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Community Programs Behavioral Health Specialist
Job Code:2022-372
Department:Community Programs
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

Can you see yourself as part of a caring team providing individual and group services to children and adolescents?

 As a Community Programs Behavioral Health Specialist (CPBHS) in addition to skill development and instruction, your duties include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Community liaison

Under the supervision of the Community Programs Coordinator (CPC), CP BHSs:

  • Implement appropriate treatment strategies
  • Plan lessons
  • Complete timely and satisfactory documentation
  • Assume additional duties as assigned
  • Due to agency imperatives your responsibilities may be altered due to agency imperatives
  • Abide by all safety rules and regulations of the agency
  • Adhere to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission, OCS licensing, DMHDD, and Medicaid
  • Caring out all duties according to AK Child & Family policies, the AK Child & Family mission, and the AK Child & Family philosophy of care

“AK Child & Family practices the Sanctuary Model which is a non-hierarchical, highly participatory, trauma-informed and evidence-supported whole culture approach, which helps the organization function in a safe, democratic and socially responsible manner and thereby provide effective treatment for clients and the community. We expect all of our employees, families and students to learn, understand and implement this model as part of their daily responsibilities and commitment to the culture of this agency.”


Health Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision
  • Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program

Other Benefits:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) - 13 hours/month in 1st year and then increases
  • 2 Floating Holidays/year
  • 6 Observed Holidays: double-time pay for working on the Holiday
  • Bonuses: Longevity & Referral


  • $17.00 +DOE
  • 3% pay increase after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:

  • The CP BHSs are directly supervised by the (CPC).
  • Scheduling of individual/group skill development sessions, job performance evaluations, student consultations, and all other aspects of the job are coordinated and supervised by the CPC.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The CP BHS must have demonstrated the ability to: relate positively to children with severe emotional problems, engage in physical activity, and communicate effectively in English (oral and written) and the ability work independently.
  • S/he needs to be able to work a flexible schedule; function on an interdisciplinary treatment team and independently handle crisis situations in the community using sound judgment, intervention skills, and appropriate use of supervisory guidance. 
  • A valid Alaska driver’s license and use of an adequately insured vehicle is required. 
  • The CP BHS must also be able to demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.

 Education and Experience:

  • The CP BHS is required to be at least 21 years of age, possess a High School Diploma / GED, and meet State of Alaska background check requirements.
  • Two years of college education in a related field or two years direct care human services job experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents preferred, but not required.
  • Life experiences outside of the stated qualifications will be considered on an individualized basis.

Physical Demands:
  • The CP BHS must be able to drive and transport self and student(s) in their own vehicle or in an agency van within the Anchorage Municipality. 
  • The ability to physically manage students ages three to eighteen years, according to AK Child & Family and CP Behavior Management policies and procedures; move quickly throughout home and community recreation settings in order to monitor/supervise student activities is required. 
  • The CP BHS must be able to: legibly produce reports regarding students; supervise and assist students in home and community settings; actively participate in the cleaning and general upkeep of agency property; and be able to teach, supervise and participate in recreational and leisure time activities.