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New Alternatives for Children


Agency Name: New Alternatives for Children, Inc.

Title of Position: Autism Family Support Specialist (Per Diem)

Position Type: Per Diem; no more than 10-15 hours/week.
Afternoon and evening hours on weekdays; daytime hours on Saturdays.

Pay Range: Hourly, based on experience.

Location: Midtown Manhattan (37 West 26th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010)
May require traveling to/from our Bronx office, and offsite locations where we are providing services.
Organization/Department/Program: Family Support Services


New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexity, chronic health conditions, significant disabilities and behavioral challenges. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a Per Diem Autism Family Support Specialist to join its Family Support Services Department.


The Autism Family Support Specialist supports the agency by helping to manage youngsters with challenging behaviors participating in all program related activities; supervising family visits in the Foster Care Program, specifically visits that require behavioral management; and supporting diversified recreation activities, groups and special events. S/he will become familiar and knowledgeable about the organization, the function of each department, and related policies and procedures. This position supports NAC’s mission to provide the highest quality of care by complying with regulatory guidelines and meeting child welfare industry standards.

Description of Responsibilities:

Provide recreation and support to children who have a diagnosis of Autism.
Supervise family visits during afterhours and on some Saturdays. Assist in groups and events as needed, on and offsite.
Proactively recognize behavioral challenges and react according to each child’s needs.
Plan activities in advance of visits in order to provide structure and support to each child’s unique needs.


Required Education and Experience:

-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
-Must be familiar with Autism diagnosis.
-Must have training or experience with behavioral interventions, sensory needs, communication systems, social skills interventions and basic adaptive daily living skills.

Preferred Experience:

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) trained, ABA paraprofessional, experience in Special Education classroom (teacher, T.A. or paraprofessional), Camp Counselor for Special Needs Children, or any related experience with children who have autism.


How to Apply:

Please indicate "Autism Family Support Specialist –Per Diem" in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Mary Ann Code
Human Resources Department
New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
eFax: 929-273-7865
Phone: 212-994-7938

For information on New Alternatives for Children, Inc., including more information on employee benefits and our agency culture, visit our website at

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion.

Posted on 05/23/18; CVMHA ID #12090