Job Opportunities

AANE is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

LifeMAP – Life Management Coach

Are you looking for a part-time job with flexible hours and wonderful clients? Do you want to help empower adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to increase their independence and succeed in life?

As a Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP) coach, you will provide practical assistance to adults with AS and similar autism spectrum profiles.  Our clients are bright and interesting people who may need assistance in one or more areas of independent living, interpersonal skills, community integration, education, and employment.  Coaching takes place one-on-one and is highly individualized, with a focus on identifying and progressively overcoming the specific barriers that stand in the way of each client’s success.

Hours are flexible and can be built around your schedule. You may choose to work with anywhere from 5 to 15 clients, or 5-15 hours of active coaching per week.  In addition, newly hired coaches participate in a comprehensive initial training, receive ongoing supervision in person and via video conferencing, and telephone and email support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide intensive, individualized coaching to adults diagnosed with AS or related conditions
  • Meet with clients in their homes, their communities, or the AANE main office
  • Create goal-specific contracts to guide the work being done
  • Administer pre-tests to determine baseline skills
  • Re-evaluate at regular intervals to assess clients’ progress
  • Administer post-tests at completion of work agreed upon in contract
  • Record status/progress of clients tasks regularly
  • Help clients expand their support networks
  • Communicate with clients’ existing support networks
  • Attend coaches’ quarterly meetings
  • Attend coaches’ clinical hour video conferences

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Previous experience in a coaching or mentoring role preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of clients, their families, and other services providers
  • Basic computer/internet user skills required
  • Understanding of a career development process required

Education / Personal Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field is required or extensive field experience with minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Deep knowledge of Asperger Syndrome or related conditions in adults, with the desire to learn more (life experience is a bonus)
  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Commitment to AANE’s mission and values

Contact: Nataliya Poto - LifeMAP Program Director
Email: LifeMAPjobs@aane.org

Application components required:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of degree
  • Contact information for three professional references

LifeNet - Support Partner (Direct Support Professional)

AANE is seeking trustworthy direct support professionals to join our team at LifeNet, a new independent living support program for adults on the autism spectrum. LifeNet Support Partners help monitor each LifeNet Adult's overall health, safety, and well-being, while providing in-person support in the life skill areas prioritized in the Adult's LifeNet Support Plan. With our initial team in place, new Support Partners will begin as part-time employees, with the opportunity to become full-time as the LifeNet program grows. The ideal candidate(s) will have direct care experience working with adults with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles. The Support Partner works closely with each LifeNet Adult's team leader - a LifeNet Clinical Case Manager - and reports to the LifeNet Program Director.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Travel to and perform scheduled, in-person support visits with each assigned LifeNet Adult according to the LifeNet Client Service Agreement
  • Work closely with the Clinical Case Manager to implement each Adult's strengths-based LifeNet Support Plan, which outlines specific independent living support activities in areas such as:
    • home organization and safety
    • meals, nutrition, and food safety
    • healthcare appointments, medication reminders
    • bills and mail management
    • companionship and social engagement
    • recreation and exercise
    • laundry, personal hygiene, and self-care
    • errands
    • pets
    • transportation support, and more.
  • Carefully observe status of, and changes in, an Adult’s personal health and living environment, and communicate issues back to the Clinical Case Manager
  • Track time and case notes after each session in the secure LifeNet case management system
  • Communicate regularly with the Clinical Case Manager(s)
  • Communicate with additional LifeNet team members and LifeNet Adult family members, providers, and other community members as needed
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2-3 years personal or professional experience with providing direct in-home support to adults on the autism spectrum
  • Comfort, competence, and interest in supporting LifeNet Adults across multiple life areas, as prioritized in each Adult's LifeNet Support Plan
  • Openness and ability to, on any given day, engage in conversations or pursuits with Adults involving music, theater, dance, art, anime, comic books, animals, nature, sports, science, computers, history, mass transit, aviation, travel, TV shows, movies, games, and more
  • College degree preferred, but not required
  • Outstanding reliability, timeliness, and organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team
  • Ability to work with, and get along with, others who have different interests, personalities, and communications styles
  • Ability to remain calm, demonstrate patience, and solve problems
  • Ability to ask for help
  • Ability to learn and use new technologies/apps in service of LifeNet Adults
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and a very reliable vehicle (mileage tracked and reimbursed at federal rate)
  • Must agree to state and federal CORI/SORI background checks

Salary & benefits: Competitive and commensurate with experience and education.

Submit resume, cover letter, and three professional references to:
Jay O’Brien, AANE LifeNet Program Director, at jay.obrien@aane.org.