JobID 1606 : Behavior Specialist (#1427569)

Job | Posted 14 days ago


Seeking a highly qualified Behavior Specialist with knowledge and skills necessary to assist MSED Program students.


Under the supervision of the Assistant Director the Behavior Specialist for Mid-State Education District Special Education programs plays a vital role in providing a consistent, safe environment conducive to learning.  In this role, one helps lead, model, and encourage respect, communication, and competency with the implementation of positive behavior interventions, the reinforcement of positive behaviors, and use of de-escalation techniques. Professionalism, empathy, and a non-judgmental approach are essential when working with students receiving special education services to ensure their safety and growth and in order to help them understand and exhibit appropriate behaviors at school and in the community. The Behavior Specialist will be embedded within the MSED Programs and a team environment daily, where collaboration, communication, and adaptability are key to the success of the individual, the team, and the success of the students. This role is performed following District policy and State/Federal Laws.

  • Communicate, and work cooperatively with colleagues to provide appropriate intervention and programming for students and maintain a positive work environment for all.
  • Implement positive behavior interventions and supports to support student progress, reinforcing positive behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques, and redirecting inappropriate behaviors. May be required to use restrictive procedures.
  • Support the development and implementation of individualized education plans in accordance with district practice and state and federal requirements.
  • Comply with Governing Board policies and administrative practices, including those procedures outlined in the staff and student handbooks.
  • Help to maintain safety of all students and the environment.
  • Utilize data to inform programming decisions and planning for student success.
  • Uses flexible thinking and adaptability to address student needs and responds calmly during crisis situations. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or current MN License in the area(s) of School Psychology, School Social Worker,
       LICSW, Social Work, Psychology, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA), preferred.
  • Experience consulting and implementing positive behavior interventions and supports.
  • Willingness and ability to work with students receiving a high-level of special education services.
  • Skills in completing due process paperwork and communicating with parents and other team members.
  • Willingness to complete training in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Handle With Care, and implement restrictive procedures.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication with staff, students, and parents that is maintained during high-stress and crisis situations.
  • Basic computer and email skills. 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds weight and up to adult-size body weight with two-to-three-person lift.
  • Ability to support a student's full body weight up to adult size.
  • Frequently requires standing, walking, lifting, bending, leaning, and repetitive motions.
  • Occasionally requires sitting, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.
  • Ability to tolerate sudden jarring movement.
  • Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may require wearing of personal protective equipment.
  • Locations are generally moderately noisy. 
Hours per Day: 8.0

Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, following the assigned school calendar

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Length: 2019 – 2020 school year, continuing contract

Salary: As negotiated
Mid-State Education District complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. This holds true for all district employment and opportunities.

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Mid State Education District

Compare with State

Amount per Student

State Average: $13,408 (USD)

% ELL Students

State Average: 8%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 15.44

% IEP Students

State Average: 15%



State Average: 200