School Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

2024-2025 Opening

Thrive with Autism / Thrive Center for Success

Position location:  Greater Houston region (Magnolia / The Woodlands, Texas)

The Organization

In Fall 2022, Thrive with Autism opened its first groundbreaking public school with the goal of dramatically improving education for children on the autism spectrum.  Thrive Center for Success is the first charter school in the state of Texas dedicated to serving a special-needs population.  Founded in 2019, Thrive with Autism’s mission and vision have brought hope to families who desperately want better educational options for their children on the autism spectrum.  This fall Thrive will serve 156 students Kindergarten through 7th grade, adding a grade level each year to eventually serve up to 12th grade. Thrive plans to open a second campus in central Houston soon.

The Opportunity

Thrive seeks an experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a track record of delivering successful outcomes for children with special needs to serve as a campus BCBA. The BCBA will implement Thrive’s vision/mission, model, and programs systematically and scientifically in a classroom school setting.  Thrive is drawing inspiration from a model called CABAS (ComprehensiveApplication of Behavior Analysis to Schooling).  The BCBA will report to the Principal, and will collaborate closely with CABAS representatives and campus instructional coaches.

The Role

To provide behavior analysis services and behavior management plans for special education students enrolled in educational programs; provide support and professional learning to school site staff, instructional aides, and parents/guardians in appropriate behavior intervention techniques; conducts assessments and develops plans that conform to IDEA, other applicable statutes and regulations.  Support implementation of CABAS model and supervise behavior technicians / instructional aides in the classroom.  

Key Responsibilities

InstructionalCoach Duties

  •   Learn and internalize CABAS model for daily application to student and staff learning plans.
  •   Support implementation of the CABAS model in the classroom.  
  •   Provides leadership/training in the best practices regarding Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
  •   Provides training and assists the campus staff in conducting, writing, and /or implementing functional behavioral assessments, behavior intervention plans, and behavior protocols
  •  Participate in campus Safety Committee and Behavioral Threat Assessment Team
  • Provide Safety Care training as a certified trainer


  • Provide staff and parent trainings on topics related to Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Continue personal professional development through CABAS ranks and CEUs.
  • Collaborates with staff to problem solve in crisis situations.
  • Facilitates communication and collaboration with building personnel and parents.
  • Assist with individual staff TPRAs.
  • Collaborate daily with CABAS Instructional Coach on student and staff learning goals
  • Develop individualized learning plans for all students.
  • Assist in designing Special Education Individual Educational Plans for all students (IEPs).
  • Attend IEP meetings as needed.
  • Perform BIPs and FBAs as needed


  • Serve as point-of-contact for Tier 1 support of all BehaviorTechnicians/Instructional Aides
  • Provide supervision to BCBA interns on staff
  • Provide supervision to RBTs as needed

Other duties as assigned

  • Complete other implementation projects as assigned by the Executive Director, Principal, Lead School BCBA, and/or Board of Directors.
  • Thrive Center for Success will be a start-up school with a small team in the early years.  The School Behavior Analyst will be responsible and accountable for supporting the principal in implementation and may be asked to step into projects not specifically outlined above.

Required Qualifications

Competencies and Commitments:

  • Able to lift 50 pounds, run 100 yards, drop/lift to one knee, go up/down stairs, and pass all physical competencies to be a fully certified Safety Care trainer. 
  • Passion for the mission of Thrive; demonstrated commitment to equitable educational opportunities for children with special needs and/or learning differences.
  • Holds high expectations for self and others to achieve and surpass intended goals.
  • Ability to set direction and motivate others to action; demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through work with others.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment that requires creativity, adaptability, and an orientation to problem-solving.
  • Analytical skills; ability to synthesize data to set priorities.
  • Exceptional communication and relationship skills; proven experience building relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities.
  • Strong work ethic; willingness to work beyond a 40-hour week to serve students.
  • Authentic, humble, servant-leader orientation.
  • Growth mindset; strong receptiveness to give and receive frequent feedback.
  • Willingness to work on some weekends, evenings, or other non-standard business hours, as required by the needs of the school and in accordance with the duties outlined above. Willingness to do “whatever it takes” to serve students and their families at the highest level.
  • Self-manage stress and task with excellent organizational skills.
  • Flexibility to learn new model and new setting.

Education, Skills, and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or greater, preferably in field related to special education, behavior analysis, or autism.
  • Minimum of 1 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in good standing. 
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in State of Texas preferred for BCBAs.
  • Teacher certification in special education a plus.
  • Supervision of RBTs experience preferred.
  • CABAS or Direct Instruction experience highly preferred.
  • Safety Care experience a plus. 
  • Experience working in school setting preferred.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
  • Pass a background check as required by the state of Texas.


Thrive with Autism is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Thrive Center for Success’ School Culture & Values

  • Every Child Feels Valued
  • Celebrate Uniqueness
  • Inclusive, Safe Environment
  • Welcoming/Nurturing/Positive Environment
  • Educating one of us takes all of us
  • A “We” Community - Team Oriented
  • A “Yes” Community – Look for ways to make it possible. “Why Not”
  • Do Whatever It Takes
  • Open to Feedback/Constructive Criticism
  • Transparency
  • Live By Our Values - Servant Leadership

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation BCBA positions begin at $70,000 and increases based on years of relevant experience, earned degrees, and current certifications.

Thrive offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, and time off via school holidays, summer break, and PTO.  Thrive is a participant in the Teacher’s Retirement System of Texas (TRS). This position is a 200 workday calendar.

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