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Behavior Specialist

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 5, 2023

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Behavior Specialist

Primary Purpose:
The Behavior Specialist is responsible for implementing all program services, skills training, individual treatment intervention and mediation between agencies under the direct supervision of the Gipson Program Director. The Behavior Specialist provides indirect support and supervision of undergraduate students and peer recovery staff.

This position has identified one (1) year funding. Continuation of this position is based on availability of funds.

Essential Functions:
  1. Implements all behavioral interventions as assigned.
  2. Facilitates referrals, behavioral assessments and behavioral treatment plans.
  3. Provides treatment updates to referral source.
  4. Records progress towards individual interventions.
  5. Maintains client records.
  6. Participates in interagency meetings and trainings.
  7. Supports the development and implementation of individual recovery plans for referrals.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned or requested in support of program operations.

This position serves as Campus Security Authority (CSA) as outlined by the Clery Act. CSAs have federally mandated responsibilities to report crimes that are reported them.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Education or related fields.
  • One (1) year of experience working with special needs populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years experience working with the Special Needs population using Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Preference given to RBT or BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst).

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:
  • Experience implementing behavioral assessments and interventions.
  • Strong professional, ethical and leadership skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills when providing feedback to others.
  • Ability to write behavioral based progress notes, emails and clinical documents.
  • Ability to clearly articulate performance roles, project goals and timelines.
  • Effectively manages deadlines and tasks independently.
  • Basic understanding of the theory of human behavior.
  • Ability to develop function based treatments that will help clients achieve related goals and positive outcomes.
  • Ability to form positive relationships with clients.
  • Positive attitude, ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position requires performing physical activities, including standing, kneeling and reaching while interacting with others within the field and within the office.

Candidates must be able to move more quickly than the client they are working with and be able to move quickly and swiftly from the floor, to the chair, and back. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work performed in varied environments including office, classroom, public settings and personal residence. This position will utilize standard business hours but will allow for flexibility based on individual caseload and may occasionally include evening and weekends.

Hiring Range: $23.00 - $24.25 per hour. We consider factors such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s qualifications, internal equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.


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