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University of Utah Health Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in Salt Lake City, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position primarily involves conducting functional assessments of challenging behaviors and developing and implementing behavior support plans to respond to such behaviors and teach appropriate alternative skills. The incumbent supports caregivers of children and adults to implement new strategies for behavior support to maximize individual and familial functioning.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our five hospitals and eleven clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Assesses patient care giving system for readiness to implement new behavior support strategies and collect data to monitor progress.

  • Performs systematic functional assessments (i.e., interviews and direct observations) to determine the function(s) of challenging behavior in preparation for developing plans of intervention. Also performs functional analyses in controlled laboratory settings using experimental methods.

  • Develops behavior support programs based on functional assessment results and baseline data collection.

  • Teaches and demonstrates elements of the behavior plan and specific strategies to caregivers and other professionals. Models effective behavior support and positive interactions with client.

  • Performs observations at the client's residence, work, or school as part of the assessment process and to observe implementation of behavior plan.

  • Incorporates emergency support procedures in plans as necessary and obtains necessary reviews and oversight from appropriate committees.

  • Assesses the need for therapeutic materials and uses judgment on age appropriateness of such materials.

  • Collects and evaluates behavioral data, makes adjustments to behavior plan based on these data, observations, and other clinical information.

  • Collaborates with other clinical team members and gives guidance regarding behavior support components while considering possible medical, psychological, psychiatric, or environmental causes.

  • Participates in interdisciplinary rounds and evaluations as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Meets documentation requirements of state and insurance payers.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Knowledge of positive behavior supports and applied behavior analysis principles and support techniques.

  • Documented experience in conducting functional assessments and developing and implementing behavior support procedures.

  • Familiarity with mental health diagnoses and biopsychosocial treatment modalities.

  • Ability to work in the context of a team environment.

  • Have the necessary presentation and direct demonstration and coaching skills to train parents, teachers, and other caregivers about behavior support and specific patient behavior programming.

  • Experience with various data collection methods.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ABA treatment techniques and treatment program designs.

  • Experience with discrete trials, pivotal response training, verbal behavior and early intervention.


Qualifications Required

  • Board Certified Behavioral Analyst certificate.

Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

  • Current Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Certificate

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Heath Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 52618
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule M-F 8:30-6:00 PM
Location Name HMHI South
Patient Care? Yes
City Salt Lake City
State UT
Category Behavioral Health