Job Openings at NESCA.

Join one of the most well respected and recognized neuropsychology and integrative treatment practices in the New England. NESCA has been in business since 2007. We provide Neuropsychological evaluations, both domestic and international, psychological testing, full transition evaluations, cognitive behavior therapy, consultations to parents, schools, and professionals, integrative services such as yoga and acupuncture, and community based transition supports.

We focus on delivering the highest quality client care while offering flexibility and a deeply caring, collaborative, and fun work environment. We are looking for leaders and self-motivated people who would not only enjoy this type of culture – but who passionately love their work.

Community-Based Transition Coach/Occupational Therapist

Position Details:

NESCA is currently seeking dynamic, creative, and experienced applicants for the position of community-based transition coach/occupational therapist. We are hiring multiple per diem staff in and around Lowell, Worcester, and Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Through fun, recreational activities, coaches will work one-to-one with adolescents/young adults in their homes and the surrounding community, helping them to acquire the skills they need to meet their personal goals and to become confident, competent adults. Coaches are able to develop rapport with clients, provide strengths-based support, and instill and encourage self-advocacy skills and personal growth. Coaches will typically meet with clients for one or two 2-hour sessions per week; Afterschool or weekend hours are often preferred by clients.

At a basic level, coaches help their clients get out of the house and explore local activities that may be enjoyable and rewarding. Over time, coaches help facilitate development of communication, coping, problem solving, independent living and organizational skills as well as generally learning how to be more successful in their home, school, and community life. For example, coaches and their clients may explore leisure activities at restaurants and coffee shops, volunteer at a pet shelter, apply for part-time work or internships, or work together to develop a study plan for a community college class. Concrete skills such as managing money, using transportation, personal shopping, self-care, and meal preparation are often areas of need for clients.

A candidate for this part-time (4-10 hours/week) position will be experienced in evaluating, planning, developing, and implementing individualized services for youth with a wide range of abilities and disability-related needs. The candidate should be adept in working with teenagers and young adults as well as their family members, educators and community providers. The ideal candidate will also be an excellent communicator with effective coaching and organizational skills and a passion for learning about and helping others.

Interpersonal skills are a must as you are expected to work as part of a larger support team including family members, professionals, school personnel, coaches, and transition specialists in order to ensure the success of the clients we serve.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree minimum; MA licensure in Occupational Therapy
  • 1-3 years of experience as an OT working in a school or clinic setting, preferably with teens and young adults
  • Previous experience working with clients with emotional, behavioral or medically complex challenges and their families
  • Proficiency in using self-determination principles and building self-advocacy skills
  • Experience performing formal and informal assessments to ascertain aptitudes and needs related to increasing student independence related to competitive employment, education, training, and independent living
  • 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
  • Able to work as an independent contributor (managing own client caseload) as well as a team player

Instructions for Application

  • Please send a cover letter with your resume describing a little more about yourself than would be evident in a resume.
  • Please send Cover and Resume to Kelley Challen at Kchallen@nesca-newton.com.

Pediatric Neuropsychologists - Newton, Massachusetts and/or Londonderry, New Hampshire

Position Details:

Join one of the most well respected and recognized neuropsychology practices in New England! NESCA is expanding and seeking additional pediatric neuropsychologists to join our Newton, MA and Londonderry, NH practice locations.

NESCA is a multi-disciplinary center that has earned the reputation of providing the highest quality evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents. Our team currently includes 20 master’s and doctorate level professionals offering neuropsychological evaluations, psychological testing, postsecondary transition assessment and planning, educational consultation, psychotherapy, and integrative treatment services such as yoga and acupuncture.

Neuropsychologists will be expected to complete comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and consultations as well as participate in educational team meetings and conduct school observations, when needed.  Neuropsychologists also participate in weekly case conference luncheons with our full clinical staff, bi-weekly seminars where CEs are provided, and staff meetings twice per month.

We are seeking self-motivated clinicians who are passionate about the art and science of neuropsychological assessment and who wish to be part of a highly collaborative group practice where we value on-going learning.  Superb clinical and writing skills are essential for this position.  We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in projective testing or in the assessment of preschoolers, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, or individuals with intellectual impairment. As a premier private practice, we often evaluate children with complex profiles and presentations that do not fit neatly into any one diagnostic box.

We welcome you to be part of a highly supportive work environment with a group of professionals who are dedicated to their work and to one another. Importantly, every position at NESCA is configured to facilitate work-family-life balance with a high level of clinician control over scheduling, vacations, ability to work off-site, etc. All neuropsychological protocols are scored and tabulated by psychometricians enabling neuropsychologists to focus on client-facing work.

NESCA provides a generous compensation and benefits package for full time employees, including 401(K) with company match, subsidized health insurance, paid holidays and vacations, both long-term and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, group dental insurance, and group 529 college savings plans. Free parking is available at all office locations. Employees additionally have 24/7 access to an on-site gym in Newton and acupuncture with our staff clinician is available at a discounted rate.

Instructions for Application:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Melissa Jensen:  mjensen@nesca-newton.com.  For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Ann Helmus at 617-658-9821 or ahelmus@nesca-newton.com.  All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

Transition Specialists - Newton, Massachusetts and/or Londonderry, New Hampshire

Position Details:

NESCA is currently seeking vibrant, enthusiastic, and experienced applicants for the position of transition specialist. This is a full-time position in and around Newton, Massachusetts. However, part-time applicants are encouraged to apply. We are additionally interested in candidates who may able to deliver services in Londonderry, New Hampshire at our satellite office.

A transition specialist at NESCA provides a variety of direct client services as well as consultation to and collaboration with NESCA clinicians to help support all NESCA clients with transition planning needs. On a monthly basis, a transition specialist provides several independent transition evaluations, engages students and families in person-centered transition planning meetings, provides consultation and coaching to students and their parents and schools, and participates in IEP team meetings. While work is often office-based, a number of work hours are spent evaluating students at school and in their local communities as well as providing community-based skills coaching to students. Weekly participation in a staff seminar and a case conference luncheon with NESCA clinical staff is expected. Additional work activities often include parent or educator presentations and attending conferences and networking events.

A candidate for this full-time position will be experienced in evaluating, planning, developing, and implementing transition services for youth with a  wide range of abilities and disability-related needs. The candidate will be a seasoned evaluator, familiar with administration and scoring of a range of transition assessment tools, and adept in working with teenagers and young adults as well as their family members, educators, and community providers.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Outstanding organizational, written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of person-centered planning, individualized supports models, self-determination principles and self-advocacy skills
  • Knowledge of career counseling and job placement of students with occupational barriers including physical, social, emotional, learning and intellectual disabilities
  • Knowledge of college readiness practices and preparation for technical learning
  • Familiarity with psychological tests, vocational and transition related assessment tools (transition planning inventories, functional assessments, interest tests, aptitude tests, transferable skills analysis), and other evaluative techniques
  • Understanding of skills necessary for postsecondary success, including but not limited to time management, planning and prioritizing, study skills, social skills, healthcare skills, and safety in school and community environments
  • Knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of the student, family and school in the transition process
  • Adept in identifying transition planning needs, developing transition action plans and associated Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals
  • Experience presenting at and participating in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team Meetings as well as other in-school meetings to provide transition consultation
  • Familiarity with adult service systems (e.g., higher education, vocational rehabilitation, SSI and Medicaid, developmental disability services, department of mental health) and community resources
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and think outside the box
  • Able to work as an independent contributor (managing own client caseload) as well as a team player
  • Commitment to continued learning and ongoing professional development

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling (Mental Health, Guidance, School Adjustment, Education), Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Pathology, Special Education, or a related field and at least three (3) years of experience performing formal and informal transition assessments to ascertain interests, strengths, preferences, aptitudes and needs related to competitive employment, education, training, and independent living
  • OR at least five (5) years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience as a transition specialist, transition coordinator, vocational counselor, career counselor, guidance counselor, or related successful experience supporting transition-aged students with disabilities

Instructions for Application

  • Please send a cover letter with your resume describing a little more about yourself than would be evident in a resume.
  • Please send Cover and Resume to Kelley Challen at Kchallen@nesca-newton.com.

Training at NESCA.

NESCA boasts a strong clinical training program for individuals seeking specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, offering both a two-year postdoctoral fellowship as well as early career training. For questions regarding NESCA’s pediatric neuropsychology training program, please contact Dr. Angela Currie at acurrie@nesca-newton.com.