Elementary Board Certified Behavior Analyst BCBA for Students with Autism

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. Lisle, IL
  • Depends on experience
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement, Employee Discounts
  • Employer Fairly Likely to Respond

Core Job Description:  
Provide behavior programming support for students with autism, including staff training as a part of a multi-disciplinary team

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, monitor implementation of, and consistently evaluate behavior intervention plans based on functional assessment and data collection
  • Create and guide data collection systems for both behavior reduction and skill acquisition
  • Collaborate with teachers on effective behaviorally based teaching strategies  and classroom management systems
  • Provide initial and ongoing staff training (e.g., implementation of behavior plans, prompting, data collection)
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary team in development of student programming
  • Support and assist program administration in assessing use of physical management for crisis intervention
  • Embody the core values of team, excellence, innovation, professionalism, and being student-centered

Primary Tasks:

  • Conduct functional assessment, develop function-based behavior plan, and report on progress at yearly IEP meeting in collaboration with special education teacher
  • Create datasheets, cheat sheets, and visual supports for each student behavior plan
  • Enter behavior data into Microsoft Excel, monitor, and make changes to plans as needed
  • Support teachers and therapists with baseline data collection for skill acquisition goals as needed


  • Weekly classroom meetings for student updates
  • IEP development meetings (vision meeting, global goal meeting, etc.)
  • Weekly meetings with supervisor/teacher/coordinator/social worker
  • As-needed meetings to support high intensity student needs


  • Run sessions, co-treat sessions with other therapists, work 1:1 with students to model programming ideas for staff, probe strategies with students, and train staff
  • Join community-based instruction and/or vocational programming as needed
  • Support crisis management
  • Provide in-ratio coverage as needed


  • Lead formal didactic and in the moment staff trainings on general proactive and reactive strategies for all students
  • Conduct regular reliability and treatment integrity checks to ensure accuracy of data collection and behavior plan implementation across staff
  • Provide initial training, modeling, and feedback on prompting, data collection, and behavior plan implementation for newly hired staff


  • Assess, recommend, and collaborate with team members to implement environmental modifications, classroom management strategies, and proactive instructional supports

Direct Supervisor: Program Coordinator
Calendar: Teacher/Therapist
Required Background: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (or eligible to sit for the BACB exam) with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, Psychology, or a related field

Preferred Background: 

  • Multiple years of experience providing behavior services for individuals with autism
  • Experience working in a school setting
  • Experience supporting vocational training
  • Experience working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience training, supervising, and delivering feedback to staff members
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel

Conditions of Employment:

  • Pre-employment physical and drug screen
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background check
  • Reference check

Working Conditions and Physical Environment:

  • We are committed to providing a drug, alcohol and smoke-free environment
  • Work is typically performed indoors in the school facility and offsite at participating school districts, visits to inclusion schools, field trips, or travel to off-site meetings
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
  • The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds. 

Job Description Disclaimer:
This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc, you are at risk of personal injury.  Injuries may include, but are not limited to, hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled by students.  The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin.  All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures, outlined in our Employee Handbook.  Often, students are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behavior that may prohibit them from participating in a typical school environment.  Our setting of a private therapeutic day school allows for this atypical behavior.  All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.

Giant Steps has the ability to review and change the job description when necessary.

Giant Steps conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis including: veteran status, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or FMLA related medical condition, height, weight, familial status, marital status and genetic information.

Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school serving individuals with autism, along with an adult day program.

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