Behavior Specialist

Website Grizzlies Prep

FLSA: Exempt


The Behavioral Specialist is highly aligned with the larger school vision and mission and actively assists in the prevention and intervention of disruptive and at-risk behavior of students by facilitating behavioral services to students, families and educational staff. The behavioral specialist is responsible for coordinating diagnostic, education and therapeutic services; assisting teachers with classroom management skills; providing on-going, crisis counseling, and assistance; maintaining records and reports as required and performing related professional and administrative work as assigned. S(he) manages procedures and supervises student behavior during transitions, lunch, assemblies, non-instructional activities, and while the teacher(s) deliver instruction.

Position Summary:
  • Hold students accountable for high expectations of behavior and engagement that are ambitious and measurable.
  • Plans for the diagnostic, educational, and therapeutic service needs of students with emotional/behavior disabilities.
  • Works closely with the school social worker to provide services and treatment for children with behavioral/mental health issues.
  • Collaborates with specialists in other areas to provide comprehensive assistance to teachers and staff members.
  • Exhibit team-mentality to ensure teachers, students, and parents are supported.
  • Contributes to the school culture with respect to the school mission and vision.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement, monitor and follow up on behavioral intervention/prevention strategies.
  • Assist with professional development to teachers for students with emotional/behavioral. disabilities in order to strengthen classroom management ability, including but not limited to teaching positive behavior support and verbal de-escalation skills, providing education in mental health issues and medical management issues.
  • Observes and reports to the Director of Culture on use of Kickboard and classroom management strategies of teachers and appropriateness of activities provided to ensure the provision of a safe and emotionally supportive environment.
  • Observes students within the parameters of the classroom/school environment that have received referrals due to disruptive or unusual behavior.
  • Suggests environmental changes for teachers to institute and implements interventions for students as needed.
  • Responds to crisis and admin call situations in a safe and caring manner.
  • Performs other duties that support the mission and vision of the school as assigned or directed.Gathers information/data to support periodic and special reports documenting activities for areas of responsibility.
  • Helps maintain student behavior during transitions and less structured times (e.g., lunch, hallways, restroom breaks, assemblies).
  • Performs other duties that support the mission and vision of the school as assigned or directed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to work within a structured academic setting.
  • Strong belief in the importance of working as a team to accomplish school goals.
  • Eager to be coached and open to adapting teaching practices to fit the specific needs of Grizzlies Prep students.
  • Desire to teach middle school-aged boys and ability to adapt to their developmental status.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to maintain professionalism and tact in high-stress situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Education and Experience:
  • At least two years of experience working with middle-schooled aged students.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to perform the responsibilities and duties of the position.
Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods standing and actively monitoring student behavior while teaching.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Must be able to assist students who have physical impairments.
  • Must be able to traverse classroom and adjust height, by bending or leaning, in order to teach each child.
  • Must be able to facilitate classroom transitions by walking through hallways and up and down stairs with students.
  • Prolonged periods sitting and working on computer to complete necessary paperwork.
Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance:
  • Grizzlies Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires Grizzlies Prep to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

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