Behavioral Specialist - Special Education 11 Month, Calvert County Public Schools, Frederick, MD

Behavioral Specialist - Special Education 11 Month

Calvert County Public Schools
Frederick, MD

Job description


April 13, 2023


LOCATION: Special Education Department

POSITION SUMMARY: Assists teachers, principals, directors, and other school-based staff and central office personnel in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of special education services for students with disabilities who exhibit challenging behaviors, primarily to students with autism. Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments; develop, implement and evaluate Behavior Intervention Plans. Provide direct support and consultation to classroom teams on behavior reduction, classroom management, crisis intervention, and skill acquisition.

REPORTS TO: Director of Special Education and/or Supervisor(s) of Special Education


At the time of application, the candidate must hold or be eligible for:
  1. Master's degree and certification/licensure in special education, psychology, or related field.
  2. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification or experience and coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and be in the process of obtaining certification/licensure as a BCBA.
  3. Experience in providing behavior services (e.g. functional assessment, behavior intervention plan, and crisis intervention) for students with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities and other behavior disorders.
  4. Experience in educational environment or setting.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS: These are pre-employment knowledge, abilities, and skills that apply to the Essential Job Functions. At the time of employment, the candidate must have:
  1. Ability to employ technology tools (e.g. e-mail, CCPS web-based tools, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.) and to utilize these tools to analyze, share and use data to make instructional and program decisions.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast and dynamic environment (Able to bend, kneel, squat and reach over head as needed to perform duties). Work involves exposure to a variety of safety elements, including moderate physical activity, student behavior and student hygiene.
  3. Willingness and physical capability of intervening in severe behavioral crisis to include non-violent crisis prevention and intervention.
  4. Experience working with families for family training, home visits and/or supervision of home programs.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills that are effective in communicating with a diverse population.
  6. Demonstrated ability to self-regulate, maintain excellent organization and maintain a positive attitude.
  7. Collaborative leadership skills with the ability to work as a team member.
  8. Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to students, teachers, staff, central office personnel, and community members.
  9. Demonstrated collaborative leadership skills with the ability to work as a team member.
  10. A valid motor vehicle operator's license with daily access to a car.
  11. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Calvert County Public Schools may find appropriate and acceptable.
  12. Demonstrated success in accomplishing tasks akin to those responsibilities listed below.
  1. Provides initial and ongoing training to staff on principles of ABA, conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments, developing, implementing and evaluating behavior intervention plans.
  2. Provides direct support and consultation to classroom teams on behavior reduction, classroom management, instructional best practices to reduce negative behaviors, crisis intervention, and skill acquisition as part of a behavior intervention plan.
  3. Provides guidance and support to district-level and school-based administrators and staff regarding effective disciplinary practices in effort to eliminate disproportionality.
  4. Responsible for the oversight, structure and maintenance of the ABA curricular programs. Provides family support and consultation through home visits and/or school conferences to ensure consistency from home to school.
  5. Provides professional development, modeling, support and clear expectations relating to behavior management, crisis intervention, and IEP development/implementation relating to behavior.
  6. Participates in ongoing professional development both inside and outside of school setting with a comprehensive knowledge of current professional trends and information.
  7. Participates as a member of IEP and IFSP team meetings for targeted students and completes required paperwork in accordance with established timelines.
  8. Serves as a resource to the director of special education, supervisors of special education, autism spectrum facilitators, behavior specialists, and other staff as appropriate in areas of applied behavior analysis and behavioral intervention.
  9. Maintains required certification/licensing required by given profession.
  10. Responds effectively to parent, school staff and administrator concerns.
  11. Communicates with colleagues, families and outside agencies efficiently and collaboratively.
  12. Travels between schools/homes etc. as needed.
  13. Thinks, concentrates, and interacts positively with others.
  14. Works well under stress and meets all deadlines.

OTHER JOB DUTIES: Performs related work as required or assigned by the Director of Special Education and/or Supervisor(s) of Special Education.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires significant periods of standing and walking and is performed in a typical school environment. Work may require physical as well as psychological confrontations with aggressive students. Tasks may include relocating students and setting up needed equipment.

UNUSUAL DEMANDS: As indicated by Individual Education Program plans. May be subject to a flexible work schedule.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Eleven (11) month position and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience applied to the current Calvert County Public Schools salary schedule for teachers. All employees are encouraged to have automatic payroll deposit.

EVALUATION: Performance will be evaluated in accordance with the policy on evaluation as established by the Calvert County Public Schools.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF POSITION: 2023-2024 school year

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Posting will remain open until filled; interview may begin as early as April 27, 2023. Applicants please apply through the Applicant Tracking system located on the Calvert County Public Schools' website -

References must be directly related to educational experience and must include immediate supervisor.

State law requires that anyone hired after October 1, 1986, who will have contact with school children, must be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background investigation. Federal law requires that a new employee must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) in person before beginning employment. Employment is conditional upon successful completion of a drug screen. Current employees of the Calvert County Public Schools are exempt from these requirements.

House Bill 486 - Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Statement

Pursuant to Section 6-113.2 of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland - House Bill 486 - Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention all applicants are required to report all former employers in which you may have had direct contact with minors. The applicant must submit the contact information of the current employer, all former school employers, and all former employers not school related. Applicants should also include contact information for organizations in which you have volunteered, coached, mentor, tutored or otherwise had direct contact with minors.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Calvert County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, familial status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or genetic information or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Student Services
  • Director of Human Resources

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Assessment System at: or call 1-800-###-####.

Anti-sexual, Anti-racial and Anti-disability Harassment Statement

Discrimination can manifest itself in behaviors such as bullying, harassment, or intimidation of individuals.

Calvert County Public Schools does not tolerate any form of harassment including, but not limited to, sexual, racial, or disability. Any individual (student, employee, or community member) who believes that he or she has been subjected to any form of harassment is encouraged to report the allegation of harassment.

Students, parents, and community members may report allegations of harassment to:

Mr. James Kurtz

Director of Student Services

Calvert County Public Schools

1305 Dares Beach Road

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Employees may report allegations of harassment to:

Mr. Zachary Seawell

Director of Human Resources

Calvert County Public Schools

1305 Dares Beach Road

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Calvert County Public Schools is committed to conducting a prompt investigation for any allegation of harassment. If harassment has occurred, the individual will be disciplined promptly. Disciplinary actions for students found to have engaged in any form of harassment may result in suspension or expulsion. Disciplinary actions for employees found to have engaged in any form of harassment may result in suspension or termination.

Calvert County Public Schools encourages all students, parents, employees, and community members to work together to prevent any form of harassment.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Assessment System at: or call 1-800-###-####....

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