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YAI Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist in Brooklyn, New York

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YAI supports people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in achieving the fullest lives possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving, working, and learning. YAI is a network of agencies with programs that empower and enhance the lives of thousands of people with I/DD and their families. YAI promotes a person-centered approach to support people in our programs by creating plans catered to the specific needs of each individual. Join our dynamic team teaching daily and independent living skills, providing individual and group counseling, and promoting community integration.

We are hiring for the Full-Time Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist position at our Brooklyn Day Services program.

Job Description

The ABIS works directly with people in their Day Program and daily lives in varying capacities. An ABIS must have previously worked as a Direct Support Professional, completed all the required trainings, and demonstrated all the knowledge, skills, and accountabilities of a DSP Level 3. The ABIS position blends together the DSP role and a clinical leadership role. Clinical leadership under the supervision of the lead Behavior Intervention Specialist includes educating other team members & families on habilitation plans & Behavior Support Plans, assisting with clinical assessments, ensuring data collection, and providing direct feedback & education to all team members.

YAI is a network of agencies offering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across all ages. YAI empowers people with disabilities to reach their goals every day. Our enthusiastic staff of over 4,000 professionals believes that everyone has a fundamental right to live, love, work, and learn. If you share our vision and want to help support people to live the fullest lives possible, apply to this position.

Program Description

The Brooklyn Day Services program is a large multi-service center providing services to 200+ adults with varying abilities. The people we support have a wide variety of interests and talents. The overall emphasis of the program is on independence, community inclusion, communication, and socialization. We have a wide range of volunteer activities both in-program and in the community, ranging from working with dog shelters to volunteering at senior centers to seasonal involvement with the Parks department. The program is set up in Core Rooms with 9-15 people per room, with a team of DSPs in each, supporting individuals who have similar skills, interests, and needs. There are also several specialty groups for seniors, people on the autism spectrum, and people who have more challenging behavioral needs. Several individuals receive 1:1 supports. Each individual is assessed to determine the best activities to meet their goals and needs.


  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Key Responsibilities: ​

  • To provide direct care services as needed. This includes, but is not limited to, the provision of direct counseling, implementation of each individual’s treatment plan, training in ADL skills, assistance with personal care, medical, dietary, social, sexual, recreational, financial, habilitative and other needs within the program.

  • To train staff, which includes, but is not limited to, using the EMOE training system to ensure that all clinical interventions are properly implemented, to communicate clinical rationales to the staff, to provide staff with both formal and informal feedback, and role model at all times appropriate tone, implementing of habilitative and behavioral programming, and appropriate data collection techniques.

  • To role model the use of person-centered philosophy and person-centered tools.

  • To develop written, individualized habilitative plans in accordance with the agency philosophy, as determined by individual need.

  • To conduct assessments, both behavioral and habilitative, via formal means (written questionnaires, rating scales, baseline data, etc.) and informal means (observations), under the supervision of the BIS.

  • To design effective data collection systems that allows progress to be monitored.

  • To monitor the data collection, ensure that the data is totaled and summarized on a monthly basis, and that new data sheets are accessible to staff at the beginning of each month.

  • To oversee/maintain the completion of all required paperwork, including monthlies, Person-Centered materials, and ensure that all pertinent information is included on psychiatric anecdotals.

  • To provide the appropriate therapeutically documented level of an individual’s supervision to ensure and protect the individual’s health/safety and well-being. Whenever this level is unclear or unknown, to provide the maximum level of supervision to assure and protect the individual’s health and safety.

  • To train new staff on Level 1 competencies.

  • Be a Resource to staff by providing clinical support in absence of the BIS/Supervisor

    Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS Degree in Psychology or Human Services OR Enrolled in 4-year degree in Psychology or Human Services field

  • Experience working within the field of I/DD

    Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills

  • Must demonstrate clinical skills.

  • Willing to take initiative

  • Highly flexible to varied work schedule

  • Experience in computer skills and ability to teach others

  • Strong writing ability

  • Must demonstrate assertiveness/leadership skills


  • $22.00 - $22.00 / hour

    YAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam or disabled veteran.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam or disabled veteran. YAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.