Lead Behavior Specialist – Education Centers (Sewickley & South)

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Lead Behavior Specialist at the Education Centers in Bridgeville, PA, located 14 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and Sewickley, PA, located 17 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. This position will work Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Supervise and evaluate Behavior Specialists and Behavior Support IAs (Instructional Aide) at both Education Center programs
  • Observe and give feedback to supervisees
  • Support Behavior Staff in positive collaboration with their teams
  • Ensure the integration of related services with all Behavior Staff assignments
  • Assist with the assignment of Behavior Support Staff and their planning of schedules working along with Team Coordinators
  • Document and communicate all areas of concern with supervisees to Program Coordinator/Director
  • Obtain and maintain CCM Trainer Certification and any other required certifications
  • Develop strings for and support supervisees in developing trainings on topics related to expertise
  • Take a lead role in interviewing and hiring prospective Behavior Support Staff

Treatment Responsibilities: 

  • Complete observations on students
  • Complete functional behavioral assessments on students
  • Complete 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/comprehensive crisis management
  • Contribute to RRs/IEPs and progress reports
  • Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities: 

  • Communicate effectively with team members (staff, districts, and parents)
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Participate in and organize professional development activities
  • Facilitate school-age RR/IEP meetings as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: 

  • Master’s Degree or above
  • Licensed Behavior Specialist or Board Certified Behavior Analyst required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral principles, evidenced by experience and education
  • Experience working with children with autism and behavior problems, at least 4 years’ experience required
  • Experience writing, implementing, and evaluating positive behavior support plans
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
  • Experience collaborating with teams
  • Supervise students during emergency drills, play periods and community-based instruction; the ability to keep up with running children and/or to lift, position or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • The essential functions of the job described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination or bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances required
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