Behavioral Specialist

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
890 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021

Description of Duties:

The Georgia Department of Education - Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) is recruiting for a Behavioral Specialist. This position will collaborate with the behavioral support team and school leaders on crisis intervention/behavior management. Job responsibilities include but  are not limited to:

  • Provide direct support to students
  • Manage and oversee the formulation and implementation of program policies and procedures regarding crisis intervention/behavior management
  • Identify resources for school staff to support students
  • Coordinate and facilitate communication between the students, school staff and parents/families regarding discipline and consequences; Coordinates and monitors behavior referral data
  • Provide in-service training to staff related to behavior management and social emotional learning
  • Attend and participate in conferences and workshops pertinent to behavior management
  • Coordinate and conduct summer home visits to address effective behavior/socio-emotional strategies with families
  • Provide satellite training/support to families in partnership with the Family Engagement Specialist
  • Build teams that work collaboratively to support our students and school staff
  • Communicate effectively with all constituents when dealing in situations with students and school staff
  • Complete paperwork and documentation in a timely manner; and assist AASD community in understanding the unique needs of our deaf/hard of hearing students


Applicants will be expected to exhibit the ability to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) during the interview with an expectation of obtaining an ASL rating of 3+ or above within three years from date of hire

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of related experience OR Bachelor's degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university AND Four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifcations:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:
  • A Master’s degree in social work, psychology, deaf education, special education, emotional-behavior disorders, or a closely related field
  • Possess or eligible to obtain a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in Behavior Disorders or Special Education General Curriculum OR possess a valid certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Experience conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and developing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).
  • Experience implementing BIPs and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Experience implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Multi-tiered System of Support MTSS
  • Experience with non-violent crisis intervention techniques or other evidenced-based emotional-behavior intervention techniques
  • At least three (3) years of experience working with deaf/hard of hearing students
  • ASL proficiency at 4 or above as measured by the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

Annual salary range $41,268.09 (minimum) to $68,469.15 (maximum). Hiring salary is commensurate with current employment, relevant education/training and work experience. Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees’ Retirement or Teachers Retirement.


Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established. Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications may be forwarded to the hiring manager to be considered. Candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted directly. No notification will be sent to applicants except those who are selected for interviews. 

It is the policy of the Georgia Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, or age in its employment practices.  The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and each associated State School is a registered participant in the federal work authorization program commonly known as E-Verify. The GaDOE utilizes the program to verify employment eligibility of individuals hired on or after July 1, 2007.

An Equal Opportunity Employer