Behavior Support Specialist

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


The Behavior Assessment Specialist is responsible for implementing and assists in developing ABC Teaching plans and Functional Behavior Assessments, and providing consultation and training to others in the use of teaching and behavior intervention strategies.


  • Conduct observations using Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) analysis tools to determine current baseline and function of behavior.
  • Analyze data to develop Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence (ABC) Teaching Plan and FBA.
  • Develop ABC teaching plan and FBA using ICHD designated forms.
  • Provide consultation to CFT/ART teams regarding behavior intervention strategies.
  • Set discharge criteria for service and support a generalization plan for CFT/ART team.
  • Submit completed FBA’s and Teaching Plans to supervisor for review.
  • Complete progress notes using the appropriate codes in Electronic Health Record (EHR) within 24 hours of service.
  • Attend Child & Family Team/Adult Recovery Team (CFT/ART) meetings for assigned clients


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of best practice behavioral techniques and skills in applied behavior analysis and behavior support plan development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate activities/behaviors.
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking question as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Uses both analytical and creative thinking to identify problems, collect information, determine the cause, identify and select solutions and implement the best solution.


  • BHT - Bachelor’s degree in a field related to behavioral health; prior related work experience preferred, or any bachelor’s degree with at least one year of verifiable work experience in a behavioral health or related setting.
  • BHPP – Associates degree in a field related to behavioral health preferred, with at least one year of verifiable work experience in a behavioral health setting required, or HS/GED and at least three years of verifiable work experience in a behavioral health setting required.


Legal Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • CPR,  First Aid , and Crisis Intervention (CPI) certification (ICHD provides training)
  • Arizona Driver’s License and 39-month driving record that meets insurance requirements;
  • Proof of vehicle registration  and proof of liability coverage of $100,000/$300,000 personal damage liability, and $50,000 property damage liability, to meet insurance requirements
  • DPS Level I fingerprint clearance (ICHD Provides).
  • Initial physical examination report  including a current negative TB test result (ICHD provides)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Special Education or Applied Behavioral Analysis preferred.
  • One year full-time direct applied experience working with individuals with challenging behaviors, or applied behavior analysis experience preferred


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