Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Behavior Analyst for the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) Intensive Outpatient Clinic (IOC). This position reports directly to the RCAAS administration and ensures best practice Applied Behavior Analysis procedures are maintained and applied in the treatment of adults with autism that exhibit severe/complex challenging behavior.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Assists the IOC Director in all aspects of IOC program operations, including program admissions, the development/implementation/ongoing oversight and progress monitoring of all individualized intensive treatment plans for IOC patients, recruitment/training/supervision of all staff & student trainees, and serves as a primary point of contact for patient families, caregivers, and other support personnel/community partners.
Completes performance reviews, professional supervision, and provides input on decisions related to hiring/discipline/termination of RCAASIOC program staff in collaboration with RU UHR.
Develops/maintains a robust network of community partners and serves as an ambassador for the RCAAS/GSAPP and Rutgers University as a whole.
Provides workshops/training for the broader Rutgers University and NJ communities as needed/appropriate.
Initiates and participates in research activities related to the treatment of IOC patients to contribute to the existing literature related to effective treatment approaches for adults with autism.
Presents at workshops, conferences, and/or institutes outside of the RCAAS.
Ensures compliance with all relevant university, state, and/or federal guidelines, regulations, circulars, statutes, etc. including those originating from the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid, private health insurance providers etc.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's level Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (Board Certified Behavior Analyst; BCBA)
A Minimum 5 years' experience working to support individuals with autism using an ABA model
A minimum of 2 years' experience supervising/evaluating direct support staff in an ABA environment
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work with individuals with severe/complex challenging behavior
Direct experience in conducting functional behavior assessments (FBAs) including functional analysis and have experience in training/supervising others in this area of practice.
Experience and advanced knowledge related to the implementation of crisis management procedures.
Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Education, Special Education, Psychology, or a related field
Experience working in specialized settings for the treatment of severe/complex challenging behavior
History of presenting/facilitating professional workshops/training
History of dissemination/publication of original scholarly work
Highly skilled with Microsoft Office Suite
Highly skilled in creating visual depictions of behavioral data (i.e., graphs) using a variety of software/web-based platforms
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The RCAASIOC Behavior Analyst is expected to provide direct care to adult patients in severe behavioral crisis and supervise a team of support staff in providing treatment to patients during behavioral crisis. The RCAASIOC Behavior Analyst may work with patients with multiple forms of severe challenging behavior including intense aggression, self-injury, elopement, expulsion (spitting out foods or liquids during treatment), or property destruction.Must have active certification in the implementation of crisis management techniques or be capable of obtaining certification in crisis management.
Must be able to move, lift, and carry patients and objects. Moving, lifting, or transferring of patients may involve independently lifting of up to fifty (50) pounds, as well as assisting with weights of more than one hundred (100) pounds. Requires use of abdominal and lower back muscles to provide support over time without fatigue. This position requires frequent movement, use of limbs, and good manual dexterity, coordination, and stamina. This position may also require extended periods of standing or sitting.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.