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Rutgers The State University Behavior Technician in New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Recruitment/Posting Title Behavior Technician
Job Category AFSCME 1761 (COLT)
Department GSAPP - Center for Adult Autism Srvcs
At the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, we provide the nation's highest quality doctoral education and training, which develops outstanding practitioners and fosters personal leadership to advance the practice and field of professional psychology. Since the establishment of our Psychological Clinic in 1929 and the school's founding in 1974, we have become the "gold standard" in the education and training of qualified and competent direct-service psychologists.The mission of GSAPP is threefold: education, research/scholarship, and public service. Its goal is to prepare well-educated, qualified, and competent direct-service psychologists who have a special commitment to direct community involvement and to underserved populations-professionals who can integrate scientific knowledge with innovation in the delivery of psychological services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Professionals receiving a doctoral degree in psychology should be capable of extending psychological knowledge and exhibiting the high level of analytic skills and theoretical understanding needed to use existing and emerging psychological knowledge.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Behavior Technician for the Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS). Under the direction of and frequent supervision of a Behavior Analyst or Director, the behavior technician for the Intensive Outpatient Clinic (IOC) at the RCAAS provides direct service to individuals with autism across the areas of behavior reduction and skill acquisition goals. The position follows strict parameters to ensure the safety, engagement, habilitative outcomes, through basic supportive learning techniques.Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Helps patients with activities to ensure engagement using detailed procedures.
  • Provides direct care to adults with autism under the supervision of the behavior analyst as it relates to patient care (e.g., assisting with meals and activities of daily living; ADLs) and admission goals (reducing severe problematic behavior and increasing replacement/adaptive skills).
  • Follows written protocol to ensure safety and success on and off site, regarding interactions with third party individuals. Ensures individuals are safe and/or requests are handled in a timely manner and notifies supervisor of issues beyond ability to resolve.
  • Chaperones individuals to daily activities. Conducts routine activities (recreational etc.) utilizing behavioral procedures under struct parameters under the frequent supervision of a credentialed supervisor (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).
  • Under the supervision of a behavior analyst, uses behavioral data to apply a systematic process of data-based decision making in the monitoring of progress in relation to program participant skill acquisition and behavioral reduction goals, subject to frequent review and strict parameters.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
Work Arrangement
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 15
Position Salary 39868.14
Annual Minimum Salary 39868.140
Annual Mid Range Salary 46837.900
Annual Maximum Salary 54100.670
Standard Hours 35.00
Union Description AFSCME - Local 1761 COLT
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS

Minimum Education and Experience
  • High school/vocational school education or equivalent and 40 hours of formal training in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • A minimum of 3 months of prior experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in an ABA setting.
  • Current certification as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) or commensurate experience (e.g., currently enrolled in a Master's in ABA program).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Previous experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with individuals with autism that have significant adaptive, physical, and/or behavioral support needs across various center-based and community-based settings.
  • Competent communication skills.
  • May require a driver's license with two years of driving experience, and successful completion of a defensive driving course.
  • Requires ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and web-based data collection.
  • May be required to support individuals with autism using public transportation.
  • May require the ability to use specialized instructional and/or record-keeping instruments. This position requires advanced knowledge of applied behavior analysis (ABA) evidenced by a recognized training curriculum and current certification as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The RBT credential requires applicants to meet minimum age and education standards, obtain 40 hours of acceptable training, successful completion of a competency assessment, passing of the RBT written examination, and competed criminal background check. Commensurate experience includes completion of Master's degree or active enrollment in a Master's program specializing in applied behavior analysis (ABA).
  • According to population served, may be required to complete additional background checks such as authorizing the university to conduct fingerprints, criminal history and/or child-abuse record checks with various law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to: New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division and/or The New Jersey Division of State Police Bureau of Identification. Applicants must also assume any costs incurred by the university associated with the background investigations whether required by statue or not.
  • Must be able to complete crisis management, and following training must be physically capable of safely providing crisis management techniques including lifting individuals, blocking challenging behavior, and if necessary, restraining.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or related field
  • Experience working in settings supporting adults with autism
  • Prior experience/certification in crisis management
  • Prior experience using web-based data collection/analysis software
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite
Equipment Utilized
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Web-based data collection and analysis platform.
  • Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • The RCAAS IOC Behavior Technician may work with patients with multiple forms of severe challenging behavior including, but not limited to, intense aggression, self-injury, elopement, expulsion (spitting out food or liquids during treatment), or property destruction. Must be able to complete crisis management, and following training must be physically capable of safely providing crisis management techniques including lifting individuals, blocking challenging behavior, and if necessary, restraining.
  • The position has direct responsibility for the well-being of the individual(s) with autism under their care. This responsibility for safety and habilitation is paramount, and also requires the position attend to required processes and procedures. The position will often encounter unexpected events or behavior which require triage and in-the-moment decision making. These situations and decisions will impact the persons in their care, others in their environment, and will reflect on the Center and the University when events occur in community-based settings.
  • The nature of work in this role may not allow for consistency with regard to the timing of lunch/breaks throughout the day. Employee must be physically active and be on their feet most of the day.
  • The position is accountable for completing processes and procedures as mandated by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities/Medicaid. The accurate/timely completion of these processes and associated documents are crucial for compliance with all service governance and quality-assurance regulations.
  • The Behavior Technician must be able to move, list, and carry patients and objects. Moving, lifting, or transferring of patients may involve independently lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, as well as assisting with weights of more than one hundred (100) pounds. This requires the use of abdominal and lower back muscles to provide support over time without fatigue. This position requires frequent movement, use of limbs, and good manual dexterity, coordination, and stamina. This position may also require extended periods of standing or sitting.
Special Conditions
Posting Details

Posting Number 24ST0450
Posting Open Date 02/23/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants
Message to AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) members ONLY: To apply, an application or resume must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 03/01/2024. Although AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) members have priority consideration, outside applications are accepted as well.
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
City New Brunswick
State NJ
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Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate's offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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