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The Burkard School


Middle School Classroom Behavior Specialist

Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Company: The Burkard School

Company Description

The Burkard School is a K-8 school like no other in the Bay Area. We start with a small class size – no more than ten students – and dedicate both a highly-trained educator and a behavior specialist to each class. This formula allows us to address the individual education of each student with expertise and precision. The behavior specialists target social-emotional learning, self-regulation, and executive functioning and create an environment where the child is focused, regulated, and ready to learn. This in turn allows the educators to teach effectively and ensure that each student reaches her academic potential.

Minimum Education Required for Position

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Certification Required for Position

RBT Preferred

Job Description + Responsibilities

The Middle School Behavior Specialist is responsible for the students’ social-emotional well-being in the classroom. Their role is to work with the Director of Behavior to implement the school’s behavior support strategies in the classroom, on the playground, and on field trips. The Middle School Behavior Specialist must be restraint certified (ProAct, CPI, or equivalent) and physically capable of safely implementing crisis prevention and response for middle-school aged children if necessary. This individual will be supervised by a BCBA.


• Implement the School’s social-emotional learning, executive functioning, and behavioral support interventions in the classroom, on the playground, and on field trips.

• Safely implement proper crisis prevention and response protocols.

• Ensure that the strategies are tailored for each student, working with the parents, other specialists, and School Psychologist to understand the student’s underlying needs and issues.

• Teach explicit/implicit SEL curriculum in the classroom.

• Send a daily, personalized SEL update to each family.

• Engage in long- and short-term planning addressing individual needs of each student.

• Develop performance metrics for students’ SEL Success Plans.

• Evaluate students’ progress and prepare quarterly individual student achievement reports for parents and administration.

• Present oneself as an integral member of the educational team: lead by example; contribute to an expectation of excellence; motivate fellow employees to maintain best efforts and produce their best work; take the initiative to research new programs/policies/ideas/events; and cultivate a contagious enthusiasm for our mission.

• Effectively communicate to staff, parents, students, and community members in a way that models teamwork, encourages cooperative interaction among employees, supports collaboration, and promotes a high level of open and honest communication.

• Express oneself clearly and confidently orally and in writing.

• Speak publicly in an effective manner in order to represent the School at community events.

• Act as an ambassador to the School and uphold a standard of excellence and professionalism in all interactions with parents, prospective parents, and other community members, whether representing the school or in private interactions.

• Maintain a workable level of organization and preparation for the classroom as well as for meetings, presentations, and events.

• Perform other duties, as deemed appropriate, by the Director of Behavior.

Position / Certification supervising this position

Director of Behavior - BCBA

Salary, Benefits, + Opportunities

- $60,000 to $95,500

- Salary range based on experience, skills and qualifications

- 401K

- Health insurance

- Vision and Dental Insurance

- Paid Sick leave

Other Requirements

• Demonstrated effectiveness as a behavioral specialist.

• An ability to stay calm and focused when challenging behaviors occur

• An ability to think quickly on one’s feet to analyze the possible cause and function of a behavior and the best intervention in the moment.

• Knowledge of social-emotional learning and executive functioning.

• An ability to teach an engaging SEL curriculum.

• A willingness and ability to learn behavior management methods from the Director of Behavior to supplement own techniques.

• A sense of humor, genuine love for children, and deep appreciation for our students.

• An ability to make a genuine connection with each student.

• A belief that all youngsters have the natural ability to succeed at high levels of learning and it is the behaviors and actions of the adults in the School that nurture, develop, and encourage each and every student.

• An ability to build caring and considerate relationships that demonstrate regard and respect for all people.

• A belief that decisions should be made from the perspective of putting students’ needs first.

• An ability to resolve student problems and make decisions based on developmental-appropriateness, educational research, and an understanding of the issues underlying an individual student’s behavior.

• An ability to get along well with co-teacher and other members of staff.

• An ability to conduct oneself in a way that maintains the integrity of the position and the School.

• An ability to adhere to professional codes of ethics: maintain trust and confidentiality; model legally and morally responsible actions at all times; treat individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect; and model the core values of the School.

How To Apply

Email your resume to Michelle Benham [email protected]

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