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Behavior Specialist

Behavior Specialist

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Residential Services
Regular Full-Time
11a-7:30p/EOW, flexible schedule
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(APPLICATION FORM REQUIRED:  Applicants may download their resume; however, we are unable to schedule an interview without a completed online application for employment.  This position requires a specific level of formal education and a specific license or certificate.  Documentation of the education and license/certificate must be provided to the Home before orientation begins.) 


The Behavior Specialist works in a fast-paced and dynamic environment to implement behavior programming for children and young adults diagnosed with language, communication, behavioral and developmental disorders. The treatment is individualized to meet the needs of each child and young adult, and used to decrease problem behavior as well as to promote skill acquisition. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, the following skills: aggression, self-injury, property destruction, communication, social skills, daily living skills, independence, personal hygiene, and fine and gross motor skills. Behavior Specialist work in a team environment while working one-on-one with individuals carrying out programs designed by a Licensed Behavior Analyst. On-the-job training is provided under the supervision of a Licensed Behavior Analyst. This position requires excellent communication skills, organizational skills, kindness and compassion, and an understanding of the kinds of supports required by children and young adults with special needs. Essential components of this position are listed below, but it does not provide a full comprehensive list of duties that may be assigned. Duties are subject to change at the discretion of St. Mary’s Home.


  • Implements behavior programs as written.
  • Assists in the development of behavior intervention and skill acquisition plans.
  • Provides direct services in 1:1 and group settings utilizing a combination of
  • intensive teaching and natural environment training arrangements.
  • Accurately collects data as per behavior plans.
  • Implements crisis/emergency procedures according to protocol
  • Serves as role model and mentor for direct support professionals, demonstrating desired behaviors, and coaching individuals using approved techniques and strategies.
  • Uses approved physical intervention techniques as directed to protect individuals and others.
  • Provides guidance and direction to direct support professionals in behavioral intervention and data collection procedures.
  • Reports any changes in individual’s physical condition and seeks medical intervention when needed.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team planning meetings and provides feedback in order to ensure the development of meaningful and appropriate ISPs
  • Reports any equipment problems, unusual incidents or injuries to the appropriate individual and completes necessary paper work.
  • Ensures appropriate support and supervision to all individuals while promoting increased independence and choice.


  • Required: High School Diploma & and must have completed 60 hours of college coursework from an accredited university.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in behavior analysis, psychology, social work, sociology, special education or a related field and one previous year of experience implementing behavioral protocols.


  • Must meet the physical requirements of the position, to include fine motor skills, kneeling, sitting floor level, standing, engaging in interactive play activities with children, full body rotation, and lifting 35 pounds, and able to access non-barrier-free areas of premises.

  • Must be willing and able to restrain/hold/transport and utilize quick body movements as indicated in the Behavior Intervention Plan in the course of working with individuals with challenging behavior.

  • Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication.

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License & insurance in good standing.

  • Must complete Person Centered Training and must pass competency assessments after the training.
  • Must complete training for and demonstrate competency of Safety Care concepts and physical interventions.
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 



11a-7:30p/EOW, flexible schedule