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Developmental Paraprofessional

Positive Development

Positive Development

Gurnee, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024


Developmental Paraprofessional
Also known as Developmental Client Coach
Location: Gurnee, IL and surrounding areas
Job Type: Part-time (6-12 hours a week)
Salary: $20 - $26 dollars/hour (based on requirements/qualifications)
Welcome to Positive Development, we’re a growing company focused on delivering a new model of care in autism support.
What we’re looking for:
  • An individual passionate about helping children and/or young adults with developmental differences
  • The desire to make a difference in the lives of the people you serve and have fun doing it!
  • Eager to learn about and use a play-based model of support that helps you meet clients where they are
  • Experience working one-on-one with children and/or adolescents
  • A flexible schedule with the ability to commit to 8-10 hours per week for at least 6 months at a time
  • Comfort in building relationships with kids and their parents/caregivers
  • Interest in advancing your career learning from the pioneers of the industry as you grow with our company
What you will do as a Developmental Paraprofessional :
  • Work one-on-one with children and/or young adults with autism by providing developmental therapy
  • Paid training (We will teach you our Developmental Relationship-Based Intervention - DRBI - therapy and pay you for it!)
  • Spend therapy time working to connect with a child and the parents; effectively communicate with parents about their child
  • Commute to and from clients’ homes
  • Follow client goals and feel comfortable inputting information into a clinical reporting system
  • Attend clinical lectures and team meetings
  • Play and have fun!
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Can lift heavy objects/items (will consider accommodations if needed), get up and down from the floor easily, and actively play with children
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 months to a client schedule
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • Eager to learn our DRBI model
  • Capable of using Office 365 and learning clinical reporting as well as client-facing software apps
  • Being bilingual is a plus (not a requirement but applicable)
  • Two years minimum of undergraduate work or completed AA with an interest in working with children
Who we are:
Our mission is to help children and adolescents with autism build more natural, meaningful connections with their families and communities as they achieve greater growth, independence, and joy. Founded on the premise to provide a new model of care in autism, we believe deeply in the power of the developmental approach because we have seen firsthand the transformation our children and families experienced.
With experts in the field on our staff, we’re at the leading edge of providing different yet, neurodiversity affirming therapeutic services where we help kids and young adults build natural connections with their families and communities.
People come to Positive Development for the cause and stay for the community. Few jobs like this provide the opportunity to change lives meaningfully while allowing you to work as your true, authentic self AND give you the tools and training to turn this into a fulfilling career.
We embrace diversity and difference among our staff and respect you for who you are – just as we do our clients. Best of all, we have a ton of fun together.
Why you’ll love us:
If we had only one word to describe our company culture, it would be joyful. We make a point to lead with empathy and support.
Positive Development is a place for you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll be part of an exciting time in our company’s history and play an important role on the client care team.
As a Developmental Autism Specialist for Positive Development, you’ll have:
  • Paid trainings, lectures, and supervisions
  • Continuous opportunities to learn and build new skills as well as advance your career
  • A supportive, transdisciplinary team environment (joining alongside the speech, occupational, and mental health therapy team members)
  • Regular guidance with a trained clinical professional
  • Work-to-work commute mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunity to participate in our referral program
  • Flexibility to work around your academic schedule while pursuing a degree

If the role and our company seem like a good fit, we would love to hear from you. Choose to Start Here and Build a Career with Positive Development!
Positive Development is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Positive Development believes that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Employment at Positive Development is based on merit, competence, and qualifications, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for training and advancement for all employees. Positive Development is also committed to making our application process accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.