Join our best-in-class clinical team and launch a center-based ABA program for preschool learners in Cedar Rapids. Stride Autism Centers’ clinical leadership and senior mentors include:
- Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP: Stride’s Clinical Director and University Chair of ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Dr. Linda LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D, LCP: Stride’s Clinical Advisor and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA)
- Dr. Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD, BCBA-D: Stride’s Clinical Advisor and Professor & Goldstick Family Scholar in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Our Mission & Founding
Our mission is to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families by attracting, developing and retaining world-class clinicians and therapists. Stride has an unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes.
Our founder, Brad Zelinger, is personally dedicated to supporting individuals with complex needs: he was inspired to found Stride by his adult sister Marissa, who has a severe ASD-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. Brad serves on the Boards of Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) and Aspiritech and is Treasurer of the Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA). Brad earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Stride’s center-based ABA program for preschool learners utilizes both structured and natural teaching strategies. Our full-day programs allow for predictable and manageable block scheduling that result in superior participant outcomes and enhanced quality of life for clinicians.
Note: During this time, Stride is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our clients, clinicians and communities. Measures include limiting and temporarily deprioritizing group activities and implementing heightened sanitary, safety and distancing protocols.
The Opportunity: BCBA/Lead BCBA in Cedar Rapids
Stride has built a "dream team" of lead clinicians that can provide extraordinary care to Stride's clients and their families, setting the bar of clinical excellence sky-high in Iowa and beyond. BCBAs will have the opportunity to grow into senior clinical roles as we expand rapidly with new locations.
We are hiring for both BCBA and Lead BCBA roles for our second Iowa location. Both positions will carry a caseload and work closely with our Clinical Director to drive great outcomes for our young learners. The BCBA and Lead BCBA will report to Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish and benefit from consistent access to formal mentorship and ongoing, consultative support from Dr. Linda LeBlanc and Dr. Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky.
Stride recognizes the mission-critical nature of the BCBA and Lead BCBA’s clinical roles and, as a result, will minimize administrative and business responsibilities. A separate team manages all non-clinical functions, freeing clinicians to focus fully on client care and optimizing outcomes.
- Active BCBA certification
- Experience with structured and natural teaching strategies for preschool clients
- Familiarity with various assessments (e.g., VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R)
- Experience creating individualized treatment plans with an emphasis on skill acquisition
- Experience analyzing problem behavior and creating individualized intervention plans to reduce problem behavior
- Commitment to clinical excellence and professional development
- Ability to empower and coach parents and caregivers
- Alignment with Stride’s Core Principles (detailed below)
- Prior supervision and training of RBTs and/or BCaBAs are preferred
- Experience with children ages 2-7 years is preferred
- Experience in a clinic/school environment is preferred
- Substantial signing bonus
- Competitive salary and annual bonus potential
- Healthcare coverage and other benefits
- Focus exclusively on clinical outcomes
- Mentorship from Dr. Linda LeBlanc, Dr. Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky and Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish
- Support for tuition, continuing education and conference attendance
- Carry caseload of preschool learners at Stride’s new Iowa location
- Conduct assessments and design/implement individualized treatment plans
- Supervise and train RBTs
- Empower and coach parents and caregivers
- Deliver and maintain best-in-class quality of clinical outcomes amidst Stride’s anticipated growth
Stride’s Core Principles
- Commitment to meaningful outcomes: Enabling independent and joyous lives for our clients and their families is our #1 priority.
- Investment in the Stride team: BCBAs and Lead BCBAs will receive formal mentorship from Stride’s Clinical Advisors and Clinical Director who are thought leaders in the field of ABA.
- Continuous improvement: We seek constant improvement in all our activities and embrace ongoing changes that benefit our clients and staff. We have developed relationships with leading academic institutions and autism centers across the country to quickly leverage best practices as the field evolves.
- Recognizing underserved community needs: We locate our centers in communities that need us most. Many families we will serve desperately need autism services and often have no one to turn to. Stride’s caseload will not exclude clients on Medicaid because we believe every life is precious and deserves access to quality treatment.
- Impact: We aim to meaningfully impact as many individuals as possible. The Lead BCBA’s role will involve decision-making to maintain the quality of clinical outcomes in the context of our anticipated growth.
Stride’s unique clinician mentorship model, led by Dr. Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, promotes continued improvement in clinical skills, systems development, and leadership. Additionally, we closely collaborate with leading universities to expand access to high-quality services.
Stride's ABA program is for preschool learners and makes use of both structured and natural teaching strategies.
Stride Autism Centers
Why Work Here?Our mission is to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families by attracting, developing and retaining world-class clinicians and therapists. Founded and funded by the sibling of a severely impacted individual, Stride has an unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes. Stride’s unique clinician mentorship model, led by Dr. Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, promotes continued improvement in clinical skills, systems development, and leadership. Additionally, we closely collaborate with leading universities to expand access to high-quality services. Stride's ABA program is for preschool learners and makes use of both structured and natural teaching strategies.
Mentorship from Dr. Linda LeBlanc | Mission-driven founder/owner | Focus on clinical care | Leadership opportunity | Signing Bonus