Requisition Number: PA063-BEHSP-S-07-2021-02
Job Title: Behavioral Specialist
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: $55,000-$55,000/year

Behavioral Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

RHD is open and hiring during the COVID 19 Pandemic.  Please feel free to apply today.

The Pennsylvania IDD regional division seeks a Behavior Specialist to provide clinically oriented behavior support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental health diagnosis.

The Behavior Specialist will work closely with our clinical, programmatic, residential and day support staff to develop holistic behavioral treatment plans that consider thoughts, feelings and behaviors of our participants within an interpersonal and systematic context. This systemic approach requires participation on a multidisciplinary team and the training of staff, families and caretakers.

The Behavior Specialist conducts their work with respect to the division’s mission and RHD values.


  • Conduct comprehensive functional assessments of presenting issues (e.g. aggression, self-injurious behavior, property destruction, law-offending behavior (sexual or otherwise) etc.
  • Collect and evaluate resident’s/day participant’s medical, familial, psychological, interpersonal and behavioral data (historic and current).
  • Observe the resident/day participant in various settings for the purposes of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan. It is imperative that observations of the resident’s behavior and interactions with peers and direct care staff occur both in the home and the community.
  • Discuss with staff the potential behavior targets, and what strategies they have found to be effective/ineffective. Staff from alternating shifts should be included to obtain a comprehensive view of the individual.
  • Collaborate with the resident/day participant, their family, and residential, operational and clinical staff for the purposes of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan. Behavioral Support plans must be based on a functional assessment and support the resident through the inclusion of positive, affirming practices and may not include restraint procedures as support strategies.
  • Collaborate with therapist to prioritize and refine/alter the list of target behaviors and hypothesize underlying dynamics of each targeted behavior to ensure suggested interventions do not conflict/counteract the SO treatment plan.
  • Conduct trainings related to implementation of behavioral support and crisis intervention plans for the participant, family members, and staff, as well as ongoing assessments (annually at minimum) to assess attainment of outcomes
  • Collaborate with inter-disciplinary team members involved in individuals’ focused support services relative to opportunity and community living to ensure all components of consumers’ program work in partnership.
  • Provide authorized Behavioral Support Service (BSS) as outlined in individuals’ ISPs.
  • All other duties as requested.

Required Experience

  • Three years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a plus, as is coursework or experience working with people who have special mental health needs and/or have a dual diagnosis.
  • One year of Experience completing Functional Behavioral Assessments as well as implementing Behavior Support Plans guided by Positive Behavior Supports.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) a plus.
  • Experience using ABLLs, VB-MAPP and/or PEAK assessment and intervention tools a plus.
  • Experience working directly with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors a plus.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Work, Counseling, Education or closely related Human Service field from an accredited university.  A candidate with a Master's degree in any of the above-mentioned areas is preferred..
  • Completion of required trainings upon hire, including; Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) SPeCTRUM on-line training in Systematic Skill Building, BAS Systematic Skill Building Training, BAS On-line Behavior Specialist training, BAS Goal Attainment Scale Certification, Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) training, BAS Behavior Specialist Training 101

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to support and implement RHD values and beliefs.
  • Ability to speak frankly, honestly, and appropriately about sex and sexual matters.
  • Ability to engage clients and staff in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions.
  • Strong organizational, clinical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to think strategically, tactically, holistically and creatively
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Program Summary

Beyond Boundaries provides community based living arrangements for individuals who have both intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health challenges. All residents are encouraged to function as independently as possible by making decisions and choices regarding activities of daily living and community participation. Beyond Boundaries goal is to create an environment that fosters personal growth and creativity.
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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.