Job Details
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Up to 50%
Nonprofit - Social Services

The Behavioral Intervention Specialist (BIS) position consists of behavioral assessments and intervention planning, the delivery and review or monitoring of behavioral interventions, and behavioral support services provided in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of services for persons with developmental disabilities. The Behavioral Intervention Specialist works under the direction of the Residential Manager, Operations Coordinator and Psychology Coordinator. 

The ideal candidate will possess a person centered philosophy, strong advocacy for individuals, openness and transparency in times of uncertainty and exhibit leadership when working with families, members of the community and all levels of management, as well as staff.


Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

  • Conduct assessments – both behavioral and habilitative via formal means (Functional assessments, written questionnaires, rating scales, baseline data, etc.) and informal (Observations).
  • Ability to identify the behavioral and psychiatric needs of the individuals and bring these to the attention of the team.
  • Ensure that all interventions receive the proper approval prior to implementation (informed consent, human rights).
  •  Recommend and initiate appropriate referrals for necessary psychological consultations and evaluations.
  • Ensure that individuals receive appropriate mental health care and act as a resource to the residential/day habilitative team with regards to individual mental health needs.
  • Responsible for the completion of all required paperwork, and ensure that all pertinent information is included on psychiatric reports shared with the psychiatrist.
  • Ensure that all psychological records are maintained in accordance with OPWDD and BIRCH policy under the direction of the Residential Manager, Quality Assurance staff and Psychology Coordinator.
  • Meet regularly with supervisors including the Residential Manager/Coordinator and, Psychology Coordinator.  Be prepared to come to supervision with an agenda, approach clinical and programmatic issues in a solution-oriented manner, and to follow up on tasks delegated during the supervision process in a timely manner.
  • Attend the bi-monthly BIS meetings.
  • Attending the team meeting and IDT meetings for each of their programs on a regular basis.  The BIS is responsible to provide the clinical agenda for these meetings, and take an active role in this meeting by leading the clinical discussion or provide training.

Behavioral Support Services

  • Develop behavior support plans in accordance with the agency policy, evidenced based, and regulations as determined by individual need.  The BIS must ensure that timely modifications/revisions are made, as dictated by individual need.
  • Attend scheduled case conferences/life plan meetings and to function as a member of the treatment team.  When unable to attend a case conference, the BIS will provide appropriate reports and recommendations prior to the meeting.  The BIS in conjunction with the Manager/Coordinator reviews a life plan, develops a staff action plan and trains staff on goals/supports.
  • Function as a resource to other programs when needed and to the community services department as a whole (including serving on various committees such as the Human Rights Committee, Informed Consent Committee, Incident Review Committee, etc.)

Delivery and Monitoring

  • Develop and design effective data collection systems that allow progress to be monitored and measured.
  • Assist in the coordination of individual treatment between the residence and day habilitation.  Visit individuals at their Day/Vocational program and attend case conferences and other special IDT meetings as dictated by individual need.
  • Responsible for working directly with the residential or day habilitation staff under the supervision and direction of the Residence Manager(s), Coordinator and Psychology Coordinator.
  • Bring to the attention of the Residential Manager and/or Coordinator, both programmatic and individual clinical issues and be solution-oriented in their resolution.
  • Meet with residential staff on a regular basis to provide clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrate leadership in role working with families, and members of the community as well as during all team meetings, and team building efforts.


  • Develop group curricula and ensure the implementation of group programming.
  • Ensure that all clinical interventions are understood by staff, properly and consistently implemented, to communicate clinical rationales to the staff, to provide staff with both formal and informal feedback, and role model at all times appropriate tone when implementing behavioral programming.
  • Support the program in ensuring that all programming is implemented consistently and in accordance with the agency policy.
  • Provide useful clinical information to staff working directly with individuals and to maintain accepted standards of confidentiality.


Master’s degree in field of Psychology, Social Work or a national board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA) and a Master’s degree Behavior Analysis or a field closely related to clinical or community psychology.


Up to 5 years’ experience working with persons with developmental disabilities with dual diagnosis, preferably in residential, and or day habilitation settings.

Training in assessment techniques


Must have demonstrated effective leadership skills

Must be highly solution-oriented and team oriented

Comfortable with giving and receiving feedback

Ability to conduct staff training

Demonstrated competency in written, verbal and computational skills to present and document records in accordance with program standards.

Proficiency in computers


  • Travel to various programs they are assigned to.
  • Flexibility in schedule is required to work some early days and some late nights, including weekends to accomplish essential functions.
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