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Requisition Number 16-0107
Post Date 4/6/2017
Title Behavior Specialist
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Charleston
State WV
Description Purpose
The purpose of this position is to apply an intensive and comprehensive consultation and training model throughout West Virginia for individuals with developmental disabilities services who have challenging behaviors or are in or at risk of being in crisis. The position will primarily provide consultation for children with complex support needs such as serious emotional disorders or co-existing mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) diagnoses and individuals with IDD being discharged from state psychiatric hospitals.

This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and resolves matters of moderate complexity. Responsibilities require theoretical and practical knowledge, judgement, resourcefulness and originality. Diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Provide consulting, training and assessment activities for personnel who work with consumers who have complex support needs including IDD.
2) Consult with all stakeholders as a resource on positive behavior support.
3) Develop a variety of written materials including findings of individual functional behavior assessments, as well as development of behavioral recommendations, behavior support plans and discharge plans.
4) Promote, screen and accept referrals for support from a variety of agents, including parents, case managers, advocates, etc.
5) Develop and provide training and information dissemination activities to agencies, staff, parents, individuals providing services and others about the project goals and procedures using on-site visits and/or distance technologies.
6) Facilitate a variety of problem solving and action work groups. Use group graphics and communication facilitation techniques to produce person-centered plans and develop “personal futures plans” for consumers.
7) Assist in project evaluation activities, including submitting required productivity, data and program reports to the Center’s Database Administrator and the Positive Behavior Support Program Manager.
8) Participate in CED staff and committee meetings and appropriate Center meetings.
9) Perform other related duties as assigned by the Positive Behavior Support Program Manager.

Supervisory/Lead Role
Position reports to the PBS Program Manager. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work and general instructions on new assignments. Will receive advice when a difficulty arises in a current project or situation. Offers input on determining methods or procedures. Sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in this role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur in this position.

Physical Demands
May frequently walk, stand, stoop, and reach. Ability to lift up to approximately 10 pounds and/or occasionally lifting up to approximately 20 pounds. Manual dexterity to operate PC and other office equipment. Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work not directly involved with altering or transporting of products may be included.

Work Environment
Works in standard office atmosphere with shared space and equipment. This position requires some travel throughout the state. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Master’s degree in Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, Counseling or related;
2) 5 – 7 years of experience working with individuals with IDD, mental illness, Autism or other co-existing mental health and IDD diagnoses.
3) An equivalent combination of experience and education

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations
1) A valid driver's license

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Knowledge of group behavior
2) Knowledge of behavioral principles and experience in their application.
3) Knowledge of West Virginia service delivery systems for children with complex support needs such as serious emotional disorders or co-existing mental health and IDD diagnoses.
4) Knowledge of West Virginia service delivery systems for adults with IDD.
5) Expression of a person-centered values base consistent with the project goals.
6) Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
7) Deductive ability with analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
8) Interviewing skills.
9) Skilled at researching/evaluating information.
10) Excellent communication skills written and verbal.
11) Knowledge of medical terminology and awareness of cultural and political issues pertaining to various populations and to various disabilities.
12) Ability to interpret Federal laws, regulations and administrative codes.
13) Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
14) Basic computer skills.
15) Ability to travel to parts of the state not accessible by public transportation.
16) Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
17) Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
18) Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
19) The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
20) The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
21) The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
22) The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
23) The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Education and/or Experience
1) Experience working with staff and administrators who provide services to individuals with IDD.
2) Experience working within state psychiatric hospitals.
3) Experience working with children with complex support needs such as serious emotional disorders or co-existing mental health and IDD diagnoses.
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