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Autism Specialist

McMinnville School District

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Job Title:  Autism Specialist

Salary Range:  Licensed Salary Schedule Reports to:  Director of Student Services

Essential Job Functions:

Schedules time to provide consultation and/or specially designed instruction in the area of social skill development, and/or behavioral skill development as defined by Individualized Education Plans.

Plans, develops, and follows schedule based upon service delivery model requirements as defined by Individualized Education Plans.

Works cooperatively with colleagues and directs licensed or classified as appropriate when implementing behavior plans. 

Designs appropriate supportive behavioral and/or social skill develop services models.

Designs and implements data tracking sheets, visual schedules, etc. for students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Conducts systematic probes of functional communication, social skills and/or behavioral skills to determine levels of mastery; and maintains continuous tracking systems to measure student outcomes.

Assist in the evaluation, using appropriate and approved assessment tools, and eligibility process of determining eligibility in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Attends Individualized Education Plan meetings for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders providing input and consultation to effectively implement the education plan. 

Provides constructive, timely feedback to students, parents and colleagues to enhance learning.

Uses evaluation information, observation, behavioral data to develop appropriate goals and objectives for Individualized Education Plans.

Assists school teams in completing the following behavioral support processes: functional behavior assessments and behavior improvement plans.

 Engages in peer review and collaborative planning with the district behavioral services department team.

Maintains an understanding of resources available in the community to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Maintains required paperwork completing these documents within legal time requirements. 

Communicates clearly and effectively in a variety of situations, including difficult ones, with parents, school district staff, community and/or state agencies members, and the public.

Responsible for being familiar with the school/district policies and procedures which govern the work.

Prompt and regular attendance is required.

Other Job Functions:

Valid Oregon Teaching License with Special Education endorsement and endorsement of Autism Spectrum Disorder or equivalent 4-10 years of experience of work with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Thorough understanding of philosophy and methods relevant to delivery of evidenced-based instruction to children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, and parents.

Experience in assessment of and service delivery to students with Individualized Education Plans in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and IDEA regulations.

Demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in the areas of curriculum and behavioral modification for special needs students.

Willingness to work with district personnel in the development of district-wide supported education projects.

Experience and willingness to work with students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Knowledge of IDEA, behavioral management, functional behavioral analysis, and behavior support plans.

Ability to establish and maintain healthy working relationships with students, staff, and parents.Performs other tasks as assigned.

Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.

Participates in various meetings and professional development activities for the purpose of sharing information and/or improving one's skills/knowledge.

Essential Job Requirements - Qualifications:

Ability to work cooperatively and harmoniously as a team member.

Ability to plan, organize, and work without close supervision.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District personnel and the public.

Maintains confidential information and the privacy of District staff, students, and families.

Carries out work responsibilities effectively under pressure of deadlines, interruptions, and new or emergency situations.

Ability to work with a diverse population.

Ability to respect confidential information.

Basic computer skills to include use of word processing programs, database programs, knowledge of the Internet and use of a modem.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk; sit; and use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.                                        

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens.  The noise level in the work environment varies but is usually moderate.

Terms of Employment: Performance of this position will be evaluated annually in accordance with Board policy on evaluation of licensed staff.

Note:  The description contained herein reflects general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.  Employees who hold this position may be asked to perform duties of other positions on the same classification level.

MSD believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. The administration reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary that still reflect the essential functions of the department. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of MSD’s goals.

McMinnville School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any education programs, activities or employment.  McMinnville provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.

McMinnville School District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability or genetics. For more information see District Policy GBA-Equal Employment Opportunity.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA). Individuals with disabilities may contact director of human resources for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 or 711.