Career Opportunities

Current Openings

We currently have a Developmental Disabilities Professional (DDP) position open and are hiring for our Residential Program Director position. Please see below for more details.  



Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with a developmental disability? Help someone learn to enjoy the activities that you already enjoy. Our individuals long to be an active member of their community.

We are seeking people to work in a supported environment in individuals’ homes and the community.

Job Duties for Residential and Day Habilitation Services

  • Help consumers manage money
  • Accurately document consumers’ daily activities
  • Maintain consumers’ confidentiality
  • Teach consumers independent living skills and perform simple housekeeping skills
  • Assist consumers with their activities of daily living, such as grooming and self care     

Job Duties for ABA Implementers  

  • Conducting one-on-one therapy sessions with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Traveling to the homes and schools for these sessions.
  • Providing direct acedemic and/or social skills instruction with individuals in their natural environment (home or school setting).
  • Implementing a professionally developed behavior management/support plan.
  • Recording data throughout each session.
  • Assisting the individuals with daily living skills.    

Job Benefits

  • Flexible schedules, great for college students
  • Can be used as an internship and/or practicum
  • Fun working environment
  • Paid mileage
  • Paid training
  • Annual pay raises
  • Life, Dental, Vison, and Health Insurance available



Download fillable employment application (PDF). You may fill it out on your computer and email it or print it out and mail it. You may also bring it by our office between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday.

If you choose to email your application, you may leave the spaces for your signature blank.

»Email applications to:

»Mail applications to:
Nova Center of the Ozarks
1340 E. Woodhurst Dr.
Springfield, MO 65804

General Employment Information

Nova Center of the Ozarks was incorporated in June of 1990 as a non-profit organization. Our five bed group home was opened in June of 1992 and closed in March of 2002 in order to provide more personal one on one care. Nova has now grown to include 16 ISL (Individualized Supported Living) homes in Springfield. Nova provides day habilitation in the form of Community Integration and Home Skills Development. Nova also provides various other services including behavior intervention services; however, we primarily hire for Residential Program (ISLs), Community Integration and Home Skills Development Program, and ABA Implementers.

Developmental Disabilities Professional (DDP) 

Developmental Disabilities Professional (DDP) are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the residential and community support services of Nova Center individuals. In conjunction with the regional office and county support coordinators, DDPs are responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating personal plans of each individual. DDPs assist in administrative duties of arranging schedules, program coverage, assist with interviewing and hiring prospective employees, supervising employees, attending any necessary meetings, completing quality assurance checks of the individual’s homes, assisting with billing paperwork, and maintaining certification principles standards. DDPs are on call during the week in the evening/overnight and on rotating weekends. Participate in any workshops and conferences to enhance personal growth and development. DDPs report directly to the Program Director and salary is based off of education and experience. 


·      Bachelor's degree with minimum one year of experience working with people with developmental disabilities OR associates degree with three years direct experience working with people with developmental disabilities.

  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Some basic computer skills necessary.
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate treatment plans.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Some basic computer skills necessary.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance.
  • Have an understanding of Department of Mental Health regulations.
  • Have an understanding of behavior management techniques.
  • Experience in working with families.
  • Some knowledge of writing budgets.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, lift up to 50 pounds, as well as push or pull items.
  • Ability to maintain a record of punctuality and good attendance.

Residential Program Director

The Residential Program Director is responsible for overseeing all the residential programs that that Nova Center provides. The Program Director supervises all residential DDPs and assists with interviewing and hiring prospective employees. They must stay informed on all DMH and Medicaid regulations and be responsible for maintaining the State certification guidelines. The Program Director is responsible for creating and submitting annual budgets by the appointment deadline. The Residential Program Director is also responsible for meeting with potential new individuals to Nova. This position reports directly to the Assistant Director and salary is based off of education and experience. 


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum of one-year experience in supervisory capacity, preferably as a DDP.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with the developmentally disabled.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Understanding of behavior management techniques, Positive Behavior Supports and Autism, preferred.
  • Some experience working with families.
  • Some basic computer skills necessary.
  • Some knowledge of writing and working with budgets.
  • Reliable transportation, hold a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance.

ABA Implementers

ABA Implementers work with individuals with various abilities.  Staff in this program need to be able to take direction from the consultant and implement changes effectively.  Staff need to be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written form and be able to work independently and be a self starter.

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

DSPs are responsible for monitoring the health and well-being of Nova individuals. Specific duties include: preparing meals, general cleaning, laundry, administering medications, taking clients into the community, completing daily documentation, and assisting with doctor and/or therapy appointments. Residential shifts vary depending on the individuals in the home and their schedule/needs. Typical week shifts could be 8a-4p, 3p-11p, and 11p-9a along with weekend shifts of 9a-3p, 3p-11p, and 11p-9a.

Day Service’s Staff

Staff in this program directly accompany and support individuals on community outings and/or in their natural home. Shifts for this program are generally more flexible and are based on the individual’s as well as the family’s needs. Staff is responsible for working on the individual’s personal goals to allow them to become more independent in their community.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, social security card and/or birth certificate
  • Must have your own reliable transportation with proof of current car insurance and a good driving record
  • ABA Implementers must have experience