Entry-level Behavioral Program Specialist (30156 – 30158)
Pinellas Head Start / Early Head Start
Located in Largo, FL
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.
Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:
- early childhood education
- refugee and immigration
- mental health and substance abuse
- juvenile justice
- child welfare
LSF is looking for a talented Behavioral Program Specialist who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.
Purpose & Impact
The purpose of the Behavioral Program Specialist is to be responsible for assisting across all program locations with the implementation of behavior reduction and skill development plans for children in an early childhood school environment. The position will assist children with day to day activities, monitoring their behavior, record and collect data on children’s progress,
and communicate with individuals on the multidisciplinary team (e.g. parent, behavioral analysis and mental health counselor, center director, teacher). In addition, responsible for collecting data, working with teachers, counselors, behavioral analysis to devise and facilitate behavior plan for children and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
A Day in the Life of a Behavioral Program Specialist
- Implement and perform the tasks in accordance with the child’s individualized service plan.
- Assists in educational staff and the assigned children in all areas of the program.
- Helps supervise at mealtime, eating with classroom to engage children in using good social skills.
- Consults regularly with teacher, behavioral analysis, mental health consultant on the child progress.
Provide direct skills training to children in a one-on-one or group setting to implement combination of intensive
teaching, social skill development and behavior reduction techniques in the natural environment as directed by
the Behavioral Analyst or Early Childhood Licensed Clinician.
- Assists with determining behavior capabilities of children as functioning in a classroom setting.
- Assists with analyzing the behavioral interventions development plans for children to determine their success
Assists children in identifying their inappropriate behaviors and learn alternative behavior in getting their needs
- Assists teacher in facilitating behavioral interventions identified in the child’s individual service plan
- Collect, record, summarize data on observable children’s behavior in ChildPlus and other administrative duties.
Effectively collaborate and communicate with parents and teachers regarding children progress as instructed
by the behavioral analysis and licensed mental health clinician.
Assist with parent and staff training related to child’s individualized service plan and behavior reduction
- Provide a safe and supportive environment for children and families.
- Assist with skill acquisition and behavior reduction assessments.
Works with assigned children with disabilities, supporting and carrying out their individual service plans and skill
development in collaboration with the classroom staff, managers, specialists, and/or mental health consultant.
Assist with the tracking and implementation of IEP/IFSP plans with direction from disability coordinator, licensed
mental health clinician and outside contractual professional staff.
Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team including parents, education, family service, health, mental
health, disabilities, and outside contractual professionals.
Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to children, families, and staff in accordance with established
policies and procedures.
- Maintain and acquire technical knowledge by attending required trainings.
- Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities as directed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds and provide physical assistance in the transportation
of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt. Must be able to travel throughout the
Program to provide service. Reasonable accommodation may be made for otherwise qualified persons with
Education: Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Development
or a related field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; and a Certificate of Completion of an
approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers or Infant/Toddlers Course; and proof
of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral
Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and
Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training
Course and possession of a National Credential Child Development Associate (CDA) for Infant/Toddlers or
Preschool Endorsement; if applicable.
Within 18 months from date of hire must complete Trauma Informed Care training and receive certification. In
addition, have 18 months to receive certification
Experience: This is an entry-level position. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive
preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified. Experience working with children ages 0-5 in a
classroom, preschool setting, or social services environment preferred.
Also required: Certification in basic first aid and CPR within 90 days from the date of hire. Successful
completion of a Level II background screening, and health, TB and drug screening prior to hiring.
Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate both written and verbally.
- Ability to follow directions.
- Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to communicate with families and children in a positive and helpful manner.
- Ability to interpret and implement behavioral acquisition practices and written.
Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with children, co-workers, supervisors, and community
- Ability to teach and train children to apply behavioral skills development techniques.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
- Effective time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks at one time.
- Good communication skills both written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
Why work for LSF?
Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas
LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.
A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.
People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.
Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.
Amazing benefits package including:
- Medical, dental and vision
- Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Long-term disability
- Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
- Health and dependent care FSA
- Paid holidays
- Generous PTO policy
- 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
- Tuition reimbursement
- LifeMart Employee Discount Program
Additional Voluntary Benefits
- Short-term disability
- Group life insurance
- Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
- Legal Shield coverage
Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.
Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services
3230 Commerce Place, Suite A West Palm Beach, FL 33407