Kennedy Krieger Institute

Clinical Assistant (Full Time-Evening Shift)-$2,500 Hiring Incentive

Vacancy ID
Pos. Category
Behavioral Health/Neurobehavioral Unit
Job Location : Street
707 N Broadway
# of Hours
Job Locations
Pos. Type
Regular Full Time
Department : Name
Behav Psych - Neurobehavioral Unit Inpatient


FULL TIME HOURS: 3pm-11:30pm, 2 weekend shifts required Saturday AND Sunday (7am-3:30pm or 3pm-11:30pm)


The Clinical Assistant will provide direct care and supervision of patients admitted to the Inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit, implement written behavioral and educational protocols, and collect data on patient-specific target behaviors.


The Clinical Assistants work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities admitted to the inpatient NBU for treatment of severe problem behavior.


The Neurobehavioral Unit primarily serves children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21; however, we periodically admit individuals over the age of 21.  Patients have a variety of diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, intellectual disability, sleep disorders, feeding disorders, stereotypic movement disorder with self-injurious behavior, and various genetic, metabolic and chromosomal disorders.  Patients are admitted for the assessment and treatment of severe behavioral problems.


Common types of behavioral problems treated on the NBU include:

  • Self-injurious behavior (SIB)
  • Aggression
  • Destructive or disruptive behavior
  • Elopement
  • Pica
  • Restrictive and repetitive behavior



Keyword:  Applied Behavioral Analysis, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Clinical, Pediatric, Psychology


  • Review and implement a variety of patient-specific and general NBU written behavioral and educational protocols.
  • Accurately collect and clearly report data on specified patient behaviors; provide daily record of patient care activities.
  • Follow unit safety procedures using safe handling techniques and approved physical management procedures (including physical restraint, patient transport, and self-protection from staff-directed aggressive behavior).
  • Provide physical care (washing/bathing, toileting, personal hygiene, dressing, feeding, etc.) to all patients, providing support appropriate to the patient's level of adaptive skills and needs.
  • Implement patient’s daily schedule of unit activities and engage patient even during times of unscheduled specific activity; adhere to general unit schedule.
  • Utilize appropriate prompting sequence, as minimally as needed, to assist the patient to participate in task or activity at the highest level of independence; modify tasks to ensure maximum patient participation and engagement; assist in developing and implementing activities designed to increase target appropriate skills.
  • Maintain unit cleanliness and organization by replacing materials after use, returning supplies and materials to proper storage locations, ensuring safe, clean and well-supplied programming areas, cleaning up after self and patients and keeping areas free of extraneous materials.
  • Assist in training activities for newly hired clinical assistants, as needed.
  • Assist in the assessment of adaptive, leisure and self-help skills, potential reinforcers and problem behaviors, as needed.



High School Diploma or GED required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.




  • Six months of previous experience working with the developmentally disabled and/or individuals with severe behavior problems is preferred.   
  • Applicants with knowledge of applied behavioral analysis is preferred.




Upon hire, you must be able to attend 2 consecutive weeks of FULL TIME training.  This will be a combination of day and evening shift.  




  • Must possess the ability to handle high stress situations, maintain composure when presented with unpredictable/constantly changing/dynamic environment.
  • Ability to multi-task under pressure.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must have the ability to move about and work with children with severe behavioral disorders, including the ability to assume a variety of physical postures sufficient to interact with and manage patient behavior such as standing, walking, squatting, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting of materials, objects, and/or patients.
  • Must be able to lift and carry child, adolescent and adult patients and provide physical restraint according to protocol.



  • Ability to maintain composure in an unpredictable, high stress environment.
  • Must be able to accept constructive feedback.
  • Must be able to organize and manage time and manage multiple tasks.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with other employees, patients, and their families as well as the general public, across all age groups, including but not limited to neonate, pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations.


  • Kennedy Krieger Institute offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K with match, tuition reimbursement, free parking and child care subsidies!  In addition, we offer rich professional development opportunities.  
  • EOE/M/F/D/V


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