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Cape Abilities, Inc. Development Specialist II in Hyannis, Massachusetts


Assists individuals in the areas of independent living, self-management within the community, social and independent living skills development and affective and behavioral management. Assists in development and implementation of behavioral plans and provides behavioral management and intervention as required.


  • Plans and oversees participant services in accordance with Day Habilitation regulations in the areas of independent living, self-management within the community, social and independent living skills development and affective behavioral management.

  • Assists individuals in making and expressing choices based on assessments and other service need indicators.

  • Establishes and maintains rapport with individuals. Follows established behavior plans and protocols with behavioral intervention for moderate-to-high severity program participants as needed.

  • Performs tracking of an individual’s behaviors and uses the resulting information to provide statistically-significant data to the clinical team for planning and improvement purposes.

  • Intervenes in behavioral episodes; which may involve verbal and/or aggressive outbursts, as trained, as per the participant’s individual plan and as they may occur.

  • Ensures and safeguards program participant’s dignity, rights and liberties.

  • Provides physical assistance to individuals, as needed, including, but not limited to, toileting, transferring and feeding.

  • Adheres to all funding source regulations and Agency policies and procedures.

  • Keeps management abreast of planned activities, as well as, any potential program participant issues or needs which are not being met.

  • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with colleagues, management and community partners.

  • Complies with all record keeping requirements as established by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Mass Health.

  • Serves as mandated reporter for suspected cases of abuse and/or neglect to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC).


    Performs additional duties, as assigned.


  • Leading/Directing Others: Exhibits confidence in self and others; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; lays out work in a fair, well-planned, and organized manner; inspires, motivates, challenges and provides support to others to perform well and fulfill the vision; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others; is a clear communicator.

  • Total Quality Management: Is dedicated to providing the highest quality services which meet the needs and requirements of internal and external customers; is committed to continuous improvement through empowerment and performance management; creates a learning environment leading to the most efficient and effective work processes.

  • Vision and Purpose: Demonstrates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; creates milestones to rally support behind the vision.

  • Adaptability: Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; inspires others to be adaptable to change.

  • Ethics, Values and Diversity: Promotes an appropriate and effective work environment and strives to ensure that the agency’s core values and beliefs are applied during all circumstances; genuinely cares about people; deals effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, lifestyle choices and genders; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all; adheres to and promotes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); advocates for the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities to maximize their potential in the programs and communities of their choice.

  • Integrity and Trust: Is respectful, truthful, and transparent; keeps confidences; takes ownership and responsibility for decisions and outcomes.

  • Problem Solving and Judgment: Probes all useful and constructive sources to find pertinent answers; can analyze issues, identify problems and work toward appropriate solutions; collaborates with others or as part of a team; displays willingness to make decisions; makes timely decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment.

  • Oral and Written Communications: Speaks clearly, appropriately and effectively with a diverse group of individuals; is an active listener and gets clarification when necessary; participates constructively in meetings; is able to write clearly and succinctly; is able to communicate clearly in a variety of settings and situations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or additional education in the field (s) of psychology, social work, nursing, or special education required.

  • Master’s degree preferred and evidence of ABA professional training.

  • Minimum of 4 years prior experience in behavior intervention.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong knowledge of computer software applications including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to document behavioral management.

  • Ability to physically restrain/handle aggressive individuals or individuals with behavioral needs.

  • Valid driver’s license in the state of Massachusetts required.

  • Successful completion of all state and Agency mandated trainings required upon hire.


    No supervisory responsibility.


  • Frequent standing, walking and bending.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to pull up or transfer individuals weighing up to 250 pounds.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.