Behavioral Specialist

Behavioral Specialist

Children’s Learning Center- Helen Keller Services for the Blind 
180 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. We are a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education and now we are expanding into services for preschool children on the Autistic Spectrum. Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities and now we are opening classrooms for children on the Spectrum.

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full-time staff position with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6-week summer session

The Behavioral Specialist is responsible for assessing students with behavior issues, collecting data on the students, working with teachers, social worker, therapists and school principal to devise behavior plans for the students, evaluating the effectiveness of the plan and, (in conjunction with the school principal) giving ongoing supervision/guidance to the school staff.  Along with the school principal, the behavioral Specialist will observe and supervise the implementation of student behavior intervention plans for students on the autistic spectrum.  Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Compiles and interprets test results to diagnose students’ conditions and assess need for behavioral interventions.
  • Designs behavioral intervention plans for students on the autistic spectrum.
  • Works directly with classroom staff to implement behavior intervention plans and classroom support plans.  This includes daily classroom observations and observations in various school settings and meeting with the classroom staff on a weekly basis or as needed.
  • Measures goals and objectives of behavior support plans to ensure they are being met.
  • Coordinates with teachers and parents to implement behavioral interventions.
  • Communicates with parents and school staff with regard to students’ progress.
  • Analyzes the behavioral interventions to determine their success.
  • Assists students in identifying inappropriate behaviors and develop better behavior alternatives.
  • Provide in-services focusing on behavior management and the implementation of behavior intervention plans in school & classroom settings.
  • Designs classes, programs and special curriculum to meet the individual needs of students on the autistic spectrum.
  • Assists families in facilitating behavioral interventions.
  • Records the progress of children receiving special education services.
  • Monitors and adjusts special education programs designed for each child.
  • Maintains records of students’ special education reports, services provided and behavioral data.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have a strong foundation in applied behavior analysis.
  • Must have an understanding of behavioral characteristics associated with behavior disorders, autism, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and other behavior issues.
  • Has good communication skills, both written and verbal, particularly with parents and education professionals.
  • Has a basic understanding of instructional methods and education curriculums.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to handle emotionally charged situations.
  • Has the ability to train other people to apply behavior management techniques effectively.
  • Has knowledge of and knows how to work with various support systems that are available in a community.
  • Must know and understand state and federal laws and regulations associated with special education.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, special education or human services.
  • Experience working with young children with special needs, especially those diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Specialty certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis or Registered Behavior Technician a plus.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hkncrecruitment@hknc.org

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hkncrecruitment@hknc.org