Massachusetts Career Opportunities

Feel good about where you work and what you do! The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc., (IPPI) is a non-profit human services agency making a meaningful difference in the lives of adults and children with autism and other disabilities. We provide residential programs, day support, special education, and employment services in partnership with families and in collaboration with public and private health, human service, education and other government agencies. IPPI provides evidence based treatment and employs the proven methods of ABA for treatment and teaching.

The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Human Resources Business Partner: Reporting the Director of HR, you will join a 3 person HR team to oversee our Massachusetts operations that includes 350 employees. You will partner with HR colleagues from Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont to help design best practice and an organization-wide approach to HR strategies and practices.

Key responsibilities:

  • Partner with the operations leadership teams in all people related matters
  • Provide guidance on employee performance management, policy interpretation and employee relations
  • Take the lead role on recruiting including: consultation with hiring managers, managing advertisements, conducting interviews, attending job fairs and overseeing the selection process
  • Serve as a liaison to employees and a conduit to the HR and leadership teams
  • Partner with the HR team to coordinate onboarding, workers compensation, benefits and payroll matters
  • Work closely with managers to create and maintain employee job descriptions, evaluation processes and other required documentation
  • Assist the Director with compensation structure framework and decisions
  • Maintain appropriate metrics for recruiting and employee demographics

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of HR Generalist experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employment law, employee relations best-practices, presentation skills, and recruiting practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as well as a customer service orientation.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational and time management skills, some project management experience.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality / discretion in all work place and HR matters and make well-informed decisions.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

We offer and excellent benefit program including: Full health plan coverage, 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous paid time off and company paid degree programs. If you have what it takes, we’re excited to hear from you.
To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Registered Nurse: Seeking a registered nurse to work with Developmentally Disabled/Intellectually Disabled adults and children in school, residential group homes, and day programs. Working with lay professionals, the candidate must have thorough understanding of both developmental disabilities and mental health concerns.

The position requires the capacity to develop effective medical treatment planning as part of an interdisciplinary team. Candidates must also have the ability to train and advise direct care professionals and managers on medical treatment planning.

Salary: $30.00 to $35.00 /hour

Requirements: Registered Nurse  with 3 years of experience.

To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Director: The Durham Center for Education, a division of The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI), located in Fitchburg, MA, is a private, non-profit, special education school providing educational programs to children with developmental disabilities.

 We are seeking a highly experienced Director who has a strong background and focus on strategic growth, new business development, fiscal management, and the delivery of innovative educational experiences that are based on ABA philosophies. The Director will foster an environment of innovation to ensure that The Durham Center is a leader in quality and cutting edge services to students and families.

In this role, the Director is responsible for the overall operation of The Durham Center and is a key member of our Senior Leadership Team, reporting to the State Director. Responsibilities include marketing and business development;  ensuring compliance with all DESE regulations and contracting procedures; developing and maintaining strong , positive relationships with key partners, organizations and school districts; building a professional learning community where the significance of each child is valued and the work of staff, students and families contribute positively to that community; and collaborating with IPPI’s Senior Leadership Team to identify and utilize instructional technologies that enhance the academic achievement of the students. 

Requirements: Masters Degree in Special Education, Massachusetts Certification in Special Education Administration, previous supervisory experience in an academic environment, the ability to manage strategically, excellent interpersonal skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to psmith@ippi.org or mail to The Institute of Professional Practice, 270 Airport Road., Fitchburg, MA, Attn: Human Resources or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Special Education Teacher: The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that students receive quality services. He/she participates in the planning and implementation of student programs, including special instruction, tutorial assistance and consultation with staff.

 The Special Education Teacher works in partnership with parents, students and staff in accordance with our mission and vision in order to promote student achievement.

Responsibilities:  Special Education Teachers are responsible for managing all aspects of their classroom, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Conducts evaluations in preparation for IEP development;
  • Develops measurable IEP based on the results of annual and three-year evaluations, and functional behavioral plan;
  • Develops clear and concise written protocols for each IEP, based on goals and objectives;
  • Develops data sheets for written protocols;
  • Monitors IEP related programs to ensure accurate and consistent implementation;
  • Monitors student progress; participates in review and revision of IEP as appropriate;
  • Collects and summarizes data according to DOE, school district and IPPI guidelines;
  • Oversees and consults with Specialists to ensure services are delivered as detailed in IEP;
  • Develops and posts visual schedules for each student, reflective of his/her IEP goals, objectives and programs;
  • Develops IEP notebook for each student reflective of his/her IEP goals, objectives, programs and ABA protocols.
  • Ensures adequate and safe staff-to-student ratio;
  • Maintains MA DOE time in learning standards;
  • Implements MA DOE MCAS requirements;
  • Maintains communication with sending school districts according to DOE, school district and IPPI guidelines;
  • Maintains communication with parents according to DOE, school district and IPPI guidelines;
  • Supervises and trains paraprofessionals working in the classroom;
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records.

Credentials/Experience: Masters Degree and MA license or certification in Special Education preferred, with at least three years experience working with students with disabilities.
To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Blend Passion with Purpose - Become a Shared Living Provider: Share your home, teach skills and enhance a life, the rewards are many.

  • The gratification of helping someone with disabilities maximize their potential
  • Generous monthly tax-free stipend
  • The experience of developing a relationship through shared focus

At the Institute of Professional Practice, great care and consideration is given to creating a therapeutic match between an individual who has significant developmental/intellectual/medical disabilities and the Shared Living Provider. Family styles, philosophies, composition, and common interests, are some of the factors that influence IPPI’s matching process. You can learn more about Shared Living Arrangements by visiting the web page: www.ippi.org/ma-shared-living

IPPI welcomes applicants from single adults as well as families. At this time, we have specific needs for male candidates without children.

If you are a caring person, family or couple, who have the desire to create opportunities for an individual to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences, this experience will not disappoint

Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Flexible schedule
  • Satisfactory CORI and reference check
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Active in the Community
  • Preferably with a Medical Background and can deal with individuals with diverse medical needs

Experience in supporting adults with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required.

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Residential Program Manager: The Institute of Professional Practice is seeking a Residential Program Manager to join our team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals. Reporting to the Assistant Director, you will join a team of professionals, dedicated to helping people translate their goals into meaningful accomplishments.

 Our approach to services begins with a commitment to the individual, and our values reflect our respect and compassion for people with special needs.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to:

  • Hire, train, mentor, develop and supervise day to day activities of shift supervisors and direct care staff.
  • Conduct regular supervision and performance evaluations.
  • Ensure adherence to all DDS, MAP, funding agency, and state regulations.
  • Maintain and monitor staffing schedule.
  • Have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that all supported individuals are receiving appropriate clinical and medical services.
  • Assist with writing clinical assessments and oversee ISP assessments.
  • Assume on call responsibilities as required.

Credentials/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience in discipline related to the delivery of supports to individuals with disabilities.
Benefits: Some of the benefits we provide when you join our team include an outstanding medical, dental, and vision benefit package, company paid short and long-term disability plans, 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate company match, generous paid time off program including PTO and 11.5 paid holidays, company paid continuing education programs.
To Apply:
If you want to have a meaningful and lasting impact on a person’s life, in a professional work environment that provides the tools for success, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Shift Supervisor (Day or Residential): The Shift Supervisor is responsible for leading program staff through supervision and by example during his/her assigned shift. He/she coordinates schedules, assigns responsibilities, monitors activities, and ensures that program staff on shift completes their responsibilities and comply with all agency policies, procedures and work rules.

 Shift supervisors are also part of the staff to individual ratio and as such are responsible for providing direct support to individuals.
Responsibilities:

  • Supervises day-to-day operation of the shift, including but not limited to, data collection, ISP goals, community inclusion activities, aids to daily living, dispensation of medications, implementation of behavior plans, call outs, and completion of shift documentation;
  • Ensures a clean, healthy, and safe environment;
  • Assumes Program Manager’s responsibilities when Program Manager is absent;
  • Coordinates and conducts staff meetings in absence of Program Manager;
  • Advocates and establishes rapport with persons served their families, co-workers, and service providers.
  • Coordinates ongoing medical, dental, psychiatric services as needed or directed by Program Manager;
  • Develops and implements teaching plans;
  • Attends quarterly clinical case review meetings;
  • Consistently implements behavioral treatment plans, communication supports plans, augmented communication systems and related tasks (i.e. data collection, summarization) and ensures the integrity of their implementation by program staff;
  • Manages crises utilizing Behavior Plans and CPI principles;
  • Ensures that direct reports holding case management responsibilities execute those responsibilities effectively and therapeutically;
  • Provides on shift supervision for up to three instructors;
  • Meets with each instructor monthly to provide feedback and coaching;
  • Under program manager’s direction, implements progressive discipline as appropriate;
  • Under program manager’s direction, writes annual performance evaluations;
  • Performs direct care responsibilities;
  • Physically escorts/restrains individuals during emergency situations or behavioral episodes;
  • Physically assists individuals in bathing and personal hygiene tasks which may include lifts and supports to individuals with body weights in excess of 150 pounds;
  • Educate and assist individuals with finances, banking, receipts, purchasing and maintaining records;
  • Prepares weekly menus in compliance with 509 C nutritional guidelines and dietary orders/needs of the individuals.
  • Ensures compliance with all agency policies, procedures and work rules;
  • Under direction of the on-call manager, appropriately utilizes on-call and internal notification grid in a timely manner.

Education/Credentials/Experience: High school diploma required; Degree in Human Services, Psychology, or related field strongly preferred. At least one year of experience in the field; prior supervisory experience preferred. Must be CPR/FA, MAP, Epi-pen and CPI certified. Experience with Autism and behavioral challenges required.
Benefits/Compensation: The qualified candidate can expect to receive a competitive wage with a comprehensive benefits package to include medical, dental, and vision coverage; company paid short and long term disability; company paid life insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; tuition assistance; 11 ½ paid holidays, paid sick, vacation time.
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Shared Living Coordinator: Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Shared Living Coordinator will join a team dedicated to help people translate their goals into meaningful accomplishments. Our approach to services begins with a commitment to the individual. Our values reflect our respect and compassion for people with special needs.

 Our mission is to offer superior supports that grow out of evidence-based treatment.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to:

  • Monitor shared living arrangements and implements relevant supports as needed;
  • Ensure that the maintenance of all systems meet or exceed IPP standards and regulatory requirements of all funding agencies;
  • Make certain that all providers he/she oversees keep current and up-to-date with all trainings and certifications;
  • Mentor shared living providers as needed.

Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience in discipline related to the delivery of supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. Experience with shared living model preferred. Valid driver’s license required.
Benefits: Some of the benefits we provide when you join our team include outstanding medical, dental, and vision benefit package; company paid short and long-term disability plans; 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate company match; generous paid time off program including PTO and 11.5 paid holidays; and company paid continuing education programs.
To Apply:
If you want to have a meaningful and lasting impact on a person’s life, in a professional work environment that provides the tools for success, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Direct Support Professionals (DSP): The Institute of Professional Practice is seeking Direct Support Professionals to join our team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals. Reporting to the shift supervisor, you will join a team of professionals, dedicated to help people translate their goals into meaningful accomplishments.

 The Institute of Professional Practice, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a non-profit human services organization serving people with autism and other developmental disabilities. We provide state of the art community-based residential and day treatment programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our approach to services begins with a commitment to the individual. Our values reflect our respect and compassion for people with special needs. Our mission is to offer superior supports that grow out of evidence-based treatment.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to:

  • Support individuals in daily activities which include household chores, meal preparation, recreational activities, learning activities, physical fitness activities, individuals chosen inclusionary and community activities, and money management;
  • Assist the individuals he/she supports in achieving their personal goals;
  • Advocate and act as case manager for supported individuals.

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License

Benefits: Some of the benefits we provide when you join our team include an outstanding medical, dental, and vision benefit package,  company paid short and long-term disability plans, 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate company match, generous paid time off program including PTO and 11.5 paid holidays, company paid continuing education programs.
To Apply:  If you want to have a meaningful and lasting impact on a person’s life, in a professional work environment that provides the tools for success, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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