Approved: October 25, 2021
Position: Behaviour Analyst
Reports to: Director of Student Services
A Behaviour Analyst trained in applied behaviour analysis focuses on the systematic application of learning principles and techniques to assess and improve students’ behaviours in order to help them function globally. The Behaviour Analyst works collaboratively with the In-School Support Team and other student support specialists/clinicians to foster student development through conducting assessments, preparing and coaching effective treatment plans.
The Behaviour Analyst must accept and abide by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Code of Ethics, a guide for professional practice, and will conduct themselves in accordance with the duties, obligations and responsibilities described therein.
The Behaviour Analyst is the individual responsible for assessing students with behaviour challenges, collecting data on the students, working with teachers, counsellors, and other student support specialists/clinicians to design and monitor a behaviour plan to support the student and to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
The Behaviour Analyst is a uniquely qualified member of the divisional team who will support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in functional behaviour assessments and analysis to help children and youth towards being global citizens.
The Behaviour Analyst collaborates with students, parents/guardians, families, the In-School Support Team (ISST) and other student support specialists/clinicians to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community.
- Design, administer & interpret data driven functional behaviour assessments/analysis
- Design and monitor functional behaviour intervention plans and data recording systems
- Create and monitor skill acquisition plans and programming
- Analyze the behavioural interventions to determine their success
- Liaise between home, school, system staff and community (as appropriate)
- Provide consultation to families and staff (as appropriate)
- Build capacity by offering professional development to school staff and parent training to parents (as deemed appropriate or requested)
- Keep up to date on current behaviour analytic literature and technology to best serve students under their care
- Design programs for students to access the Manitoba Curriculum
- Maintain records of student reports, services provided and behavioural data
Knowledge and Skills:
- Must have a commitment to success for all students
- Must have an understanding of behavioural characteristics associated with behaviour disorders, autism, intellectual disabilities, and other behaviour concerns
- Must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, particularly with parents and education professionals
- Must have an understanding of instructional methods and education curricula.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills
- Must have the ability to train other people to apply behaviour management techniques.
- Ability to conduct and report on relevant behavioural assessments
- Must have a proactive approach to addressing issues with sensitivity and sophistication
- Must have an ability to manage confidential and sensitive information with professional discretion
- Must have a capacity to implement school-wide positive behavioural practices to promote learning and safe schools
- Must have a capacity to nurture strong and trusting relationships with students, staff and families
- Must have an ability to remain calm under pressure, and demonstrates crisis preparedness, response, and recovery
- Must have a capacity to build strong and lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Education and Experience:
- Masters Degree with specialization in Psychology: Applied Behaviour Analysis
- Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) designation or in pursuit of BCBA designation.
- Experience with the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI)
- Experience working with children and youth with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities
- Experience with the development of proactive behaviour intervention
- Experience in the scientific field of applied behaviour analysis
- Experience with school aged children in an educational setting is essential
- Experience with students with exceptional behaviour challenges & needs
- Must possess excellent communication skills, written and verbal
- Must be proficient in the use of computers and data software
- Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
- Participation in ongoing professional leadership development activities to enhance clinical practice