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Autism Day Program Assistant

Company Name:
Company Description:

ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 5,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We are experts in pediatric rehabilitation and care for children and young adults who have a wide variety of developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

We offer specialty services, uniquely equipped facilities, and state-of-the-art technology. Our mission is simple: We partner with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life. The children and young adults we serve inspire us to provide possibilities and improve quality of life in a caring environment.

Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
June 28, 2024
Deadline Date:
July 31, 2024
Job Categories:
Health Care, Nonprofit, Social Services
Home Base Iowa Company:
Salary Range:
$31,000 - $33,280
Job Description:

As a full time Assistant in our Autism program, you will contribute to a great life for children ages 2-6 by supporting their health, skill development and retention in our Autism Childcare Center. You will provide and assist with care for children of varying functioning levels across the autism spectrum. Through direct collaboration with occupational and speech therapists and a play-based environment, you will assist with developmental goals as designated by each child’s individualized care plan.

Benefits and Compensation 

This role is full-time and eligible for health benefits including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and a 403B retirement account.  PTO is frontloaded upon hire and starts accruing immediately. Full-time staff are eligible for education assistance after one year of employment, and tuition discounts to various schools that is available upon hire. 

The starting pay rate for this role is between $15-16/hour. 


40 hours per week
Work with the hours of operation of 7:00am-5:30pm

What You’ll Do

  • Work in a 1:3 ratio
  • Assist the children at ChildServe in becoming as independent as possible and in preparing them to begin school
  • Work cooperatively with nurses, therapists and other day program employees
  • Follow aspects of the care plan, within scope, to meet individual goals set by therapy
  • Provide a safe and consistent environment for care, learning, and play
  • Follow change of shift procedure to assure communication and continuity of care
  • Maintain accurate, complete and timely records
  • Communicate with children, families, licensed professionals, ChildServe personnel, schools, and the public, in a courteous and professional manner
  • Perform other duties assigned which may include but not limited to:
    • Diapering and toilet training
    • Feeding
    • Communication via picture exchange communication system (PECS), other communication devices and/or simple sentences
    • Managing and controlling emotions
    • Managing and controlling aggressive behaviors both child-to-child and child-to-employee
    • Aiding in learning and retaining pre-school skills such as pre-writing strokes, cutting, turn taking, etc.

What You'll Need

  • Preferred: Two year degree in human services or education
  • Preferred: Experience working with children with special healthcare needs
  • Must complete and pass the National DCI fingerprint process, and child/adult abuse and criminal background check prior to hire and every two years thereafter; and complete the child abuse affidavit.
  • Must be able to pass a ChildServe physical examination at commencement of employment and thereafter as regulations require.
  • Lift up to 35lb, be mobile within the clinic areas, and frequently bend, lift, reach, and stand.
  • Maintain a calm demeanor in an environment that can change quickly with elevated behaviors and different demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively in reading, writing, and speaking the English language
  • This position may be subject to COVID-19 safety requirements. If applicable, specific requirements will be discussed during the interview process

Not sure if you hit 100% of the position expectations? Let's talk! Reach out to our Talent Acquisition team by emailing

Why ChildServe?

ChildServe has earned the title of Top Workplace every year since 2014. Here’s why employees love working here:

  • Our work matters. We partner with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life.
  • We’re not your average non-profit. We serve more than 5,800 children each year through over 30 specialty pediatric services in the Ames, Des Moines, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids areas. Many of our programs are one-of-a-kind.
  • Our team rocks. Our teams are filled with people who care about their coworkers, and who believe that collaboration is key to providing exceptional care to children.
  • Our learning never stops. As a non-profit dedicated to innovation, we’re proud to help team members gain new certifications, continue their education, take their expertise to the next level, and find new opportunities to advance their career right here at ChildServe.
  • We believe we our differences make us great. We are on a continuous journey to create an environment where different perspectives are valued and all feel safe and welcome.
  • We’re moving forward together. Experts across multiple disciplines work together to help kids get the best care possible.

ChildServe is an equal opportunity employer. 

High School / GED, Human Services, Education, Social Services
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