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Behavior Support Specialist in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 7/13/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-time Regular
  • Location:
    Houston, TX
  • Job Type:
    Education
  • Experience:
    3 - 5 years
  • Date Posted:
    7/13/2018

Job Description

BakerRipley provides an integrated holistic education system for families and their children ages six months through eighth grade. The Choices in Education division oversees the early childhood education programs and the BakerRipley Schools, including three community-based elementary schools, one middle school, and a “New Neighbor” school for refugee children – all of which reside within our community centers. Our holistic approach to educating the entire family allows us to create a stronger and more positive impact in the community.  Both children and their parents gain access to education and broader community resources to prepare them for a successful degree and/or career.

JOB SUMMARY:

 Applies professional expertise in early childhood education and social-emotional development to provide support to children who are experiencing behavioral and academic difficulties in the general education classrooms. Applies professional expertise in Special Education to the Early Head Start/Head Start/Charter School program through a mentoring role. Works in cooperation with all content areas and is responsible for the delivery of mental wellness services to children and families, support to families and children with disabilities and compliance with content area Head Start Performance Standards in conjunction with all other Local, State, and Federal regulations.

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs duties to ensure compliance of the Head Start Program Performance Standards for Mental Wellness in all program options in both EHS and Head Start.
  • Applies professional expertise in early childhood education and social-emotional development to provide support to children who are experiencing behavioral and academic difficulties in the general education classrooms.
  • Provides individual or small group instruction in the area of social-emotional skills and behavior functioning when needed.
  • Observes children referred to the Child Development Services department, works with interdisciplinary team of staff and parents to develop and implement Response to Intervention strategies and makes appropriate referrals for educational or behavioral evaluations within the prescribed time frame.
  • Provides support to the teachers and parents of children with disabilities and mental wellness concerns.
  • Provides support to center staff in the area of mental wellness.       Provides staff development, conducts staff meetings, and serves on staff committees as requested.
  • Makes contact with the public in such a way as to ensure that 10% of NCI-Head Start enrollment is available to children with disabilities.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, agency policy, and administrative regulations. Writes clear concise case notes that conform to ethical, legal and agency guidelines and enters them into the agency’s tracking system in a timely manner.
  • Maintains compliance of the Head Start Program Performance Standards for  Mental Wellness in all program options in both EHS and Head Start. Reviews written policies and procedures annually to ensure staff is putting into practice theories and sound principles of mental wellness.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Child Development Services Coordinator, or EHS/Head Start Director.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM EDUCATION:

Minimum Bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or related field

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:

Minimum three (3) years of Early Childhood experience

Minimum three (3) years of experience working with children presenting challenging behaviors

Experience with children with disabilities is preferred

Experience implementing inclusion practices for children with disabilities is desirable

Training in behavior management techniques for young children is highly desirable

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

License as a Master Social Worker (LMSW) is desirable

EC-4 teaching certificate is desirable

COMPUTER PROFICIENCY:

Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point)

SKILLS:

  • Ability to work with diverse populations – both internal and external to the agency
  • Capacity to problem solve, handle crisis, and work with families and children of low-income backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with all staff members
  • Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Possession of a moral and ethical compass
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License with appropriate insurance coverage and ability to travel throughout the city

Other Qualifications    

  • Mentoring/coaching experience in an early childhood education setting.
  • Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal