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Requisition Number 17-0060
Post Date 6/23/2017
Title Behavior Specialist
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
The purpose of this position is to apply an intensive and comprehensive consultation and training model throughout West Virginia for professionals serving individuals who are consumers of developmental disabilities services and who have challenging behaviors. The incumbent will work with the Positive Behavior Support Team in developing and delivering training materials to professionals who provide direct services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. In addition, the incumbent will perform consultation, “on-the-job training” and mentoring to professionals in the field and those who provide support to individuals who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

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 with general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Develop and provide training and information dissemination activities to agencies, staff, parents, individuals providing services, etc. about the project goals and procedures using on-site visits and/or distance technologies.
2) Use group graphics and communication facilitation techniques to produce person-centered plans for individuals, provide individual assessments, conduct functional assessments, and develop “personal futures plans” for various individuals.
3) Develop a variety of written materials including functional assessments, behavioral recommendations, behavior support plans and work plans.
4) Assist in project evaluation activities, including submitting required productivity, data and program reports.
5) Participate in CED staff and committee meetings as required.
6) Perform other related duties as assigned by the Positive Behavior Support Program Manager.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Positive Behavior Support 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
The incumbent must have good communication and hearing abilities. Incumbent must have good foot-eye-hand coordination, and be able to lift, carry and/or push weights of 20 lbs. Activities are predominantly non-manual, though some manual work including transporting of receivables is required.

Work Environment
Works in standard office atmosphere with shared space and equipment. Moderate noise levels are experienced in the office area where the position is located. To accomplish the work, the incumbent must be able to travel statewide as needed, to parts of the state not accessible by public transportation, to provide consumer consultative services for professionals and families, attend meetings, and to develop and deliver training. Responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Master’s degree in psychology, educational psychology, special education, social work, counseling or related field;
2) 5 - 7 years of experience working with individuals with IDD, mental illness, autism, or other co-existing mental health and IDD diagnoses.
3) Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations
1) Valid driver's license or demonstrable alternate efficient means of transportation.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Experience working with individuals who have a developmental or intellectual disability, knowledge of behavioral principles and their application.
2) Experience facilitating group process with individuals with disabilities.
3) Experience conducting training on issues related to person-centered planning and positive behavior support and/or applied behavior analysis.
4) Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals in applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support, technical procedures and governmental regulations.
5) Good written and oral communication skills are necessary.
6) Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
7) Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, consumers, professionals, administrators, parents and the general public.
8) Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of challenges. Capacity to consider and respond appropriately to a broad range of continuously changing circumstances and potential outcomes.
9) Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
10) Computer Skill – must be proficient with Microsoft Office software.
11) Extensive travel through West Virginia and especially the eastern panhandle region to accomplish the position objectives.
12) Ability to work with teams, groups, professionals, administrators and parents in a congenial and professional manner.

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 in a timely and professional manner.
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 is 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; asks for and offers help when needed; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
7) Uses person-centered approach as a fundamental component to problem solving and goal development with respect to consumers.

Preferred Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Experience working with staff and administrators who provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
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