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Behavior Specialist
Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Clinical and Behavioral Support
Schenectady NY, Latham NY


Summary:  Works with individuals, teams and the Associate Director to assess and develop behavior support plans for addressing behaviors that interfere with a student’s daily functioning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

Acts as a primary resource to staff in understanding disabilities and positive behavioral support. 

Provides ongoing in-service training to staff on disabilities and behavioral support as well as concepts and procedures for functional behavioral analysis, including methods for gathering and summarizing behavioral data.

Models positive behavioral support in an integrated team environment.

Performs direct observation of students for behavioral assessments and development.

Conducts behavioral assessments and writes behavior plans under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Designs, modifies, and implements behavioral support plans in conjunction with the treatment team and classroom.

Meets and consults with the Lead Behavior Specialist weekly on individuals observed.

Works with families and direct support staff in developing behavioral interventions.

Participates in annual reviews and meetings on student’s progress. Guides the team in planning and implementing appropriate behavioral services.

Maintains ongoing communications with service providers, treatment providers and team members to coordinate services.

Provides accurate, relevant data for review by Associate Director for shared cases.

All supervisors, managers, and employees are all responsible for helping to create a workplace free of recognized hazards, and for acting safely.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master's degree from a regionally accredited college in psychology, special education or related field and two years related experience and/or training. Opportunity to receive BCaBA and BCBA supervision.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management.

Math Ability:

Knowledge of statistical principles and ability to apply those principles.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge of Word Processing software and familiarity with Internet applications.

Certificates and Licenses:

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification or eligibile for Board certification in Behavior Analysis required. Certified New York State School Psychologist or eligibile for certification as a New York State School Psychologist.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and sit.

Other Work Requirements

A valid New York State Driver’s License and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Must have daily access to their own vehicle and drive our students when the program requires it.

Required to complete, pass, and use CALM training, provided by the school, which includes deescalation strategies and approved protective holds and movements for students.

Occasional evening, night and weekend work.


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