Lead Behavior Specialist (64 hours biweekly, Mays Landing) - Mays Landing - job 1198061

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Date: 09/12/2021

City: Mays Landing, New Jersey

Employment type: Part-time


Location: LOC_ATL_COUN-Atlantic County Specialty Care
Req ID: 133691
Shift: Days
Employment Status: Regular - Part Time

Job Summary


The Lead Behavior Specialist is responsible for providing direct care and clinical leadership in the assessment, development and implementation of behavioral interventions for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in the Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Services (CIEBS). This individual also provides oversight of the CIEBS recreational and psychosocial activities. As a clinical leader, the Lead Behavior Specialist is active in the training of other members of the treatment team, including oversight of Behavior Specialists I, II and III. The Lead Behavior Specialist provides individual behavioral support plans which are shared with the family as part of the therapy as assigned by the Clinical Team. This individual also provides education to families and consultation to school personnel and other behavioral health professionals. In addition, this individual advances knowledge in the area of treatment interventions through active participation in research and program development and evaluation.

Job Responsibilities


1.Under supervision, as required by NJ licensing regulations, and in conjunction with the Clinical Team, serves as the primary behavior therapist to program patients.
  • Manages transportation schedule.

  • Develops, implements and assess treatment interventions for an assigned caseload.

  • Assesses relevant family/systems and incorporates this information into goal planning and development for the patient and family.

  • Independently identifies, operationalizes, and tracks specific target behaviors that impede patient development.

  • Conducts psychoeducational, social and emotional skills training and (psychotherapy if Licensed) groups with children and families.

  • Coordinates the daily operations of the classrooms including maintaining the schedule of activities, appropriate staff coverage and staff breaks.

  • Provides clinical coordination and oversight for the implementation of program protocols and new program systems.

  • Performs functional behavioral assessments and analysis of the patient’s behavioral, emotional and social needs.

  • Provides clinical leadership in the development and monitoring of the social and emotional skills programs to address lagging skills of the patient and patient population.

  • Oversees the collection and graphical display of data on patient goals and target behaviors.

  • Translates treatment protocols into recommendations that are easily understood and are feasible to implement by caregivers.


2.Under supervision, as required by NJ licensing regulations, and in conjunction with the Clinical Team, assumes supervisory responsibilities.
  • Provides supervision, direction and feedback to Behavior Specialists in the development and implementation of behavior modification protocols.

  • Provides direction to non-clinical staff in the development, dissemination and monitoring of interventions designed to enhance the child’s development of adaptive functioning.

  • Provides supervision of the Behavior Specialists in their application of social skill activities.

  • Serves as a resource to Behavior Specialists and Behavior Assistants in the development of group activities.

  • Provides training and demonstration of behavioral/clincal skills to Behavior Specialists and Behavioral Assistants.

  • Serves as a resource to center staff, trainees and community agencies.

  • Assists in the orientation of new staff.

  • Provides regular supervision and direction to Behavior Specialists in behavior team meetings

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

3.Ensures high quality patient care and a safe therapeutic environment.
  • All medical record documentation is accurate, timely and appropriate.

  • Complies with CHOP, JC, NJ and CIEBS policies and procedures.

  • Provides close supervision of children and staff during classroom and program activities to maintain safety and the clinical integrity of the group milieu.

  • Demonstrates, provides and supervises staff in a clearly delineated series of non-violent crisis interventions strategies to facilitate safety and improved child functioning.

  • Only as a last resort, when other less restrictive measures have failed to maintain safety, demonstrates, utilizes and supervises Non-violent Physical Crisis Intervention.

  • Provide assistance, guidance and ongoing assessment of both the child and staff when a child requires a restrictive procedure.

  • Works conjointly with the Senior CIEBS Operations Manager, CIEBS Assistant Manager and CIEBS Medical Director to enhance the behavior team, program performance and program efficiency.

  • Is an active and constructive member of the clinical team and implements team decisions in a positive and proactive manner.


4.Participates in program development, training, research and professional development.
  • Contributes to and participates in the design, implementation, monitoring and assessment of treatment procedures and research protocols.

  • Actively participates in in-service training and continuing education of staff and other service providers.

  • Develops lectures, posters, papers and other presentations as part of the overall quality improvement initiative of the program.

  • Assists center and program teams in the development and supervision of treatment interventions.

  • Meets annual requirements for professional continuing education.

  • Meets annual requirements for mandatory education.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Obtain and maintain Certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention from the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (CPI) within 90 days of starting work.
Required Education and Experience


Required Education: Master’s degree in psychology, social work, special education, school psychology, applied behavioral analysis or a related field.


Required Experience: At least five (5) years of experience with direct care of children with social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations:
Licensed/License eligible, certified or certification eligible as an LAC, LPC or LSW, LCSW, BCBA

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and related areas.

  • Knowledge of child psychopathology.

  • Knowledge of therapy and psychological assessment techniques with children and families.

  • Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English.

  • Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.

  • Ability to direct and motivate staff teams.

  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.



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