Employment and Internships

Current Career Opportunities

Internships


Employment Opportunities

Do you want to work with children, adolescents and adults in the premier center specializing in sensory processing issues?

Professional positions at STAR Institute offer an opportunity to join a close-knit established team that provides a learning, growing community with specialized training for all staff.

The STAR Institute team practices a rich, multidisciplinary clinical approach with supervision from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen. We incorporate a strong parent education component with a focus on improving life for the family as well as the child. We are reknown for our sensory integration treatment and our treatment model is founded on arousal regulation and engagement, attunement and relationship building.

We are deeply committed to research and advanced education. Our state-of-the-art facility provides access to the latest research in Sensory Processing Disorder which our therapists utilize to develop the most effective and innovative clinical intervention anywhere.

We are always accepting applications for current or future consideration. If we do not have a current opening, we will contact you when a position becomes available.

Please submit your application and resume for future consideration.

STAR Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current openings:


New opportunities for Occupational Therapist and Speech & Language Pathologist, specializing in Feeding at STAR Institute for SPD

We are a transdisciplinary team seeking highly specialized individuals to assess and treat children to assess and treat children with feeding, speech/language, and/or sensory processing challenges from birth to 21 years of age.

The Occupational Therapist will provide:

  1. Feeding services with a holistic and trans-disciplinary approach to clients in an effort to improve their overall feeding skills and help children and their families reach their maximum level of performance and functioning. This includes providing direct therapy with clients, support and education to client’s family, recording clinical and progress notes, and evaluating clients’ progress. Treatment will include both individual therapy and group therapy;
  2. Occupational Therapy/Feeding services for clients referred for feeding evaluation and treatment. Services will be client centered with a family systems emphasis and utilize the STAR Process framework. Treatment approach integrates sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, and nutritional factors in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding / sensory / growth problems. Feeding treatment will include both individual therapy and group therapy; 
  3. Occupational Therapy services with a sensory integration approach to clients in an effort to help them reach their maximum levels of performance and functioning. Sensory Integration, DIR Floortime, PLAY Project and Theraplay are all desirable approaches that are compatible with and compliment the STAR Process.

Service delivery includes but is not limited to transdisciplinary working, intakes, parent interviews, assessment, intervention planning and delivery, report writing, note keeping and follow up for both intensive and weekly clients.

The Speech & Language Pathologist will provide:

  1. Feeding services with a holistic and trans-disciplinary approach to clients in an effort to improve their overall feeding skills and help children and their families reach their maximum level of performance and functioning. This includes providing direct therapy with clients, support and education to client’s family, recording clinical and progress notes, and evaluating clients’ progress. Treatment will include both individual therapy and group therapy;
  2. Speech/Feeding services for clients referred for Feeding evaluation and treatment. Services will be client centered with a family systems emphasis and utilize the STAR Process framework. Treatment approach integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, and nutritional factors in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding / oral motor / swallowing / growth problems. Feeding treatment will include both individual therapy and group therapy; 
  3. Speech/Language services for clients being treated at the STAR Institute, including conducting assessments, consultation, parent education and individual direct treatment. DIR Floortime, PLAY Project and SCERTS are all compatible and desirable approaches that are compatible with and compliment the STAR Process.

Service delivery includes but is not limited to transdisciplinary working, intakes, parent interviews, assessment, intervention planning and delivery, report writing, note keeping and follow up for both intensive and weekly clients.

At the STAR Institute, Feeding Therapists will work with clients who typically are experiencing the following conditions: ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, motor coordination difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, genetic syndromes, and other developmental, learning and behavioral difficulties.

At the STAR Institute, Therapists will additionally use listening therapy to address the neurological origins as well as the symptoms of clients who typically are experiencing the following conditions: ADHD, learning difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, auditory processing disorders, motor coordination difficulties, and other developmental, learning and behavioral difficulties.

Opportunities for growth within these positions may include, but are not limited to: creation and implementation of new speech/language, sensory or feeding techniques to improve the care of children with Feeding problems and/or SPD; local and/or national speaking engagements; administrative responsibilities within the Feeding Team @ STAR Clinic; research with children with feeding and/or sensory problems; grant writing for service delivery and research projects.

Job Duties

  • Participating in Transdisciplinary Feeding Evaluations as the team member responsible for assessing and reporting on children’s oral-motor and swallowing functioning and developmental status (Speech Pathologist).
  • Participating in Transdisciplinary Feeding Evaluations as the team member responsible for assessing and reporting on children’s postural, motor and sensory functioning and developmental status (Occupational Therapist).
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary Developmental Evaluations as one of the team members assessing a child’s developmental, speech/language or sensory status and assisting in creating a treatment plan (approximately once a month).
  • Comfortable with interdisciplinary collaboration and role release within transdisciplinary framework, able to provide ad hoc support with sound clinical reasoning to team members from other disciplines
  • Providing direct discipline specific services for children in need of speech/language treatment or sensory therapy on a regular basis.
  • Documenting progress in treatment notes and discussing the treatment with parents.
  • Participating in Transdisciplinary Team Evaluations of children with Feeding Disturbances, with a focus on oral-motor and swallowing functioning (SLP) or motor and sensory functioning (OT). It is expected that the Therapist will also contribute as a Transdisciplinary team member during the feeding observations.
  • Providing Feeding Therapy to individual clients as well as groups
  • Completing direct physician communication as appropriate regarding the client’s they are treating
  • Attending team meetings; weekly or every other week
  • Completing all required documentation of performance, treatment, progress, and education

Skills and Qualifications

  • Masters level clinician, with disciplinary specific certification to provide clinical services through the relevant professional body
  • Completion of a 3 or 4 day SOS Approach to Feeding training workshop
  • Minimum of one year’s experience treating children with feeding difficulties
  • Experience working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Ability to provide consultations in area of expertise during other therapeutic activities and/or in a large gym space. 
  • Ability to work independently conducting discipline specific clinical assessments without relying extensively on multiple standardized tests requiring large amounts of time. 
  • Demonstrated clinical skill in positively engaging children with conditions such as ADHD and Autism as well as children with developmental issues.
  • Strong communication and team skill required.   
  • Completion of STAR Institute Mentorship 1 a plus.
  • Advanced training in DIR Floortime / PLAY Project / SCERTS a plus.
  • Mental health service experience and advanced understanding of the impact of developmental trauma is a plus.
  • Experience in a Mac environment a plus. (Microsoft Office applications and email)
  • Experience with and ability to use: office equipment; therapy equipment such as swings, bolsters, slides, large balls, mats; feeding equipment such as plates, cups, utensils, tables; test materials, books, toys.
  • Ability to work flexibly in an environment with variety of spaces including: treatment rooms, offices, gyms and waiting room.
  • Ability to handle physical demands of providing therapy including a combination of sitting, standing and being on the floor during client care, including ability to assist children into or out of chairs or therapy equipment.

Qualified applicants may send resume and salary requirements to employment@spdstar.org.  If you know of someone who may be perfect for this opportunity, please forward this link along. 


Internship Opportunities


Internship Description:
This intern will be working directly with the Shared Services Center at STAR Institute. The internship will focus on the promotion, marketing, advertising and publicity of all educational programs and our four events including our golf tournament, banquet, children’s playground event, and VIP appreciation reception. This internship is based at STAR Institute in the tech center just off I-25 and Belleview. This multi-tasking internship provides an overview of the many things that go on internally at the STAR Institute in our marketing and events department. The intern will experience business life and see first-hand what it takes to operate the day-to-day marketing business side of a non-profit organization. Being able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously is a must.

Strengths must include and are not limited to the following:

  • Excel Spread Sheets
  • Microsoft Word
  • Personable on the phone
  • Experience with or a desire to work events
  • Advanced working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Strong office and administrative skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Strong oral and analytical skills are a must
  • Excellent customer service
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple projects
  • Dependable
  • Organized
  • Inquisitive
  • Street smarts are also quite important
  • Intern must be able to provide his/her own laptop computer
  • Daily tasks may include and are not limited to the following:
    • Day to day office work, responding to e-mails and returning phone inquiries
    • Social media marketing – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others
    • Working on completion of the details of the events and coordination with other staff
    • Set up and take down of the events
    • Coordinate outside services related to events, such as entertainers, caterers, florists, etc.
    • Expanding database
    • Marketing mailings
    • Working with Communications Manager, Marketing Manager, and Events Manager to coordinate details for events, educational programs, and marketing campaigns
    • Writing newsletter, e-blasts, etc.


Additional Information:
At the end of the internship, the interns will have been given a realistic taste of what it takes to run the marketing and events side of our business. Training is ongoing and in all likelihood each meeting and each day is debriefed (informally) looking for all applicable marketing related business lessons.

Often, the intern will be asked to formulate his/her ideas and present them to the team for feedback, training, and then direction. It is also a goal to give the intern(s) autonomy to work on matters fairly independently on projects during the course of the internship.

Our internships are non-paying for the actual internship aspect, some students opting for the experience, some others wanting credit. Either is acceptable to us. School has to come first, we would like to set up a fairly regular schedule though, either parts of three days a week or when you might not have classes on a particular day. We are targeting about 15-20 hours a week per intern, but are flexible in this regard. The internship is for the 2015 Winter and Spring semester with opportunities to extend. 

Helpful (but not required): Interest in the non-profit industry, SPD, and children with special needs.

Salary: Unpaid Internship/Credit possible per school policies

How to Apply:
Please electronically submit to employment@spdstar.org:
1) a letter of interest (including schedule of availability), 
2) a resume, 
3) a list of pertinent coursework, and   
4) three references. Please use "Marketing and Events Internship" for the subject line. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible on an ongoing basis.

Inquiries without the complete list of these items unfortunately will not be considered.