Applied Behavior Science Specialist

Schenectady, NY, US
Jun 12, 2019
*This is a 12month position in our School.

Summary: Works with individuals, teams and the psychologist to assess, and to develop behavior support plans for addressing behaviors that interfere with an individual's daily functioning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Conducts behavioral assessments and writes treatment plans under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist.
  • Provides ongoing in-service training to staff regarding concepts and procedures for functional behavioral analysis, including methods for gathering and summarizing behavioral data.
  • Acts as a primary resource to staff in understanding disabilities and positive behavioral support.
  • Models positive behavioral support in an integrated team environment.
  • Design, modify, and implement behavior support plans in conjunction with the treatment team and classroom, day services or residential service provider.
  • Performs direct observation of students and adults for behavioral assessments and development.
  • Meets and consults with the psychologist weekly on individuals observed.
  • Participates in annual reviews and meetings on individual's progress. Guides the team in planning and implementing appropriate behavioral services.
  • Works with families and direct support staff in developing behavioral interventions.
  • Provides in-service training individually and in groups to direct support staff on disabilities and behavioral support
  • Provides training to adult participants to improve adaptive functioning in areas such as anger management and self-management.
  • Maintains ongoing communications with service providers, treatment providers and team members to coordinate services.
  • Writes treatment notes for scheduled observations and completes regular and annual summaries of progress.
  • Provides accurate, relevant data for review by the psychologist or psychiatrist for shared cases.
  • All supervisors, managers, and employees are all responsible for helping to create a workplace free of recognized hazards, and for acting safely.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.

Team Work - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Motivates team members.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master's degree from a regionally accredited college in psychology, special education or related field and two years related experience and/or training.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management.

Math Ability:

Knowledge of statistical principles and ability to apply those principles.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a working knowledge of Word Processing software and familiarity with Internet applications.

Certificates and Licenses:

Eligibility for Applied Behavioral Analyst certification.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative 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 employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and sit.

Other Work Requirements

A valid New York State Driver's License and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Must have daily access to their own vehicle and drive our students when the program requires it. Occasional evening, night and weekend work.

Required to complete, pass, and use CALM training, provided by the school, which includes deescalation strategies and approved protective holds and movements for students.