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Behavior Support Specialist(Part-Time)

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Sheltering Arms is seeking a Behavior Support Specialist to work with our Developmental Disability Services Program. The Behavior Support Specialist will be provide the following functions. 

  • Provide psychological services for residents including evaluation, consultation and program development.
  • Provide psychological services through direct contact with residents and through contact with Direct Care Workers and other team members.
  • Participate in continuing Interdisciplinary Evaluations of each individual resident, for the purpose of beginning, monitoring and follow up on the residents’ Individual Program Plan.
  • Report and disseminate evaluation results in a manner that promptly provides information useful to Direct Care Workers; and maintains accepted standards of confidentiality.
  • Develop written, detailed, specific and individualized program plans and record monthly, quarterly and annual progress.
  • Conduct staff training to enable staff to initiate program plans and provide on-going direct supervision of program implementation.
  • Evaluate behavioral problems and evaluation of residents, develop behavioral programs to treat those problems when judged to be warranted, and train staff to implement such programs.
  • Provide for Annual Update of psychological evaluations and review of triennial evaluations.
  • Provide information and counseling to parents and/or guardians in behavioral treatment and management of residents during home visits or possible return to the community.
  • Improve accountability and management for all Habilitation Programs; through routine review of such programs and recommend appropriate changes, adjustments or new programs.
  • Provide advocacy leadership to promote greater sensitivity to the needs of developmentally disabled individuals.
  • Prompt self respect and mutual regard among residents, families and staff of diverse racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Performs other duties as delegated


  • Ph.D. in Psychology or Masters’ Degree from an accredited program.
  • Experience or training in the field of mental retardation.
  • Experience with OPWDD regulations
  • Experience providing evaluations and development of Individualized Program Plans


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services  that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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