The Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health reports directly to the Vice President of Quality & Clinical and is responsible for overall behavior services oversight and implementation of Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) framework for participants in The Arc’s services. The position directly supervises behavior clinicians assigned to programs. The positions also ensures compliance with all regulatory and licensing standards, serves as agency liaison and advocates with professionals, participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team, and provides advanced and specialized guidance around participants’ behavioral challenges.
Position schedule is Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, however evening hours may be required on occasion.
Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Essential Functions:
- Leads, oversees and monitors behavior services for persons served in The Arc programs, provides direction and consultative support to behavior clinicians and program teams.
- Administers hiring, terminations, performance management, succession planning, supervision systems of behavior clinicians.
- Provides leadership to behavior support team including direct supervision, case assignment, clinical support and guidance.
- Monitors behavior documentation systems and requirements including functional behavior assessments, behavior support plans and behavior protocols according to regulatory requirements and evidence-based practices.
- Develops, reviews, revises and monitors agency behavior support policies and procedures to ensure they are written in accordance with all regulatory, licensing, and accreditation standards.
- Provides consultation regarding intensive behavioral supports and behavioral emergencies; consults with key staff around complex behavior issues, and advises program staff in management of behavioral issues.
- Monitors and assists key staff with coordination of each participant’s behavior support needs with their mental health providers, including when the participant is receiving inpatient psychiatric services, to ensure continuity of care across providers.
- Administers quality monitoring and auditing systems for Positive Behavior Supports and behavior support system compliance to assure quality improvement; analyzes compliance/trends and develops action/correction plans as necessary.
- Fosters and maintains positive relationships with funding sources, staff, and families/guardians, managing concerns quickly and proactively.
- Participates in team reviews in program screening, referral, intake, and discharge process for participants and makes recommendations/provides guidance around behavior support needs.
- Oversees agency Positive Behavior Supports philosophy and guide PBS system to ensure all practices are in accordance with all regulatory requirements.
- Directs agency-wide staff training regarding all behavior support including behavior support protocols, guidelines, and plans and develops staff trainings around participants’ behavior support needs as required.
- Facilitates and leads Risk Reviews and participates in meetings and initiatives to meet requirements and enhance service delivery; serves as Senior Qualified Clinician of PBS Leadership Team and other committees as assigned.
- Assists in development, utilization, and oversight of electronic health records system as it pertains to behavior documentation and data.
- Provides as needed consultation, case management and site visits as required.
- Enhances and promotes The Arc of Opportunity brand, strategic initiatives and organization’s mission.
- Develops and executes short/long term goals which enhance and support organizational strategic plan and priority initiatives.
Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Qualifications:
- Currently licensed in MA as a psychologist, independent clinical social worker, BCBA, LMHC or master’s level SLP or special education teacher with ABA training
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed with MA Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions preferred
- Minimum 5 years post-graduate training and/or experience in function-based behavioral assessment and treatment for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and multi-tiered systems of support (PBS)
- A valid Driver’s license with acceptable driving record, acceptable CORI and current MA licensure are required throughout the duration of employment with The Arc of Opportunity.
- Functional and situational reasoning ability to gather and apply factual information, exercise sound judgment, problem solve and apply principles of influence systems such as motivation, team building, accountability, coaching/counseling of staff and leadership within the scope of the position.
- Mathematical Aptitude for budgetary, funding, cost benefits analysis and general business purposes.
Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Physical Requirements:
- Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time.
- Possess the dexterity and/or functional ability to operate a computer and basic office equipment.
- Ability to exert light to moderate physical effort which may involve lifting up to 25 pounds, pushing and/or pulling objects of similar weight.
Comprehensive benefits package including vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, health, dental, life, disability, and 401K. Advancement opportunities.
The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.
When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply and/or interview for a job, they may request it orally or in writing through the VP of Human Resources.