Board Certified Behavior Analyst (SY21-22)
Grade Level: Middle
Start Date: August 2021
Locations: Boston, MA
About UP Education Network
UP Education Network is a school turnaround organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. UP transforms schools into exceptional learning environments in partnership with families and communities. Students in UP schools cultivate sharp minds, share their kind hearts, and explore their path and potential. UP graduates succeed on the path to college and pursue their passions. Today, UP is the largest nonprofit school network in Massachusetts and is privileged to serve a highly diverse group of more than 2,500 PK-8th grade students across five schools in Boston and Lawrence. All of our school based staff are district employees and receive district benefits.
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at UP Academy holds the primary responsibility for overseeing data collection systems for individual students and classrooms. The BCBA will work closely with staff to ensure that all methodologies and curriculum are evidence-based and reflect the most recent research findings.
- Provide direct instruction of students in the program; methodologies including but not limited to Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Training;
- Develop individualized curriculum and support with generalization;
- Instruct social skills curriculum and support with generalization;
- Support the case management of all students’ IEP services including development and implementation of goals and objectives and progress reporting;
- Evaluate student progress based on work output and observation and use this evidence to determine goals, objectives and directions;
- Maintain close communication with families, inviting families for consultation when necessary;
- Develop behavior protocols and data collection systems;
- Consult with teachers, administrators, and other staff members within larger school community to identify and develop increased opportunities for inclusion, and assist in the implementation of accommodations;
- Assist classroom teachers in maintaining the physical environment of the classroom for organization and presentation purposes;
- Assist other members of the UP Academy faculty in resolving psychological, social, academic, and disciplinary problems of students;
- Observe students in and out of classroom activities during the school day;
- Support teachers in the preparation of report cards, education records, IEP forms, classroom observation records and other forms;
- Participate in IEP meetings; and
- Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the building principal or his/her designee.
- Previous experience in ABA and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
- A passionate belief in UP Academy’s mission, values, and educational model;
- An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them;
- An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
- Proven track-record of high achievement;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
- A sense of humility in the face of success;
- Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
- Experience with mild to moderate disabilities;
- Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred;
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification required; Please note that due to Boston Public Schools policies you will additionally be required to obtain a teaching certification in order to become a permanent BPS employee, by the end of year three of employment.
- An ability to meet all state and federal guidelines in order to be fully licensed and “Highly Qualified” according to NCLB; and
- Current authorization to work in the United States – A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.
Working at UP Education Network
We know that great staff members directly lead to the success of our students. At UP, your career is shaped by:
- Opportunities for immediate impact: UP offers a chance to bring best practices found in high-performing schools to students previously enrolled in struggling schools, and to rapidly unlock the potential of these students.
- Talented, mission-driven colleagues: Our staff is enthusiastic, dedicated, and willing to do “whatever it takes” to put every student on the path to college.
- Collaboration and teamwork: Staff members collaborate and work closely together on grade-level or content area teams, using data to track student performance as well as guide instructional practice.
- Consistent professional growth and development: Members of our staff typically have bi-weekly check-in meetings with their managers where they receive targeted coaching and support. Additionally, the entire staff participates in weekly professional development sessions during the school year, kick-started by extensive training.
We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified. We believe that we have a responsibility to recruit, retain, develop, and reward a diverse and talented staff. Our students must be exposed on a daily basis to a diverse group of powerful role models – in their teachers, their school leaders, and their supporters in the network office. With this in mind, we are committed to recruiting the most talented individuals from the widest possible range of backgrounds to join our creative, mission-driven team.