Job Openings at NESCA.

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 seeks self-motivated clinicians and administrative staff to join its locations in Newton and Plainville, MA and Londonderry, NH.

Founded in 2007, 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, both domestic and international, psychological testing, postsecondary transition services, occupational therapy services, educational consultation, psychoeducational counseling and integrative treatment services, such as personal & social coaching and acupuncture.

We welcome you to be part of a highly supportive work environment as part of a team of dedicated professionals. Every position at NESCA is configured to facilitate work-family-life balance with a high level of control over scheduling, vacations, remote work, etc.

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.

Pediatric Neuropsychologists - Newton and/or Plainville, MA

Instructions for Application
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to 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.

Position Details

  • Conduct comprehensive neuropsychological testing or neurodevelopmental evaluations and consultations on behalf of children and adolescents, using a wide variety of psychological and neuropsychological testing tools, measures and strategies
  • Provide interpretative information to parents and/or primary caregivers (including teachers, therapists); may provide short-term consulting to parents or school team for effecting changes
  • Write clear and comprehensive neuropsychological assessment reports including diagnostic interpretations and next step strategy plans
  • Participate in educational team meetings and conduct school observations, when needed
  • Participate in weekly case conference luncheons with our full clinical staff, bi-weekly morning seminars where CEUs are provided, and staff meetings twice per month
  • Attend and/or speak at relevant conferences, as needed or desired
  • Contribute to NESCA’s blog on an approximate quarterly basis
  • Testing protocols are scored and tabulated by psychometricians, enabling our neuropsychologists to focus on client-facing work

Skills and Attributes

  • Integrative, supportive, collaborative outlook and approach within a multidisciplinary team
  • Superb clinical writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and young adults with complex profiles and presentations that do not fit neatly into any one diagnostic box
  • Expertise in a niche area such as projective testing, testing students with intellectual impairment or autism spectrum disorders, or in the assessment of preschoolers is a strong plus
  • Organizational skills; provide reports in a timely manner and meet agreed-upon deadlines
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Solid judgment and ethical behavior
  • Thoroughness and curiosity; a strong desire for continued learning
  • Proficiency in standard PC-based applications
  • Comfort with new technology (e.g., electronic record-keeping systems)
  • Sense of humor!

Education and Experience

We are seeking clinicians who are truly passionate about the art and science of neuropsychological assessment.

  • Doctoral degree in Psychology from an APA/CPA-accredited college or university
  • Completion of APA/CPA-accredited pre-doctoral internship, with supervised experience in clinical neuropsychology
  • Two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology
  • Minimum of five years of experience working closely with children and adolescents, primarily between the ages of 1-22, with intellectual, developmental, emotional, psychiatric, learning and/or other disabilities, two years of which must be post-doctoral
  • Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire license-eligible or current Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire licensure with relevant clinically-based practicums and experience required consistent with specific client population
  • NESCA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Benefits

Generous compensation and benefits package for full-time employees, including:

  • 401(K) with company match
  • Subsidized health insurance, group dental insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance
  • Flexible working environment
  • Paid holidays and vacations
  • Free parking is available at all NESCA locations
  • 24/7 access to an on-site gym in Newton
  • Discounted rate with staff acupuncturist
  • Discounted rate with staff personal trainer

Per Diem Occupational Therapist / Real-Life Skills Coach - MA

Position Details:

NESCA is seeking per diem occupational therapists to join the Real-life Skills Coaching team (4-10 hours per week, usually afterschool or on weekends).

Coaches provide services for adolescents and adults looking to develop functional life skills in their own homes and communities. 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 routines, and meal preparation are often areas of need for clients. 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.

Instructions for Application

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume Dr. Sophie Bellenis: sbellenis@nesca-newton.com. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Bellenis at 617-658-9825 or sbellenis@nesca-newton.com. All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

Job Details

  • Identify occupational performance deficits using a client and family 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 skill development related to independent living, community success, and/or college and work readiness
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, school personnel, and any other relevant team members
  • 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)

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

Transition Specialist - Newton, MA

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 highly 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.

Instructions for Application:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Kelley Challen:  kchallen@nesca-newton.com.  All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

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

Benefits

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 and personal training with staff clinicians is available at a discounted rate.

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.