JOB TITLE: Behavioral Intervention Aide

PAY GRADE: $15.00 - $17.00/hr

BALANCE4Kids seeks outstanding professionals who are committed to helping young people achieve success, enjoy working in a collaborative environment, look for opportunities to expand their capabilities, and view education as a partnership of students, staff, parents and community.

POSITION OBJECTIVES:
Under direction of teachers or psychologists, provide specialized functions in the care and support of exceptional individuals to successfully participate in the educational environment and learning process. This position requires a specialized knowledge and/or skill that will assist students to participate/communicate in a classroom or learning situation. Receive direction from school personnel and/or parents. Assist in the conducting of intensified learning experiences related to students with special needs served by the program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

a. As part of the student's team, assist in implementing appropriate individualized 
instructional and behavioral plans and programs for assigned student, making 
adaptations as necessary under the direction of the Program Consultant 
b. Work with the student team and SLP to implement the student’s program.
c. Adapt general classroom material/methods as appropriate to meet the needs of the assigned student, in consultation with Program Consultant
d. Provide instruction to students consistent with the I.E.P. directives and support from the other team members.
e. Consult, when necessary, with the classroom teachers on appropriate instructional interventions.
f. Work with the principal, Program Consultant, Integration Specialist, classroom teachers and parents at determining an appropriate sequence of events leading toward increased inclusion.
g. Work with the Integration Specialist and Program Consultant to develop and implement inclusionary opportunities such as "Circle of Friends," friendship groups, peer buddies, etc.
h. Assist students as required with toileting, self-care, eating, wheel chair transport and transfer
i. Record data daily on a variety of aspects of students’ progress and behavior.
j. Attend and participate in all relevant training sessions, meetings and professional growth activities as requested and/or required
k. Show patience, respect and compassion in working with students.


QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, in addition to the following:

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, mental health, education or other appropriate discipline, plus 1 to 2 years of directly related experience or training working with children on the autism spectrum, or a minimum of two years of higher education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired, or 5 years related experience or training working with children with special needs.

Certifications and Licenses
CPR and First Aide certification also required.

Preferred Knowledge
Must be well versed in relevant and eclectic teaching technologies including project T.E.A.C.C.H., Discrete Trials, etc. 
Good working knowledge of disabilities as related to autistic students, including special education teaching methods, theories and laws.
Good understanding of standard classroom operations and teaching methods; good basic teaching skills. Demonstrated mastery of the academic subject matter being taught to students.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills
Ability to communicate courteously, efficiently and effectively with a variety of individuals, including students, faculty, administrators, parents, and representatives of outside organizations. Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with peers, subordinates, supervisors, parents, and outside agencies. Ability to remain calm, efficient and effective in responding to medical emergencies and other stressful situations.

UPON HIRE: If you are hired, you will need to complete an Employment Eligibility Form and submit documentation to BALANCE4Kids for review and verification to comply with the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. All offers of hire are contingent upon passing a nation-wide criminal history check. All newly hired employees must complete a probationary period of 90 days following their hire date.