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Clinical Behavioral Specialist II

Company: Colorado Department of Human Services
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Clinical Behavioral Specialist II

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Clinical Behavioral Specialist II


$4,555.00 - $5,612.00 Monthly


Grand Junction, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IJB 00040 10/22/2020


4/11/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

+ Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan ( plus 401(k) and 457 plans

+ Medical and dental health plans (

+ Employer supplemented Health Savings Account (

+ Paid life insurance

+ Short- and long-term disability coverage

+ 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

+ BenefitHub ( state employee discount program

+ Employee Wellness program MotivateMe (

+ Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

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Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

This position resides at the Grand Junction Regional Center. This regional center exists to manage the day-to-day operations and service delivery for Grand Junction Regional Center (GJRC), licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities as well as a provider of Home and Community Based Services (Waiver services). GJRC provides 24/7 direct care for approximately 80 residents. GJRC's primary goal is to provide the necessary supports and services to residents who cannot be safely served in community based programs due to complex medical and/or behavioral needs.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

The Grand Junction Regional Center welcomes your interest in the Clinical Behavioral Specialist position. This position prepares evaluations utilizing a wide variety of psychological procedures and techniques, serves as a resource person in identifying and evaluating problems, performs functional behavioral assessment, develops behavior intervention plans, develops and analyzes data systems to assess progress in treatment and provides staff training on program implementation.

Responsibilities in this position include, but are not limited to:

+ Assess clients' intellectual and adaptive functioning through the use of a variety of psychological tests, summaries and a functional behavioral assessment.

+ Analyze data to compose a behavior intervention plan which evaluates client's strengths and weakness and make recommendations for programming.

+ Design and/or modify individual behavioral program plans to meet individual client needs.

+ Train Para-professional and professional staff to implement individual behavioral program plans.

+ Obtain client, parent and/or guardian consent when implementing restrictive individual psychology programs.

+ Train unlicensed direct care staff in the agency's training program for new employees regarding behavioral program plans, data collection, restrictive procedures, and drug monitoring.

+ Attend professional inservice training and read professional journals for the purpose of updating technical and psychological skills.

+ Consult with other treatment team members to develop treatment programs in areas such as vocational skills, self help skills, communication, coping skills, and recreation.

+ Consult on behavioral analysis and treatment issues with outside agencies as well as Community Center Boards, School Districts, courts, parents, and guardians.

+ Develop and analyze data systems to assess client progress towards goals and objectives, as well as monitor and implement active treatment efforts.

+ Summarize individual client data and test results, and present at the following meetings for treatment planning: Individual Habilitation Plan, Behavioral Drug Review Meeting, Human Rights Committee Meeting, Behavior Review Clinic, and Neurological Consults.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Four years of professional experience investigating, identifying and measuring mental health and development and the behavioral characteristics of patients/clients to recommend rehabilitative and/or habilitative programs.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in counseling, psychology, behavior analysis or psychometrics.


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), or certified by a similar nationally recognized organization or licensed by the State Board of Examiners

+ Enrolled in master's degree program for ABA course sequence. (Provide transcripts)

+ Two (2) years of directly supervised experience developing and implementing behavioral support plans utilizing established approaches including Behavioral Analysis or Positive Behavioral Supports that are consistent with best practice and research on effectiveness for people with developmental disabilities.

+ Customer Service skills

+ Oral Communication Skills

+ Written Communication Skills

+ Listening Skills

+ Teaching Skills

+ Ability to communicate effectively orally with information and ideas so others will understand.

+ Ability to communicate effectively in written format so others will understand.

+ Ability to instruct individuals for guidance with personal care needs

Conditions of Employment:

+ Must have valid unrestricted Colorado Driver License

+ A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.

+ Must pass drug screen

+ A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire

+ You must be willing and able to work shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays

+ Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

+ Must be able to exert force and/or lift patients

+ Must be able to frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, push, pull and reach

+ Must be able to report to work to provide essential services to ensure health, safety, and welfare


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

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The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information:

Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.


Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application.

In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


Do you possess, and are you willing to maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License, as required by this position?

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Are you willing and able to work any shift or day of the week that you may be assigned including nights, weekends, holidays and back-to-back shifts?

+ Yes

+ No


The person in this position will work with vulnerable populations. Pre-employment screening, which may consist of fingerprinting, drug screen,and physical assessment will be conducted as part of the selection process. Are you willing to meet this requirement?

+ Yes

+ No


Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your pre-employment screening reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide an official disposition of any charges. Do you understand this?

+ Yes

+ No


Are you willing to work with people who may display confrontational, manipulative, violent, and/or assaultive behavior?

+ Yes

+ No


Are you willing to physically intervene with people when necessary?

+ Yes

+ No


Are you certified as a "Board Certified Behavior Analyst"(BCBA)?

+ Yes

+ No


Using a paragraph format please explain why you are interested in working with individuals that have intellectual/developmental disabilities.


Did you attach your resume and cover letter as a requirement to be considered for this position?

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