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The Institute of Professional Practice, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a non-profit human services organization providing individualized consultative, educational, residential, vocational and clinical solutions for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide state of the art community based residential and day treatment programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism with associated psychiatric, neuro-psychiatric, and complex behavior disturbances. IPPI provides evidence based treatment and employs the proven methods of ABA for treatment and teaching.

Assistant Director of Adult Services-CBDS: Assists in the planning, implementing, operating, and evaluating service delivery systems for Community Based Day services. He/she is responsible for directing and supervising the work of Support Coordinators as assigned, including how to effectively supervise staff and develop cohesive, autonomous and clinically astute program teams. Works closely with Residential and clinical staff to ensure quality supports.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Has direct management responsibility for Support Coordinators who oversee community based day support programs;
  • Leads Support Coordinators in effective scheduling of personnel and provides oversight for this process;
  • Oversees and directs the hiring process by training direct reports in effective hiring practices that result in making good hiring choices;
  • The Assistant Director will support and supervise the implementation of clinical procedures including behavioral, psychiatric, nursing and communication.
  • Provides instruction and guidance to direct reports on matters concerning the supervision of their staff, including the role of delegation in effective team development;
  • Assists in the development of Community Based Day Supports to ensure that the needs of supported individuals are met;
  • Analyzes policies, practices and procedures identifying and recommending actions designed to improve service delivery;
  • Provides fiscal oversight to programs as it relates to consumable line items,
  • Directs and/or attends team meetings, including clinical case reviews, ISP’s, staff meetings, crisis intervention meetings, as appropriate.
  • Other assigned projects/tasks as required.

Experience: Five years experience in human services program administration, such as overseeing and directing development, implementation and evaluation of human services programs and services; experience in interpreting and applying rules, guidelines, standards, policies and procedures; supervisory experience including planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, coaching and developing staff.
Education: Master’s Degree in Human Services or Related field strongly preferred.
Other Requirements: Knowledge of DDS and other funding agency regulations/requirements; comprehensive knowledge of Quality Enhancement Survey process and standards; knowledge of budget management and control; strong administrative and organizational ability; knowledge of management and supervisory techniques and practices; ability to exercise good judgment and troubleshoot; ability to work independently and exercise authority when necessary; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skill; strong commitment to the human services field.
We offer an excellent benefit program including: Full health plan coverage, 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous paid time off and company paid degree programs.
To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Clinical Coordinator: The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the resources required for ensuring the behavioral health of the individuals on their case load. He/she supervises implementation of all behavioral programs as specified in the Individual Service Plans (ISP). The Clinical Coordinator provides guidance to the instructional staff in matters related to appropriate teaching methods, behavior shaping strategies, and methods of effective communication with supported individuals.. He/she participates in, and may lead, ISP teams. Additionally, Clinical Coordinators keep current in trends, best practices, and philosophies concerning treatment of maladaptive behaviors.
Peer Review:

  • Coordinates and serves as team leader in completing all tasks as delineated on the Peer Review Committee (PRC) prep worksheet.
  • Completes Support and Health Related Protections document, including obtaining physician’s signature for any behavior plan that includes supportive equipment.
  • Serves as a member of the IPPI PRC.
  • Presents treatment plans at PRC for individuals whose plan requires this level of review.
  • Follows up on all recommendations and necessary changes put forth at the PRC.

Monitor Behavior Modifying Medication:

  • Makes referrals to practitioners to evaluate the need for behavior modifying medication.
  • Accompanies individuals to initial psychiatric evaluations.
  • Informs all team members (Service Area Directors, Project Directors, Program Managers) of the discussion and decisions made at psychiatric appointment. Communicates medication changes, life circumstances or crisis that may impact behavior modifying medication to team members as appropriate.
  • Accompanies individuals to psychiatric assessments in times of instability, medication or dosage changes, or as needed.
  • Supplies the prescribing psychiatrist with a summary of behavioral data for all appointments.
  • Designs and maintains an updated Medication Treatment Plan for each behavior modifying medication prescribed for individuals.
  • Coordinates the design of desensitization/exposure plan for each individual for whom psychoactive substance has been prescribed for medical and/or dental appointments.
  • Ensures an appropriate sleep/hygiene routine is outlined.
  • Monitors and reviews monthly sleep charts and shares results with psychiatrist.

Individual Support Plans:

  • Coordinates the development of the yearly behavioral objective for the ISP.
  • Reviews, analyzes and summarizes data related to the behavioral treatment plan that is reflected in the ISP.
  • Coordinates and ensures completion of any necessary ISP modification(s) related to the behavioral objective.
  • Completes a data based monthly progress note for each individual that has a current behavioral treatment plan and disseminates to the individual’s program.
  • Completes and submits an annual behavioral assessment no less than 15 days prior to the ISP for each individual that has a behavioral objective.
  • Attends ISP meetings. If not possible, meets with the residential and/or vocational manager prior to the meeting.

Behavioral Treatment Plans:

  • Conducts a functional behavioral assessment prior to the design of a behavior treatment plan.
  • Designs a comprehensive plan for each individual for whom a behavior modifying medication has been prescribed or whose challenging behavior interferes with their adaptive functioning and/or health and safety.
  • Trains all relevant staff and the manager of the Program on the correct implementation of the plan once per year or as changes occur to the plan.
  • Provides reliability checks on the implementation of the behavioral treatment plan and re-trains as needed.
  • Documents progress monthly on the monthly progress notes.
  • Reviews data weekly for any plan that meets criteria for a Level II.
  • Ensures the residential support coordinator has the guardian/individual sign off sheet for the consent of the plan. The Program Manager is responsible for obtaining the signature and providing the Clinical Coordinator with a copy.
  • Provides clinical oversight to the team.

Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

  • Maintains up to date records related to an individual’s incident and restraint reports, psychiatric consult notes, approvals, assessments, progress notes, medication treatment plans, and a database of trainings provided and to whom.
  • Works with Director of Quality Enhancement to ensure all required documentation is in place.
  • Participates in the licensing and certification survey.

Human Rights:

  • Ensures the Human Rights Committee (HRC) reviews any device that is utilized to monitor behavior within the context of the behavioral treatment plan.
  • Prepares and presents behavioral treatment plans to the HRC.
  • Attends HRC meetings where individuals on his/her case load are reviewed/presented.

Referral, Risk Assessment and Intake:

  • Evaluates individuals on referral to IPPI using the Risk and Resource Form as requested.
  • Assists in designing the transition plan to IPPI.

General Clinical Oversight:

  • Makes home visits to each program once per week. Reviews the raw data being taken for all behavioral treatment programs, intermittent reliability checks on the implementation of the interventions and teaching strategies presented in the plan. Discusses and follows up on recent incidents and restraints done in the program.
  • Actively participates in regularly scheduled clinical meetings that are held in the program with the Project Director and the Program Manager in attendance.
  • Conducts/participates in team meetings as needed.
  • Trains staff on clinical areas related to individuals’ needs.

On Call: Provides support related to clinical emergencies, either by phone or in person, to RSC’s and on call managers.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Training in /Experience with Applied Behavior Analysis. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.
Credentials – Experience: Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Clinical Counseling, or related field. BCBA strongly preferred. A minimum of 3 years’ experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities is required. Special Requirements: Must pass CORI and have a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org or Apply Online by clicking the button below.

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Behavioral Specialist- Part-time: 10 hours per week (3pm-7pm). Works directly with students in school and home setting, ensuring that the student can access the curriculum, and implements instructions and reinforcement systems as defined by classroom teacher.
Responsibilities:

  • Implements behavioral interventions as defined in Behavior Plans;
  • Facilitates social skills groups;
  • Collects and records behavioral data
  • Works cooperatively with the classroom teacher regarding instruction and reinforcement systems;
  • Facilitates regular communication between parents and Clinical/Director for Children’s Services;
  • Meets as a member of Children’s Services Consultative Division as required.
  • Routinely participates in individual and group supervisions with Director of Children’s Services

Required experience: Supporting students with special needs: 1 year
To Apply: Please forward resume and cover letter to careers@ippi.org 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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Special Education Aide: The Durham Center for Education, a division of The Institute of Professional Practice is seeking a Special Education Aide to join our team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals. Reporting to the school’s Director, you will join a team of educators, dedicated to “getting to the heart of every child.” The Durham Center is a small state of the art school for ASD students located in Central Massachusetts with easy access to Boston and surrounding cities. Our students come to us with a variety of complex profiles, each unique, but each wanting to learn. We enjoy nurturing time spent in the classroom, gymnasium, and in the community. Our teaching is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analytics, and teaching communication, social, functional and job readiness skills. Durham Center students and educators participate in community activities, work experience, and learning excursions.

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

  • Work with each special needs student to whom he/she is assigned to develop a thorough knowledge of that student’s interests, abilities, strengths and skills;
  • Implement Behavior Support Plans as outlined;
  • Assist SPED Teacher in preparing the classroom, programs and materials;
  • Instruct students, implement instructional programs and facilitate group projects. 

Experience: High School Diploma Minimum of 2 years experience providing supports to students with special needs is 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 young person’s life, in a professional work environment that provides the tools for success, please send your resume and cover letter to: Joseph Drolette, Director, Durham Center for Education at: jdrolette@ippi.org

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

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws to review Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA),
Equal Employer Opportunity (EEO) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) posters located at:
360 Electric Avenue – Fitchburg, MA and 270 Airport Road – Fitchburg, MA