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Behavior Specialist

  • Classified

Salary range: 52

Reports to: Director of Special Education


Under the supervision of the Director of Special Education and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, provide support to students exhibiting academic, social, and behavioral challenges, with a focus on identifying skills necessary to achieve social competence in the school setting while preventing and addressing challenging behaviors.

Work directly with students, using best practices in social skills training support to promote social skills acquisition, enhancing skill performance, removing interfering problem behaviors, and facilitating generalization of pro-social behavior.

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Education, Psychology or a related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience providing behavioral support, social skills training to special education students
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work
  • Have and maintain a valid California driver's license.
  • Design and/or implement social groups and 1:1 sessions at the appropriate level for students targeted for interventions
  • Train and supervise employees who implement social groups and behavioral intervention plans
  • Ability to follow behavior intervention and behavior support plans in a consistent manner
  • Provide in-service trainings for teachers and other staff on strategies related to promoting and teaching pro-social behaviors
  • Conduct observations, collect data, and report on program and/or intervention effectiveness
  • Work and communicate with other agencies to ensure that all aspects of the student's program are addressed
  • Work effectively with students and colleagues
  • Function as a positive, contributing member of the educational team
  • Attend IEP meetings and contribute to the goal development and behavior planning for students
  • Work independently under general supervision while following IEPs
  • Assess the needs of the student and the influence of the environment on behavior and learning
  • Prepare reports, presentations, materials and present information accurately in a group setting
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records and information
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems
  • Work with public and outside agencies
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others including diplomacy, patience and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of variety of disabilities and disorders and their impact on learning, including Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Overall social competence, including the levels of communication, joint attention, theory of mind, an understanding of non-verbal behavior, social conversation skills, and Applied Behavior Analysis;
  • Knowledge of social and behavioral challenges and how such challenges can impede learning and social development;
  • Ability to implement complex report writing methods;
  • Ability to communicate with parents and staff concerning cognitive development and age appropriate social interactions.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with young children. Employee frequently works at a computer.

Work Year: 10 Months

Revision Date: 04/07/2015

Initial date: 05/16/2012

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.