Location: West Hartford, CT Category: Gengras Center School Posted On: Mon Jun 10 2019 Job Description:
This position supports the Gengras Center by assisting the Director and Associate Director in servicing the needs of The Gengras Center while adhering to the State of Connecticut guidelines for special needs students. The BCBA must be knowledgeable in the areas of behavioral assessment and intervention including functional assessment/analysis, antecedent intervention, reinforcement-based strategies, instructional procedures (e.g., Direct Instruction, precision teaching, discrete trial instruction, and task analysis) for students with autism and related disabilities. This position will develop specialized programs for individuals with autism, challenging behaviors or learning difference. Train teachers and teacher assistants for specialized program details and data collection. Lead or assist in Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans across the Gengras Center. This person must be able to communicate effectively with staff, students, parents and the University of Saint Joseph community and maintain the professional standards required to fulfill the position responsibilities.
Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to)
Assist in establishing policies, procedures, and schedules for program operation.
Assist in developing and organizing programs to meet identified needs for the Gengras Center.
Contribute to the identification and implementation of program goals and objectives.
Develop and conduct workshops/in-services pertaining to staff development.
Ensure the delivery of all required services to each student.
Assist in the process of orienting new staff.
Participate in Behavioral Intervention Plan meetings and referrals on an ongoing basis.
Supervise BCBA candidates for requirement or hours needs towards certification
STAFF DEVELOPMENT, SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION:
Assist with the annual program of professional development activities and in-service training workshops to meet the needs of The Gengras Center School staff.
Conduct periodic trainings, which are specifically focused at some aspect of the teaching and learning process.
Model instructional techniques in the classroom, when appropriate.
Assist teachers to increase their knowledge and improve their teaching competencies.
Coordinate and conduct skills assessments of the program's staff utilizing competency-based performance measures.
Assist with the process of professional development to the Center's certified and noncertified staff, to meet the requirements of the State Department of Education.
Assist in planning and conducting meetings for the staff.
Assist in the articulation of the academic instructional program, and facilitate inter-departmental communication to enhance the Center's transdisciplinary teaming model.
Consult with the Director and the Associate Director about the Center's academic, behavioral and training needs and priorities.
Provide for open communication with staff and members of the USJ community.
Maintain a communication network for dissemination of student data and required state reports.
Serve as a liaison between the Gengras Center and parents.
Recommend ways in which parents can support school efforts.
Conduct informational workshops for parents, as needed.
Assist parents in developing and implementing alternative ways for working with their children through home-school collaboration.
Assist appropriate staff in providing home visitations, or conducting parent conferences, as needed.
Participate in parent-student activities sponsored by the school.
Demonstrate ability and willingness to work effectively with people.
Consistently establish and maintain rapport with others.
Exhibit a high caliber in presentation of work, both in physical presentation and soundness of facts and concepts.
Display respect for and encourage individuals to express their ideas, opinions, and viewpoints.
Exhibit courtesy, self-control, patience, and discretion in dealing with others and the public.
Maintain positive relations with all staff members.
Show respect, concern, and warmth for others and empathetic understanding of individual problems.
Support administrative design for shared involvement and interdisciplinary team approach.
Demonstrate knowledge of child development, learning theory, and research based instruction.
Demonstrate knowledge of school curriculum and curriculum development, with a focus on Connecticut's Common Core State Standards.
Demonstrate knowledge of various instructional strategies, and the Connecticut teaching competencies.
Demonstrate knowledge of Career, Vocational and Transition programming for special needs youth.
Demonstrate knowledge of speech/language, social work, psychology, OT, PT, and other related services.
Demonstrate knowledge of State mandates for restraint and seclusion policies including communication of information to parents, guardians, LEAs, and the State Department of Education's online tracking system.
Know, understand, and respect pupils.
Demonstrate understanding of student motivation strategies.
Demonstrate flexibility in handling conflict and dissent among students.
Support teachers in applying techniques of classroom management, data collection and interpretation, and development of behavioral intervention plans.
Assist in the provision of crisis intervention resources to all teachers and teaching assistants.
Assist with the work of curriculum related committees with a focus on school-wide projects, events, and activities to enhance the teaching/learning process.
Assist in the development of curriculum guidelines and update curriculum model and evaluation system to align with Common Core State Standards as needed.
Assist in the development of pre and post testing for the academic curriculum, and tri-annual evaluations.
Assist teachers in analyzing test results to determine student needs and evaluate student progress.
Assist teachers in the development of data collection, Learner Profiles, I.E.P.s, and Progress Reports.
Assist teachers in planning lessons in units of study.
Assist teachers in developing teaching strategies, which are appropriate for the students and are consistent with current educational research.
Assist teachers in using a variety of teaching styles, strategies, and instructional materials, including appropriate modifications and accommodations, in developing individual programs to meet the needs of specific pupils.
Assist teachers in selecting or developing appropriate instructional materials, securing needed supplies, and utilizing appropriate technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Assist teachers in utilizing community resources for applied and experiential learning.
Ensure the use of behavioral strategies to meet student needs during instruction
Analyze pupil and program needs and make program decisions based on information from data collected.
Provide modeling of instructional method and team teaching support through direct instruction to students as appropriate.
Assist staff in maintaining appropriate student records (i.e., anecdotal records, parent contact sheet)
Provide resources and substitute coverage as necessary.
Assist the director in determining in-service needs with relationship to the academic program.
Continue to grow professionally by participating in continuing professional development/in-service workshops and area professional organizations.
Supervise or oversee school committees.
Maintain standards of ethical conduct.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director or indicated with the Center's program development plan.
Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology or related field and BCBA certification.
At least three years' experience in developing and supporting comprehensive educational programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities. Knowledge of staff training, Special Education/Vocational programming, and a functional analysis/assessment and behavioral programming with a concentration on children with autism and intellectual or multiple disabilities.
Experience working with students with significant behavioral and learning challenges.
Excellent oral and written skills and ability to communicate comfortably with students, colleagues, and external constituents
Demonstrated ability to handle complex and multiple tasks in a professional and efficient manner
Cultural competency to work with diverse student and/or employee population
Commitment to the mission of the University of Saint Joseph
Physical ability to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Saint Joseph is building a culturally diverse faculty & staff and strongly encourages applications from women and people of color.
The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built.We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.
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