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Teacher, Exceptional Education Mentor - Austism

Job Title:

Exceptional Education Mentor Teacher (Autism)

Grade Level/Terms of Employment:

Teacher Salary Schedule  230 (11 Months)

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Work Location:

Office of Exceptional Education Itinerant Assigned to a cluster of schools

Immediate Supervisor:

Low Incidence Instructional Specialist


General Description: 
The successful candidate will possess a Master’s degree with endorsement in Special Education and a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in serving students with Low Incidence disabilities specifically students and those with Autism. The successful candidate will have experiences utilizing the principals of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is highly preferred. Knowledge of Federal and State mandates and requirements as related to the provision of educational services and supports for students with disabilities and the policies and procedures of exceptional education programming. Advanced knowledge of research and evidence-based practices related to the education of students with low incidence disabilities, with a specific focus on students with autism. The successful candidate will have the ability to model, demonstrate and provide feedback to teachers regarding the implementation of a variety of strategies and methodologies to meet the communication, academic, behavioral and functional needs of students with autism and other Low Incidence Disabilities. Excellent human relations, interpersonal, conflict resolution, organizational and writing skills required. Bilingual skills to include Spanish are a plus. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEP) in accordance with Federal and State mandates. Skilled in the development and implementation of Positive Behavior Supports, including Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the development and maintenance of special education programs for an assigned cluster of schools
  • Serves as a mentor to new and/or inexperienced teachers serving children with autism and low incidence disabilities.
  • Provides classroom and student-specific technical assistance to professionals serving students with autism and other low incidence disabilities.
  • Assist Teachers with setting up physical space; reviewing and writing IEPs; establishing classroom procedures, staff, and individual student schedules; writing and implementing lesson plans
  • Modeling and monitoring effective instructional strategies
  • Assist Teachers with collecting and interpreting student performance and assessment data inclusive of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program.
  • Communicating with school staff and family members and other stakeholders inclusive of agencies such as DARS
  • Collaborate with related service providers and teaching assistants;
  • Collaborate with VCU ACE and TTAC on latest strategies and supports available to teachers, students and families
  • Other responsibilities may include planning and conducting staff development on high-priority topical areas in autism and related disabilities, collaborating with the Office of Exceptional Education Instructional Specialist Team to ensure effectiveness of technical assistance model.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate professional license with an endorsement in Special Education. Adapted Curriculum preferred
  • Knowledge of Educational Programming for students with Low Incidence Disabilities and 3 or more years of teaching experience as a Special Educator
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with IEP Development software (IEP Online, VA IEP, ect.)
  • Experienced with using Assistive technology Tools (Board Maker, Pecs, ect)
  • Experience with the development of strategies and interventions specifically in the areas of Autism
  • Effective organizational, team-building, and problem solving skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • The selected candidate will serve as an itinerant teacher and must have the ability to travel to various schools within the division.