Behavior Specialist I

Upstate Cerebral Palsy Utica , NY 13504

Posted 2 months ago


The Behavior Specialist level 1 is responsible to provide consultation to treatment teams on instructional strategies, evaluate individual student behavior issues and skills which impact learning, develop, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of behavior plans, provide support to acute behavior issues, complete required documentation, furnish data for psychiatric consults, develop and implement in-service training, educate treatment team members and participate in agency activities.


Activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide consultation to treatment teams on instructional strategies.

  • Provide quality oversight of behavior specialist assistants if appropriate.

  • Evaluate individual student behavior issues and skills which impact learning

  • In collaboration with treatment team, develop, train, ensure quality implementation, and monitor the effectiveness of individual behavior plans.

  • Develop and implement in-service training on behavior management to staff. Complete all required documentation according to program regulations.

  • Provide support to acute behavior issues.

  • Furnish data for individuals' psychiatric consults and provide counseling services when credentialed to do so.

  • Participate in activities as part of the treatment team that may include meetings, trainings, and committees.

  • Establish a work environment that creates positive communication between supervisors and employees and assimilates new employees to the Agency's culture, values and mission.

  • Ensure compliance with all pertinent government and agency regulations and operating standards


The Level 1 Behavior Specialist must meet one of the three following criteria:

  • (1) At least a Master's degree from a program in a clinical or treatment field of psychology, social work, school psychology, or applied psychology as it relates to human development and clinical interventions, and documented training in assessment techniques and behavior support plan development;
  • (2) A National Board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA) and a Master's degree in:

(i) Behavior analysis; or

(ii) A field closely related to clinical or community psychology that is approved by OPWDD;

  • (3) A New York State license in mental health counseling; and (b) Experience: Have at least five (5) years of experience:

(a) Working directly with individuals with developmental disabilities, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of behavior support plans; and/or

(b) Providing supervision and training to others in the implementation of behavior support plans. BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS AGENCY LEVEL REVIEW PROTOCOL Person- Centered Behavioral Intervention, 14 NYCRR PART 633.16 08/01/2014 Page 12 of 12

  • Basic Computer Skills (Windows, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel)

  • This position does have regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with individuals receiving services and is required by law to be fingerprinted for a criminal history record check under OPWDD (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities).

  • Travel is required. Must have a valid NYS Driver's License.


  • Job related tasks involve exposure to blood, body fluids, tissue or the potential for skin or mucous membrane contact from spills or splashes of these substances.

  • Will have exposure to unpredictable individuals and situations when working at sites.

  • OSHA Exposure Category I


  • Must have fluency in the English language. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 25 pounds.

  • Ability to bend, stoop and squat. Ability to grasp and reach with both hands, including simple, firm and fine manipulation.

  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to spend extended periods of time utilizing computer.

  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances are warranted.

  • Must have focused attention span and have ability to multi-task.

  • Must be able to manage and cope in sometimes stressful situations.

  • 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 of the position without compromising work-flow and efficiency.

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Behavior Specialist I

Upstate Cerebral Palsy