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Behavior Intervention Specialist

Hiring Department

Regional Professional Development Center, College of Education and Human Development.

Job Description

The Behavior Intervention Specialist will work with LEAs to develop staff capacity with individual and classroom behavior management strategies, data collection and interventions. The Behavior Intervention Specialist will assist in conducting and coordinating Functional Behavior Assessments and in developing Behavior Intervention Plans that address students’ inappropriate behaviors and provide a means to help the students become more academically successful.

Assist Missouri LEAs (through training, coaching, and technical assistance) in improving academic and social/behavioral outcomes for all students, but especially students with disabilities, with the development and implementation of effective behavior management strategies, Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments.

Training (Training, Technical Assistance, Coaching)
  • Provide technical assistance to districts over topics such as: defining and measuring behavior; understanding principles of behavior change (including but not limited to: reinforcement, consequences, environmental factors); methods and approaches for teaching appropriate replacement behaviors; implementing strategies for weakening undesired behavior; identifying antecedents and triggers; and maintaining consequences.
  • Train teams to design Behavior Intervention Plans that address classroom organization, effective instruction, social skills instruction, executive function instruction, and behavior modification.
  • Train individuals or groups of teachers/district personnel on effective behavior management practices, such as determining the function of behaviors and developing, implementing and monitoring behavior interventions using efficient and effective data collection methods.
  • Provide professional development that targets research strategies and modeling of instructional practices to support teachers in their implementation of positive behavior support in their classrooms. For LEAs implementing school or district-wide PBS, the Behavior Intervention Specialist will collaborate with the PBS consultants and building leadership to ensure a consistent approach.
  • Train district administrators to review behavior referrals and data reports to look for data trends.
  • Train district administrators to review discipline data including out-of-school and in-school suspensions (OSS and ISS) reports to identify data trends and to use the data to identify alternatives to OSS and ISS for students.
  • Train staff to use individual students’ behavioral data to identify trends and develop specific positive behavior supports to include in IEPs.
  • Train LEA staff in the theory and best practices for conducting manifestation determination reviews.
  • Work collaboratively within a School-wide Positive Behavioral Support framework and with PBS consultants, when the district is a PBS school district.
  • Assist districts in completing Functional Behavioral Assessments for individual students.
  • Promote highly specialized, research-based interventions for at-risk students that include behavior instruction that is explicit, intensive, accelerated and provides ample practice.
  • Develop a repertoire of assessment strategies consistent with instructional goals, teaching methods, and individual student needs to more accurately assess student behavior and emotional competency.
  • Participate in the development and/or revision of training modules as requested by DESE.
  • Report data and consultant activities by the 5th of each month, using a DESE-provided system.
  • Serve as a mentor for new Behavior Intervention Specialists.
  • Work collaboratively with Compliance Consultants and Improvement Consultants to assist districts who have been identified, or are at risk of being identified, as having significant disproportionality or significant discrepancy in their IDEA Discipline data, and districts with anomalies in their IDEA discipline data to address systemic behavior concerns, develop discipline self-assessments and improvement plans, and identify alternatives to exclusionary methods of discipline.
  • Work collaboratively with Compliance Consultants and Improvement Consultants to address systemic and individual student behavior concerns for students with disabilities as identified through Special Education Compliance on-site compliance reviews or child complaints.
  • Attend professional development opportunities to maintain high levels of skill and knowledge of current research and practices related to behavior interventions and positive behavior supports.
  • Attend and actively participate in the annual Directors’ Academy (see master calendar).
  • Attend and actively participate in statewide resource, support, and training meetings as designated by the calendar.
Highly qualified Behavior Intervention Specialists with required knowledge and skills will assist LEAs through the training of staff in the application of individualized behavior supports to help students with challenging behaviors become more academically successful

Behavior Intervention Specialists will:
  • Assist educators in implementing effective, evidence-based practices and behavior programs/processes designed to positively impact graduation and dropout rates.
  • Train districts to design behavior intervention plans that address classroom organization, effective instruction, social skills instruction, and behavior modification.
  • Deliver high-quality training to LEA staff on evidence-based practices using DESE- approved materials.
  • Attend professional development opportunities applicable to Behavior Intervention Specialists work as requested/approved by DESE.
Personnel filling these positions will have a thorough knowledge of the content required in their position and be able to demonstrate a high level of skills in development, presentation, meeting facilitation, coaching and delivery of HQPD to adult learners. Individuals in these positions are expected to have a working knowledge of technology and be able to use it in development, presentation, and delivery of training and technical assistance.

Personnel serving in the role of a Behavior Intervention Specialist are required to have a thorough understanding of the scope of the work and of the intended outcomes of this contract. Individuals are expected to participate in developing, refining, and/or revising training and support materials when requested by DESE. It is the expectation that all contracted personnel will use the materials and tools provided or approved by DESE with integrity. Individuals providing services outlined in this contract are expected to be ambassadors of DESE in their work with districts, schools, and communities


Salary Range: $50,367.29 - $91,392.16.

GGS Grade: 10


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Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
  • BS in Education, School Psychology, Psychology, Counseling, Behavior Science, or related field, or a License as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a school setting as a teacher, counselor, or interventionist
  • Training in Trauma-Informed Care, or the ability to complete training within 6 months
Preferred Qualifications

Requires a skill base of:
  • Effective meeting management and knowledge of processes/protocols
  • Coaching, collaborating, presenting, consulting, and facilitating
  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving processes
  • Leadership
  • Action research and reflective practice
  • Use of technology to enhance professional development
  • Ability to participate in development of High-Quality Professional Development
  • Meeting deadlines accurately and timely preparation of reports and progress logs
  • Ability to organize and schedule time commitments to meet the demands of the job
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle intense emotional situations
  • Excellent stress management skills
Requires comprehensive knowledge of:
  • Function-based intervention planning, behavior theory and behavior analysis for developing behavior change strategies that focus on reducing problem behavior and increasing more appropriate behavior
  • Techniques needed to successfully complete effective Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), function-based interventions, Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and Manifestation Determinations
  • Use of assessment and assessment data to inform instruction and interventions
  • Collecting and analyzing progress monitoring and behavior data from classroom and other educational settings
  • Research-based instructional and behavior intervention strategies and ability to implement them effectively
Requires knowledge of:
  • SW-PBS (School-wide Positive Behavior Support)
  • MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
  • Social-Emotional Learning for All
Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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