Program Manager

PRIMARY FUNCTION: The RTF Program Specialist will primarily carry out therapeutic/ behavioral interventions and protocols, collect data and conduct observations across settings. Provides one-on-one interventions including crisis intervention, behavior management support, emotional support, time-structured activities, and psychological rehabilitative activities to children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, with current disturbance in behavior and/or mental health functioning of such severity that risk of harm to self or others exists in home, school or community setting but may be managed within a therapuetic residential setting, with appropriate supports. This staff will report directly to the clinical manager and work closely with the residential coaches. RTF program specialists are responsible for adherence to standards, procedures and schedules established by the Behavioral Health Division.

Master's Degree preferred, Bachelor's Degree required in counseling, psychology, social work, behavioral psychology, special education or other human service-related field. ABA experience preferred. Two years experience working directly with special needs children/adolescents, preferably clients on the autism spectrum, in the mental health or education fields. Experience with residential service. Knowledge of ABA. Mastery of data collection and implementation of behavioral protocols and treatment plans preferred. Valid driver's license in state of residence and safe driving record.

Professional and neat appearance. No lifting restrictions. Must be able to bend and ambulate. Ability to keep pace with active clients, physical prompting of clients. Challenging physical and behavioral aspects anticipated. See Physical Demands Checklist.

Ability to work in a continually changing environment and multiple settings. Flexible hours, ability to work early morning, evening and weekend hours or whatever the needs of the client and program dictate. Ability to remain neutral and calm in the face of challenging behaviors. Ability to work with all ethnic groups. Occasional exposure to minor hazards.


  • Collection of data for FBA(functional behavior assessment), VBMapp, and any other assessment tool deemed appropriate by Clinical Managers, program psychologist, psychiatrist, BCBA or other consultants.

  • Complete reinforcement questionnaires with clients upon admission.

  • Develop rapport with clients and promote successful "pairing" with client to insure successful goal completion.

  • Develop and maintain client's daily schedules and communication protocols such as picture schedules, use of PECS protocols etc.

  • Ongoing analysis of behavioral data (with support of the clinical team) to revise treatment to insure treatment success.

  • Implement specific therapeutic interventions and behavioral protocols as dictated by the treatment plan to stabilize the child or adolescent.

  • Provide physical, gestural and verbal prompts to clients as dictated by the treatment plan and behavioral protocols set forth by the assigned Clinical Manager.

  • Provide physical, gestural and verbal prompts to clients to assist in ensuring that all daily living skills are completed.

  • Provide immediate behavioral reinforcements for desired behaviors.

  • Provide support for the families and/or school efforts to stabilize the child/adolescent and to promote positive, functional behavior as designated by the treatment plan. This will be completed by working with the family/ school personnel and to ultimately transfer skills to designated persons .This can entail work in the client's home, school or community setting.

  • Daily/ weekly collaboration with the Clinical Manager, other members of the treatment team and other professionals working in the home, education or other community settings.

  • Participation in Inter-Agency Service Planning Meetings, when possible with regard to the implementation of the treatment plans and strategies for dealing with behavior problems.

  • Maintain daily progress notes and tracking of behavioral data consistent with treatment goal objectives.

  • Turn in progress notes/ data collection on daily basis by deadlines set forth by program supervisors.


  • Handles problems that arise during work hours and related to treatment of clients objectively and with critical thinking skills.

  • Uses good judgment and discretion when speaking with parents, medical personnel, school personnel, other treatment team members, other RTF program staff members and clients.

  • Maintains confidentiality of clients and families as set forth by federal HIPPA regulations.


  • Maintains rapport and cooperative attitude towards all colleagues, team members and RTF program staff.

  • Participates in weekly individual supervision and is responsive feedback to improve skills and work performance.

  • Anticipates, accepts and adapts to changes, suggestions and constructive criticism.

  • Demonstrates flexibility in coping with daily situations/problems that arise in the course of the work day that may involve program staff, Elwyn staff at large, educational personnel, treatment team members and parents.


  • Demonstrates maturity, responsibility and accountability for job performance.

  • Accepts responsibility for being an integral part of the program.

  • Attends work regularly and adheres to work schedule. Follows proper procedures for call out/ requested time off.

  • Is appropriate in dress, manner and appearance.

  • Meets all work related time schedules and deadlines.

  • Completes all documentation in a timely and accurate manner as set forth by program supervisors.

  • Adhere to all written personnel and program policies of Elwyn.

  • Attends and participates actively in all program meetings, trainings, supervision and staff development activities.

  • Ensure strict adherence to all Elwyn policies including policies of confidentiality and professionalism; and maintain high ethical standards and exemplary moral conduct at all times.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS Successful completion of Safe Crisis Management/Intervention training, Medication Administration training, CPR/ First Aid training, Behavior Management, Data Collection training and any other required trainings by the program or for specific clients needs.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job. This shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and identity, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, genetic information, disability status, military or veteran status, marital or family status, political activities or affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, and federal law¬  #mon #ca

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