May Institute

  • Behavioral Specialist

    Job Location US-MA-West Springfield
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Summary


    May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.


    The organization is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of services and special education schools for children and adults with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and in the U.S.


    Since its founding more than 60 years ago, May Institute has evolved into a national network that serves thousands of individuals and their families annually. With corporate headquarters in Randolph, Mass., the Institute operates nearly 200 service locations in more than a dozen states across the country.


    May Institute is an equal opportunity employer.




    The May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield is currently seeking a Behavior Specialist who will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of behavioral services to our students. This includes supervising the daily implementation of behavior support plans in the classrooms.


    Part of what sets May Institute apart from other organizations is our uncompromising commitment to professionalism and excellence. Our work is grounded in evidence-based ABA practice. Our mission and vision drive us to understand each person’s unique needs and find effective means to help each individual reach his or her potential and live as independently as possible. We are proud to be an active center of training and research, and are dedicated to improving our employees’ clinical understanding and creating research opportunities.


    We offer a competitive salary, an array of exceptional benefits, flexible scheduling to meet the needs of families, fully paid in-house training, continuing education seminars, internal transfers and promotions, generous time off, and the opportunity to work with national experts in the fields of ASD and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, and behavioral health.


    Other terrific opportunities for professional growth and development include:

    • A highly collaborative environment and the opportunity to work with teams of BCBAs
    • Tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness and opportunities to participate in graduate programs
    • Senior-level clinical support and supervision from doctoral-level BCBAs
    • Participation in applied and grant-funded research
    • Opportunities to publish and present
    • Diverse clinical experiences across age ranges and populations in the community and at our world-class schools and outstanding adult programs
    • Ongoing professional development tailored to areas of interest
    • Cutting-edge developments in computerized data management systems and technology for communication and language training
    • Supervision hours to meet advanced academic requirements
    • Generous compensation and great benefits package


    • Conduct behavior assessments as needed to identify problem behaviors
    • Develop appropriate support plans and teaching protocols to correct problem behaviors
    • Collect and analyze IOA, treatment integrity, crisis intervention, and problem behavior data
    • Modify and/or create behavior support plans based on data collected
    • Train classroom staff to implement behavior support plans with integrity
    • Safety Care Instructor (behavioral safety trainer training will be provided)
    • Provide staff training and feedback based on data collected
    • Ensure appropriate contact with parents regarding behavioral issues
    • Assist in the admissions process with the identification and screening of possible students to be served by the program
    • Liaise with administrative and support service departments
    • Work directly with students as needed




    • Master’s degree in a related field
    • BCBA certification required
    • Previous experience conducting behavior assessments and developing behavior intervention plans
    • Demonstrated supervisory experience
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills


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