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Community Programs Behavioral Health Specialist
Job Code:2017-104
Department:Community Programs
FT/PT Status:Regular Part Time
Schedule:Monday - Friday
Summary of Responsibilities:

The Community Programs (CP) Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for the provision of individual and group skill development services to the students.

  • In addition to skill development and instruction, duties include: crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, interdisciplinary teamwork, and community liaison.
  • Under the supervision of the Community Programs Coordinator, activity therapists are responsible for implementing appropriate treatment strategies and for timely and satisfactory documentation.
  • Adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission, OCS licensing, DMHDD, and Medicaid.
  • Expected to abide by all safety rules and regulations of the agency.
  • The responsibilities of the CP Behavioral Health Specialist are carried out according to AK Child & Family policies, the AK Child & Family mission, and the AK Child & Family philosophy of care.
  • Assumes additional duties as assigned.*

*All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives.

"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."


Benefits are available to both Part-Time and Full-Time employees!

Health Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision – with HRA!
  • 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
  • Educational Support Program


  • $15.00/hour+ DOE & Education
  • 3% pay increase after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period.
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:
  • The CP Behavioral Health Specialists are directly supervised by the Community Programs Coordinator (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 Behavioral Health Specialist must have demonstrated the ability to: relate positively to children with severe emotional problems, engage in physical activity, communicate effectively in English (oral and written), and the ability work independently.
  • Ability 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 Behavioral Health Specialist must also be able to demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.

Education and Experience:

  • 21 years of age.
  • High School Diploma / GED.
  • 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 Behavioral Health specialist must be able to drive and transport self and student(s) int heir 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.
  • 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.
  • Teach, supervise, and participate in recreational and leisure time activities.