Behavior Specialist

Friday, July 13, 2018
Muskegon Area ISD
Position Details: 

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

630 Harvey St. Muskegon, MI 49442

POSITION: Behavior Specialist

The student services coordinator (behavior specialist) models and teaches implementation of behavioral strategies to teachers, classroom staff and parents. This includes creation of support plans, as well as data collection and analysis.


1. No physical or mental restrictions that would, with reasonable accommodation, prevent performance of the essential job functions and responsibilities. 2. Possession of a bachelor’s or higher degree with special education certification.
3. Successful experience as a special education provider.
4. Physically capable of providing appropriate intervention with disruptive, aggressive, and non-compliant students.
5. Extensive knowledge and experience with positive behavior support.
6. Ability to work and communicate effectively with teachers, classroom staff, caregivers, family members and other support services personnel.
7. Ability to instruct staff in instructional delivery and the use of technology.
8. Knowledge of evidence-based strategies and interventions.
9. Ability to work as a member of a team.

1. Assists teachers and other staff in the development of positive behavioral support plans and emergency intervention plans.
2. Coaches individual staff and teams in classroom management strategies and behavior support plan implementation.
3. Assists in the management of ongoing interventions with students. Provides timely and appropriate response to each identified need and coordinates efforts with appropriate Wesley personnel.
4. Designs individual support plans with input from parents and staff. Demonstrates the implementation of the plan while working individually with the student.
5. Participates in regular reviews for students who have positive behavior support plans, including emergency intervention plans containing the use of seclusion or restraint, and suggests changes to accommodate the most therapeutic methods.
6. Monitors the implementation of the plan by staff. Collaborates with colleagues to build capacity in staff.
7. Develops techniques for documenting the effectiveness of the behavior plan. Generate reports documenting the effectiveness of the behavior plan.
8. Participates in individual and school-wide data collection and analysis.
9. Assists in the planning and implementation of school improvement goals.
10. Remains knowledgeable of current literature pertinent to educational, vocational and psychological trends for the student population and understands concepts of Response to Interventions for low-incidence populations.
11. Upholds the Wesley School Code of Conduct.
12. Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as may be assigned by Administration.

Individuals in this position must expect frequent incidents in which appropriate physical management of a behaviorally acting-out student is required. This may range from the application of prescribed physical control procedures to the need to run to keep up with a student attempting to make an unauthorized departure. It is important that candidates have no physical restrictions which cannot be readily accommodated and must pass a pre-employment physical.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: All candidates must apply online at by July 13, 2018.

TERMS: This position is a full year (205 work days) position offering full benefits.

SALARY RANGE: This position is on the Wesley Teacher contract- $45,009-46,649(Steps 1 - 3) depending on experience and education.

It is the policy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District that no staff member, candidate for employment, program participant, or recipient of services shall experience discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity) disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category (collectively "Protected Classes”), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. Inquiries related to issues of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Assistant Director for Special Education at (231) 767-7249. All other discrimination inquiries or requests for special accommodations to participate in a program, event, or activity should be directed to the Human Resources Director at (231) 767-7213.

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