Entry Level Autism Therapist
Job Details

Nashoba Learning Group (NLG) is looking for motivated candidates to work with individuals with autism/ related disorders at our School and Adult programs! Staff hired in this position will be working in one-to-one or small group ratios. This rewarding career path allows you to gain experience with state-of-the-art teaching procedures while helping individuals with autism unlock their potential. NLG places a large emphasis on training and professional development for staff, prior experience is not required.

NLG is looking for candidates with experiences in psychology, direct or personal care or special education to fill this position. Our organization is designed to create career paths for staff through training and development. Whether you’re new to education and our population of students or are looking for a change of pace in the type of work you already enjoy, NLG has the tools and strategies to aid you in the next steps of your career.


What is Nashoba Learning Group?
NLG was founded in 2002 to offer a different life trajectory for individuals with autism and their families. Our organization uses evidence-based teaching procedures, delivered by highly trained and supervised teaching staff, and customized for each individual in partnership with their family. Today NLG is able to provide outstanding, individualized education, training, and intervention services for over 170 individuals aged three to adult, who are from over 60 communities across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. NLG strives to enable individuals to achieve their potential and become productive members of society throughout their lives.

General job responsibilities/requirements for the positions include (but are not limited to):

  • Working with a set case load of individuals on a variety of tasks throughout their day (tasks may include: academics, social skills, communication and language, vocational skills, community behavior and activities of daily living)
  • Working with individuals to teach social and communication skills to allow them to succeed in the community
  • Consistently collecting accurate data for academic programs, daily living skills, vocational skills and behavior (frequency, antecedent-behavior-consequence, duration, etc.)

An Understudy/ABA Therapist needs to have:

  • At least two references that will attest to the Candidate's interpersonal skills, energy, work ethic, commitment to providing optimal education to individuals with autism, their ability to work on a team, leadership skills, integrity, ability to accept and learn from feedback.
  • The ability to physically perform all job duties, keeping students/members safe and in close proximity at all times, particularly on outings, and safely restraining individuals in excess of 100 pounds up to 200 pounds when necessary.
  • Passed a background and CORI check.

Supervision and Performance Assessment:

  • Performance requirements are clearly specified, performance is measured frequently, feedback is given immediately and mastery of particular skills allows access to higher level skills. Reinforcement, in the form of pay, professional development opportunities and recognition is tied to performance.
  • The Understudy Therapist/ABA Therapist positions will be evaluated on general performance, cooperation, teamwork and maintenance of the student’s books. The Lead Teacher and/or Clinical Director will assess the Understudy Therapist/ABA Therapist on clinical performance.
  • Approximately twice per year an assessment will be made regarding the ABA Therapist’s performance. Certain data that is continuously or intermittently recorded throughout the year will also be incorporated into the assessment. Within 2 days, the ABA Therapist will have a chance to review the assessment with the person who executed it. From that review, the ABA Therapist will be reinforced for good performance and develop an action plan with the reviewer to enhance performance. Follow up assessment will be scheduled based on that plan. The purpose of assessment and feedback is to assist the ABA Therapist in continuously improving their performance. It is expected that performance will improve over time. It is also expected that there will always be opportunities to learn and grow.

Benefits NLG provides to its valued employees!

  • 100% Paid Tuition! (for an NLG approved Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis or Special Education)
  • Professional and career development opportunities
  • Considerable time off (paid vacations, paid time off)
  • Affordable and Comprehensive Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Referral Program
  • Life Insurance
  • 403B Retirement plan
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel with individuals from your caseload

Job Type: Full-time / Part-time                         
Level: Entry            
Schedule: Monday to Friday                           |     Work Remotely: No           |    Work Location: Bedford, MA or Billerica, MA
Pay: $45,000 - $52,000 per year (Bachelor's Degree Preferred)
COVID-19 considerations: COVID vaccination is encouraged but not required.
License/Certification: A Driver’s License in good standing (Required)



NLG is committed to the philosophy and principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of NLG to recruit, hire, train and promote the most qualified candidates regardless of any race, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, protected genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.  NLG expects all employees to support its equal opportunity objective.