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Behavior Specialist I & II

Posted on Aug 13, 2019 by Uplift Family Services

Sacramento, CA 95823
Public Sector
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Full-Time
Job Summary of both positions
Works within the vision, mission, and philosophy of the agency. Under direct supervision, is responsible for developing and implementing positive behavior supports and intervention strategies at an advanced level to address significant behavioral problems for children and their families/caregivers in a variety of environments. Works collaboratively with others on the clinical team. Works independently in the family s home or a variety of community and/or treatment settings. Works directly with youth and adults. Works independently with youth and or families in a variety of settings including homes, community, and/or treatment settings.

Behavior Specialist I Essential Duties
1. Provides direct services to youth and families.
2. Assists teams in developing a hypothesis of function and underlying unmet needs in an effort to develop individualized, strength based strategies, and interventions that will result in positive behavior change.
3. Develops intervention plans that support the decrease in behaviors while incorporating strengths into skill development plans, a time-line regarding implementation and transition of plans to the youth and family, as well as both proactive and reactive strategies that can be used before, after and during escalating incidents.
4. Understands and engages in therapeutic opportunities in crisis situations and provides corrective experiences in times of crisis.
5. Offers constructive feedback and creative suggestions in the use of non-aversive approaches to behavior change to all members of the team.
6. Models, trains, and practices with the child, family, and natural supports behavioral interventions and skill development plans.
7. Provides positive demonstration of professional behavior in all aspects of his/her role, maintaining positive relations with customers and modeling the value of these relationships internally and externally.
8. Attends and participate in weekly supervision, weekly staff meetings, in-service training and treatment team meetings.
9. Actively participates in continuous quality improvement processes and projects.
10. Employee is required to meet applicable productivity and documentation requirements
11. Driving to appointments with clients and their families or other key contacts
12. Physical interactions with children of variable ages such as, but not limited to, games, sports and other activities
Education/Experience Requirements
Bachelor's Degree (BA/ BS) in Psychology, Behavioral Science, Education or related field
One (1) year experience working with children who are Serious Emotionally Disturbed (SED) and their families required.

Behavior Specialist II Essential Duties
1. Demonstrates mastery of the Behavior Specialist I position.
2. Engages and supervises individuals and groups of youth at an advanced level.
3. Creates, develops, and implements functionally relevant strategies that build on strengths and supports new interests.
4. Acquires, monitors, and evaluates information to provide effective feedback to family teams regarding function of behavior and relevant interventions as well as coaching and development of implementation modifications as necessary.
5. Supports caregivers, child and natural supports to identify, learn and access self care strategies as well as skills associated with the implementation of environmental accommodations and behavior management techniques.
6. Provides leadership to develop program responses to needs identified across a number of children and families where natural community resources are not available or appropriate.
7. Assumes leadership and increases participation of others in of work groups, committees and team meetings.
8. Takes initiative to identify and resolve conflicts and recognizes strength in the diversity of families and teams.
9. Initiates, organizes, and facilitates projects and activities as well as models effective prioritization of work tasks.
10. Employee is required to meet applicable productivity and documentation requirements
OTHER DUTIES
11. Driving to appointments with clients and their families or other key contacts
12. Physical interactions with children of variable ages such as, but not limited to, games, sports and other activities

Education/Experience Requirements
Bachelor's Degree (BA/ BS) in Psychology, Sociology, Behavioral Science, Education or related field required.
Two (2) years of experience working with children in mental health or education field and their families required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Master's Degree (MA) in a mental health related field AND two (2) years related experience in a metal health setting preferred OR Bachelor's Degree (BA) in a mental health related field AND four (4) years related experience in a mental health setting preferred.

Both positions require:
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees are responsible for keeping job requirements up to date. This can include but are not limited to certifications, licensure, and maintaining a clear criminal record.

Other Specific Requirements
Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Child Abuse Index Check (CAIC) background clearance, if applicable.
Valid California Driver's license with two years of experience driving and clean driving record will be required.

Work Environment/Conditions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell.
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
In addition, these positions requires standing, sitting, walking, climbing and kneeling.

Employee Statement of Understanding
I have read and understand the job description for my position. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of this position. I agree to successfully complete all required training indicated for this position. I agree to keep all of my required certifications and licenses current and up to date and provide proper documentation of the same to the Human Resources Department. I agree to comply with all Agency policies and procedures. I agree to comply with the agency compliance plan and all laws, rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to my position. As an employee, I understand my duty to report any suspected violations of the law or the standards of conduct to my immediate supervisor. As an employee, I will strive to uphold the mission and vision of the organization. All employees are required to adhere to the values in all their interactions with youth and families and fellow employees.

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Reference: 744682455