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Behavior Specialist (Master’s Level) – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Master’s Level Behavior Specialist at Friendship Academy,┬álocated 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. This position will work Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Behavior Specialist Job Responsibilities:

  • Complete observations on students
  • Consult with classroom team
  • Complete functional behavioral assessments on students and stimulus preference assessments on students
  • Support classroom teaching teams in the design and implementation of positive behavior support programs for students
  • Develop data collection protocol
  • Trend and analyze data
  • Train staff in behavior management procedures
  • Contribute to RRs/IEPs and progress reports
  • Support the classroom therapists in the safe management of the classroom environment
  • Supports staff in de-escalation of potential crisis situations
  • Proactively performs observations of students’ behavior and communicates potentially dangerous behavior to team members and supervisor
  • Attends and contributes to treatment team, red flag, and debriefing meetings and other student related meetings as requested
  • Performs other duties pertinent to the job as directed by the Program Supervisor

Behavior Specialist Job Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in psychology or education required
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavior principles, evidenced by experience and education
  • Experience working with children with autism and behavior problems, at least three years’ experience preferred
  • Experience writing, implementing, and evaluating positive behavior support plans
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
  • Experience collaborating with teams
  • The essential functions of this job described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching and brisk walking, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Acts 34, 114 and 151 clearances required