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Social Skills Specialist

Clackamas ESD
Closing date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Social Skills Specialist
Heron Creek - Special Education
Oregon City, OR
190-Days Calendar / 8 hours per day / 5 days per week

The Heron Creek Programs assess the collective strengths of students, families, schools, and the community to develop collaborative plans, enabling students with significant social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges to learn and use skills to meet their educational goals in the least restrictive environment. The Heron Creek Programs will be differentiated from behavioral classrooms in the inclusive approach of the team. The programs are evidence-based with an emphasis on family participation; integration of education and school based mental health service throughout the day, as well as the maintenance of continuous connections between the student, family, and local school district personnel. The program will emphasize strengths-based assessment and collaboration with local systems of care.

The Social Skills Specialist co-instructs with the special education teacher, and provides social and behavioral supports to students whose significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges severely impede their educational progress. The Specialist participates on the therapeutic team to functionally assess the needs of each child. The Specialist collaborates with the team on the development of individualized behavior support plans, and the integration of special education and social/emotional skills training services. The Specialist assists the classroom team in implementing skill development strategies designed to facilitate learning.

01. Applies principles of human development, learning, and behavior, to functionally assess students' social-emotional and behavioral needs
02. Collaborates with the therapeutic team to develop specially designed social skills and behavior intervention plans which are integrated into the daily instructional experience for each child
03. Co-instructs with the teacher to integrate academic and social skills development
04. Co-designs, maintains, and adjusts, as needed, a classroom ecology that includes the systematic use of resources, physical factors, and organizational and communication schema to structure students' total environment for the purpose of providing necessary support and control
05. Collaborates with therapeutic team members to develop and implement a comprehensive program for students and their families, with each member of the tam sharing their specific expertise and fulfillment of a discrete role to meet the education and social/emotional needs of students
06. Provides group activities and supervision for children during parent groups toward a specific outcome, provides information to the team on family dynamics, needs of the children in the family, and observational data regarding the child
07. Please see the job description to view full list of Essential Functions

01. Master's degree in psychology or social work
02. Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (PhD/PsyD), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Master of Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselor, or ability to obtain such license
03. Demonstrated ability to provide child and family centered social-emotional supports
04. Ability to assess and teach developmentally relevant social and behavioral skills
05. Recent successful experience working in an educational/mental health setting with students who have serious social-emotional challenges
06. Ability to learn and apply mental health based strategies with education services in a public school setting
07. Ability to compose and produce concise professional documents
08. Demonstrated skills working with other professionals such as educators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists as resources for planning and delivery of specially designed programs
09. Ability to develop and utilize scheduling and time management techniques in the daily performance of responsibilities
10. Ability to acquire and maintain skill in non-aversive behavior crisis prevention and intervention
11. Ability to co-supervise two or more educational assistants
12. Ability to acquire and maintain a valid first aid and CPR card
13. Written and oral communication skills sufficient to perform essential functions 
14. Mental attributes sufficient to perform the essential functions including the ambiguity associated with program development
15. Ability to acquire and maintain Pro-ACT certification as appropriate
16. Technology skills sufficient to perform essential functions

Clackamas Education Service District is one of Oregon's 19 ESDs charged with providing programs for children with special needs, technology support, school improvement, and administrative services to local school districts and the Oregon Department of Education. Clackamas ESD serves ten school districts in Clackamas County, including Canby, Colton, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Molalla River, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, and West Linn-Wilsonville. These districts range in size from about 630 to 17,300 students. There are approximately 57,500 students in the ten school districts.

Clackamas ESD offers a comprehensive set of services through the following departments: Teaching and Learning; Technology Services; Special Education; and Early Learning. Constituent school districts annually approve the programs and services provided by CESD.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 4:30 pm of the application deadline.
Applications ONLY accepted through Clackamas ESD's dedicated application website, found at  

Application Deadline: July 25 at 4:30 p.m.
Commences: August 19, 2019
Starting Salary: Salary based on education and experience. See 2018-19 salary scheduled here:
Benefits: Clackamas ESD offers a generous benefit package providing health insurance including HRA options, dental with orthodontia, and vision insurance. Retirement through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and professional development allocation.

Pre-Employment Drug Screen and Background Check Conducted
Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.