Behavioral Specialist


The Academic & Behavioral Specialist is an hourly, 12-month position that provides behavioral prevention and intervention strategies that positively impact youths’ academic, behavioral, and emotional success. The Academic & Behavioral Specialist supports the administration and teachers by being an active participant in the academic, behavioral, and emotional preventions and interventions of the youth that are in the classroom. 


Essential Functions include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


  • Provides behavioral management that teaches social skills, self-governance and builds trusting relationships.

  • Implements the National Family Home Program and 40 Developmental Assets for teaching youth appropriate behavior and social skills.

  • Supports the Omaha Home for Boys Teacher by monitoring, supervising, and guiding the youth during the classroom activities.

  • Reviewing youth’s school work for completion and accuracy when appropriate.

  • Provide individual academic support in core academic areas (reading, math, history, and science) and electives as requested and directed by teachers and administration.

  • Provides behavioral support for Rec staff during PE.

  • Supports Summer Programming activities and provides prescriptive tutoring.

  • Supports the transportation of youth when needed during the school day.

  • Assists the Teacher with the documentation of youths’ behavioral and academic performance in the information management system.

  • During times with no students in the classroom (holiday breaks, inclement weather) this position may be asked to support youth and staff by working in the cottages and/or the Rec Center.


    Required Experience:


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.  Two years of higher education or college degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ job-related experience, preferably in an academic or youth services department, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Ability to provide structure and consistency for students while adapting to the needs of a changing, multi-age student population.

  • Ability to empathize with youth while maintaining the primary focus of helping youth to learn and apply behavioral and academic skills.

  • Ability to remain calm when youth experience frustration and not take the behavior of youth personally.

  • Knowledge and ability to help youth with a variety of high school and middle school subjects.

  • Must be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet skills (preferably Microsoft Word/ Access/Excel).

  • Ability to effectively interact with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the organization’s service population, both individually and in groups. 

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and current auto insurance, and the ability to pass an extensive background check.


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Additional Information

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Contact Information

Omaha Home for Boys
4343 N. 52ndSt
Omaha, Nebraska 68104

Shawntal Smith
(p) (402) 457-7092