Job Title: Behavior Specialist

Reports to:School Administrator
Job Group:Instructional


Job Code:2002
Salary Schedule:INST


Responsible for the development and implementation of behavioral and social skills programs for students with disabilities as outlined in laws, policies, and procedures.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Facilitate and coach teams through the development and implementation of functional behavior assessments/behavior interventions plans and crisis plans for identified students.
  2. Provide social skills instruction to students utilizing research-based methodologies and approved district curricula.
  3. Implement and coach school personnel on research-based methods of classroom management and behavioral strategies.
  4. Collaborate with school personnel, agencies, and families in coordinating individualized ESE services for students.
  5. Complete all reporting requirements as mandated by the district, state, federal, and educational agencies (i.e. restraint and seclusion, assessments, behavioral data).
  6. Participate in the development of Individualized Educational Programs for students.
  7. Collect and summarize behavioral data.
  8. Assist with student crisis intervention.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge of federal and state laws related to exceptional student education.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and facilitate groups to consensus.
  • Ability to effectively engage in the problem-solving process.
  • Ability to collect, summarize, and graph behavioral data.
  • Ability to use and model research-based classroom management and individualized behavioral interventions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, orally and in writing, including electronic media.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage work assignments in an efficient manner and within established timeframes


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in education or related field
  • Trained in applied behavior analysis or agreement to complete the district approved training within a designated timeframe
  • Trained in district approved positive behavioral strategies used to prevent or deescalate behavior or an agreement to complete the training within a designated timeframe
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position


  • Valid Florida Educator’s Certificate in an exceptional student education area, school psychologist, or guidance and counseling


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Behavior Analysis, Clinical Psychology, Emotionally Handicapped, Mentally Handicapped, Behavior Psychology, Social Work, or related field
  • Experience in a like position
  • Board certification as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst, national certification as a school psychologist, licensure as a clinical or behavioral psychologist, or licensure as a clinical mental health provider




Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Behavior Specialist;   EST: September 13, 2011;   REV: August 19, 2014;   Board Approved: September 13, 2011