Autism Specialist (Full-time consultant position)
Available: August 2012
Closes: open until filled
Anchorage-based with statewide travel required
This is a full-time position based at the Special Education Service Agency's (SESA) main office in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Special Education Service Agency, State of Alaska, is seeking an autism specialist to provide services as part of its Low Incidence Disability (LID) outreach program. Under the supervision of the program director, the autism specialist provides consultative services to multiple school districts and their staff, students, and parents that include: providing individualized educational recommendations for students age 3 through 21; assisting with the development and implementation of evidence-based instructional programs; modeling specialized strategies and/or providing topical in-services and workshops to local school personnel, parents, students, peers, and community; assisting districts in procuring specialized instructional materials and/or adapting available material/equipment; and facilitating inter-agency collaboration. This individual must be willing to travel extensively in rural/remote Alaska.
Additional Preferred Experience
- Masters degree in special education with an emphasis on learners with autism spectrum disorders OR a bachelors degree and suitable experience.
- Minimum three years recent experience with learners who have autism spectrum disorders and their families.
- Experience in developing positive behavior support plans, visual supports, and programs to enhance communication skills.
- Experience in teaching social interaction and play skills.
- Knowledge of current research and range of educational practices in the field of autism spectrum disorders.
- Requirements met for Alaska State Department of Education Special Education Type A Certificate. (Visit http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/app02.html for information of certification.)
- Knowledge of and experience with implementation of best practices in the education of students with autism spectrum disorders.
- Flexibility and willingness to learn new skills.
- Ability to travel independently in rural/remote Alaska throughout the school year.
- Current knowledge of assistive technology commonly used with students having autism spectrum disorder.
- Direct experience with students with autism spectrum disorders across age ranges (pre-school-high school) and across various levels of disability.
- Community-based instruction and inclusion.
- Experience training professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members.
- Interagency networking and collaboration.
- Experience with creation and use of digital media.
For more information or to access an application see web link below.
- Provide consultative services to a variety of school district staff, students, and parents to include:
- Individualized educational recommendations through onsite and distance delivery for students age 3 through 21.
- Assisting with the development and implementation of evidence-based instructional programs.
- Demonstrating/teaching specialized strategies & topical in-services and workshops to school personnel, parents, students, peers, and community.
- Assisting districts in procuring specialized instructional materials and/or adapting available material/equipment.
- Facilitating interagency collaboration.
To learn more about our agency, the state of Alaska, or to download our application, visit our website at www.sesa.org.
SESA is an equal opportunity employer.
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