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Lead BCBA / Clinical Director

Stride Autism Centers Des Moines, IA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Lead clinical programming for a new center-based ABA program for preschool learners and focus entirely on client care, unburdened by the demands of running a business. Ongoing mentorship and support from Dr. Linda LeBlanc, who has committed to working directly with the Lead BCBA on a weekly basis. Unique opportunity for social impact in highly underserved communities. Relocation bonus available.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best possible care 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 quality outcomes.

The Stride Story

Stride was founded in 2019 by Brad Zelinger, whose identity is deeply rooted in advocacy for his sister, who struggles with Rett Syndrome, a severe, genetic, ASD-related disorder. In 2014, Brad founded the annual Reverse Rett Chicago Gala, which has raised over $1.5 million in the last five years. He currently serves on the Rett Syndrome Research Trust Board of Trustees. Brad received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Michigan and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He left his career on Wall Street to dedicate himself – and his business background – to helping individuals and families living with autism. Stride has committed to building state-of-the-art autism therapy centers in underserved communities and to actively expanding access to best-in-class clinical care.

The Opportunity

As Lead BCBA you will head clinical programming for Stride’s flagship center. The ABA program will be for preschool learners and will make use of natural teaching strategies. As Stride expands its geographic footprint, the Lead BCBA will have the potential to be promoted to the Clinical Director role.

Stride recognizes the mission-critical nature of the Lead BCBA’s clinical role and, as such, will minimize the clinician’s administrative and business responsibilities. A separate management team will take care of all non-clinical functions, freeing the Lead BCBA to focus fully on client care and optimizing outcomes.

You will have weekly access to formal mentorship and ongoing, consultative support from Dr. Linda LeBlanc, President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. Previously, Dr. LeBlanc served as a professor at Claremont McKenna College, Western Michigan University and Auburn University and as the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health.


U.S. News & World Report ranks Des Moines fifth overall in its 2019 listing of Best Places to Live in the USA. With a metro area of more than 600,000, Des Moines hosts vibrant cultural events and festivals in the downtown area while maintaining a small-town, know-your-neighbor feel. One-of-a-kind shops, locally-owned restaurants, and hip bars enliven the entertainment districts, while excellent schools and safe, affordable housing underpin its residential areas.

Desired Qualifications

  • Active BCBA certification for a minimum of two years (Ph.D. preferred but not required)
  • Experience with structured and natural teaching strategies for preschool clients
  • Experience completing functional behavioral assessments and functional analyses and designing behavior intervention plans
  • Prior supervision and training of RBTs and/or BCaBAs
  • Commitment to clinical excellence and professional development
  • Ability to empower and coach parents and caregivers
  • Alignment with Stride’s Core Principles (detailed below)


  • Ability to focus exclusively on clinical outcomes, free from administrative duties
  • Competitive salary, bonus potential, relocation stipend, healthcare coverage, and other benefits
  • Mentorship from Dr. Linda LeBlanc
  • Access to Stride’s network of recognized authorities in the field of autism
  • Support for tuition, continuing education and conference attendance


  • Lead clinical programming for Stride’s inaugural preschool ABA center
  • Supervise and train therapists
  • Empower and coach parents and caregivers
  • Deliver and maintain best-in-class quality of clinical outcomes amidst Stride’s anticipated growth
  • Develop systems to facilitate high-quality programming
  • Communicate regularly with a mentor

Stride’s Core Principles

  1. Commitment to quality outcomes: Enabling independent and joyous lives for our clients and their families is our #1 priority.
  2. Investment in the Stride team: The Lead BCBA will receive formal mentorship from Dr. Linda LeBlanc, President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. Her role at Stride is to give the Lead BCBA access to her many years of clinical experience, systems development, and leadership. We also sponsor learning and networking opportunities to promote clinical and leadership skills and develop relationships within the field.
  3. 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. We are also establishing an Advisory Board of leaders in autism and business to help guide our development.
  4. 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.
  5. Scale: We aim to meaningfully impact as many individuals as possible. The founder’s investing background provides Stride with access to the capital required to expand Stride’s operations to multiple communities in need. The Lead BCBA’s role will involve decision-making to maintain the quality of clinical outcomes in the context of our anticipated growth.

Stride Autism Centers

Why Work Here?

Mentorship from Dr. Linda Leblanc | Mission-driven founder/owner | Focus entirely on clinical care | Social impact opportunity | Bonus

Our mission is to provide the best possible care 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 quality 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 natural teaching strategies.


Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA