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Autism Program Coordinator

Job Description

Under minimal supervision, the Autism Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and enhancing the Division of Developmental Disabilities programming in the home and community for people with autism spectrum disorders.   The Autism Program Coordinator works with community agencies, support groups and government agencies to address systemic issues, enhance service delivery and develop or provide training.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Take a lead role in state level strategic planning, development, implementation of autism spectrum services
  • Collaborate with other state agencies and advocacy organizations on resource development and service delivery for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with other agencies; assure coordination of services; increase public awareness and support
  • Provide consultation to Division of DD Managers and staff on individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Develop Division of DD policies, procedures, standards and protocols for the treatment and behavioral approaches to autism spectrum disorder
  • Establish program goals, strategies and priorities and make recommendations for policy/procedure development and/or revision; advocate for changes as appropriate


Completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university AND four years of related experience

Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university AND two years of related experience
Masters degree in a related field from an accredited college or university
Two years of experience at the lower level or position equivalent

Note:  Experience in a related area may substitute for degree on a year by year basis

Preferred Qualifications

Completion of a Masters degree in a field such as social work, psychology, counseling or a closely related field AND a minimum of three years of professional experience in analysis, research, planning or program development in autism spectrum disorders

Current Georgia Professional licensure

Three years experience managing professional staff


In addition to a competitive salary (), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 16 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located in downtown Atlanta.

A sprawling metropolis of over four million people today, metro Atlanta has the vibrancy of the world’s great urban centers combined with the Southern charm of small town centers such as Roswell and Decatur. Here you’ll find historic sites from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

We're located across from Underground Atlanta. Parking is nearby as well as direct access to MARTA's rail and bus system.

Come to Georgia's capital city and experience first-hand our historic charm and hospitality.

Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: recruiting@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Autism Program Coordinator If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.