May Institute

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Behavior Therapist - San Jose, CA

Behavior Therapist - San Jose, CA

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US-CA-Santa Cruz
US-CA-Santa Clara
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May Institute is currently seeking a compassionate and dedicated Behavior Therapist who want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism or developmental disabilities. In this position you will work directly with children, teaching them communication, social, and play skills. This instruction will occur in the natural context of a child's home, school, or other community setting. You will be trained in state-of-the-art instruction based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and receive supervision from an experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).


We have a variety of full and part-time schedules available, for a thoughtful and responsible person who would like to advance their skills with a growing organization.  The May Institute offers a variety of benefits including:

  • Supervision and clinical team meetings with senior clinical leadership
  • Travel and mileage Reimbursement
  • Electronic devices provided for clinical programs
  • Numerous training opportunities
  • Registered Behavior Technician online course and exam (exam fees are reimbursable)


  • Meet with 2 to 3 clients per day for an average of 2 to 3 hours per client
  • Implement specially designed programs that include developing academic skills, play skills, daily living skills and communication and social skills
  • Record data and document of how each child responds to their programs, their behavior and their progress each day; share with supervisor weekly
  • Graph data to illustrate child progress over time
  • Submit narrative reports of each session and hours worked every day
  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Development or related field 

  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with children; experience working with children who have developmental disabilities preferred
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver's license
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to interact with children, i.e. running and implementing physical intervention strategies if necessary
  • Comfortable working with children who display behavior problems
  • Understanding of proper professional and communication boundaries in terms of families and supervisors

  • Ability to defer to supervisors in program development, modification and report writing as appropriate

  • ABA experience preferred

  • Working knowledge of special education preferred