Under supervision of the Director of Clinical Services, the Behavior Specialist will develop and supervise the implementation of behavior support plans, attend meetings, and provide technical assistance with behavioral issues as needed in Shared Living homes. The position requires proficiency with the delivery of behavior analytic and/or therapeutic services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within their natural environments. Maintains compliance
with Department of Developmental Services (DDS) regulations, and will support/train staff as needed.
- Bachelor'ss Degree in addition to four years of behavioral intervention experience.
- Master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis, special education, or related field preferred.
- BCBA license preferred
- Professional training and experience in mental health, acquired brain injury, and/or positive behavior support (PBS) preferred.
- Supervised training and experience delivering comprehensive behavior analytic services and supports to individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities within their natural environments, including conducting functional behavior assessments and designing/implementing/monitoring behavior support plans.
- Experience implementing positive behavior support strategies and intervention preferred.
- Knowledge of human development, learning, behavior analysis, positive behavior support, collaborative consultation, and abnormal psychology.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to adjust to different environments.
- Valid driver’s license, ability to drive, and means of consistent transportation.
- Travel to other cities and towns may be required.
- Delivers a continuum of comprehensive behavior analytic services and supports to individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities within their natural environments (at varying levels of intensity as per DDS regulations).
- Develops and maintains supportive working relationships with the individual’s families/guardians.
Develops, monitors, and evaluates comprehensive functional assessment-based behavior support plans targeting both reductions of challenging behavior and
acquisition of replacement skills.
- To assist in the screening of prospective participants as assigned with appropriate communication with initial referral from Case Management or DDS Service Coordinator and approved by Area Director under the supervision of Director of Clinical Services/AVP of Family Services.
- To be familiar with regulations and statutes governing the human rights of program participants.
- Be familiar with, and assist in the implementation of, the Seven Hills Foundation Policies & Procedures, the site’s Program Specific Policies & Procedures and the regulations governing the program.
- To transport participants if needed to facilitate treatment interventions.
- To act as a role model and to provide contextual training of staff in the integrated therapeutic model.
- Participate in activities as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team.
- To foster the growth of individuals by teaching and offering opportunities for choice, empowerment and growth of behavioral skills as determined.
- To treat individuals with respect and dignity and in an age and culturally appropriate manner.
- Maintains responsibility for staff/caregiver training, coaching, and on-site technical assistance as a means of ensuring accurate behavior plan implementation.
- Provides on-site oversight of behavior support plan implementation on a regular basis (minimum of monthly visits).
- To perform additional duties as required or directed.