Erie County

Position Title: Behavior Intervention Specialist I

Reports To: Director, School-Based Services


Family Services' positions require employees to maintain certain skills and characteristics to perform job tasks successfully. These characteristics include flexibility, the ability to work independently, the ability to work in a team environment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. A willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done while maintaining the highest level of professional integrity is also required. This means following workplace policies and procedures, following supervisory directives, and changing work assignments as deemed necessary by management. Effective time management skills are essential to performing multi-task functions in an efficient manner. The ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written form is vital. This facilitates collaboration with clients and a wide range of other programs and agencies. Effective communication skills also result in meeting the documentation requirements of various funding sources. Finally, Family Services stresses ongoing learning and professional development as well as openness to supervisory feedback.

This position requires the ability to respond to various differences among the agency's clientele and staff, including but not limited to economic, ethnic, religious, sex, age, and disability status. Workers should be sensitive to any and all differences. Employee must possess a capacity for appropriate assertiveness skills, as well as good relationship skills which allow for dealing with staff/clients under stress.

Position requires a commitment to Family Services' mission to strengthen families as the ideal nurturing environment for people, empowering individual members to grow. Employee acts in accordance with the Social Work Code of Ethics.

Provides direct services to assigned caseload, coordinates case effects with funding source and related agencies. Worker should be able to effectively manage self in crisis situations (violence, physical aggression, etc.). Worker must be able to follow a prescribed treatment plan.

Examples of Tasks Performed and Work Assigned:

  1. Intervenes with students whose behavior and/or school progress warrants intervention. This may include de-escalation, mediation and other intervention strategies.
  2. Consults with parents, teachers, caseworkers, probation officers and other associated personnel to develop strategies to reduce or eliminate the indicated problems.
  3. Conducts social, emotional, behavior skills focused groups as needed.
  4. Interacts with students and their families.
  5. Supports school administrators with students and parents as a liaison with various appropriate community resources.
  6. Provides prevention, intervention and post-intervention skills as needed per behavior plans.
  7. Keeps proper, accurate and timely documentation of interventions, incidents and outcomes through school and agency documentation requirements.
  8. Coordinates with the school's BEST/SAP Teams; participates in team meetings as needed.
  9. Participates in individual, peer and overall agency supervisory and staff development activities.
  10. Interacts with primary, external and internal customers of the agency and school in such a manner that the customer experiences increasing quality; participates as a member of a Quality team.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education/Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a human services field, experience in the application of Behavioral Modification and Functional Behavioral Assessment, knowledge of child development.  

EOE Statement:

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, disability, age or national origin, or other classifications protected by law.

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