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Behavior Support Specialist

Job ID 148973 Date posted 08/24/2018

The Behavioral Support Specialist is responsible for assisting in the coordination of youth services and providing trauma informed treatment and care to youth. The position provides quality youth care and close intensive supervision of youth in an academic setting. Implements treatment protocols established by a multi-disciplinary team. In addition, this position is responsible for providing a range of residential counseling and skills training services to youth and their families, tracking and reporting on student?s treatment progress and providing coaching and mentoring within the milieu to all youth.


1. Works cooperatively with school staff to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students.

2. Teaches students non-violent conflict resolution skills; coaches youth how to express emotions safely and respectfully.

3. Seeks alternatives to the use of restraint when circumstances allow; sets therapeutic limits as needed in accord with TCI principles. Utilizes safety plans/assessment to increase positive outcomes.

4. Plans and confers with the classroom teacher of students, as requested, concerning behavioral, social, or personal problems affecting the students; works with teachers in the development of crisis prevention plans.

5. Works collaboratively within a team of co-workers; maintains communication with co-workers throughout shift and across shifts, keeping them apprised of therapeutic issues. Consults with team and follows through with recommendations.

6. Participates in the development of the individual educational programs for the students; designs and implements individual behavior plans that build youth skills.

7. Provides emergency support and assistance as needed with other staff.

8. Ensures the safety and security of the students at all times.

9.. Participates in writing and reading daily program log entries and writes critical incident reports as needed in a timely fashion. Completes life space interview when needed.

10. Trained in medication administration according to the policies and procedures set forth by the organization.

11. Attends scheduled supervision and integrates supervision feedback into work performance.

12. Responsible for maintaining all training requirements/certifications. Examples include, but not limited to, Mandated Reporter Training, TCI, Boundaries, CPR, First Aid etc.

13. Other related duties as assigned.


Associate's or Bachelor's degree preferred. Must be at least 21 years of age. Experience working with students who have emotional and behavioral issues preferred.

Ability to assess situations and make proper judgments; understand behavioral situations and react accordingly; objectively analyze crisis situations; respond quickly to emergency situations; and communicate effectively.

Must demonstrate ability to relate and desire work with a diverse adolescent population in a sensitive manner, an interest and willingness to work in a multicultural setting and must share a customer service orientation.

Computer literate in standard desktop applications such as Windows, Word, and Excel.

Must have possession of current driver's license, access to a vehicle and personal automobile insurance.

Scheduled Hours

40 hours, full time.