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Pressley Ridge Behavioral Support Specialist (Extended School Year) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Position Summary

The Behavior Support Specialist will provide behavior management instruction to teachers and classroom staff for students who exhibit challenging behaviors. The Behavior Support Specialist will provide direct interventions for students and serve as a resource to the classroom staff. He/she will conduct functional behavior assessments, develop positive behavior support plans, recommend, teach, and evaluate evidence based strategies, and help to implement data collection.

He/she will help to ensure that the needs of each child in the program are met through positive behavioral support plans derived from data collection and functional behavior assessments. He/she will also conduct weekly social skills group activities for his/her assigned classroom.

Essential Responsibilities

  • To deliver programming that increase pro-social behaviors, aggression, and work refusal by students and serve as a contributing member of the classroom team responsible for the educational development of students.

  • To provide training and consultation.

  • To ensure the safety of all students.

  • To improve job skills and training


  • Clearances. State Police; FBI clearance; child abuse clearance; CPSL Mandated Reporter-Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training; any additional background checks/clearances required by state governing bodies.

  • Valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance.

  • Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf - Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) required. Applicants not meeting the minimum ASL proficiency are required to complete coursework and meet the minimum proficiency after hire.

    Working Conditions

  • Physical Demands. This position requires a moderate to high level of physical activity. Employee must meet minimum requirements for Hearing, Speech and Vision.

  • Environmental. School and Community

  • Working Hours. As assigned




  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



  • Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals



  • Bachelors or better in Human Services



  • Experience working with students who have various levels of autism, preferably in a school-related setting, developing behavior support plans and conducting functional behavior assessments.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)