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Grand Rapids, MI

D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s is an agency that works in partnership with our community for the good of all children. We are local, non-profit and accredited. We provide comprehensive services to children and families, including Mentoring Services, foster care, adoption, and family support, as well as, residential treatment and emergency shelter care.

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Job Title: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Reports to: Family Supports Services Coordinator
Beginning Salary Range: Based on Qualifications


Applied Behavior Analysis 








Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.





Behavior Analysis is the systematic study of behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology resulting from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance.  A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)provides and supervises behavior analysis, assessing individuals, most often on the Autism Spectrum (AS), with problematic behaviors, studies changes the environment has on behavior, and designs and implement plans to positively impact problematic behaviors.  This includes direct supervision of Behavior Technicians. This position reports to the Family Supports Services Coordinator.





  1. Conduct functional behavioral assessments/analyses for children with Autism or other developmental disorders
  2. Develop individualized treatment plans (goals, objectives, and interventions) and monitor client progress towards goals
  3. Provide direct ABA therapy to clients at the agency, home, school and/or other community setting(s), at times convenient and suitable for the child and family
  4. Provide parent, teacher, and staff training on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  5. Provide direction, training and supervision of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA)
  6. Maintain a schedule that is flexible and responsive to the needs of children and families served, direct reports and internal and external referral sources and collateral professionals.
  7. Timely and comprehensive completion of service, reporting, billing, compliance and other required documentation.
  8. Participate in organization and community meetings, committees and workgroups as indicated to maximize program access, impact, capacity and sustainability.
  9. Collaborate effectively with managers, supervisors, clinicians, case managers and supports coordinators to assure program quality and responsiveness and maximize positive impact for clients.




A.    Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of individuals, groups, and entities.

B.    Ability to effectively utilize computers, Microsoft Office, Outlook and databases

C.    Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.

D.   Ability to see and understand job related documents and utilize Agency equipment.

E.    Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.

F.    Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.

G.   Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with clients.

H.   Ability to lift and transport 40lbs.





  1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst with current certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) with at least one year of ABA experience
  2. Master’s Degree in behavior analysis, education, psychology, social work or related field 
  3. Ability to work with and engage children and families with multiple, complex problems, without judgment or bias
  4. Ability to work with a variety of people, both within and outside the agency.  Must promote a positive image for the agency in the community and in relationships with other agencies and their personnel.

E.     Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

  1. Personal qualities of sensitivity, flexibility, the ability to maintain meaningful therapeutic relationships, along with the capacity to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
  2. Ability to effectively engage in and provide supervision to improve performance 
  3. High frustration tolerance level.
  4. Interest in, and commitment to, exceptional services to children and families served.
  5. Knowledge of community resources related to position
  1. Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  2. A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.
  3. Ability to work a flexible schedule of hours to meet the needs of those served
  4. Unrestricted, valid driver’s license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance








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Updated: 3/29/18

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