Upbring Careers

  • Behavior Support Specialist

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    1st Shift, Various
    # of Openings Remaining
  • Overview

    Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.


    In collaboration with the interdisciplinary and treatment teams the Behavior Support Specialists’ primary role is to provide behavioral and academic support for residents experiencing varying diagnoses and/or special needs in the classroom using skills, knowledge, and best practices to create a nurturing, positive, proactive, and innovative approach to behavior support that stresses skill development, academic success, and life skills. The Behavior Support Specialist also provide support services to the residents outside the classroom and while they remain on campus.


    Essential duties

    School Support

    • Provide behavior and academic support to the residents while they are attending class; assist teachers with de-escalation of behavior issues that may arise during learning
    • Coach and guide residents to resolve issues using techniques and strategies to decrease stress and behavior challenges in compliance with the residents Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
    • Provide residents and staff with behavior management strategies
    • Provide ongoing feedback to residents related to their behavior and performance and participation in the classroom
    • Assist the interdisciplinary team with completing assessments and evaluations of residents as it relates to their behavior in and out of class; address each resident’s inappropriate behavior and provide strategies and techniques to help them become more emotionally and socially successful
    • Assist residents with social skills, anger management, and daily living skills
    • Complete progress reports in a timely manner; clearly and accurately document all behavior, emotional, and mental health situations

    Resident Living Support

    • Assist staff with awakening staff to meet daily living goals and prepare for attending school
    • Provide direct supervision and observation of all residents while in their living space or common areas; know the whereabouts of the assigned residents at all times during the shift
    • Supervise and interact with residents based on their Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
    • Maintain awareness of resident behavior and utilize the proper intervention and appropriate consequence in accordance to the resident’s ISP; clearly and accurately document the behavior using the designated forms prior to the end of the assigned shift
    • Ensure the safety, security, and sanitation standards are maintained in all work areas
    • Report and properly document all incidents in a timely manner (prior to the end of the assigned shift)
    • Provide back-up services and support to other units/areas when needed
    • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director or Team Lead


     Working Relationships

    • Assist with the collaborative efforts and activities with the interdisciplinary and treatment teams to ensure all residents are receiving the quality of services needed to meet their individual treatment and behavior plans.
    • Build and maintain cooperative working relationships with management, program staff, inter-disciplinary and treatment teams, volunteers, and service providers to ensure the needs of the resident and program goals and services are being met at the highest quality; work within the established ethical boundaries at all times
    • Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices


    Minimum qualifications

    • Associate’s degree in Social Work, Social Services, Human Services, Psychology, Special Education, or closely related field
    • 6 months experience working with youth with varying diagnoses and/or special needs
    • Ability to develop, implement, and execute a structured behavioral modification plan using ABA techniques
    • Experience working with children or adults with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities
    • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience supporting children or adolescents diagnosed with emotional, mental health, neurological or development disabilities
    • Strong and effective organizational and time management skills
    • Strong and effective people and interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently, within a team environment and with a diverse group of people at all levels within the program
    • Ability to remain confidential and work within established ethical boundaries at all times
    • Ability to establish a positive and trusting rapport with residents

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Social Services, Human Services, Psychology, Special Education, or closely related field
    • 1 year relevant experience working with youth with varying diagnoses and/or special needs
    • Experience managing challenging behaviors


    The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. This position will require continuous viewing of a computer screen, sitting and standing for long periods of time and frequent walking. It will require the ability to safely perform movements, such as pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and lifting up to 50lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations.


    The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.



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