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Behavior Coordinator

Education, Experience and Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in education, special education or related field; equivalent professional experience may be accepted in lieu of degree
  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • Five or more years’ experience in special education, a psychiatric setting or other similar setting for children and adolescents is required
  • Supervisor experience is preferred
  • Training in Life Space Crisis Intervention, TACT 2 or similar crisis intervention program is preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

Key Job Functions:

  • Supervise, coach, and counsel staff to ensure use of appropriate behavior management practices
  • Ensure the essential job functions of the behavior specialist are demonstrated throughout the program in order to secure a fully functioning clinical intervention program
  • Provide direction to staff during crisis and non-crisis situations to assist staff with improving behavior management skills and decision making skills; manage the need for additional staff in crisis situations and direct staff back to other duties when appropriate; facilitate debriefing sessions with staff to review incidents and identify person responsible for completing required documentation
  • Consistently and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 verbal de-escalation and approved physical restraint techniques, Life Space Crisis Intervention (if trained), and behavior management strategies; provide staff training on behavior management procedures and program processes; maintain trainer certifications and conduct regularly scheduled training to ensure all staff maintain certification
  • Implement and ensure staff use of the point and/or level systems consistently; provide regular feedback, counseling, and coaching to staff on their execution of the systems
  • Conduct and maintain documentation on observations of assigned staff to evaluate staff’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, and to monitor program quality; meet with staff to discuss observations and develop performance improvement plans as necessary
  • Participate and contribute to the management team by actively participating in management meetings, sharing information and observations to improve school programing
  • Assist with the interviewing, hiring, supervision, coaching, progressive counseling, and termination process for Program Assistants and other assigned support staff; complete performance evaluations and individual goal creation and review for assigned staff
  • Ensure the expectations for learning and standards for classroom participation and behavior are followed; effectively manage student behavior through implementation of positive behavioral management systems, school rules, policies, and procedures, and model appropriate behavior for students during the school day; assist students with using strategies to decrease and avoid inappropriate behaviors
  • Actively engage with students and staff to identify potential conflicts or students who are in need of additional support; facilitate or participate in mediations, reentry meetings, and parent meetings; coordinate staff assignments regarding meetings
  • Ensure critical incident reports are completed, accurate, printed, signed, and submitted to the assigned staff within set deadlines
  • Work with teachers, therapists, school leaders, and other team members to determine the student and/or classroom needs, and adjust interventions and practices to best meet those needs; work with team to develop interventions and/or incentive plans when appropriate