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

 Open Interview Event
July 16th – 17th – 18th

Residential Program Manager: Join our team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals. Reporting to the Assistant Director, you will join a team dedicated to helping 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, emphasizing the proven methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) delivered by our clinical team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

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 schedules.
  • Take 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience in a discipline related to the delivery of supports to individuals with disabilities.
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License

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: The Shared Living Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and maintaining shared living arrangements for developmentally disabled individuals. He/she will ensure adherence to all funding agencies and their relevant regulations, as well as all IPPI rules, policies and procedures.

The Shared Living Coordinator is responsible for the overall health and safety of all individuals on his/her caseload and ensures that all individuals are afforded opportunities to experience community activities, develop relationships, make individual choices and decisions, learn new skills in all levels of living, and are treated with dignity and respect.

Some Essential Functions of the job include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitors shared living arrangements and implements relevant supports as needed;
  • Ensures that the maintenance of all systems meet or exceed IPPI standards and regulatory requirements of all funding agencies;  
  • Makes certain that all providers he/she oversees  keeps current and up-to-date with all trainings and certifications;
  • Mentors shared living providers  as needed;
  • Works with Shared Living provider to coordinate routine and preventative medical services for individuals;
  • Oversees Medication Administration and related documentation;
  • Works with Clinical Director and/or assigned clinician to ensure all behavioral/clinical needs are being addressed;
  • Collects, tabulates and analyzes behavioral data used to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of behavior treatment plans and programs;
  • Provides financial oversight of individuals’ funds;
  • Works with the Shared Living provider/AD of Adult Services: Shared Living to develop a program of inclusion activities that are consistent with the likes and abilities of each individual. Ensures the growth, independence, autonomy and safety of each individual via ISP and informal life planning goals;
  • Maintains professional, positive, open dialogue and relationships with all internal and external contacts;
  • Attends, participates, prepares materials for and presents at ISP, HRC, PBS: Targeted and Intensive committee’s, other IPPI committees and clinical team meetings as required;
  • Responsible for on call duties as required;
  • Performs special projects and other tasks as required.

Knowlege, Skills, Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate strong commitment to the Human Services field.  
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.  

Credentials – Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent related experience in discipline related to the delivery of supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.   
  • Must have experience with shared living model.
  • Must have MAP certification or have the ability to become MAP certified within timeframe specified by IPPI. 
  • Must have or obtain DDS Human Rights Officer training, Mass/DDS Fire Safety training, Blood Borne Pathogens training, CPR/First Aid certification and other trainings as required.

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

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Registered Nurse: Full Time - 40 Hours - Flexible Schedule. Seeking an RN to work with Developmentally Disabled/Intellectually Disabled adults in residential group homes and day programs.

Working with professionals, the candidate must have a 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.

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

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Direct Support Professionals - Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): We are seeking Direct Support Professionals interested in transitioning to a position in a new Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) residential program scheduled to open this fall.

The position will support women with ABI in a four-person residential home with their physical, medical, and emotional challenges. Direct Support Professionals provide guidance, advocacy, case management and empowerment to the individuals served in a community residential setting.

Duties Include:

  • Community integration
  • Development of social and recreational skills
  • Personal care assistance, including transfers and lifting
  • Assisting with group therapy, documentation, transportation
  • Behavioral intervention using Positive Behavior Supports and role modeling

Clinical and nursing support is provided on site. Candidates with experience in Trauma-Informed Care and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or are trained as an RBT, PCA or CNA are encouraged to apply.

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

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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.   

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

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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 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. 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: 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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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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