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Behavior Intervention Specialist Assistant - Jefferson County, NY

POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK -   40 hours per week.  Flexible to the needs of the program, to include visits to the Community Residence, IRA’s and the various day program sites during programming hours.  Contact time for residential visits shall be determined by the Coordinator of Behavior and Clinical Supports, based on the current need of a site.


QUALIFICATIONS –  Bachelors’ Degree in the field of Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, or closely related field.  At least one year of experience in the assessment of developmentally disabled individuals, and/or the development of behavior or implementation of programs. A reasonable combination of education and practical work experience demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position will be considered.    


WORK AUTHORIZATION/SECURITY CLEARANCE – Authorized to work in the United States and pass all background clearances.


SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE - On-site observation of People We Support (PWS) in their program setting with subsequent recommendation for:  (a) Program Development under the direction of the Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS). (b)  Evaluation of the effectiveness of current behavior program. (c)     Receive input from staff regarding the concern and hands on training regarding problematic issues. Attend site meetings at the request of the BIS to provide specific training in behavior support programs, if indicated, or review status of person we support. Carry on-call phone as assigned.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Assist the BIS in the collection and computation of data, and review monthly data collection sheets on individual behavior programs.
  2. Ensure that information is shared with the BIS regarding any issues which may arise at any site on their caseload.
  3. Participate in team meetings or staff meetings at various sites as scheduled.
  4. Provide an on-site observation of the people we support in varied environments to assist in the assessment of the effectiveness of current programs or for the development of new behavior programs.
  5. Assist in developing programming that is positive and proactive in nature.
  6. Complete the semi-annual report and other necessary documents in a timely manner for the BIS to review the information prior to the scheduled team meeting.
  7. Participate in crisis intervention with the people we support as needed.
  8. Complete on-site visit reports and submit to the appropriate staff and locations.
  9. Assist in reducing all restrictive techniques through training of staff and innovative behavior programming.
  10. Assist in addressing specific behavior management issues with staff through training as directed.
  11. Maintain accurate time records in the utilization of time.                                                
  12. Review and participate in follow-up of all incidents relating to behavior per the directive of Supervisor or designee.
  13. Attend Human Rights Committee meetings as needed.
  14. Participate in Agency committees as assigned.
  15. Work with the BIS to identify counseling and other programmatic needs, as well as provide related training and supports to staff in the areas of team process, conflict resolution, group work methods, etc.     
  16. Assist in maintaining records and files for the people we support.
  17. Participate in psychotropic medication reviews as requested by the BIS.



  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively across socio-economic and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Good organization and time-management skills
  • Computer literate




WORK ENVIRONMENT:   This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Work may require lifting, pushing, or pulling in excess of 30 pounds. 


OTHER DUTIES – This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disabled/Veteran

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