Minnesota Deaf Behavioral Specialist

Metro Deaf School Behavioral Specialist: Preschool – 12th Grade for 2015-2016 school year

Terms of Employments: Opening for 1.0 FTE position beginning Aug. 24, 2015

Application Procedure:

Application and application requirements found on the web at www.mdsmn.org Send letter of interest, completed application packet to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Kim McDonald
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612
[email protected]

Closing Date: Until Filled

Conditions of Employment:

● Selected applicant must verify experience/highest degree held

● MN licensure in Social Work, School Psychologist, School counseling, or related field required upon hire

● Upon an offer of employment, background checks will be conducted

Minimum Qualifications:

● BS/Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field required

● Native-user or fluency in American Sign Language required

● Knowledge of Bilingual Education preferred

● Experience with or knowledge of behavioral needs, strategies, and knowledge in field

Position Description

Reports to: Dean of Students

I. Summary

Works with teaching staff and parents to identify and provide services to students/families as they relate to behavioral and social needs. The Behavioral Specialist shall develop and provide training and educational programs that address the goals and mission of Metro Deaf School.

II. Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide direct services to students who are struggling with personal issues, behavioral problems, and/or social skills in the classroom.

2. Provide support and consultation to teachers and parents as it relates to specific students’ needs.

3. Collaborate with School Psychologists and School Social Worker on assessing students in emotional, social, and behavioral areas.

4. Work with the student’s IEP team in development and implementation of inclusive and behavioral strategies, including accommodations, and ensure follow through.

5. Collaborate and support staff with development and implementation of objectives for the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

6. Resource to staff regarding students’ needs as they relate to social and behavioral issues.

7. May provide group sessions with varied topics, based on student need.

8. Plan and implement crisis intervention.

9. Establish links with outside services for students and provide referral services for students and their families.

10. Act as a liaison between home and school.

11. Develop and facilitate large group (classroom) interventions or social skills group.

12. Participate in child-study team meetings.

13. Attend in-service training workshops as they relate to professional duties.

14. Keep records or progress notes that relate to activities with or for the students.

15. Work with Family Education Liaison to provide support and activities for families.

16. Plan and implement school wide Character Counts! program and other programs as directed.

17. Obtain and maintain MN state licensure.

III. Job Outcome

● Maintains a positive attitude and style in dealing with others in a manner that contributes to the overall public relations of Metro Deaf School.

● Maintains a positive and professional educational environment at all times.

● Educates students to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, physically and socially.

● Provides a safer, more effective learning environment.

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