908 Wahler Place, SE
What You Will Do
The Behavior Support Therapist (BST) provides social and emotional supports that are designed to increase scholars’ availability for learning in the classroom, increase self-esteem, raise the scholars’ expectations for achievement, and assist scholars in developing social skills needed for high school, college, and beyond. S/he provides the appropriate counseling intervention that will enhance scholars’ success while at Achievement Prep and afterward. While this position specifically supports scholars who have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) goals and 504 Plans, to the extent time permits, the BST also provides support to general education scholars.
Reporting to the Director of Scholar Support, you will:
- Maximize counseling reach by providing a combination of individual and group counseling/therapy to indicated Star Scholars (scholars receiving special education services)
- Administer, score and interpret comprehensive evaluations
- Lead the team in completing Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans and Safety Plans as needed
- Assist in identifying community-based services, build mechanisms for referrals for mental health services in the community and help link children and families to these services when indicated
- Assist with individual scholar and school-wide crisis intervention, when needed
- Research, plan and coordinate in-service training programs for administrators, parents, teachers, etc. in understanding and meeting the needs of special education scholars
- Foster and develop an awareness of community issues that affect the school environment and intervene when appropriate
- Participate in training activities and either engage in clinical supervision (if not licensed) or serve as a clinical supervisor (if licensed)
- Fulfill continuing education requirements consistent with discipline and keep licenses current
- Participate in any meetings for scholars on caseload including, but not limited to eligibility meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, 504 Planning Meetings and Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) meetings
- Collaboratively work with the Academic, Culture and Scholar Support (SPED) teams
- Complete special education paperwork including, but not limited to, IEP report cards/progress reports, service trackers, and all forms required via student information system, SEDS/EASY IEP and/or any other record keeping required
- Maintain confidential counseling records for all scholars/families receiving treatment services and submit monthly reports
- Complete Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, and Behavior Intervention Plan reviews as a part of IEP
General School Support
- Engage in additional school-wide responsibilities, such as lunch/recess duty, hallway posts, events committees, etc.
- Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
- Embody our core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, andMastery
- Maintain a culture centered on our ethos and core values of Determination, Respect,Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
- Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
- Be on campus from at least 7:30 AM to at least 5:00 PM daily
- Attend and support events during the school day and in the evenings (monthly) that invite families into the building
Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars
You Must Have
- Masters degree or higher in social work, psychology, or school psychology
- License or license eligible in the District of Columbia
- 2+ years of experience working with children in historically underserved communities
It Would Be Nice for You to Have
- 1+ years of experience in a school setting
Who You Are
You know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change. You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way. You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement. You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities. You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions.
You understand that the needs of the whole child must be addressed in order to fully access her/his education. You work relentlessly each day to ensure that happens for our most vulnerable scholars. But you don’t allow their challenges to lower your bar for what you expect of them and what you teach others to expect of them when it comes to being an Achievement Prep Scholar. You know that every minute counts for our scholars, so you structure your days to maximize your impact with scholars on your caseload. You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted. You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be. The grind of our mission ignites you. You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance. You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too.
What We Value
- 100% Scholars: You prioritize what’s best for scholars first.
- Results Without Excuses: You set, track and achieve ambitious goals; and you own the mistakes.
- Sweat the Small Stuff: You pay attention to the smallest details to ensure smooth, predictable, and effective outcomes.
- Community Matters – Mightily: You show care and respect for others – even when the work is taxing.
- Unapologetically Mission-Driven: You have a “whatever it takes” mentality in achieving the mission.
- Many Minds, One Mission: You value and partner with parents and the community for the good of scholars.
What You Get
- Ongoing weekly or bi-weekly coaching and development from direct supervisor
- Regular internal professional development tailored to the requirements of the position and staff needs
- Opportunities to participate in external professional development that increases effectiveness in the role
- Compensation & Benefits:
- Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefits
- Medical, vision, dental benefits
- Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
- 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
- It Pays to Stay:
- Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
- Gifts and Achievement Prep swag
Minimum Education Required