Behavior Support Specialist

Title Behavior Support Specialist
Program or Department Vanguard - Clinical Services
Position Type Full-time, 10 month
Work Schedule Monday to Friday, 7:45AM to 3:45PM
Reports To

Director of Clinical Services
Position Summary

The Vanguard School has an opening for a Behavior Support Specialist to join our Elementary School team beginning August 23, 2017!  
Our Behavior Support Specialists work directly with our students supporting them as needed, acting as positive role models, and providing incentives and rewards for good behavior through the school-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program.  The team supports our classroom teachers and aides by carrying out behavioral goals identified in each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and maintaining data on IEP goals.  With proficient safety care skills, they also lead our safety care training program for staff members.

Position Requirements
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Psychology or a related field.
  2. Two years experience working in behavioral health field providing direct services to students on the autistic spectrum and/or with emotional disorders.
  3. PA teacher certification in special education and/or secondary guidance counseling is preferred.
  4. Familiarity with behavior modification, positive behavior support systems, and/or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is required; formal training in crisis de-escalation techniques and behavioral interventions is preferred.
  5. Ability to engage intellectually and physically with students in need of crisis intervention.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with all constituents (administrators, colleagues, students, parents, and others).
  7. Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  8. Ability to use computers and perform clerical skills at a proficient level.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Develops and implements, in conjunction with staff members and leadership, consistent procedures appropriate to the individual needs of each student as outlined in IEPs.
  2. Serves as a role model and reference person to students in dealing with academic, personal, social and vocational problems.
  3. Assists the educational staff in maintaining classroom order by supporting teachers in carrying out students’ behavior plan. Provides crisis intervention and other assistance needed by teachers to maintain discipline.
  4. Maintains documentation of student behaviors and uses this data to evaluate the effectiveness of program in meeting the students’ needs.
  5. Advises school personnel on probable causes of students’ behavioral problems, and suggests methods of intervention.
  6. Collects data documenting students’ serious or persistent behavioral and management problems, for inclusion in program plans and unit files.
  7. Assists with Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) leading to written Positive Behavior Support Plans as assigned.
  8. Prepares reports documenting students’ serious or persistent behavioral and management problems, for inclusion in program plans and unit files and maintains a system of documentation.
  9. Develops school wide incentive programs to encourage students to achieve behavioral goals.
  10. Maintains a professional, confidential and ethical relationship with colleagues, students and parents at all times.
  11. Attends and actively participates in all faculty meetings, in-service meetings, and other meetings as required.
  12. Maintains proper certification for assignment and remains educationally informed in all related areas including PDE regulations and state/national standards through continued professional study and attending workshops and conferences.
  13. Performs related duties, special assignments and projects as assigned.
To apply for this position, interested applicants should e-mail their Cover Letter and Resume to