well as individual skills, knowledge, and understandings.
  • Model good assessment processes that assist students in assessing their own work and behavior.
  • Provide recognition of a variety of student accomplishments and positive behaviors.
  • Continually supervise students to ensure a safe, non-threatening, nurturing environment where students can thrive.
  • Engage in on-going professional development to increase knowledge and skills of positive student behavior support for all students, targeted students and students who represent sub-group populations.
  • Engage parents in the “student behavior intervention plan” process and empower parents by providing them with skills and techniques to support the positive behavior development of their child.
  • Conduct conflict resolution and peer mediation sessions
  • Serve as a consultant to administrators, teachers, and parents
  • Organize and schedule time commitments to meet demands of the job
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures; report all unsafe activities to Principal.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill

Working Conditions:

  • School Environment – classroom and school yard
  • Close contact with school age children in the special education classroom

Application must include:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume including detailed work history and education information
  • A copy of Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) certificate
  • A current criminal reference check
  • 3 professional references (one from current supervisor)

Please send applications to:

Attention: Nicole Gillies, Education Director
PO Box 31, Fort Albany, Ontario, P0L 1H0
Fax: 705-278-1049 or Via email: nicole.gillies@mpea.ca