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NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), one of the most respected and recognized, private multi-disciplinary neuropsychology practices in New England, is expanding and seeking per diem special educators and educators, occupational therapists, and/or speech-language pathologists to join the Executive Function and Real-life Skills Coaching team (4-20 hours per week, usually afterschool or on weekends).
Coaches provide services for middle and high school students as well as young adults looking to develop functional life skills to support their success in their school environments (e.g., middle or high school, college, graduate school, etc.) and in their daily lives. Since the onset of Covid-19, coaches are frequently supporting clients to build technology, social media, executive functioning, and other functional skills necessary for accessing a world that is increasingly remote and requires a high degree of planning. Coaching may also focus on assisting students to be ready for everyday activities. For example, coaches and their clients may work together to take steps to achieve a goal such as applying for part-time work, researching and applying for volunteer or internship experiences, or developing a plan for successfully engaging in a college class. When a coach feels comfortable addressing other concrete social or daily living skills, such as managing money, personal shopping, or self-care routines, these areas may be incorporated into work with clients—although these may be addressed creatively. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent organizational and communication skills who enjoys coaching young people using a relational model and a great deal of creativity. A passion for learning and helping others is a must.
NESCA is proud to provide the highest quality evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents, and young adults in the region. The team currently includes 20 master’s- and doctorate-level professionals, offering neuropsychological evaluations, psychological testing, postsecondary transition services, occupational therapy services, educational coaching and consultation, psychoeducational counseling and integrative treatment services, such as personal & social coaching and acupuncture.
Instructions for Application
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume Dr. Sophie Bellenis. All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.
NESCA Core Values
- We’re collaborative—We believe that together, we achieve better answers for children and families.
- We care, deeply—We’re a values-driven organization. We chose our profession because we enjoy helping children and families. We have high expectations for ourselves.
- We build relationships—We help children build connections with parents, siblings, teachers, peers and the greater community. We’re invested in the success of children and families. We’re real and relatable. We support each other and our collective mission as NESCA.
- We are curious, lifelong learners—We learn from each other, openly sharing our experience and ideas and inviting those of our broader professional community. We’re not afraid to ask questions.
- We’re creative problem solvers—We’re flexible, not formulaic, in how we approach a situation. We act as detectives, embracing complexity, looking at the data beyond the data, leveraging a broad array of unique tools and strategies to deliver an approach to evaluation, coaching, consultation and treatment that’s personalized. We look for the good in every child, unearthing strengths and identifying the services, tools and coaching to accommodate limitations while enhancing strengths.
Job Details and Duties
- Identify executive function and related deficits using a client centered approach
- Implement individualized services for youth with a wide range of cognitive, learning, and developmental abilities and disability-related needs
- Plan and execute “fun and functional” sessions focused on executive function and related skill development (e.g., planning, organizing, prioritizing, scheduling, time management, task initiation, problem-solving, chunking, using technology tools, etc.)
- Communicate effectively with clients, families, school personnel, and any other relevant team members
- Help youth to interface with support staff in their academic setting (e.g., admissions, registrar, and disability support services on a college campus)
- Work with clients to create weekly written (i.e., email) summaries of coaching sessions to share with team members
- Report (in writing) on progress and make recommendations for needed service provision when needed/appropriate
- Provide services outside of typical school hours (Weekdays after 3 and/or weekends)
- Master’s degree minimum; licensure in Education or Special Education preferred
- 1-3 years of experience working with teens or young adults, preferably as an educator in a school or tutoring setting
- Previous experience working with clients with emotional, behavioral or medically complex challenges and their families
- Experience performing formal and informal assessments to ascertain aptitudes and needs related to academic, executive functioning, and/or study skill
- Proficiency in building executive function skills, using self-determination principles and building self-advocacy skills
- Familiarity with current school-based digital platforms (e.g. Google Classroom, Canvas, etc.) and other relevant software programs (e.g. Google Calendar, Todoist, Trello, etc.) is desirable
- Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills
- Compassion, empathy, patience, persistence and a strong interest in helping clients be successful
- Ability to creatively problem-solve and think outside the box
- Willingness to seek help and supervision; desire to learn and continuously improve as a therapist
- Able to work as an independent contributor (managing own client caseload) as well as a team player
- Comfort and experience working with international clients is desirable but not required
Job Types: Part-time, Contract
Pay: From $50.00 per hour
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability
Services are predominantly happening via Zoom, phone, text, email. However, we are seeing an increased number of requests for in person coaching which can be done at a local library, coffee shop, etc. or at one of our offices.
- What coursework/training/professional development have you taken related to executive function skill development?
- teaching/tutoring: 3 years (Preferred)
Work Location: One location