Early Childhood Behavior Specialist – Opportunity with MVCAA

MVCAA is looking for an Early Childhood Behavior Specialist. Pay range is $16.05-$21.40 depending on education and experience.


Early Childhood Behavior Specialist.

Full time for the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency in Utica, NY.

Basic Function: The Early Childhood Behavior Specialist will support the Special Services Manager and Mental Health Consultant with meeting and exceeding Performance Standards and providing support to teachers and families of children who exhibit challenging behaviors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to : Reviews and provides feedback to teachers on Challenging Behavior Incident Reports. Schedules and participates in case reviews for any child who has 5 or more incident reports related to their behavior in a 1 month period. Possesses excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to handle emotionally charged situations. Strong knowledge of a variety of classroom management strategies. Ability to present to large and small groups to conduct workshops and trainings. Ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and professionals in the community. Work cooperatively with MVCAA staff and Mental Health Consultant to support children with challenging behaviors and their families. Supports and assists with the monitoring of behavior plans that have been established by the Mental Health consultant. Knowledgeable of community resources related to mental health for children and families. Assists with data entry, collection and analysis. Supports program School Readiness goals and objectives. Attends Committee on Special Education Meetings as appropriate. Understands, generates and documents in-kind and other allowable costs applied toward the non-federal share requirement. Adheres to agency personnel policies and procedures. performs other duties as assigned to ensure successful execution of the program.

Qualifications: 4-year degree in Child Life or Early Childhood Education preferred; OR 2 year degree in Early Childhood Education with a minimum of 3 years’ experience. Good communication and advocacy skills. Willing and able to travel to all Head Start sites, trainings, visits, etc. as necessary and requested. Background check, fingerprint clearance and annual physical exam and TB. Ability to relate to people from varied backgrounds.

For consideration, send cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Sandore, HR Director, 9882 River Road, Utica, NY 13502.

MVCAA is an equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V