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Behavior Specialist – Chileda is adding a Behavior Specialist to assist with our mission of “Improving the quality of life for youth with cognitive challenges and extraordinary behavioral needs.”

Chileda’s goal is to help students increase their appropriate social behaviors and develop independent living skills through an enriched learning environment and individualized behavior programming. The Behavior Specialist completes functional behavior assessments (FBA) using interviews with members of the students’ interdisciplinary team, direct observation, review of records and other appropriate assessments.

Behavior Specialist Job Duties Include

  • Complete initial Positive Behavior Support Plans for new enrollments on case load.
  • Analyze data and participate in quarterly Treatment Plan meetings.
  • Compiling data from across the campus.
  • Update behavior plans as needed.
  • Monitor use of Emergency Interventions for students on case load, and work to develop plans to decrease the use of Emergency Interventions.
  • Read, understand, support, and advocate for Rights of the students.

Behavior Specialist Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or similar.
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and attachment challenges is preferred.
  • Prefer understanding of functional communication training, differential reinforcement, and non-contingent reinforcement, antecedent based interventions, social skills training, PECS, and TEACCH.

Full Time, Monday – Friday, with occasional weekend hours; eligible to enroll in Chileda benefits.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Human Resources Specialist, danav@chileda.org.
Chileda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Behavior Services -The Director of Behavior Services oversees the behavior department including direct supervision of four Behavior Specialists.


  • Develop and coordinate a functional behavior assessments and functional analysis of behaviors for individual’s receiving services.
  • Directly supervise Behavior Specialists, providing mentorship and supervision.
  • Aggregate and monitor building wide behavioral data.
  • Provide technical assistance to all core teams in developing appropriate pro-active and least restrictive behavioral approaches.
  • Utilize core team suggestions and input, results of completed functional behavior assessments, data and record review, and direct observation in identifying alternative behaviors to be taught and to provide behavior services in a non-aversive, age-appropriate, pro-active, and normalized fashion.
  • Together with the individual’s team, advocate for and actively participate in the implementation of age-appropriate, positive programming in enriched environments.
  • Work cooperatively with the individual’s team to insure that behavior and habilitative services are provided in the least restrictive manner possible and to insure that restrictive techniques are not implemented in the absence of an approved behavior program which is designed to reduce reliance on the use of restrictive techniques.
  • Assist in crisis intervention, as well as offering staff advice and support in crisis situations with emphasis on non-aversive interventions to deescalated behavioral situations.
  • Review and update individual behavioral approaches on a quarterly basis or more frequently as necessary. Insure all behavior approaches are reviewed for appropriateness and updated if necessary at least annually.
  • Ensure all staff is trained on and understand behavioral approaches of individual’s receiving services.


  • Master’s degree in an area of behavioral science and a minimum of two years of work experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and attachment challenges is preferred.
  • BCBA certification is required within one year of hire.
  • In-depth understanding of the agencies use of emerging and evidenced based practices to improve social skills and decrease interfering behaviors.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Human Resources Specialist, danav@chileda.org.
Chileda is an equal opportunity employer.

Speech Language Pathologist – Our Speech Language Pathologist plays an important role in developing our students.

Speech Language Pathologist Responsibilities:

  • Monitor patients’ progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Develop treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, inappropriate pitch and harsh voice problems, based on your own assessments and the recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.
  • Participate in and write reports for meetings regarding patients’ progress, such as individualized educational planning (IEP) meetings, in-service meetings, or intervention assistance team meetings.
  • Evaluate hearing, speech and language test results, medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency and voice.
  • Observe students in person to gather all relevant information needed in diagnosing and treating the student.
  • Maintain up to date records on each student using a computer based system.
  • Prepare reports for parents, social workers and teachers.

Benefits of being a Speech Language Pathologist:

  • Generous PTO package with an additional two weeks off per summer
  • Full benefits package
  • Have a direct impact on our students’ success

Qualifications of Speech Language Pathologist applicants:

  • Must possess a valid license in the area of Speech Pathology
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities is preferred

Please submit cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Human Resources Specialist. Chileda is an equal opportunity employer.

Direct Support Professional – Chileda’s Direct Support Professional positions are active, fun and rewarding. What’s Chileda? We’re NOT a Mexican restaurant, we’re an integrated school and residential center located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where we serve students (aged 6-21) with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive and behavioral challenges. As the first significant papers were being published on autism, Chileda was already helping families find unique and tailored approaches to each individual child they served.  45 years later, we continue and need you as a Direct Support Professional.

Benefits of Direct Support Professionals:

  • Competitive starting wages
  • Full and part time schedules to fit your life on first, second, and third shift
  • Opportunities for advancement into leadership roles

What’s a typical day like for Direct Support Professionals?

  • Work directly with students helping to implement Behavior Plans, Individualized Education Programs and Activities for Daily Living
  • Assist students on community outings
  • Help students engage in large and small group activities

If you would like more information on our Direct Support Professional positions or want to apply, download our application on our website or stop into our facility at 1825 Victory Street for an application. Chileda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Starting wages

  • $11.50 – $14.50/hour
  • $1.00/hour more on weekends
  • 3rd Shift Differential
  • $1.00/hour raise with passing six-month evaluation for DSPs

 Please email employment inquiries to hr@chileda.org