Kennedy Krieger Institute

Behavior Specialist (K-8/Fairmount Campus)

Vacancy ID
Pos. Category
Special Education
Job Location : Street
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
# of Hours
Job Locations
Pos. Type
Regular Full Time
Department : Name
Special Education - Lower/Middle School


The Behavior Specialist works in coordination with classroom, Mental Health/Clinical, and Related Services staff to provide Behavioral Services to students. Under the supervision of the Manager, Behavioral Services or Director, Psychological and Behavioral Services, the incumbent will serve as case manager for the behavioral programming of individual students and will have primary responsibility in the development and implementation of Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).


This position will facilitate and document the development of the BIP, as well as conduct and document Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), provide staff training, and monitor the efficacy of the BIP through data collection and graphing. The incumbent will also develop and implement crisis management procedures and the provision of behavioral support in the classroom.


  1. Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA). This includes the collection of data through interview, logs, and direct observation. Act as Behavior Resource Case Manager to coordinate team input on FBA. Write FBA reports and present at teams, including Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings.
  2. Develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) for students on caseload. Update BIPs as needed to ensure compliance with all regulations and school procedures.
  3. Initiate and monitor data collection systems related to student behavior. Summarize, graph, and analyze data. Share data with classroom teams.
  4. Train classroom staff in the implementation of BIPs and data collection systems. Monitor fidelity of implementation.
  5. Provide ongoing monitoring of progress on behavioral goals. Produce quarterly progress reports, annual summaries, aide justifications/fade plans, FBA reports and BIPs. Attend and present at IEP meetings.
  6. Coordinate and implement responses to behavioral crises as part of school-wide crisis management procedures.
  7. Facilitate and implement the school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports system.
  8. As required by school procedures, complete all necessary documentation of contacts with parents, transportation providers, and other agencies.
  9. Conduct in-service trainings as needed. When certified, conduct Professional Crisis Management (PCM)
  10. Where appropriate, provide consultation to local school system transportation staff regarding behavior management on the bus.



  • Must achieve, possess, and maintain certification in Professional Crisis Management (PCM) within the timeline established by the department. The department will provide a limited amount of certification opportunities. Individuals may obtain and provide documented evidence of required certification from an external provider.
  • Must possess and maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification preferred.


Bachelor’s degree in psychology, behavior analysis, special education or related field required.



  • Minimum two years of experience with children with developmental disabilities is required.
  • Experience with individuals with autism and/or behavioral challenges is preferred.


Kennedy Krieger Institute offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K with match, tuition reimbursement, free parking and child care subsidies! In addition, we offer rich professional development opportunities.


We require full COVID vaccination or documentation of medical and/or religious exemption(s) approval for this job as we are a healthcare institution committed to putting health and safety first for our patients, students, employees, and the communities we serve.




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