Behavior Support Specialist / After School Recreation Program


Together We Achieve Better Days:  Easterseals UCP is one of the largest non-profit service providers in North Carolina and Virginia dedicated to helping children, adults and families living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and mental health challenges live their best possible life. Each year, we support 20,000 families by delivering 9 million hours of direct services and a wide variety of life-changing programs in 140 different locations.

Our EMPOWER After School program in New Bern has an immediate opportunity for an experienced Recreation Paraprofessional – Behavior Specialist to join their team. The ideal candidate will be energetic and passionate about supporting children with disabilities and/or behavioral issues. Male applicants preferred.

This position will provide (1:1) support (Mon-Fri 1:30pm5:30pm) with Full day summer camp running June-AugThere will also be weekend commitments up to 2 Saturdays per month for a minimum of 6 hours.  Stipend will be provided for any additional hours & Saturdays.  If you’re looking for a rewarding, challenging position with a sustainable organization then come join our EMPOWER Team


  • Responsible for working 1:1 with a child having special needs and aggressive behaviors (i.e. biting, kicking, hitting, emotional outburst, pinching, etc.)
  • Willingness to learn how to appropriately care for and support a child 1:1 with sensitive medical needs. Extensive on-site training provided by ESUCP.
  • Appropriately manage participant behavior and guide participant toward more acceptable social interactions.
  • Report any unusual or emergent situations to the Community Director and/or Assistant Director promptly.
  • Observe and listen to participant (in good and bad moments) to learn how they behave, what sounds they make means for them and determine what their want or need is.
  • Be willing to take direction in the establishment and follow-through of behavior management strategies and/or crisis resolution skills.
  • Administer medication and document medications in accordance with policy.  Maintain Medication Administration certification through EastersealsUCP.  Notify Community Director and/or Assistant Director of any changes in condition.
  • Assists individuals at learning and increasing skills in all areas of independence, this includes, but is not limited to: Self-help skills, independent living skills, accessing community resources, and pursuit of leisure activities, if an individualized plan exists, this document serves as a guide for these supports.
  • Implement positive behavior support plans and model appropriate behavioral interventions
  • Work with staff in developing data collection systems, and monitor data collection to ensure the success of the child’s Individual Service Plan.
  • Assists with identifying individual goals by discussing behavioral issues, successes, and needs of the participant with the Community Director and or Assistant Director. 
  • Be able to identify Antecedents and Precursors of challenging behaviors and respond effectively in handling the challenging behavior.
  • Support and teach naturally occurring outcomes for engagement in meaningful activities.
  • Lifts and transfers individuals we support as needed.
  • Participates in all designated in-service trainings and attends all staff meetings as required by Community Director and/or Assistant Director.

We strive to attract and engage team members with diverse lived experiences. We intentionally seek out and value uniqueness across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, personality, disability and age. 


  • Minimum of 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED. College degree preferred.
  • Behavioral background experience including Recreational Therapy, ABA Therapy, RBT Training, Special Education, Psychology, etc.
  • Must have 2 years of hands-on experience working one-on-one (1:1) supporting children with special needs and aggressive behaviors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with staff members and participants to provide a safe and healthy environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, and varied disabilities
  • Physical ability to transfer participants in and out of wheelchairs, push people in wheelchairs, and assist participants with activities of daily living.
  • Work independently, handle multiple responsibilities, and assigning priority to activities.
  • Manage the goals of multiple individuals and families on a timely basis.
  • Must complete and maintain current Easterseals UCP training curriculum, which includes, but not limited to the following: CPR/First Aid, NCI, Medication Administration, OSHA/BBP training, core competencies, and other training relevant to the position as defined by local program guidelines.
  • Possess a valid, unrestricted, state-appropriate driver’s license and maintain current vehicle insurance.
  • Able to provide own reliable transportation for use in the program, and/or be willing to transport program participants in agency vehicles- e.g. van or mini-bus.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
0 replies
Leave a ReplyWant to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *