Behavior Therapist

Newton Public Schools

Newton , MA 02458

Department: Student Services/Schools Job Title: Behavior Therapist FLSA Status:

(Exempt/Non-exempt) Non-Exempt Unit CReports to: Principal or other General Description

  • This position provides a variety of services to students in a classroom and school-based environment.


  • 1-3 years previous experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders in an educational setting. Training and experience using the tenants and techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is required. Familiarity with Language Arts, Mathematics and Content Area knowledge base relevant to the educational level of the student is required. Thus, candidates should be familiar with modifying curriculum to align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Verbal, written language, technology skill and interpersonal communication skill to support communication among team members, with community contacts, school staff and parents is required.

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree is required. Degree in education, special education or related filed such as psychology, and training in Applied Behavior Analysis is required.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES (not limited to):

All the requirements of a teaching assistant, but in addition:

  • Implement academic, social language and behavioral programming using the methodology of ABA for individuals who have developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or emotional/ behavioral disorders.

  • Create teaching materials that align with academic, social-language and behavioral programming.

  • Assist in functional assessments and analysis and deliver behavior programming to individuals using the methodology of ABA.

  • Report to supervisor level behavior analysts and utilize feedback to refine, change and further modify academic and behavior programs to best meet student needs with minimal supervising.

  • Maintain a program book and summarize and visually represent academic and behavioral programming weekly.

  • Support students during transitions between classes, beginning and ending of the day, at recess, specials, lunch and snack to optimize social interactions and social pragmatic instruction in real life situations throughout the school day using methodology of ABA.

  • These positions may require home based or extended day services and require travel within the local area.

  • Assist in all aspects of the school day whether or not such aspects directly pertain to the individual student, this includes supervision at recess, lunch or other "duties."

  • Responsible for implementing "other job related duties" as assigned by the supervisor or Principal

  • Other duties as needed


  • Must be physically able to respond (e.g. push, pull, or carry at least 60 lbs) to students who are physically unsafe and use physical restraints as part of a de-escalation process.

  • Must be able to physically respond to students who have bolted from the building.

  • Must be able to physically maintain a safe learning environment, including moving furniture in to a crisis situation.

Date Updated: 12/20/12 (bargained with the NTA)

Newton Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Newton Public Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other class as protected by law. The Newton Public Schools places a high value on diversity and active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and staff. Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the district human resources office.

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