Requisition Number: PA072-BEHSP-S-07-2020-02
Job Title: Behavioral Specialist
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: D - Graduate Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: 50,000 - 55,000

Behavioral Specialist

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Description/Job Summary


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 individual’s/day participant’s medical, familial, psychological, interpersonal and behavioral data (historic and current).
  • Observe the individual/day participant in various settings for the purposes of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan. It is imperative that observations of the individual’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 individual/day participant, 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 individual through the inclusion of positive, affirming practices and may not include restraint procedures as support strategies.
  • Collaborate with team 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 other clinical plans.
  • Conduct trainings related to implementation of behavioral support and crisis intervention plans for the participant, family members, and staff.
  • Implement interventions and strategies identified in the behavioral support plan.
  • Monitor implementation of the clinically oriented behavior support plan providing revisions and trainings as needed.
  • Conduct ongoing assessments (annually at minimum) to assess attainment of outcomes; communicate results to team members and adjust the plan as indicated.
  • Provide quarterly behavioral updates to be used for psychiatric medication reviews.
  • Provide this information, including graphs and pertinent data, to the Program Specialist one week prior to the scheduled psychiatric appointment.


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.

Required Education

  • Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Work, Counseling, Education or closely related Human Service field from an accredited university.

Required Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Complete upon Hire Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) SPeCTRUM on-line training in Systematic Skill Building (Nine Modules).
  • Complete upon hire BAS Systematic Skill Building Training (Seven Modules).
  • Complete upon hire BAS On-line Behavior Specialist training.
  • Complete upon hire BAS Goal Attainment Scale Certification.
  • Complete upon hire Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) training.
  • Complete upon hire BAS Behavior Specialist Training 101 (two modules).

Program Summary

Mainstay is a specialized residential and treatment program for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities at risk of anit-social sexual behaviors that interfere with safe and/or legal community living.  Mainstay balances the values of traditional rehabuilitative programs of choice sand independence with judicious external controls designed to ensure safety.
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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.