Employment Type
Date posted
September 24, 2021
Position title
Child Behavior Specialist

52 weeks per year

Job Location
Sumner HS/EHS Administration, Sumner HS, 215 Bassett Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, Syracuse, NY 13210, 13210

• Master's degree in behavior science, mental health, psychology, child development or a related field. Professional license preferred.
• A minimum of two years verifiable experience working in preschool aged settings utilizing an in-depth knowledge of the developmental stages of children age 0 to 5.
• Knowledge of treatment strategies in child behavior management and ability to administer and use behavior assessment tools to validity, understanding of adult learning principles, and knowledge of issues relating to at-risk, culturally diverse children and families and the impact of trauma on their mental health.
• Good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent stress management and problem-solving skills, demonstrating an ability to work effectively and directly with administration, staff, and children, as well as with families in a supportive manner through consultation in home or on site.
• Data analysis capabilities and working knowledge of basic personal computer applications.
• A current NYS driver license and the ability to travel to various sites.



1. Promote within the program a trauma informed approach to understanding children's behaviors, offer staff training in trauma informed care; and work with families who may have experienced trauma.
2. Conduct observations and assessments of children's behavior in classrooms and in homes as applicable.
3. Develop and assist with implementation of individual behavior plans and on-going services through consultation with staff, evaluation of data, and observation of behavior problems.
4. Collaborate with individual teachers, groups of teachers, home-based visitors and/or additional staff on challenging behavior issues and factors that can affect implementation and success of interventions.
5. Engage parents in the behavior intervention plan process and empower parents by providing them with skills and techniques to support the positive behavior development of their child.
6. Use ongoing assessments to monitor and document pertinent child behavior progress and family information as applicable.
7. Provide professional development and coaching that targets research, strategies and modeling of best teaching/home-visitor practices to support staff in their implementation of positive behavior support in their classrooms and with supporting families.
8. Assist Child Development and Health Services Manager in ensuring child development and health services component activities adhere to the applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards.
9. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with members of the Child Development and Health Services component in providing technical assistance and training to staff.
10. Engage in ongoing professional development to increase skills and knowledge of positive behavior support.
11. Maintain confidentiality of all family and child records and all other matters relating to families.
12. Maintain data and statistics for the Program Information Report (PIR).
13. Maintain monthly data for services rendered and provide report to supervisor.
14. Report incidences of child abuse and neglect as a mandated reporter.
15. Perform all other duties as they relate to the comprehensive team-approach of the Head Start philosophy.
16. Adhere to relevant health and safety policies and procedures.

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