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Director of Family Services – Chileda is a living and learning center where we focus on improving the quality of life for youth with cognitive challenges and extraordinary behavioral needs. We are adding a Director of Family Services to our growing team to supervise and mentor Case Managers and a Family Services Specialist, lead family therapy sessions, counsel students, and serve as a lead Client’s Rights Specialist. This is a great opportunity to advance your counseling or social work career by leading a department.

Primary duties for the Director of Family Services:

  • Supervise and mentor Case Managers by overseeing, co-facilitating treatment goals, visuals, and all aspects from enrollment to discharge.
  • Coordinate Family Days at least quarterly with opportunities for family involvement and parent training as requested.
  • Provide family and student counseling as requested and serve as Lead Client’s Rights Specialist.
  • Send out yearly satisfaction surveys to students and parents/guardians and social service agencies. Aggregate data and submit to administration.
  • Ensure treatment plans comply with all applicable licensing, and agency specific requirements.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and current knowledge base of funding mechanisms within each of the counties and states that are currently served by Chileda.
  • Participate in enrollment committee meetings and attend pre-enrollment meetings.
  • Collect and monitor enrollment, discharge, and treatment plan data. Report on data at least quarterly in administrative team meetings. Complete licensing requirements for out of state discharged students (ICPC).
  • Review and update the Civil Rights Compliance Plan as necessary.

Requirements for the Director of Family Services:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work or behavioral science field.
  • Two years of supervised work experience in a family or child welfare agency, with experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and attachment challenges is preferred.
  • LCSW or LPC is preferred.
  • Two years of supervisor experience required.

This is an exempt position with a full benefits package offered.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Director of Human Resources, at danav@chileda.org. Chileda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Director of Human Resources, at danav@chileda.org. Chileda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Weekend Receptionist – Chileda is adding a Weekend Receptionist to welcome families, greet visitors, and perform general office work during the weekend hours.

Weekend Receptionist Job Duties:

  • Answer phone calls in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Maintain a clean and welcoming reception area.
  • Greet and direct all visitors, including parents of students, students, and other guests.
  • Ensures completion of sign-in and sign-out paperwork and security procedures.
  • Check home visit bags upon return to ensure all returned items are within the prohibited items guidelines.
  • Ensure that families have needed materials for their visits.
  • Enter data and generate reports as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Make copies and laminate projects as assigned.

Weekend Receptionist Requirements:

  • Must have a High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Must be highly organized
  • Must be able to work without direct supervision

Hours are 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Director of Human Resources, at danav@chileda.org. Chileda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Recreation Assistant – We are hiring a full-time Recreation Assistant for our Recreation Department which facilitates all recreation activities on campus.

Recreation Assistants are responsible for a variety of tasks in the Recreation Department.

  • Assist with planning and implementing general recreation activities
  • Track and document student participation in recreation activities
  • Accurately record data from outings
  • Assist co-workers and supervisors with any planning, preparation or facilitation of recreational activities

Qualifications for Recreation Assistant

  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy is preferred
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability and a can do attitude

This is full-time, second shift, and requires every other weekend and every other holiday.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Von Ruden, Director of Human Resources, at danav@chileda.org. 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

  • $12.00 – $15.00/hour starting wage
  • $1.00/hour more on weekends
  • $1.00/hour 3rd Shift Differential
  • $0.50/hour raise after completing 160 traineeship hours and required 90 day and six month trainings

 Please email employment inquiries to hr@chileda.org


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