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TN Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Part-Time RIP Behavior Specialist

TN Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse


Job Summary

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families with young children since 1969. This unique, internationally-recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.

Job Responsibilities

This is a part-time/evening position.

  • Provision of classroom training and limited case management services to families enrolled in the program
  • Utilize and manage data systems to identify & address problem behaviors and solution-focused RIP classroom, home, and community programs
  • Teach and model positive behavior management techniques and strategies with both adults and children in a classroom setting
  • Support RIP planning by participating in team meetings when appropriate
  • Maintain regular intervals of inter-rater reliability with RIP staff
  • Attend appropriate staff/team meetings
  • Participate in RIP training
  • May provide community presentations
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in child development, psychology, social work, or other related acceptable field.

Substitution of Experience for Education:  Work experience in mental health, child development, social work, or other related acceptable field may substitute for the required college education on a year for year basis to a maximum of four years.


Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and successful completion of a Regional Intervention Program operated by or recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Evenings required. Available positions support:

  • Monday/Wednesday Evening Program (5:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Tuesday/Thursday Evening Program (4:00pm-6:00pm)

Pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen is required

Additional Information


This is a part-time position and is, therefore, not eligible for state employee benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit all resumes and inquiries to

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws


  • Date Posted: July 9, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/01/2021
  • Salary Range: 14.01 per hour
  • Working Hours: Up to 20 per week