Behavior Specialist - Morgridge Academy - Pool/PRN

  • Denver, CO
  • *National Jewish Health - Main Campus
  • School
  • Pool/Per Diem - Day Shift
  • Professional
  • Req #: 16264
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Position Summary
The school Behavior Specialist will work directly with students and help coordinate Functional Assessments of Behavior and Behavior Intervention Plans that address students’ behaviors and provide a means to help the students become more successful both socially and academically.  The Behavior Specialist will also work with the School Counselor to more generally support social emotional wellness in the school.

Essential Duties

  1. Conducts Functional Behavior Assessment and writes Behavior Intervention Plans.
  2. Works directly with students to support positive behavior.
  3. Collaborates with school mental health staff to support mental health needs.
  4. Counsels individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational situation. 
  5. Collaborates with parents or guardians, teachers, staff, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral, academic, and other problems. 
  6. Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their student's progress and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs. 
  7. Observes and evaluates students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  8. Performs threat assessment and suicide assessment for students as needed.
  9. In conjunction with team members, maintain and support PBIS system.
  10. Provides benchmarking and IEP assessments. Collaborates with team members to support Problem Based Learning.
  11. Participates in the development and implementation of the school quality improvement plan.
  12. Assists with supervision of students during recess, lunch, between classes, and during special events.

Other Duties


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Impact and Influence: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.  Taking advantage of opportunities to make a different and have an impact.  When used will, the intended outcome of this competency is the creation of goodwill, trust and respect while motivating people to want to follow you even when they don’t have to.
  3. Collaboration and Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with the employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  4. Creativity and Innovation: Applies creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions to problems; recognizes and demonstrates the value in taking “smart” risks and learning from mistakes; develops multiple alternatives and understands the feasibility of each; effectively shares and implements his/her ideas.  Generates innovative solutions in work situations; tries different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.  
  5. Patient Relations: Meeting patient and patient family needs; taking responsibility for a patient’s safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficlut patient situations and regain patient confidence.  
  6. Valuing and Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.  

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility

Minimal travel (< 5%)

Core Values

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Bachelor Degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Special Education, Early Childhood Education or related field, required. 
  2. Work Experience: A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in special education, preferred.  Experience with chronically ill children or children with trauma backgrounds and who have learning, emotional, and behavioral issues preferred.
  3. Special Training, Certification or Licensure Mental Health License from the Colorado Department of Education required.

Salary Range: $23.00 - $28.00



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