Rapid Response Specialist

The desired candidate will have a keen understanding of child development and infant mental health in relation to observable behavioral concerns within an early childhood educational setting. This candidate will be knowledgeable of the various service and community supports available to young children and their families.


  • Assist with the development and implementation of a Rapid Response Team (RRT) in support of a 3-year grant awarded through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and in partnership with the local Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC).
  • Help facilitate and support partnerships across various service delivery systems including early intervention and behavioral health programs to strengthen referral networks.
  • Promote principles of early relational health, social-emotional development of young children, and family engagement while partnering with early childhood education (ECE) center staff and families to utilize positive approaches to addressing challenging behaviors within the early childhood educational setting.
  • Provide support to teachers and interventions for children to retain at-risk-of-expulsion children. Prevent the need for community based, mental health services when not deemed appropriate by a psychological evaluation.
  • Maintain knowledge in early childhood developmental needs, including physical, behavioral, and psychosocial needs to determine if developmental deficits are responsible for challenging behaviors.
  • Participate in data collection and screening tools to support the RRT approach.
  • Partner with ECE staff, families, and children to develop relationships and address environmental considerations. Help all children become successful in early social settings and remain in their current ECE placement.


  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, special education or social work or other human services related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, special education or social work or other human services related field.
    • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with young children, preferably in an early childhood educational setting.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Eligibility for State Police Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI clearances required

Perks with a Purpose
Our benefits are created with YOU in mind.

• Highmark Medical and Mental Health
• Free Delta Dental Coverage
• Free Davis Vision Coverage
• Short & Long-Term Disability Insurance
• Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
Financial Well-being
• 401K and 403B Retirement Savings options
• On-Demand Pay
• Employee Referral Bonus program
• Student Loan Forgiveness
• College Scholarship & Tuition Discounts
• Employee Discounts
Life & Family Support
Free Life Insurance
• Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
• LifeSolutions Employee Assistance Program
• Erie Campus*- discounted on-site weekday childcare
• Employee discounts for select events and services

Who is Barber National Institute?

The Barber National Institute is a non-profit committed to its mission of providing the highest quality services for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities or behavioral health challenges and their families. Since our founding in 1952, we have evolved into a multi-faceted organization serving more than 6,200 individuals annually with a wide range of educational, vocational, residential, and behavioral health programs.

We are an affirmative action federal contractor equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. If you need an accommodation to apply, please contact HR. EOE