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Behavior Intervention Specialist Assistant

Job Description


This position provides assistance to students with and without disabilities with social/emotional/behavioral needs in a variety of schools and settings under the direction of a certificated special education provider; i.e. ESA or teacher. Responsibilities include: providing intensive individualized instruction/teaching in cognitive, communication, social, motor and adaptive per their IEP goals and objectives in a structured small group or 1-on-1 setting; taking and maintaining accurate data to guide instruction; implementation of behavioral teaching strategies; collaboration with special education staff; communication with staff and families; implementing student programs in behavioral and social skills, maintaining program records and assisting students with personal care needs; training and modeling of effective strategies and supports for students.

Reports to Special Education Administrator(s). Receives lead direction from certificated special education provider.


  1. Conducts behavioral programs and activities for students with social/emotional/behavioral needs individually or in small groups, carries out behavior, social and academic instruction that will assist the student in meeting the goals and objectives as directed by certificated special education provider. Assist in planning and following through with behavioral interventions. Provides behavioral support in the classroom as appropriate.
  2. Travels between schools for work with students training and consultation with teachers and staff, assisting in planning of programs for students and assembling materials needed.
  3. Contacts teachers, assistants, principals and others for consultation. Consults with parents under the direction of the certificated special education provider.
  4. Collects and records pre- and post-data necessary for IEP goals and objectives and program evaluation; analyze and summarize data to monitor and adjust student programming, update plans; modifies and implements positive behavior support strategies as needed under the direction of certificated special education provider or special education administrator.
  5. Serves as a team member in designated general and special education classrooms. Attends staff, IEP, FBA and BIP meetings
  6. Constructs and/or modifies materials for students; modifies materials as necessary and as directed by the certificated special education provider.
  7. Attends to personal care needs of students and prepare materials (i.e. visual aides) to support instruction and independence.
  8. Manages aggressive and/or assaultive behavior of students which may include employing de-escalation, restraint or escort techniques.
  9. Trains building-based para-educators in the use of positive behavior support; implementation of behavior plans and specially designed instruction, modifying specially designed or general education curriculum as needed. Trains staff to collect and record behavioral data.
  10. May attend workshops, meetings, training sessions, conferences and other staff development activities related to disabling students that have significant behavioral manifestations.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requires ability to work with students who are assaultive, disruptive, angry and otherwise behaviorally challenged. May be required to attend to students’ personal hygiene needs. May be exposed to infectious diseases. Required to travel between work sites and experience frequent interruptions and changes in scheduled activities.


FLSA: Covered


Education and Experience:
High school graduation or equivalent required. Experience working with students with severe disabilities and behavioral challenges.

Allowable Substitution:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of developmental milestones and general children’s development.
  • Experience in working with students with communication, learning, behavioral, physical disabilities.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain program records and organize materials.
  • Ability to follow procedures established by state laws.
  • Ability to attend to detail and follow tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to make and carry out effective decision concerning student behavior management.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn de-escalation techniques and management of aggressive behavior.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn best practice for behavioral intervention including positive behavior support, behavior modification, discrete trial training, structured teaching.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal or no supervision.
  • Ability to monitor student’s behavior and take data.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and families.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Ability to attend to detail and follow tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to establish a positive rapport with students.

Licenses/Special Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Must obtain training in first aid and CPR as required by the district.
  • Right Response Training

Reclass: 10/2017