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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.

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Marti

"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

Marti

Current Open Positions

Infant Mental Health Specialist – Part-time

Part-time Infant Mental Health Specialist needed to serve infants and toddlers in foster care. Services are provided in the child’s new placement and/or childcare. Regular home visits support the child’s on-going development, effective parenting strategies in helping to manage challenging behaviors, and support to childcare providers. This is a grant-funded program which has been supported by local and government grants for 13 years.

Please send cover letter and resume to candyw@asapc.org

Qualifications:

  • Current WA State Teaching Certificate
  • BA or MA in Early Childhood Special Education or related field
  • 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.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English encouraged to apply

Occupational Therapist

Full or part-time pediatric OT, experienced with preschoolers and under is needed for our early intervention program. Experience the joy of working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers to improve motor, feeding, and sensory processing skills. Responsibilities include evaluation and development of treatment plans, home programs, progress notes, completion of SOAP notes, and assisting in the development of Individual Family Services Plans. This is a fun and flexible position which allows autonomy in scheduling and a unique opportunity to positively impact children’s development and increase parents’ ability to meet their children’s needs. Working within a multidisciplinary team allows for shared knowledge and skill building. Low stress with a caseload of only 18-20.

We provide technology which allows you so to work at your home and on the road. Desk space is available at our new and comfortable office which is conveniently located for our catchment area. We offer a full benefit package which includes medical and dental (for full-time employees: 36-40 hours), life insurance, 3% match for Simple IRA plan, 8 personal leave days, 10 paid holidays, and 4 weeks paid vacation annually. These are salaried positions for those working 20 hours or more per week. Competitive wages.

Requirements

  • Licensed and certified in the State of WA
  • Valid WDL
  • Auto insurance
  • Current First Aid/CPR
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Candidates should be dependable, flexible, playful and enjoy working in a team environment.

Please send cover letter and resume to candyw@asapc.org or call 253-471-2727 for more information.

Speech/Language Pathologist

Fun-loving Speech and Language Pathologist needed to join our enthusiastic team of early intervention providers . Work with infants and toddlers and their caregivers in the home environment to improve speech, language, and feeding skills. We serve the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville, and Tacoma School Districts. Enjoy a fun, flexible, and positive working environment with a multidisciplinary staff.

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • We prefer a full-time a candidate, but will consider part-time for the right person.

Responsibilities

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Development of treatment plans and home programs
  • Assisting in the development of Individual Family Service Plans

Please send cover letter and resume to candyw@asapc.org