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Assistant Program Director


The Assistant Program Director (APD) is involved in program development, as well as carrying out aspects of this programming and evaluation of the programming. The APD plays an active and direct role in providing support and guidance to staff. On the Aging Adult Program, the APD plays an active and present role; they should be visible on the unit the majority of their time. The APD will be responsible for ensuring programming is maintained including that all groups are facilitated and documented and that staff understand and are implementing behavior plans accurately. The APD will work directly with patients with neurocognitive disorders and update behavior plans regularly. The APD will be an egalitarian member of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

  • Specify factors or standards that will be used in measuring and appraising the performance for this position.
  • Completes the responsibilities of the position accurately and efficiently.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge and understanding of the symptomatic display of behavioral dysfunction accompanying DSM 5 disorders of the adult population including Neurocognitive Disorders.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of behavioral management principles and can formulate, implement and evaluate behavioral treatment plans.
  • Demonstrates the ability to provide supervision for the direct care staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work professionally in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • The employee in this position reports directly to the Program Director.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the clinical supervision of the direct care staff on the implementation of behavioral strategies.
  • Incumbent will provide feedback to the Unit Director (nurse manager) and nurse clinicians, as well as program director, concerning direct care staff's ability to accurately and appropriately implement these techniques.
  • Develops and coordinates individual behavior and group therapies, provides supervision to milieu therapists.
  • Participates in in treatment teams.
  • Provides individual patient assessments, develops special treatment plans and coordinates the implementation of the plan. 
  • Evaluates effectiveness and reports to the program director and provides feedback to the multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Participates in specific program leadership meetings and coordinates the implementation of administrative, clinical, training and educational decisions in the daily functioning of the program. Part of the APD role is as an educator.
  • Demonstrates and has advanced knowledge of structured clinical assessment tools including specific measures of psychiatric symptomatology, and functional behavior assessments with ability to communicate results of evaluations to the team and into behavior plans for discharge.
  • Assumes routine administrative responsibilities as indicated, and assists in the development and implementation of the hospital and unit policies and procedures.
  • Maintains relevant case records, departmental statistics, and direct clinical contact commensurate with caseload.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate both verbally and written with a multidisciplinary staff, and completes documentation consistently and in a timely manner.
  • Attends unit meetings, actively participates in identification of areas for improvement and works in collaboration with the unit leadership to implement programmatic revisions.
  • Participates with the nursing management in evaluating patient satisfaction and assists in developing and implementing recommended actions. Assumes other responsibilities as directed.
  • Develops, conducts and evaluates staff education and training in the area of therapeutic communications, interactions and consumer satisfaction.
  • Provides role modeling and feedback to the direct care staff on behavioral management and cognitive techniques.
  • Develops, implements, evaluates and revises the milieu management program in collaboration with the unit leadership and direct supervision.


  • Enrolled in a doctorate program (e.g., PhD, PsyD, EdD) in psychology, school psychology, education or a related field OR has a masters degree in psychology, school psychology, education or a related field with five years experience in behavioral health.
  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to work with patients and their families and to work collaboratively with other staff members specifically demonstrating communication, coordination and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based therapies.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Proficiency in basic behavioral principles, development of behavior support plans, and the application of behavioral principles to clinical situations.
  • Implement change based upon feedback.
  • Engaged, energetic, positive, creative. Confident and comfortable in providing feedback, both positive and constructive/corrective.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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