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Class Code: 079659

Education and Experience: Certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a Behavior Analyst, eligible for licensure by the State of Tennessee as a Behavior Analyst, and four years of post-graduate full-time professional behavior analysis experience.

Substitution of Education for Experience:  None.

Substitution of Experience for Education:  None.

Other Requirements: Necessary Special Qualifications: Licensure or a temporary permit as a behavior analyst with the State of Tennessee is required at the time of employment and must be maintained for the duration of the one year probationary period; licensure as a behavior analyst with State of Tennessee is required by the end of the probationary period.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions. For Executive Service positions, Minimum Qualifications, Necessary Special Qualifications, and Examination Methods are determined by the appointing authority.

Job Overview: Summary: Under administrative direction, performs managerial work of average difficulty and behavior analysis administrative and clinical work of unusual difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class directs a behavior analysis unit and uses the technologies and methods of applied behavior analysis to address complex problems in a variety of settings.  This classification differs from that of Behavior Analyst in that an incumbent of the latter does not perform management activities.

Work Activities: Developing Objectives and Strategies:

  1. Writes measurable, observable, and achievable treatment objectives based on data analysis.
  2. Develops behavior treatment strategies based on functional assessments and data analysis in collaboration with stakeholders.
  3. Directs the development of objectives for quality improvement in accordance with applicable standards.
  4. Directs the development of quality improvement plans in accordance with applicable standards.
  5. Develops work outcomes for subordinates’ Individual Performance Plans.
  6. Specifies strategies to increase the likelihood of subordinates’ successful performance.
  7. Develops policies, procedures, and operating guidelines for the Behavior Analysis unit.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Analyzes and interprets behavioral assessment and treatment data to determine the relative efficacy of procedures being applied.
  2. Determines when changes need to be made to behavioral support plans and level of service based on data analysis and stakeholder preferences.
  3. Develops action steps to address barriers to service.
  4. Determines when conditions preclude implementation of behavior services.
  5. Determines when to facilitate team-building, seek consultation, or make a referral to another provider or service.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Prioritizes tasks and treatment needs based on most recent data from multiple sources.
  2. Completes tasks according to established timelines.
  3. Delegates tasks based on subordinates’ strengths.
  4. Incorporates last minute and unscheduled tasks into Behavior Analysts’ current workloads to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
  5. Strives to ensure that work is distributed equitably among Behavior Analysts to maximize productivity.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Conducts reinforcement- and competency-based trainings, including modeling and prompting.
  2. Facilitates orientation to the Behavior Analysis Unit operating procedures of new employees.
  3. Facilitates orientation for new contracted providers.
  4. Coaches staff Behavior Analysts on policies and procedures for consistency and to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Reviews records of behavior services provided and serious incident alerts at prescribed intervals to identify progress and improvement in agency processes and need for changes in services and supports.
  2. Conducts direct observation of provision of services and individual behavior to develop functional assessments and to determine treatment fidelity.
  3. Monitors implementation fidelity of behavioral interventions at regular intervals.
  4. Monitors data reliability at regular intervals.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:

  1. Attempts to handle complaints, settle disputes, resolve grievances and conflicts, and negotiate with others to provide appropriate behavior analysis services.
  2. Facilitates conflict resolution among stakeholders that provide services.
  3. Collaborates with peers and staff Behavior Analysts to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Participates in peer reviews to evaluate the acceptability and quality of services.
  2. Evaluates information reviewed and analyzed to make recommendations to stakeholders.
  3. Applies review tools to determine compliance with applicable standards.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Provides consultation and guidance to staff Behavior Analysts, contracted providers, and other stakeholders.
  2. Consults with staff Behavior Analysts, peers, and supervisors to refine operating procedures and practices.
  3. Participates in management-level meetings to represent behavior analysis as a discipline and to disseminate applicable information gathered at those meetings to staff Behavior Analysts.

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Applies creativity in designing and implementing individualized behavior treatment plans.
  2. Facilitates creativity among staff Behavior Analysts, contracted providers, and stakeholders.
  3. Applies creativity in designing and implementing special projects.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:

  1. Identifies individual and group needs by determining socially significant behaviors through information gathered.
  2. Identifies barriers to service provision and desired behavior changes through analysis of information gathered.
  3. Participates in or facilitates team meetings to identify reasons for referral, barriers, and roles and responsibilities.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Maintains databases with contracted providers’ information.
  2. Enters personal time and leave and overtime requests into state timekeeping system.
  3. Responds to e-mails, phone calls, and other correspondence as required.

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Applies behavior analytic methods to determine functional relationships between environment and behavior.
  2. Analyzes behavioral data to determine response to intervention by applying behavior analytic methods.

Processing Information:

  1. Processes information to prioritize needs.
  2. Processes large volumes of information in accordance with system requirements.

Staffing Organizational Units:

  1. Conducts the hiring process to recruit and interview applicants and fill vacant positions.
  2. Communicates additional staffing needs to supervisor.

Getting Information:

  1. Gains information through records review, direct observation, referencing resources, and through phone calls and e-mails from subordinates, other employees, contract agencies, and individuals served and their families to provide consultation, assess behavior service needs, and assess quality of agency processes and appropriateness and effectiveness of interventions and treatment strategies.
  2. Participates in team meetings to gather information.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Ensures that there is sufficient coverage within the Behavior Analysis Unit and approves leave requests.
  2. Assigns tasks to subordinates and specifies expectations and deadlines as appropriate.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Shares needed information with others within the organization through formal reports, face-to-face meetings, phone conversations, and e-mail to coordinate services.
  2. Communicates with supervisors, peers, and staff Behavior Analysts to ensure consistency across applicable standards.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Uses published and peer-reviewed research to support recommendations.
  2. Attends conferences and seminars to keep abreast of scientific and professional knowledge.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials:

  1. Inspects behavioral safety intervention devices prescribed by the behavior analyst periodically to ensure that they are operating appropriately and reports findings to the appropriate person.
  2. Inspects program implementation materials prescribed by the behavior analyst periodically to ensure that they are operating appropriately and reports findings to the appropriate person.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information:

  1. Reviews service plans to estimate the amount of behavior service units needed.
  2. Estimates the cost of prescribed behavioral intervention materials to ensure that there are adequate resources available.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Participates in physical crisis intervention techniques as necessary.

Assisting and Caring for Others:
1. Provides behavioral analytic services in a variety of settings to improve the quality of life for persons receiving behavioral services.

Communicating with Persons outside Organization:

  1. Shares needed information, in compliance with applicable privacy standards, with stakeholders outside the organization through face-to-face meetings, phone conversations, and e-mail to coordinate services.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintains them over time and avoids harmful dual relationships.

Developing and Building Teams:

  1. Facilitates participation in inter-disciplinary activities as needed to provide optimal treatment for persons supported.

Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates:

  1. Provides guidance and direction to staff Behavior Analysts to optimize unit performance.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:

  1. Conducts performance evaluations for assigned staff to assist them in improving quality performance.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:

  1. Coordinates special work groups as needed.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

  1. Explains technical information for stakeholders so that it is easily understood.

Training and Teaching Others:

  1. Conducts relevant trainings regarding the delivery of behavior services.

Interacting with Computers:

  1. Uses computer to develop presentations, prepare spreadsheets, perform word processing activities, send and receive e-mail, and perform research.


  1. Documents information gathered in spreadsheets and word processing documents to create permanent records.

Selling or Influencing Others:

  1. Advocates for acceptance of recommended plans.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:

  1. Functional/Technical Competency
  2. Command Skills
  3. Process Management
  4. Conflict Management
  5. Drive for Results
  6. Presentation Skills
  7. Written Communications
  8. Organizational Agility
  9. Decision Quality
  10. Motivating Others


  1. Basic knowledge of administration and management to organize the unit and coordinate people and resources.
  2. Advanced knowledge of applied behavior analysis to carry out essential job duties.


  1. Intermediate active learning skills for professional development and for decision making and problem solving.
  2. Intermediate active listening skills to be sensitive to the needs of stakeholders.
  3. Advanced critical thinking skills in applying behavioral technology.
  4. Advanced learning strategies skills to teach and learn behavioral interventions.
  5. Basic mathematical skills to analyze applicable data.
  6. Advanced monitoring skills to make improvements or take corrective action.
  7. Advanced behavioral science skills to solve problems.
  8. Intermediate instructing skills to teach others and provide corrective action.
  9. Intermediate social perceptiveness skills to interface effectively with stakeholders.
  10. Advanced complex problem solving skills to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  11. Intermediate troubleshooting skills to identify problems and provide directions.
  12. Advanced judgment and decision making skills to analyze the risk and benefits of proposed actions.
  13. Intermediate systems analysis skills to analyze the system environment to improve practices.


  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Inductive Reasoning
  3. Oral Comprehension
  4. Oral Expression
  5. Originality
  6. Written Comprehension

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Computer
  2. Telephone
  3. Fax Machine
  4. Printer


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