YMCA of Greater Kansas City

  • Behavior Specialist

    Job Location US-KS-Overland Park
    Req No.
    Location Site
    Youth Development Services
    Before & After Child Care
    Minimum Salary
    USD $15.57/Hr.
    Midpoint Salary
    USD $19.46/Hr.
    Position Hours
    Monday - Friday, 40 Weekly Hours
    Location : Location
    US-KS-Overland Park
  • Overview

    The Behavior Specialist is responsible for providing support interventions to associates and Y Club families of our Before and After School Programs, with the goal of positive behavioral change in youth. 

    This position assesses and provides professional expertise, consultation and training for Youth Development Services associates in the area of behavior management, special needs and other related areas. 

    The Behavior Specialist provides technical assistance to associates as they develop the knowledge and skills to implement behavior management systems. 

    Additionally, the Behavior Specialist acts as the liaison with community agencies specializing in behavior management.

    This is a Grant-Funded position. 



    Principal Activities

    • Contribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.
    • Write, implement and perform ongoing revisions of behavior modification plans and Individual Success Plans (ISP), including long and short term goals.
    • Integrate special needs/behavior management support and education into Y Club programs.
    • Lead the development and implementation of specific plans for children with special needs, including participation in ISP, as necessary
    • Visit Y Club programs to observe activities. Discuss observations and recommendations with Y Club associates.
    • Conduct individual focused observation for children.
      • Provide strategies and interventions to improve site environments.
      • Provide written summary reports of site observations.
    • Promote the emotional development of children, associates and caregivers by providing training and information on mental health.
    • Maintain confidentiality of children’s records and the matters relating to the families.
    • Develop collaborative relationships with community behavioral health/mental health agencies.
    • Maintain confidentiality of children’s records and the matters relating to the families.
    • Participate in individualized family conferences, as needed.
    • Assure compliance with state and local regulations.
    • Ensure that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.
    • Work within and attempt to exceed budgetary/projected guidelines.
    • Provide monthly reports as assigned by supervisor.
    • Must participate in fundraising activities
    • Must participate in special events.
    • All associates are mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect and must notify appropriate associates of any suspected abuse.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in family and child development, counseling, social work or other related human service field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Three years’ experience working with school aged children with diverse abilities.
    • A strong knowledge of children ages five to twelve years of age, including developmental stages and appropriateness.
    • Familiar with current trends in after school programming and curriculum and statewide educational standards.
    • Prefer two years’ experience as an educational trainer and in developing training designs.
    • Prefer two years’ case management experience.
    • Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions.
    • Able to make independent and sound decisions in a fast paced environment.
    • Able to exercise high levels of discretion and confidentiality.
    • Must have reliable transportation. Travel around the Greater Kansas City area to support programs is required.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this position, the associate is regularly required to stand, walk, operate a computer and communicate with members, program participants, guests, vendors and associates.  Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday.  The associate may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Proper lifting techniques required.  The associate may be required to assist in case of emergency situations with members and program participants related to CPR/First Aid procedures.

    After Hire Requirements

    • YMCA of Greater Kansas City new associate training course within 30 days.
    • Adult/Infant/Child CPR and First Aid training when first available.
    • Performance Excellence Planning completed within 90 days.
    • Must maintain a current motor vehicle license and acceptable driving record that meets YMCA standards.
    • HIPAA privacy training.


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