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Behavior Support Specialist
Job Code:2018-SM-CD-CD-AD-001
Department:Child Development Program
Location:Administration - San Marcos, CA
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Range$16.66-$19.80
Under direct supervision, will plan and coordinate behavior management services for the Head Start program in accord with the policies, procedures and philosophy of MAAC Head Start and in compliance with the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards and State regulations as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Develops and provides training and technical assistance to staff and parents on behavior management techniques
  • Provides observations and recommendations for children with behavior challenges
  • Assists staff and parents with the implementation of Behavior Management plans following the policy and procedure
  • Monitors Behavior Management plans for effectiveness and follow-through
  • Manages weekly caseloads; schedule regular on site visits ,review and track all behavior management plans and referrals
  • Develops a cooperative relationship with other staff members to ensure their awareness and responsiveness to the Mental Health Service Area plan. This includes but is not limited to coordinating with:
  • The Early Childhood Education Managers to develop, plan and monitor special curriculum and daily activities for both center based and home based models
  • The Center Directors to meet and plan to coordinate activities
  • The children to provide for correct observation of their behavior or mental health needs
  • The teachers to work on modified activities as needed

  • Collaborates with local agencies as needed
  • Participates and attends meetings, trainings and conferences as needed
  • Assists the Mental Health Specialist and Special Needs Manager as needed
  • Recommends purchases of instructional materials and teaching aids design to assist staff and children with behavior management challenges, as authorized in the program budget


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Special Education, Mental Health Services or a related field
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of classroom experience with children 0-5 years old
  • Three (3) years of experience with behavior management/functional analysis
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking, reading, and writing preferred
Knowledge of:

  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Internet operations and Microsoft applications.Child Plus database experience desirable

Ability to:

  • Troubleshoot basic problems and prepare comprehensive reports
  • Work collaboratively with Management and Union staff
  • Develop and maintain strong community relations and positive interpersonal relations
  • Organize records and paperwork processes and consistently demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Prepare and present reports, training plans, and workshops
  • Consistently relate effectively with children, parents, staff, and local services providers


Union Membership ( if applicable):
This position is represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 221, CTW. Dues/deductions begin after 30 days of employment.