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Careers at A Step Ahead

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For more than 15 years, A Step Ahead has been one of the region’s most progressive early intervention programs for children who have one or more developmental delays.

Our team of talented and tenacious professionals work with you and your family as partners, advocates and a support system of care. Our pledge is to unlock the full potential in every child we see.

If you’re inspired by children and motivated by tenacious and talented peers, apply today. We promise you’ll find joy and laughter working with amazing families and children – and a team that supports you and each other.


"What I love about A Step Ahead is that we are innovative and have a collaborative approach to supporting family needs and concerns both with our staff and the community. There is a climate of good humor and genuine regard among work mates, making A Step Ahead a Happy place to work!"

- Marti Cates

"Of all the places I have been employed at, this is the most collaborative environment I have ever experienced. I'm able to brainstorm and talk with colleagues daily who are wholly invested in the same families and children I care so much about. ... I could not imagine doing this job without my coworkers to rely on, lean on and team up with."

- Jaime Jones


Current Open Positions

Infant Mental Health Specialist / BOOST Program Coordinator

Full time Infant Mental Health Specialist needed for home visiting program for children in foster care within Pierce County. This is a grant-funded program which aims to reduce the effects of trauma to infants and toddlers who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Duties include: Coordinate and provide services for grant funded program. Receive and follow through on all referrals. Develop intervention plans with caregivers and social workers. Conduct home visits which address parent concerns. Support childcare providers in implementing developmentally appropriate practices in addressing challenging behaviors. Administer developmental screenings and assessments to determine strengths, needs, and appropriate referrals to the community. Provide Infant Mental Health Services within scope of practice. Consult with parents, childcare providers, social workers, and other professionals regarding individual children's social/emotional and developmental needs. Collect and report on data which supports program goals.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Special Education, School Counseling, or Related Field.
  • Highly prefer LICSW or LMHC.
  • Minimum of three years' experience working with infants and toddlers.
  • Certification/Endorsement in Infant Mental Health strongly preferred.
  • Promoting First Relationships training is also helpful.
  • Reliable transportation with proof of insurance and current WA State Drivers License.
  • Must pass the WA State Criminal History and Background check.

Personal Attributes Needed:

  • Strong Organization & Time Management Skills
  • Experience working with data collection and data systems
  • Fun-Loving
  • Enjoys working with parents & children

More Information: This program has been running for 14 years with stable funding. This is a full time position with medical and dental benefits; holiday and vacation pay, cell phone allowance; mileage reimbursed. For additional information please visit our website at www.asapc.org or call 253.471.2727.

To apply, please send your resume & cover letter to davidp@asapc.org

Speech / Language Pathologist

A Step Ahead is recruiting a fun-loving Speech and Language Pathologist to join our growing team of early intervention providers. Work with infants and toddlers and their caregivers in the home environment to improve speech, language, and feeding skills. Service the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, Orting Eatonville & Tacoma School Districts, we offer a flexible and positive working environment, where you'll be part of a dynamic, committed multidisciplinary staff. Duties include: Assessment and evaluation, development of treatment plans and home programs, assisting in the development of Individual Family Service Plans, participation in multidisciplinary planning and teams.

Minimum Requirements

  • Prefer ASHA certification, but will consider a Clinical Fellow for the right candidate
  • Experience with children under the age of 5 and a wide range of diagnoses including: Autism, genetic disorders, medically fragile, and motor-speech disorders, strongly preferred

Personal Attributes Needed Include:

  • Flexibility
  • Good Time Management & Organizational Skills
  • Fun-Loving
  • Enjoys working with parents and children

Details & Benefits: This is a full-time, salaried position that includes: Paid holiday, vacation & personal leave. Medical, Dental & Life Insurance. Cell Phone Allowance. Mileage Reimbursement. Part-Time position would be considered for the right candidate.

To learn more about A Step Ahead browse our website asapc.org or call 253.471.2727. To apply, please send your resume & cover letter to candyw@asapc.org