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Board Certified Behavior Analyst



Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

JOB TITLE: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
JOB TYPE/FLSA STATUS: Full time/Exempt

JOB LOCATION: Peoria Service Center, 507 E. Armstrong Ave., Peoria, Illinois

Position Objective: The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provides evaluation, treatment, and consultation services to address behavior excesses and skill deficits of children diagnosed with autism and other developmental, intellectual, or behavioral concerns. The BCBA uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis within a family-centered approach to develop and carry out programs and activities designed to improve the lives of children and their families.

Why work at Easterseals Central Illinois?

Easterseals has 75 affiliates across the nation that provide services and support to more than one million individuals and families living with a disability every year! At Easterseals Central Illinois, it is our mission to provide exceptional services to ensure that children with developmental delays, disabilities, and other special needs can reach their full potential.

We believe that we are more than a mission. We believe that every child deserves the best, and so does our staff!

Some of the “perks” that set us apart from other pediatric clinics:

  • Work/life balance: We can provide a set schedule, based on client need, which does not require any nights or weekends!
  • Paid Documentation time: Our clinicians have an expectation of 60% productivity rate which gives you time for documentation during work hours. No more bringing your documentation home to complete after working your shift! Additionally, if a client cancels you still are paid for your time.
  • Collaborative environment: We provide a wide variety of services designed to promote progress! Just to name a few:
    1. Rehabilitation services: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Feeding Therapy
    2. Behavioral services: Applied Behavioral Analysis and Counseling
    3. Clinic Services: Autism Early Diagnostic Clinic, Orthotics Clinic, Serial Casting
    4. Many Specialty services like: BrainPaint, CVI Services, Augmentative/Alternative Communication, and so many more!
  • Accreditation: Easterseals maintains one of the highest accreditations levels for two separate, independent nonprofit accrediting bodies!
    1. We received a 3-year CARF accreditation and continues be the only CARF Accredited Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Program (Pediatric Specialty) in Central Illinois. The latest accreditation is the 8th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to Easterseals Central Illinois!
    2. We are recognized by the Behavior Health Center for Excellence (BCHOE) with its highest level of accreditation for providing excellent services to children and families through Applied Behavior Analysis. This three-year accreditation highlights Easterseals Central Illinois as the leading provider of Autism Services and Applied Behavior Analysis in downstate Illinois. Only two organizations in Illinois now hold this level of accreditation!

Easterseals Central Illinois Benefits:

Discover the exceptional benefits awaiting you as a valued member of the Easterseals team. Elevate your career and lifestyle with our comprehensive rewards package, designed to recognize and support your commitment to excellence. Here's what awaits:

  • Secure Your Future: Enroll in our 401(k) Plan with employer match, ensuring financial stability down the road.
  • Time Off That Grows With You: Enjoy expanding vacation, sick, and personal time, rewarding your tenure with us.
  • Unwind With Extended Breaks: Take advantage of our paid holiday break from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day – providing valuable extra time for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Invest in Your Development: Access CEU and Professional Development allowances, along with reimbursements for license renewals, empowering you to continuously grow and excel.
  • Guidance and Support: Benefit from our Mentorship Program, fostering professional growth and skill enhancement.
  • Comprehensive Health Coverage: Full-time employees working 30 hours or more per week receive Group Health Insurance covering Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, and FSA.
  • Extra Holidays for Full-Time Dedication: Celebrate with five additional paid holidays for those working 40 hours weekly, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving.

Join Easterseals, where professionalism meets exceptional rewards, and every moment contributes to a fulfilling and prosperous career journey.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following disciplines is required: applied behavior analysis, early childhood education/development, early childhood special education, special education, pediatric therapy, psychology, or a related field.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) with current licensure in good standing with the regulatory board.
  • One year of experience implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis services, preferably with children with ASD.

Job Functions:

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Supervises individualized ABA programs for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in a variety of settings- primarily in-center, but additionally out in the community, in-home, in schools, and within other peer-group social contexts.
  • Provides clinical supervision and work direction to treatment teams to include skills enhancement, clinical consultation, and professional development.
  • Conducts initial assessment of clients diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and produces assessment report to include a recommendation for treatment and supervision hours.
  • Assures clients receive interventions to meet the full extent of the services authorized; adjusts staffing of treatment team as appropriate to meet the needs of the client.
  • Coaches clinical teams on the procedural implementation of treatment plans via team meetings and live/in-person supervision.
  • Reviews data and reports submitted by the direct care team and recommends changes to the program, procedures, and data collection methods to assure programs reflect each child's development and progress towards identified goals.
  • Observes and assesses client skills and progress to inform recommendations for ongoing intervention and behavioral programming.
  • Creates and leads the implementation of Behavior Support Plans as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with additional service providers on the client's support team to ensure comprehensive service delivery.
  • Addresses program delivery with families, including parent/caregiver coaching, challenges with the implementation of the program, parent /caregiver participation, and work environment as necessary.
  • Reviews progress reports and treatment plans, ensuring that they meet the requirements of regulatory agencies and funding sources and are clinically accurate and appropriate.
  • Attends progress and treatment plan review meetings with families. Attaining and achieving position competencies in relation to role responsibilities.
  • Provides clinical supervision for ABA Apprentices, including all associated documentation.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Meeting productivity requirements and providing efficient and effective service in all areas of performance.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of billable tasks that meets the requirements of regulatory agencies and funding sources and is HIPAA compliant.
  • Track direct and indirect client sessions to ensure that services are provided to the full extent of the authorization for each client.
  • Coordinate documentation to ensure reauthorization and continuation of services when necessary.
  • Develops ideas, plans, and procedures for initiation, expansion, improvement, and evaluation of Easterseals ABA Services.

Marginal Responsibilities

  • Participates in meetings and on committees as required and appropriate.
  • Develops and presents staff in-service training and community education and/or training.
  • Maintains awareness of trends and evidence-based practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competency Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge and skill necessary to independently provide evaluations and treatment plans related to credentialed/licensed field of practice.
  • Ability to oversee and direct team members’ case assignments and provide timely performance-related feedback.
  • Comprehensive understanding of accreditation requirements related to outcomes data collection, reporting, and communication.
  • Ensures client and family confidentiality by complying with Easterseals policy and procedure, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act) requirements, and any other privacy requirements as may be specified by referral sources, funders or other licensing and regulatory entities.
  • Knowledgeable of evidence-based methodologies found to benefit children diagnosed with ASD, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Pivotal Response Training (PRT).
  • Sensitive to working with an ethnically, linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse population.
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; American Sign Language or bilingual ability preferred.
  • Able to consistently demonstrate good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Able to exercise confidentiality and discretion pertaining to the work environment.
  • Able to appropriately interpret and implement policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in computer/word processing software and excel.

Mental Requirements:

The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from clients, other staff members, the environment, and standard office machines and equipment.
  • Ability to calmly handle and intervene when necessary, in behavioral and health-related incidents.
  • Logic and reasoning for forecasting future needs, goals, and events.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and schedules.
  • Ability to respond quickly to rush projects or emergencies.
  • Logic and reasoning for forecasting future needs, goals, and events.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, twisting in order to observe, assess, and interact with clients.
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, and loading/unloading toys and materials up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to physically implement behavior management strategies including responding to physically aggressive behavior.
  • Visual and auditory ability to work with clients, staff, and others in the workplace continuously.
  • Ability to utilize a computer, tablet, telephone, and copy machine.
  • Frequent proofreading and checking documents for accuracy.
  • Ability to drive to all Easterseals centers and service sites within a 100-mile radius, as needed.

Work Environment:

  • Routinely works in office environments with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, and temperature.
  • Community Settings for meetings and direct service activities.
  • Client homes for direct service activities.
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain criminal record clearance.
  • Must have a valid Illinois Driver's License and maintain a clean driving record.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CPR certification.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain QBS Safety-Care training certification.
  • Ability to maintain active BCBA certification status.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Easterseals Central Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Easterseals is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, call 309.686.1177.