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Program Director - Santa Cruz, CA

Program Director - Santa Cruz, CA

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US-CA-Santa Cruz
Regular Full-Time

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For six decades, May Institute has set the national standard for providing comprehensive, research-based services to children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and mental illness.

May Institute blends science with service to help make progress possible for thousands of children, adults, and families each year.

Join us in our mission to promote independence, choice, dignity and respect for those we serve.

As the Program Director for our Santa Cruz Center you will provide ABA services within your community, and help to expand services to clients on our waiting list. We currently offer services to home based clients, and work with multiple school systems to provide ABA services. You will also develop, and supervise a growing team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and Behavior Therapists.

In addition, the Program Director will manage the day to day practice of the center, and have oversight of the operating budget, performance metrics and staffing levels.

Our intensive home-based services help children improve communication, social and behavior skills; self-help skills; and learning skills. In addition, in-home therapists provide parent education and training to ensure skills learned are maintained and refined at home.




Why Join May Institute?

  • We are dedicated to improving clinical understanding and creating new learning opportunities
  • We offer lifelong learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of employees at every stage of their education and career — from those just beginning to work in the human services field, to those in pre- and post-doctoral programs, as well as senior-level staff attaining advanced licenses and credentials.
  • The May Center for Applied Research and Peer Review directs, supervises, and coordinates research activity at May Institute, this Center supports an active agenda of publication in peer-reviewed journals as well as professional presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Comprehensive benefit programs including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short term and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, we offer Pet, Auto, and Home Insurance.
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Tuition Forgiveness Programs are available to our employees to help offset education expenses
  • Generous paid time off to help you manage your work and life balance
  • Free CEU’s provided by industry leaders
  • Supervision and opportunities to partner and collaborate with a dynamic peer group of BCBA’s, and BCBA-D’s


  • Ensure quality of care within the program by supervising performance and productivity of staff
  • Develop operating budgets based on historical performance and estimated future demand
  • Manage monthly productivity and finances for office
  • Manage waiting list and caseloads of staff
  • Coordinate the recruitment of staff, including publicizing open positions, interviewing and selecting staff, and writing employee work performance standards
  • Maintain a limited consultation caseload
  • Provide leadership in the coordination of services between the May Center for ABA Services and local service providers including public school systems and local early intervention programs
  • Participate in marketing, public relations, and fundraising activities as required
  • Provide program information to interested parties in the format of formal presentations to large and small groups.


  • BCBA required
  • Management/supervisory experience
  • Experience with budgetary and programmatic decision-making
  • Strong leadership and organization skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills