Autism Program Director


  • BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analysis) required.
  • A master’s degree is preferred for this position.
  • Other essential qualities include organizational skills:
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to lead teams,
    • Experience in program development
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Prior experience relating to the assessment and treatment of those with a diagnosis of autism.
  • Good presentation skills and the ability to think strategically are required, along with a high level of energy and dedication.
  • Interpersonal, time management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well within teams are essential.


The Autism Program Director will have KNOWLEDGE of: 

  • Services provided to people with Autism to include applied behavior analysis
  • Functional behavior assessments; positive behavior support; behavior health disorders and medications to treat
  • Developmental disabilities and behavioral health programs and services.

The Autism Program Director will have SKILL in: 

  • Evaluating and reviewing data in treatment modalities
  • Administering standardized assessment tools and interpreting results
  • Writing, reviewing, and evaluating treatment goals
  • Oral and written communication; use of computer systems.

The Autism Program Director will have the ABILITY to: 

  • Work independently and problem-solve
  • Lead, train, and supervise teams
  • Oversee admissions; promote the program through various mediums.


  • Attend conferences, research literature, and share learning related to supporting those with autism.
  • Spearhead the development of a residential and day program for those at all levels on the autism spectrum.
  • Facilitate team meetings and staff training events.
  • Initiate development of policies and procedures.
  • Ensure quality of services delivered.
  • Ensure effective communication among all support teams.
  • Responsible for accurate documentation (reports and program records).
  • Serve as liaison between VNU and parents and guardians.
  • Work with the Director of Admissions to define an intake process for referrals to the autism program.
  • Ensure compliance with all government regulations, while maintaining alignment with VNU mission.


Lifting:  Assist with 1 and 2 person transfers daily, average weight 50 pounds.

Other requirements:  Pushing, Pulling, Fine Motor Skills

Visual/Auditory requirements:  Ability to adequately interact with staff and persons served.

How to apply

A completed application is required for all open positions before an individual is considered an applicant. Résumés do not substitute for a completed application.

Employment applications should be completed online. You can submit a letter of application, a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) and any additional required files by email to or by postal mail to:

Village Northwest Unlimited
Attention: Human Resources
330 Village Circle
Sheldon, IA 51201

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