SD Associates is a private company that is committed to providing evidence-based services to support durable and generalized learning for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our company adheres to the practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the science of human behavior.
We are currently seeking compassionate, energetic behavioral instructors (BIs) who are dependable, professional and enthusiastic, and who have a strong commitment to co-workers, clients and their families. The BI role is the most important, influential and valued position in our company. They are the individuals who work each day to make impactful, positive behavioral changes for the population that we serve.
BIs work under the supervision of a behavior analyst and/or special education teacher to implement a client’s individualized behavior support plan (BSP), individualized education plan (IEP) and/or individualized service agreement (ISA). BIs provide direct support to clients who have mild to severe behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities and exhibit complex and potentially intense aggressive and self-injurious behaviors.
BIs teach functional communication and social skills, motor and play skills, and cognitive and self-care skills, while reducing interfering challenging behavior. We serve clients as young as preschool age through early adulthood. Our BIs also work across a variety of settings, including our own clinic and school settings, public schools, homes and the communities in which our clients live. However, working in homes is largely on pause due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
All BIs receive comprehensive training and regular supervision in ABA, which includes a 40- hour Registered Behavior Technician course from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). BIs receive training in all areas of ABA, including (but not limited to) discrete trial teaching techniques, prompt hierarchies, prevention and management of challenging behaviors, social skills development, naturalistic learning techniques and data collection. Additionally, the BI receives weekly training and supervision from their team behavior analyst.
SD Associates maintains a strong commitment to promoting employees within our company. Employees have opportunities to advance their careers within our company, with positions for those progressing along an ABA clinical path, as well as those pursuing an administrative direction. Most clinicians and administrative staff at SD Associates have grown within the company from the BI position.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SD Associates has implemented extensive safety and cleaning procedures, under the guidance of the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health to help ensure the health and well-being of our clients and staff members.
Job Responsibilities (not exhaustive):
Pay: Starting hourly wage varies from $17.00 – $20.00 per hour, depending on level of education. Bachelor’s degree rate is $19.06 per hour.
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