Director of Behavioral Health

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Director of Behavioral Health


JOB FUNCTION: Provide assessment, analysis, and intervention in regards to research-based positive behavioral supports for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health or behavioral concerns.  Work with individuals served, staff, and family on implementing positive intervention strategies and techniques through the development of behavior support plans.  Monitor the agency’s overall behavioral health strategies and communicate effectively with the interdisciplinary team of professionals.




REPORTS TO: Associate Executive Director of Residential, Community and Clinical Supports


LOCATION: The Arc Building



  • Actively support and further the Mission of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area. “To empower people with disabilities to believe in their own unique abilities and achieve their full potential by providing quality, innovative services that focus on advocacy, independence, employment, meaningful community life and personal happiness.”
  • Develop positive behavioral support plans that are readily available to be implemented in the natural settings that occur throughout each person’s day. Behavioral supports should be individually designed and positive, emphasize learning, offer choice and social integration, be culturally appropriate, and include modifying environments as needed.
  • If the intervention has not produced substantial progress toward the intended goal within 90 days, analyze the potential barriers to implementation and/or change the behavior support plan if necessary.
  • Analyze available data to help determine where, when, and why problem behaviors occur. Directly observe the individual served in all relevant settings completing a functional assessment of the behavior and the circumstances under which it occurred.
  • Engage in a coaching and learning approach that effectively supports DSPs and individuals. Collaborate with staff and families to improve communicative, social, educational and behavioral outcomes for all individuals. Train, coach and facilitate understanding of each plan so they may be implemented in a person centered way.
  • Maintain a caseload of individuals with positive behavior support plans monitoring effectiveness.  Ensure that program documentation protocols are complied with and progress notes are entered into Therapy on a timely basis and in accordance with established organizational procedures.
  • Work in partnership with staff members across the agency regarding assigned individual’s progress attending meetings, record reviews, and informal discussions as appropriate.
  • Conduct training for professional development on behavior management, positive behavior plans, trauma informed care, data collection techniques, social skills or other targeted agency needs.
  • Prepare written reports as needed for DHS, outside psychiatric professionals, community stakeholders, etc.
  • Provide consultation to mental health professionals, organizations, schools or other agencies outside of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.
  • Pursue training to maintain and improve professional skills and stay current on the  most recent evidence-based procedures that will prevent challenging behaviors, teach new skills that may replace challenging behaviors, prevent the on-going reward of challenging behavior, reinforce positive behavior and ensure safety of people served.
  • Attend meetings and training sessions, and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Must be either a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (preferred) with a valid Illinois clinical psychologist license or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with the Behavior Analytic Certification Board.
  • Maintain CEU requirement to retain approved certification or licensure
  • Obtain and maintain in good standing certification commiserate with treatment provided.
  • Experience working with dual diagnosis preferred.
  • Analytical skills necessary in order to synthesize a variety of clinical and social data to determine appropriate diagnosis, treatment plan and monitor effectiveness of treatment programs.
  • Two years of postgraduate clinical experience preferred but not mandatory.
  • Understanding of State and Federal regulations relative to behavioral requirements and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Solid communication skills and openness to feedback are necessary.
  • Organization and self-sufficiency to successfully perform role.

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