Youth Autism Associate, Direct Support Professional (DSP)/Caregiver
Job Details
Youth Home - Altoona, IA
Full Time
High School
Customer Service


$1,000 SIGN-ON BONUS paid after completion of the New Hire Checklist

RETENTION BONUS = $1.75 x Hours Worked (up to 40/week) and is paid quarterly starting the quarter after Sign-On Bonus

Changing someone’s life can also change your own. When a direct support professional joins the Balance Autism team as an Autism Associate, they are not only jumping into an exciting career, but they’re also touching the lives of the children they work with daily.

In this role, you would be inspiring personal growth, teaching self-care, and encouraging development of social skills. Some tasks include, but are not limited to bathing, cleaning, cooking, and engaging youth in daily plan goals. Youth Home Autism Associates primarily work with youth aged 9-17 years old.   

If you're someone who cares deeply for other people, wants to be challenged every day, is creative and a good listener then we'd like to talk to you about doing this rewarding work. 



  • You are passionate for people and autism. Helping others gives you satisfaction, even if the person doesn’t express gratitude in return.
  • You are a curious learner. As a behavior technician, you will continually learn new lessons about the nature of human behavior and the brain. Those who are naturally curious will find their work more fulfilling.
  • You are engaged. For you, this is more than a job—it’s a career and a passion. You recognize that our work has a profound impact on the families we serve, and you’re passionate about making an impact on their lives while opening new doors for your career. You’re all-in.
  • You are data-driven. You recognize that data is essential to our approach. You diligently collect and report data and base your actions on the results.
  • You are optimistic. Your work can be stressful and emotionally demanding. But, for the well-being of our clients and our team members, you approach each day with a positive attitude. You also communicate frequently with your supervisor and tell them when you’re feeling overwhelmed.


  • $15/hr
  • Student loan repayment program with up to 8% contribution match
  • 403 (b) retirement plan with up to 8% employer match
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Generous PTO plans
  • Access to a huge private discount network, with up to 40% off restaurants, shopping, etc.


  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Pass pre-employment TB test, motor vehicle report, and criminal background checks
  • Vaccinated for COVID-19, or can provide Religious or Doctor's Exemption


We currently have Full-time and Part-time opportunities available in the following shifts:

Located in Altoona, Iowa

1st Shift: 6:00AM to 2:00PM

2nd Shift:  2:00PM to 10:00PM 


Balance Autism is an equal opportunity employer.