Behavioral Support Specialist

Behavioral Support Specialist

The Behavioral Support Specialist works closely with the ESY Director and Coordinator to address on-going behavioral needs and supports for all enrolled students. The Behavioral Support Specialist will provide interventions and staff assists as required in a daily capacity, in both crisis and non-crisis scenarios.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with the individualized care and supervision of students with behavioral differences
  2. Support ESY staff in appropriately intervening during behavioral crisis and non-crisis scenarios, including but not limited: non-compliance, self-injurious, physical aggressions, property destruction, eloping, etc.
  3. Provide physical assists and Crisis Prevention/Intervention strategies as needed
  4. Collaborate with classroom teachers to develop rapport with enrolled students and have a general working knowledge of their individual strengths and needs
  5. Collaborate with classroom teachers and related service providers to aid in student success
  6. Support in providing interventions that align with students Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and related positive behavior supports
  7. Collaborate with classroom teachers to create behavioral modification supports/materials as necessary (token boards, visual schedule, Premack’s principle First Then boards, PECs, etc.)
  8. Utilize respectful, holistic strategies to maintain student dignity during interventions
  9. Aid in implementation and monitoring of therapeutic strategies and effectiveness
  10. Model and maintain appropriate behavioral expectations across all environments, including but not limited to: conversation and social engagement, clean-up and self-care activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner.
  11. Respond to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.
  12. Perform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of classroom function.

Working Conditions: Educational and Recreational atmosphere, in both indoor and outdoor settings.  Exposure to body fluids, noises, and disagreeable odors.

Physical Conditions: Work type varies with short periods of standing, walking, moving, squatting, bending, swimming, and light to moderate lifting.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or course work in Special Education or Psychology strongly preferred
  • Experience working with people with disabilities and/or behavioral challenges
  • Knowledge of behavioral modification strategies and positive supports
  • Experience providing therapeutic supports preferred
  • Knowledge of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) based interventions strongly desired
  • The successful candidate will have excellent communication, organizational and collaboration skills, and demonstrated ability to build relationships with students, staff, and parents. They are passionate, creative, and flexible!

Supervisor:    Director of Extended School Year Program

For questions or to apply directly, contact Jessica.Huff@varietyphila.org