Autism & Behavior Support Specialist

Alexandria, Virginia
May 20, 2022
Jun 07, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

The Autism & Behavior Support Specialist provides highly advanced behavior services in a K-12 environment for learners with autism, intellectual disabilities & emotional and other developmental disabilities across the school division.

Please note that this is an 11-month/216-day position.


Education: Master's degree in Psychology, Special Education or related discipline required. Board certification in Behavior Analysis preferred, but not required.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education license in Special Education.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in behavioral strategies and evidence based interventions for learners with autism, intellectual disabilities & emotional and other developmental disabilities.
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in application of evidence-based strategies to enhance academic performance, social skill development and emotion regulation within the school setting.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience programming for or working directly with students with autism, intellectual disabilities & emotional or other developmental disabilities.
  • Experience working in a public/private school setting and administering all aspects of behavioral and academic services to learners with autism, intellectual disabilities with a concentration in emotional or behavioral disabilities is preferred.
  • Effectively communicate and maintain collaborative relationships with all team members involved with the learner's instructional program.
  • Knowledge and skills in the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs), devise data collection systems to track IEP goal progress and experience ensuring compliance with state regulations.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidates holding or working towards their Board certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions
  • Provide oversight to the instructional program for learners in assigned city-wide self-contained Autism, Intellectual Disabilities & Emotional Disabilities programs.
  • Provide consultative support to the instructional program for learners with various disabilities in the general education setting.
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to school personnel, parents and others concerning the planning, developing and providing academic, social, adaptive and inclusive programming for students with Autism & Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Provide in-classroom coaching and modeling of instructional methods and behavior intervention procedures for school-based staff.
  • Evaluate data and recommend specialized instructional changes based on the interpretation of data.
  • Analyze academic, personal, social and environmental conditions to better understand the variables that may impact the behavior of the learner with disabilities.
  • Analyze academic demands and provide specific recommendations that will increase school staff capacity for implementing specialized instruction that will impact student success.
  • Monitor the implementation of evidenced based strategies designed for learners with emotion regulation challenges or emotional disabilities.
  • Participate as a key team member in comprehensive functional behavior assessments.
  • Assist and support building and division staff and parents in the development, implementation and monitoring of student behavior intervention plans.
  • Participate, coordinate, or conduct a variety of meetings, professional learning opportunities, committees and trainings.
  • Maintain knowledge of applicable laws and regulations at the federal, state and local level.
  • Work as a team member to develop a model instructional program in alignment with the division-wide special education plans.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (
Shift Type:

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