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FACULTY MSD - Student Support Specialist

Recruitment #22-009009-0028


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

Under the supervision of the Director of Mental Health and Behavioral Support Services, the MSD Student Support Specialist collaboratively assesses maladaptive student behavior and designs intervention plans that provide evidence-based strategies to help support student learning and development. Additionally, the Student Support Specialist provides consultation to school personnel regarding current best practices related to behavior management by offering individual instruction / coaching, as well as departmental and school-wide professional development training to support staff in their implementation of recommended strategies.


The Student Support Specialist will:
● Assist staff in defining and measuring behavior; identifying antecedents, consequences, and functions of behavior (Functional Behavior Assessment - FBA); understanding principles of reinforcement; teaching new or replacement behavior; and implementing strategies for weakening target maladaptive behavior.
● Collaboratively assess and design behavior intervention programs (BIP); establish measurable goals and objectives that are specifically designed to address the presenting behavior(s); and monitor student progress.
● Attends and participates in a variety of meetings (e.g., IEP), conferences and professional development training as assigned.
● Ensure a safe, non-threatening, nurturing learning environment where students can thrive. In doing so, the Student Support Specialist will respond to and support students in crisis situations (i.e., may cause harm to themselves or others).
● Engage parents in the behavior assessment and intervention process, and empower parents by providing them with skills and techniques to support the positive behavior development of their child.
● Consult with members of the mental health team, including the school psychologist, social worker, and counselor; and support conflict resolution and peer mediation sessions.
● Review behavior referrals / incident reports and conduct follow-up with staff and families.
● Serve as a consultant to administrators, teachers, and parents on issues related to school behavior, including school-wide positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS).
● Provides professional development to teachers, aides, and specialists regarding best practices for behavior management  and factors that can affect implementation of interventions.
● Prepares and maintains a variety of reports, records and files related to students’ IEPs. Develops and provides behavior related training to families.


Education: A Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, or related field is required.  A Master's with BCBA or working towards BCBA is desirable but not required.

Experience: Experience working with students with special needs (e.g., autism; intellectual disability) is required.  Experience working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and knowledge of Deaf community is required.  Must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and written English.  


Must be able to conceptualize and assess complex behavioral issues/cases and clearly communicate findings and recommendations with staff and families.

Knowledge of IEPs, FBAs and BIPs is required.


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560 – 5-568)

Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation with their application.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  A copy of your college transcripts must accompany your application.  The preferred method to receive transcripts and additional information is for them to be uploaded.  Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf, Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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