Behavioral Support Specialist

Cascade Senior Living Services | TACOMA, WA, United States

Posted Date 3/12/2024

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."~Mother Teresa

Cascade Senior Living Services is a small company here in the Tacoma area do our small part to provide great love to the underserved in the Tacoma/Pierce County area.

We have a unique opportunity for a behavioral health professional with a master's degree to take our relatively new (three years) combined Dementia/Behavioral Health Program to the next level.

Will you be that person? Read below for more details about the job and the benefits our small and mighty company is offering.


Cascade Senior Living Services is looking for a dynamic leader who is passionate about geropsych to run Western Washington's first combined Behavioral Health/Dementia Assisted Living program.  Come share your passion and compassion for those inflicted with mental illness as Cascade Park Garden's New Horizons Behavioral Support Specialist.

You will be responsible for all aspects of the daily operations of the Advanced Service Program, a state-licensed assisted living facility providing a Behavioral Health Supportive Living program, in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local guidelines and regulations. You will be responsible for directing, planning, supervising, training, supporting, and coordinating the services and activities of the program and its personnel. 

Some of the Essential for the Behavioral Support Specialist (BSS) position

  • Masters in Social Work (MSW) or a similar master's degree
  • One or more years of supervisory experience in health or social services
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience providing direct care, or managing persons providing such care, to vulnerable adults in a setting licensed by a state agency for the care of vulnerable adults, such as a nursing home, assisted living, adult day center, adult family home; including at least two years in a supervisory role is desired.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing assisted living centers in Washington State along with prior work experience in such settings is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and effective supervisory skills with the ability to direct the work of others.
  • Desire to work with functionally and/or cognitively impaired adults, in an environment that upholds their privacy, dignity, choice, independence, and individuality.
  • Ability to recognize and address problems promptly and appropriately.
  • Ability to train in the moment.
  • Appropriate communication skills to foster and maintain positive relations with program participants, families, physicians, state officials, Company staff, and outside healthcare agencies.
  • Ability to work within the framework of a budget.
  • Passion for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and advanced behavioral health conditions.
  • Expertise in the knowledge and practical implementation of behavior management and de-escalation techniques.
  • Ability to maintain or supervise the maintenance of accurate records and provide information as requested and/or required.
  • Knowledge of and ability to ensure the program(s) conforms to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations and Company specific policies and procedures.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours to meet the requirements of the job and to be on-call as needed.
  • Ability to work independently with little direct supervision, yet to respond well to direction and guidance.
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions related to client care.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, while teaching, monitoring, and motivating the performance of others.
  • Current HCA or NAC certification (or willingness to obtain) unless already a licensed nurse.
  • Good character and a continuing reputation of personal integrity.


Salary75,000.00 - 85,000.00 Annual
Position Type
Opportunity Type
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