Behavioral Specialist

Posting Details

Position Title

Behavioral Specialist

Additional Information

Inclusive Excellence Statement

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

10 Month At-Will

Position Function

The Behavioral Specialist provides continuous support to the overall educational environment by utilizing effective behavioral strategies to address student behaviors. The Behavioral Specialist collaborates with university faculty, Burris educators, pre-service teachers, other professional staff and administrators to provide outlets and avenues for students to communicate, develop skills and build healthy relationships in the school community to support the vision and mission of the school.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or education from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

At least one year of experience with applied behavior analysis in a clinical or school setting.

Minimum Other

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s Degree with a major in psychology or a related field from an accredited institution; valid Board-Certified Behavior Analyst ( BCBA ) professional certificate.

Preferred Experience

Three years or more as a behavior specialist.

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised


Required Certifications

Ability to gain and hold Crisis Prevention Intervention ( CPI ) certification.

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Burris Laboratory School:800020

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Identify students in need of support using approved data points (Child Find) to ensure the appropriate students are identified for intervention.



Job Duty

Assist in the development of social goals for students and train faculty to implement social skills programs.



Job Duty

Develop and implement behavior modification plans and provide training to teachers.



Job Duty

Conduct student observations in order to evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses



Job Duty

Provide emergency intervention in the classroom when a crisis situation arises.



Job Duty

Assist children with preparing for and moving to other classrooms, school activities, outside activities and arrival and departure from school.



Job Duty

Design and oversee implementation of situational appropriate crisis prevention and intervention plans as well as constructive classroom management techniques.



Job Duty

Instruct, model and evaluate student behavior. Check for understanding using a variety of analytical methods that incorporate prior knowledge, life experience and interests to make adjustments to expectations.



Job Duty

Advise parents and/or legal guardians of student progress. Communicate expectations, student achievement and develop strategies for improvement or reinforcement of classroom behavioral objectives in the home environment.



Job Duty

Monitor and assess the progress of students on a regular basis. Communicate through student conferences, parent conferences, case conferences and established reporting procedures concerning specific behavioral situations involving their children.



Job Duty

Coordinate and/or conduct workshops to inform parents about community and school services and programs.



Job Duty

Educate faculty on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis as well as teaching assistants in the techniques for facilitating student independence and communication.



Job Duty

Utilize available technology and instructional media to enhance student-learning experiences.



Job Duty

Report incidents (e.g., suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, harassment, zero tolerance offenses, etc.) to administrators to maintain the personal safety of students. Provide a positive learning environment that adheres to state law and Ball State University policies



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Letter of Recommendation 3

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