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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2956209
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : January 7, 2019

Job Description


The OSS Autism Specialist will report to the OSS Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Inclusive Education, and is responsible for supporting teachers and school staff regarding programs and services for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Autism Specialist is responsible for ensuring that the Cambridge Public Schools’ services and supports in for students with autism are appropriate and align to research/evidenced-based practices for serving students on the autism spectrum.


Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support teachers in both general and special education settings in addressing the academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of students with autism.
  • Assist the Coordinator with the organization and maintenance of data collection and monitoring of student progress.
  • Consult with special education and general education teachers, staff and service providers in designing and implementing services and programs for students with autism.
  • Provide professional development regarding best practices in curriculum, instruction, social skills, communication and data collection and analysis for students with autism.

 Primary Objectives:

  • Ensure all areas of need are addressed at the school level for students with autism.
  • Act as an in-house expert regarding students with autism at every level of the spectrum.
  • Assist with the development and expansion of programs and services specific to students with autism.
  • Build relationships with community organizations focused on serving students with autism and low-incidence disabilities.

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Coordinator, plan for the transition of students from the sub-separate autism program to the general education classroom. 
  • Work collaboratively with special education and general education staff to support students with autism in both special education and general education classroom settings.
  • Observe students and offer recommendations to teachers and service providers regarding the needs and services for students with autism.
  • Attend planning meetings, IEP and 504 meetings to offer recommendations for services and accommodations for students with autism.
  • Provide professional development in services, supports, service delivery and methodologies for students with autism.
  • Assist with the development of processes, procedures and protocols for the autism program.
  • Collaborate with teachers, counselors, and therapists with the effective implementation of social skills and pragmatic groups.
  • Assist with the support of summer programs for students with autism.
  • Perform other responsibilities as may be assigned.
  • MCAS-Alt development/consultation depending on classroom teacher needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching and supporting students with autism.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration and working with students with challenging behaviors.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with teachers and school teams.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing status reports, policy/procedures, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability in the IEP and/or 504 processes.
  • General knowledge of state and federal special education guidelines and requirements.
  • Requires travel in and around Massachusetts.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Master’s degree preferred (moderate or severe disabilities).
  • Five years experience as a Special Education teacher for students with autism.
  • DESE licensure in Moderate/Severe Disabilities.
  • BCBA Certification required.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Special Education > Autism
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

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    Contact Information

    • Cambridge Public Schools
    • 159 Thorndike Street
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

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