Special Education Behavior Support Specialist

Job ID
Human Services
Regular Full-Time
Mental and Behavior Health


The Behavior Support Specialist (BSS) position assists with the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in order to promote effective learning strategies in all classrooms. The BSS provides direct services, guidance, and support to staff on the implementation of ABA techniques. The BSS works collaboratively with staff to: establish and improve the implementation of ABA techniques used in classrooms, supports Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s) data collection, and collects treatment fidelity data on the implementation of (BIP’s)


Assessment and Data Collection:

  • Takes descriptive and quantitative behavioral data in classrooms through observation and ensures interobserver agreement.
  • Assists staff in: defining and measuring behavior; understanding principles of reinforcement; teaching new behavior; implementing strategies for weakening behavior; and identifying antecedents.
  • Collects data on treatment integrity and social validity of interventions.
  • Enters data into graphs to maintain a record of student progress.
  • Maintains a repertoire of assessment strategies consistent with instructional goals, teaching methods, and individual student needs to more accurately assess student behavior skills and understandings. (School-Wide Evaluation)


  • Facilitates collaboration among school staff and support services separate from the Academy (MAT team, ABA providers, speech, etc.) and school staff to enhance student performance.
  • Participates in team meetings with the identified student’s teachers and parents for the purpose of supporting student progress.
  • Works cooperatively with the Support Team and Director to promote positive student behavior.


  • Models the implementation of ABA techniques that contribute to classroom success (i.e., environmental strategies, classroom management strategies, discrete trial instruction, pivotal response treatment, and functional routines).
  • Provides recognition of a variety of student accomplishments and positive behaviors (student of the week, etc.)
  • Provides ongoing support to staff by providing Behavior Skill Trainings (BST) as defined by: instructions, modeling implementation of techniques, observing staff practicing techniques, and providing immediate feedback to staff on their performance.
  • Assists staff with data collection practices and data analysis that will demonstrate student progress.



  • Education – Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Behavioral Health preferred; HS/GED  required.
  • Experience – 3 years full-time verifiable, direct, applied experience working with individuals with challenging behaviors, or applied behavior analysis experience required.
  • License/Certification - Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential required.
  • Regulatory –
  • 21 years of age
  • Current, valid Arizona Driver’s License, 39 month Motor Vehicle Report and proof of vehicle registration and liability coverage to meet insurance requirements.
  • Eligible for DPS Level I fingerprint clearance.
  • CPR, First Aid , Article 9 and  Prevention and Support certification required (ICHD provides training)
  • Initial negative TB test result. (Employer provides)



  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Technology - Computer literacy to include proficiency with of Microsoft Office Systems, Word, Outlook and Excel, applications.


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