Opening for BCBA at James C. Hormel School in Charlottesville

Company: Virginia Institute of Autism
Position: a BCBA James C. Hormel School
Location: Charlottesville
Phone #: 434-923-8252

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic Opens a New Window. services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

Curriculum and Daily Instruction

Ensure that every student is taught adaptive, meaningful skills across a wide variety of modalities using instructional methods based on empirically-supported practices which demonstrate effectiveness over time and are developed with parent input
Maximize independence by providing every student with a schedule and an individualized reinforcement system that is response specific
Balance programs across behavioral teaching methods (Discrete Trial Training, Incidental Teaching/Natural Environment Training, small group)
Utilize typical instructional structure when appropriate (Circle time, learning centers, dyads)
Engineer and maximize opportunities for using a variety of language (i.e., manding, tacting, intraverbals)
Ensure that student responding is reinforced differentially (i.e., better reinforcement for better responding) and that reinforcement varies in type, intensity, and duration
Establish and maintain instruction that is delivered in accordance with current JCH School protocols specific to error correction and errorless teaching

Program Monitoring and Support

Monitor student progress daily so that if progress is not demonstrated on a teaching step, modifications are made immediately
Ensure that mastered programs are not continued without change for excessive periods w/o sufficient rationale and programs showing no or minimal progress are not continued w/o change for excessive periods of time (no more than 10 days)
Hold weekly classroom meetings and generate notes
Verify via weekly IOA checks that data are collected accurately
Ensure that behavior plan strategies are tied to functional assessment results, that behavior plans include both proactive and reactive strategies and include strategies for teaching and reinforcing alternative appropriate behavior

Family Involvement/Support

Provide family members with regular and frequent data (at least 1x/week) summarizing the student’s progress on IEP goals as well as support to address student’s performance in the home
Provide parents with regular opportunities to meet with staff and to observe

Staff Supervision and Training

Develop and provide bi-weekly trainings on ABA best practices
Actively collaborate with Special Education staff
Participate in applied research protocols and present data at state and national conferences
Regularly reviewed Registered Behavior Technician (TM) (RBT) and Instructor’s performance via protocols for ongoing training and feedback

Environmental Support/ Arrangement

Arrange classroom materials in a manner that minimizes distractions and make a wide variety of reinforcers available in the classrooms
Organize and make teaching materials, reinforcing items/activities, and data sheets readily available
Provide daily student schedules that are specific and consistent, including any necessary
visual/auditory supports
Ensure that student work spaces are kept clean and orderly throughout school day and that bathrooms, computer spaces, kitchen/lunchroom is orderly
Assign chores to instructional staff to ensure facility is maintained and that technology are regularly evaluated and updated

Position Type

This is a full-time position. This position involves working with students who exhibit challenging and/or aggressive behavior and participation in community outings.


Bachelor’s degree in special education, psychology or related field
Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certified
Valid Virginia license in Behavior Analysis
Extensive knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis and evidence-based strategies for learners with autism and other developmental disabilities
Must maintain BCBA credential by participating in continuing education opportunities