Behavior Technician - SPED

County of Santa Cruz

Job Description

DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Principal, assist School Counselor and Teachers to provide behavioral support and instructional assistance to students emotional and other related behaviors in an assigned classroom or other learning environment; provide positive behavior interventions and instructional support strategies to assigned students; collect, maintain and record data on student behavior; perform a variety of clerical and supportive tasks. 



Assist school staff in the implementation of behavioral intervention strategies which may involve use of approved behavior modification, physical management techniques or other skills or knowledge to establish and maintain appropriate behaviors. 

Assist assigned students in reaching behavioral, emotional, social goals. 

Perform a variety of clerical duties and supportive tasks including those to preserve the history of interventions; utilize Positive Behavior Support Systems; collect and track data on student behavior; record anecdotal notes on student progress; maintain records, logs and files as assigned. 

Assist students with performing and developing academic, social, behavioral skills; assist in shaping students behavior through positive reinforcement, redirection and other strategies according to established techniques and procedures; provide positive behavior interventions. Assure student understanding of classroom rules and procedures; assist students by answering questions, providing proper examples, emotional support, friendly attitude and general guidance. Observe and direct the behavior of students in the classroom and outdoors according to approved procedures; monitor and interact with students during breaks, recess and other school activities as directed; escort students to and from designated school locations. 

Assist students with performing and developing proper social, behavior and self-help skills; assist with lifting and moving students as needed. 



Perform related duties as assigned. 



Education and Experience: 

Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and supplemented by two years of college coursework in psychology, child growth and development and two years experience working with children in an educational or organized learning environment. 

Requirements specified under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Special qualifications supported by Title I funds include: 

o Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education or, 

o Obtained an associates or higher degree (college level) or, 

o Met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal State or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing and mathematics. 

Licenses and other Requirements 

Mandatory participation in District specialized training in the areas of manual physical student restraint, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Positive Behavior Support Systems and data collection. 

Valid First Aid certification (preferred). 

Knowledge of: 

Child growth and development. 

Developmental, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. 

Behavior intervention modifications, techniques, strategies, plans, procedures and goals. 

Problems and concerns of students with emotional disorders, learning disabilities, behavior disorders and other special needs. 

Basic principles, goals and objectives of Individual Education Plans (IEP). 

Basic understanding of applied behavior analysis, autism or pervasive developmental disorders and mental illness. 

Basic subjects taught in local schools, including arithmetic, grammar, spelling, language and reading. 

Basic instructional methods and techniques. 

Techniques used in controlling and motivating students. 

Positive student behavior management techniques and strategies. 

Non-verbal and physical intervention techniques. 

Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. 

Classroom procedures and appropriate student conduct. 

Operation of standard office and classroom equipment including a computer and assigned software. 

Basic computer and internet skills. 

Basic arithmetic concepts. 

Oral and written communication skills. 

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. 

Basic data collection and record-keeping techniques. 

Ability to: 

Assist with instruction and related activities in a classroom or assigned learning environment. 

Reinforce instruction to individual or small groups of students as directed by the teacher. 

Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward children. 

Distinguish steps in an intervention process. 

Recognize and effectively react to disruptive, abusive, or dangerous behavior. 

Perform a physical restraint. 

Participate as member of a team supporting students' progress and behavior intervention plans. 

Monitor, observe and report student behavior and progress according to approved policies and procedures. 

Learn methods, techniques, process, and materials used to provide instruction and behavioral interventions. 

Maintain regular attendance. 



Work Environment: 

Indoor/Classroom/Outdoor environment. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office and classroom equipment. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. 

Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to assist students. 

Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities. 

Lifting, carrying, or pushing moderately heavy objects or students. 

Hearing and speaking to exchange information. 


Potential contact with dissatisfied individuals. 

Potential contact with blood and other body fluids. 

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed. 


Required qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States