Requisition Number: RSS-BEHSP-H-10-2019-01
Job Title: Behavior Specialist
City: Ardmore
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: 55,000 - 60,000

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

Responsibilities/Duties

    • Conduct comprehensive functional assessments of presenting concerns.
    • Collaborate with consumer, family, and residential, operational and clinical staff for the purposes of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan, based on the functional assessment.
    • Conduct trainings related to implementation of behavioral support and crisis intervention plans for the consumer, family members, and staff.
    • Conduct ongoing assessments to determine attainment of outcomes; communicate results to team members and adjust the plan as indicated.
    • Work closely with members of the administrative and clinical team members regarding the plan’s development and implementation. Provide support of the clinical philosophy, and maintenance of a safe and therapeutic environment for the resident, staff and overall community.

    • Collaborate with inter-disciplinary team members involved in individuals’ focused support services relative to opportunity and community living.

    • Provide emergency consultation in crisis situations.

    • Attend and actively participate in team, clinical and outside meetings and supervision as directed.

    • Represent the program in a professional manner and model leadership and boundaries with staff and consumers at all times.

    • All other duties as requested.

Required Experience

  • Three years 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

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree (Master’s Degree a plus) in Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Work, Counseling, Education or closely related Human Service field from an accredited university.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verballyand 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.

  • Ability to think holistically and creatively.

  • Strong organizational, clinical, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Ability to think strategically and tactically.

  • Must have a valid drivers license.

Program Summary

Residential Service Systems (RSS) provides supervised living (CLA) and supported living (SLA), shared housing, education, training and clinical treatment services to men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Montgomery County.
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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.