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Position Description – BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

Position Type: Full Time

Reports to: Community Hub Manager

About Irabina

Irabina Autism Services specialises in delivering programs for children and adolescents diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We are the largest Autism specific service in Australia and have been providing services for the past 45 years. We recognise that having Autism not only affects the child but affects the whole family and therefore all programs delivered are family centered. We work alongside families to provide Autism education and skills to assist the children and parents or carers on their journey. Our focus is to provide opportunities for toddlers to adolescents to become the best they can be.

Our Vision:

To transform the lives of people and families with Autism and associated conditions through best practice principles.

Our Mission:

To be the center of Excellence for those living with Autism and associated Conditions.

Our Values:

Excellence: We strive for excellence in our programs and services by delivering what we promise and addingvalue beyond what is expected. We achieve through innovation, learning, and adaptability by the dedicated effort of every team member.
Integrity: We are dependable, trustworthy, and loyal, conveying sensitivity to your situation. We are consistent, transparent, and respect confidentiality.
Empower: We encourage self-belief, inspire growth and development by providing pathways to knowledge andresources. We foster flexibility and encourage your ability to make change.
Support: We show empathy, respect and acceptance for individual differences, approaches and styles. We are compassionate and caring.

Role:

To assume the role of BCBA within a transdisciplinary team at Irabina Autism Services. Irabina is currently looking for a qualified BCBA with a passion for working with children with autism and their families. Irabina Autism Services offers comprehensive services to support young people with an ASD diagnosis in reaching their full potential. As a BCBA, you will be coordinating a range of programs aimed to support skill acquisition in children with ASD. You will be working with a transdisciplinary team of clinicians including Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Teachers and Behavioural Therapists, supporting the development of intervention programs and individualised learning plans. You will conduct global learning and development assessments, as well as functional behavioural assessments. You will supervise data collection, and support the team in making data-based decisions. In addition, you will be required to provide training and supervision to junior behaviour therapists.

The following core competencies are those that Irabina believes all clinicians working with a child with autism in early intervention should be working towards. As an organisation we provide assistance to employees in attaining this knowledge, and experience.

Core Competencies:

Understand abilities of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • Knowledge of typical childhood development and its applications.
  • Knowledge of atypical childhood development and how this impacts on young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Knowledge of how environmental factors influence interventions on a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Ability to foster relationships with the child to support their learning, development and skills.
Strengthen family participation in a child’s development:
  • Understanding of a family centered practice and how this impacts on the interventions undertaken.
Optimise community inclusion for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • Understanding of what an inclusive environment is for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Within a child’s own community, ability to encourage the capacity of individuals who can support their inclusion.
Service Delivery:
  • Implementation of specific program areas where designated planning responsibility has been given.
  • Deliver current play interventions in line with the identified needs of the child and best Education practice.
  • To work efficiently and effectively within specified time frames allocated for service.
  • To work in a trans-disciplinary team environment and communicate and collaborate with other professionals and support staff.
  • Ability to provide information to the community in relation to your knowledge learnt from children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Engagement of others:
  • Knowledge of the Early Intervention sector and how to work within this sector to provide improved outcomes for Irabina and families and children.
  • Assist with the supervision of volunteers and work experience students.
Develop own Capabilities:
  • Open to looking for and acting positively upon feedback in relation to your own performance.
  • Open to providing feedback to team member’s performance.
  • Participation in professional development of yourself and other team members.
  • Ability to implement professional development to achieve better personal, family and organisation outcomes.

Work responsibilities and duties:

  • Conduct assessments across learning domains such as language, academics, social skills, and functional life skills.
  • Develop individualised treatment plans and programs using assessment data for each client.
  • Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and develop Behavior Intervention Plans as needed.
  • Develop early intervention group programs focusing on skill acquisition across learning domains such as language, academics, social skills and functional life skills, in consultation with the wider transdisciplinary team.
  • Implement data collection procedures and make data-based decisions.
  • Provide training and instruction to staff and parents during scheduled consultations.
  • Lead, supervise and mentor a team of ABA therapists.
  • Problem solve challenging situations with clients with the support of other relevant professionals (ie, psychologist).
  • Set and achieve performance goals with client, parent/carers and treatment teams.
  • Provide regular supervision to ABA therapists.
  • Provide training to new ABA therapists to the team.
  • Conduct program design functions during regularly scheduled client meetings.
  • Oversee and maintain accurate and organised client notes, data, and reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Train clients’ guardians and family members on treatment techniques; maintain positive working relationships with clients’ family; respond to parent/carer questions in timely and professional manner.
  • Minimise cancellations of scheduled sessions.
  • Maintain client privacy in accordance with Irabina policies.
  • Effectively communicate with parents and caregivers regarding client’s progress.
  • Follow the prescribed behavioral skill acquisition and behavior reduction protocols.
  • Utilise safe & appropriate handling procedures when working with clients.
  • Assist in developing good relations with families attending the service.
  • Work positively and appropriately with all staff and parents.
  • Undertaken appropriate professional development related to work which may include on-the-job and/or off-site support.
  • Encourage parents to participate in the program and the service’s activities
  • Complete CRM daily.

Qualifications:

Essential:
  • Must be a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.
  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience providing ABA services to children with ASD in a clinic or community setting.
  • Must have experience providing supervision and training to junior ABA therapists.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ABA treatment techniques and treatment program designs for children of varying skill levels.
  • Proven people-management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative skills.
  • Key Characteristics: Professional, organised, creative, motivating, goal-driven.
  • Applicants will have to undergo a Working with Children check.
  • Current Police Check.
  • Level 2 First Aid – CPR to be updated annually as organised by Irabina.
  • Current Driver’s License.
Desirable:
  • Experience working in ABA based feeding programs.
  • Experience working with children who present with severe behavior difficulties.
  • Experience working within a transdisciplinary team, with a range of allied health professionals.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Ability to, in conjunction with others, assess, plan, implement and review behavior support strategies utilising a positive behavioural support framework.
  • AHPRA Registration for Psychology.
Basic & Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 kilos.
  • Must be able to lift and carry clients with adaptive equipment.
  • Must be able to assume and maintain a variety of postures (kneeling, squatting, crawling, sitting, standing) for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to sit on the floor or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must have manual dexterity to perform specific computer and electronic device functions for data collection.
  • Must be physically present at the assigned job location, which may include home, school, and community placements.
  • Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Must have visual acuity to read and comprehend written communication through computer, electronic devices, and paper means.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing and able to travel between different job sites within the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.
Conditions of Employment:
  • To be employed in accordance with the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010, Support Services Employee.
  • Irabina is a Public Benevolent Institution, generous Salary Packaging Options are available to all Irabina staff.
  • Participation in Performance Review Procedures and all other quality improvement initiatives implemented by Irabina Autism Services.