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Employment Opportunities

AutismUp is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

  • Sensory Specialist
  • Program & Teaching Assistant for Full Life Academy
  • Personal Fitness Instructor
  • Program Support Coach

Scroll down to learn more. To apply, email inquiries and resumes to: HR@autismup.org

Sensory Specialist

Location: AutismUp at the Golisano Autism Center, Rochester, New York

Hours: Full time, 30 hours per week, flexible hours with some regular evenings and weekends

Position Summary:

The Sensory Specialist will work with instructional and support staff in classroom and one-on-one settings to support participants with ASD and other disabilities of all ages. This is a very team-oriented, collaborative position, involving both inter-departmental and interagency initiatives, as well as community engagement and partnerships. AutismUp offers a dynamic, supportive, positive environment with a unique, innovative approach.


  • Supports and coaches staff team on sensory and regulation strategies and techniques: Provides expert consulting on workplace sensory adaptations to help participants and employer-partners succeed in vocational-prep settings both onsite and offsite
  • Potentially provides expert consulting to school districts in transitional services / sensory design
  • Assists in coordinating, conducting, and prioritizing trainings, in-services, and general professional development for staff as well as families and potentially community partners
  • Works collaboratively with staff – in education and navigation – as well as families on individualized strategies and techniques to promote shared approaches that support participants
  • Works with the Programming Team and Full Life Academy to develop new programs and classes for participants, and with Navigation to assist in providing learning and engagement opportunities for families


  • Master’s degree, Occupational Therapy required
  • Experience working with individuals with ASD, including high-support individuals required
  • Experience in non-profit or/and educational settings preferred
  • Supervisory experience or/and project management experience.

Program & Teaching Assistant for Full Life Academy

Location: AutismUp at the Golisano Autism Center, Rochester, New York

Hours: Full time, 36-40 hours per week, afternoons, evenings, and weekends (flexible schedule required)

Position Summary:

The Program & Teaching Assistant is responsible for supporting the Full Life Academy on a day-to-day capacity. Will maintain flexibility in meeting the needs of the Program, which consists of supporting the staff, participants, families, and the overall Full Life Academy Program Department.


  • Facilitates and provides direct instruction and oversight to participants with various abilities in a classroom/community-based setting and virtually
  • Assists Director of the Center for Community Transition and teachers to develop classes and lesson plans
  • Assists with the management of volunteers/interns/ community partners and direct support staff to be effectively assisting and supervising participants
  • Communicates with the Director of the Center for Community Transition and teachers on participant’s progress.
  • Responsible for individual goals and objectives of participants.
  • Responsible for the supervision and safety of program participants.
  • Helps facilitate social interactions between participants in the program.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • 2+ years of related professional experience required
  • Experience working with individuals with ASD or other disabilities
  • Strong language and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Valid Driver’s License

Personal Fitness Instructor

Location: AutismUp at the Golisano Autism Center, Rochester, New York

Hours: Part-time, including afternoons, evenings, and weekends, with the potential to increase to full-time

Position Summary:

The Personal Fitness Instructor will facilitate and provide direct instruction in an individual fitness-based program. Program will focus on fitness related activities and tailored specifically for each participant. Must be able to modify exercises based on participant needs as well as be able to motivate participants to reach their individualized goals.


Connect with each participant and/or family members to create an individualized fitness plan. Coordinate and schedule individual training sessions with participants and/or family members. Demonstrate various exercises and routines. Supervise participant’s exercise routines and assist them in utilizing the correct techniques to minimize injury and improve fitness. Monitor individual goals and objectives of participants while providing families progress updates. Responsible for the supervision and safety of program participants. Instructs and motivates individuals and groups in physical activities, including but not limited to: stretching, cardiovascular, exercise, and strength training. Works closely with the Fitness Coordinator with ensuring the AutismUp Fitness Programs remain innovative both from equipment and support perspective.


  • High School Diploma required; Bachelor Degree preferred
  • Personal Fitness Certification required
  • 2+ years professional experience preferred
  • Experience working with individuals with ASD or other disabilities
  • Experience/training in Adaptive P.E. helpful

Must be able to lift 35 lbs. and are physically able to maneuver safely throughout the Fitness Room and Gymnasium.

Program Support Coach

Location: AutismUp at the Golisano Autism Center, and other locations in the community

Hours: Part-time, afternoons, evenings and weekends


  • Work alongside participants to help with achievement of individual goals and objectives
  • Supervision and safety of program participants
  • Support the Program Facilitator and the objectives of the program
  • Assist the Program Facilitator in the social development and behavior management of participants


Passion for working with children with different abilities 2+ years of childcare experience High School education, some college preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

AutismUp provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About the Organization:
AutismUp is the leading 501(c)3 autism support organization in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas. Founded in 2004, by a small group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AutismUp has grown to include more than 3,700 family and professional member households. Our mission is to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life.

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