Youth Special Needs/Beahvior Coach

alignstaffing - Washington, DC3.2


The Behavioral Specialist works with an instructional team consisting of the lead teacher, a special education teacher and/or paraprofessional. The Behavioral Specialist - special education may work to support the program, ensuring consistency for identified students throughout the day. This individual provides individual instructional support for a student with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) using intensive, research-based strategies under the direct supervision of the lead teacher. Working with students from ages 12-20. Responsibilities:

  • Supports the creation of environments and instructional opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Provides individualized behavior and academic supports to improve student’s achievement of individual academic and behavioral goals in support of student’s IEP goals
  • Consistently implements behavioral and academic strategies outlined in student’s IEPs
  • Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand student’s instructional needs and progress against IEP goals
  • Maintains records and documentation
  • Keeps other members of the classroom teaching team, appropriate service providers, and families informed of progress and challenges regarding the student
  • Ensures a safe, clean, attractive and engaging centers-based classroom that encourages both exploration and complex play for students with special needs
  • Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others
  • Works with the teaching team to ensure the classroom contains sufficient supplies and materials for individualized instructional supports
  • Assist student with personal hygiene, meals and other daily activities
  • Communicates the individual student's goals and progress to families and also ways in which the family can support the student at home
  • Plans collaboratively and shares ideas and resources with instructional team
  • Collaborates with the teaching team to evaluate instructional effectiveness and to modify instructional approaches based on feedback
  • Actively participates in professional development opportunities provided and seeks out additional professional development
  • Maintains confidentiality and treats all information about student and their families in strictest confidence
  • Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED) required (Associates Degree preferred)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics. Must be energetic, reliable, flexible and integrity driven
  • Effective communication skills to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, parents and student.
  • Solution focused and goal oriented
  • Strong communication skills required in order to effectively engage with teachers, staff, parents, and student
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative work environment
  • Ability to maintain a patient and supportive relationship with assigned students required

Job Type: Contract

Required education:

High school or equivalent

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.25 to $14.00 /hour


  • Youth Mentor: 1 year (Required)
  • Behavior Specialist: 1 year (Required)
  • Utilizing Coping Methods: 1 year (Required)


  • High school or equivalent (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)