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

Licensed Practical Nurse: Attention to those who are passionate about Human Services and looking for a rewarding career! We are seeking a positive addition to our team as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) working in Central MA.

We offer paid trainings, generous benefits package including company matched 403B, company paid continuing education programs, outstanding paid time off and holidays, and much more!

As an LPN in our program, you will participate in the delivery of health care services to group home residents as well as be responsible for the direct care needs of the residents.  Some of the key components of this:

  • Be part of the staffing minimums within the group home setting, providing direct nursing services to the residents. 
  • Be an active member of a collaborative team by participating in the intervention process formulating resolutions.  Part of the collaborative process will be to advocate for the residents, promoting dignity and respect, through the Individual Service Planning process.
  • Dispense medications as needed, following MAP (Medication Administration Program) policies and procedures. 
  • Oversee the medical aspects of the residents such as participating in medical appointments and hospital/Emergency Department visits when necessary.  Medical expertise will be used to provide necessary health related training.   
  • Support both I/DD and ABI adults in home and day setting.

Candidates must be a Licensed Practical Nurse with a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License. Candidates must also be able to successfully pass a criminal background check (CORI), reference and national fingerprinting and driving record checks.   

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Clinical Coordinator: Reporting to Clinical Supervisor, the Clinical Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the resources required for ensuring the behavioral health of the individuals on their caseload. 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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and serves as a team leader in completing all tasks as delineated on the Peer Review Committee;
  • Monitor behavior modifying medication;
  • Individual Support Plans
  • Behavioral Treatment Plans
  • Coordinates the development of the yearly behavioral objective for the ISP;
  • Conducts a functional behavioral assessment for each individual, as required, prior to the design of a behavior treatment plan;
  • Maintains up to date records related to varying components including individual’s incident and restraint reports, psychiatric consult notes, approvals, assessments, progress notes, medication treatment plans and training records;
  • Ensures the Human Rights Committee (HRC) reviews any device utilized to monitor behavior within the context of the behavioral treatment plan.
  • Evaluates individuals being referred to IPPI and assists in designing the transition plan;
  • Provide general clinical oversight for the behavioral treatment programs, including implementation of intervention and teaching strategies.


  • Training in/experience with Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Masters in Psychology, Clinical Counseling or related field
  • LMHC, LICSW, or BCBA credentialed strongly preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.

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Direct Support Professionals (DSP): Make a difference, change a life! 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 helping 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 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. 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.

  • 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:

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


  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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