TITLE: Behavior Specialist
DAY PROGRAM LOCATIONS: Irvington, Orange & Wayne
GROUP HOME LOCATIONS: Paterson, Newark, Harding Twp. (Morristown), Maplewood, Livingston, West Orange, Orange, Plainfield, Warren, & Basking Ridge.
FLSA STATUS: exempt, salaried employee, not eligible for overtime
Provides individualized behavior support services to participants in Day Programs and Group Homes.
- Designs and implements behavioral recommendations strategies for program participants. Evaluates behavior recommendations quarterly and as needed.
- Trains staff in behavior interventions. Monitors staff implementation of behavior interventions, providing on-site modeling, feedback, and additional training as needed to ensure the implementation of procedures as written in the interventions.
- Conducts behavioral observations, functional analyses, and behavioral assessments. Develops and authors behavior intervention programs and recommendations in accordance with agency and regulatory agency policies and procedures.
- Responds to behavioral referrals in a timely manner. Including assessing participant needs and completing appropriate documentation upon enrollment.
- Advises and trains staff in the resolution of behavioral crisis situations and intervenes in crisis situations when needed.
- Trains staff in methods of behavior data collection. Monitors staff follow through with data collection in programs, providing feedback and training as needed.
- Analyzes data on an ongoing basis to provide assessment of progress with behavior interventions. Revises plans as necessary based upon data.
- Functions as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team and attends meetings as needed consulting and working with the participant, family/guardian, staff, and Support Coordinators as needed.
- Conducts and participates in trainings related to behavioral topics.
- Consults with and reports to the Director regularly providing updates on all referred participant, any new or changing behaviors, and the progress of participants receiving behavior supports. Identifies areas of training potentially needed.
- Attends behavior related meetings, trainings, workshops and conferences as recommended for the purpose of increasing knowledge base and improving behavioral services to program participants.
- May travel to other locations including day programs and individual residences
- Will participate in regular clinical supervision and guidance with BCBA
- Other responsibilities as directed by the Program Director.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred in Psychology
- Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Guidance and Counseling, Social Work, Behavioral Science, or a related field
- At least 1 to 3 years’ experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities
- Knowledge of and experience with positive behavior supports and/or applied behavior analysis.
- Ability to convey health information to others clearly, concisely, and logically
- Able to relate well to adults with disabilities
- Learn and understand each participant’s individual needs and to carry out program objectives
- Establish and maintain proper working relationships with supervisors, administrators, parents and sponsors