Behavior Support Specialist

YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo

Title:  Behavior Support Specialist         

Position Type:  Full Time, Exempt

Supervisor:  Vice President of Child Care

Salary:  $40,000 – $45,000

Be a difference maker, with the YMCA of Greater Toledo. We are a Cause Driven community of collaborative, bold, fun, dedicated individuals, whose passion is the many people we guide, teach, and protect every day. As leaders in the health and wellness field, we’re making a strong, lasting, positive impact on our community. Here, you’ll find a dynamic environment and culture that is open, friendly, welcoming, and collaborative. Are you ready to be an inspiring, innovative force that prepares people for success? Their future begins now. And so does yours.

Regardless of your role with us, you’ll find so many things to love when you become part of our team. There’s our fun, challenging work environment. There’s the awesome team and supportive organization. You’ll find that everyone in YMCA of Greater Toledo has the same goal: to prepare people for success and inspire them to be lifelong learners. Flexible, Creative, Fun, Nurturing, Positive…we’re not just saying it. You’ll find these things being demonstrated here, every day.


Under guidance of the Vice President of Child Care, the Behavior Support Specialist is responsible for counseling students with personal, behavioral, and psychological issues, and addressing relevant issues in the YMCA programs. He/She will work with students one-on-one while in our programs. The Behavior Support Specialist will also provide appropriate resources and strategies to parents and YMCA Staff to assist students who are experiencing behavioral or psychological issues. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


  • A bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or other related field nearing completion
  • Experience in School Social Work may be advantageous.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Compassion and empathy for children.
  • Professionalism and discretion.
  • Good relationships with relevant social services.
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
  • Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


  • Observe children who are currently struggling and model positive behavioral intervention strategies for staff to use with the child.
  • Collaborate with school staff in identifying students needing assistance and provide educational screenings and referrals as appropriate.
  • Counsel students with personal and psychological issues that affect their performance, behavior, and socialization in the YMCA program.
  • Communicate with parents and schedule meetings to provide resources with kids having consistent issues.
  • Document interactions with students appropriately. Use documents such as Incident Reports, and Behavior plans with students, staff, and parents. Provide the information for the plan, the support for the plan, and the resources for the plan.
  • Maintain case files and reports to track progress and problems.
  • Support staff daily through behavior management, parent communication, staff communication, program implementation, crisis intervention, and more.
  • Attend staff meetings and provide the group with a professional development tools each quarter to help guide them throughout their summer and or school year successfully.
  • Facilitate Social Emotional Learning activities and coach staff in SEL implementation.
  • Facilitates Crisis prevention intervention training, or trauma informed care trainings for all YMCA staff.
  • Is visible and accessible to YMCA staff and students in times of crisis as well as during instructional times, and before and after school as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings.

Why Work At The Y?

  1. Future employers respect the Y

When future employers see the Y on your resume, they think of an organization with global ties that has been around for more than 100 years. We have a reputation for hiring good people who do great things.

  1. Every day is something new

Whenever you work or wherever you work, every day is a new adventure. One moment you’ll be helping kids with homework and the next you’ll be leading a big art project or games outside.

  1. Free Y membership

When you work for the Y, we offer you all the perks of being a Y member including access to all branches and discounts on classes, child care, and camp.

  1. The job is designed with your schedule in mind

Part-time and full-time positions are available, making jobs at the Y ideal for anyone!

  1. The best coworkers ever

Everyone that works at the Y shares a passion for making their communities a better place, especially for kids. Don’t be surprised if you leave your Y with great professional experience and new friends.

Along with competitive pay, the YMCA of Greater Toledo offers exceptions benefits which include the following:

  • Complimentary YMCA membership for all employees.  Full time employees will receive a complimentary YMCA membership for their entire family.
  • A rewarding career with professional growth and advancement opportunities
  • A challenging and fun work environment with creative and talented individuals.
  • Full time employees are eligible to receive quality health insurance (medical, dental and vision) with affordable premiums.
  • Full time employees also receive (at no cost to them) Long Term Disability and Life Insurance coverage.
  • All employees are eligible to participate in the YMCA’s excellent retirement fund.

The YMCA of Greater Toledo is a drug free workplace and is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity prohibiting discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

If interested, please send resume electronically by July 8, 2022 to Lesley Doria at