Behavioral Specialist II - Mays Landing, NJ

Mays Landing, NJ, US, 08330

​Location: LOC_ATL_COUN-Atlantic County Specialty Care 

Req ID: 220312

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Behavior Specialist II is responsible for providing advanced direct care to children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges and needs. . The Behavior Specialist II provides systematic instruction to children in order to develop their behavioral safety and compliance abilities, improve social and communication skills, identify and expression of feelings, and an increase on-task behavior. The Behavior Specialist II has and develops knowledge and expertise in the application of applied behavioral analysis and behavior modification techniques and demonstrates these skills in conducting their responsibilities.  The Behavior Specialist II provides treatment room leadership in supporting the children to achieve their treatment goals. The Behavior Specialist II assists in the training and supervision of Behavior Specialists I and Behavior Assistants I and II

Job Responsibilities

1. Under supervision and in conjunction with the clinical team, serves as the primary behavior rehabilitation specialist to assigned patients.

  • In accordance with the approved master treatment plan and under the supervision of the interdisciplinary team, develops behavior modification protocols to address disturbances in behavioral, emotional and social domains of functioning.
  • Under the supervision of the clinical team, identify, operationalize and track specific target behaviors that impede patient development with minimal support.
  • Under the supervision of the clinical team, monitors specific interventions designed to enhance the child’s development.
  • Provides classroom coordination for the implementation of program protocols and new program systems.
  • Maintains the schedule of activities throughout the day.
  • May demonstrate clinical skills to Behavior Specialist I & Behavior Assistants.

2. Under supervision, participates in patient assessment and treatment planning.

  • Assesses behavioral and emotional challenges and needs...
  • Assesses social and emotional skills and social and emotional skill deficits.
  • Assesses relevant family/systems issues.
  • Provides active training and systematic social and emotional skills instruction to groups of children throughout the course of the treatment day.
  • Serves as a resource to Behavior Specialist I and Behavior Assistants.

 3. Maintains appropriate documentation and functional outcome measures for assigned patients.

  • Timely and appropriate documentation in the patient medical record.
  • Production of written behavior treatment protocols.
  • Collect and graphically display data on patient goals and target behaviors.
  • Present progress and evaluation of data for the team during behavior and clinical rounds.
  • Writes discharge summary at the conclusion of the patient’s day treatment course.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

4. Maintains a safe therapeutic and hazard free environment.

  • Provides daily transportation services to children in the program as needed.
  • Provides close supervision to children during classroom and program activities to maintain safety and clinical integrity of the group milieu.
  • Demonstrates and provides a clearly delineated series of non-violent crisis interventions strategies to facilitate improved child functioning.
  • Only as a last resort, when other less restrictive measures have failed to maintain safety, demonstrates and utilizes Non-violent Physical Crisis Intervention.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of the child when they require a restrictive procedure and access the clinical staff for guidance through the crisis.

5. Participates in training/education of patient, family and other relevant caregivers/service providers.

  • Participates in the design and implementation of recommended assessment, and treatment protocols.
  • Translates protocols into recommendations that are easily understood and are feasible to implement by caregivers.
  • Evaluates safe and effective demonstration of acquired skills by family and other caregivers.
  • Assists in orientation of Behavior Specialist I and Behavior Assistants.
  • Provides coverage for Supervisor of Learning Specialist and Learning Specialist I or II and Behavior Assistants in their absence.

6. Professional growth and development

  • Attend and actively participate in weekly supervision, clinical rounds and behavior team meetings.
  • Participates in academic activities.
  • Participates in the preparation and delivery of lectures, posters, papers and other professional presentations and projects.
  • Participates in in-service trainings and continuing education.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, education, school psychology or a related field


Required Experience: At least three (3) years of experience with direct care of children with social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Enrolled or intention to enroll in an advanced degree program.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and related areas.
  • Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing in English.
  • Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.


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