At Abilities, we employ staff members who are dedicated, fully trained and qualified to perform all the responsibilities of working with people with different abilities.

Our team includes staff who are Certified Professionals in the following areas:  Employment Specialists, Vocational Evaluation, Passenger Safety and Securement, Electronic Health Record Software Management, Operational Safety and Security, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Behavior Analysis, and Human Resources. 

The qualification process includes having been trained in the following:  Overview of Developmental Disabilities, Abuse and Neglect, Medication Administration, First Aid, CPR, Crisis Management, and Danielle's Law.  Direct Support Staff will be required to complete the Direct Support Professional training program within six months of hire.  Previous experience is preferred, and a High School Diploma or GED is required for all staff positions.

Current Available Positions:

Physical Therapist

The Physical Therapist will be responsible for evaluating, diagnosing and the development of treatment plans aiding the recovery and overall improvement of physical activity/mobility of recipients served. He or she will also be responsible for the training of support professionals to help ensure the success of the treatment plan and recipient.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include but are not limited to:

• Evaluate the strength, balance, range of motion, co-ordination, endurance, and posture of each individual recipient.
• Develop a treatment plan specific to correcting pertinent physical findings.
• Work with support professionals and speech pathologists, occupational therapists and recreational therapists all with     the same goal of reaching maximal patient functional independence.
• Communicate verbally or written with legal guardian or caretaker.
• Set goals
• Determine physical activities
• Determine rehab program time
• Provide educational information about physical therapy and physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics and ways   to promote health.
• Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
• Attends and contributes to patient care, staffing conferences and other related meetings.
• As well as perform other functions as needed.
• Contact referring physician for clarification or elaboration of treatment orders and recommended changes as indicated
• Evaluate for, document and obtain necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment
• Participate in other related program activities such as ISP meetings, and maintenance of inventory care of equipment
• Actively participate in outcomes measurement programs as assigned
• Monitor consumer’s progress and response to treatments
• Assure safety of clients and staff during treatment sessions
• Maintain all appropriate documentation with date and signatures


• Graduate from an APTA-accredited physical therapy program.
• Current TB, Proof of MMR & Hepatitis B Documentation
• Excellent Organizational Skills/Ability to multitask
• Excellent analytical and manual skills.
• Detail Oriented and Quality Focused
• Candidates must possess strong clinical skills and good critical thinking.
• General use of computers to communicate via email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, Cerner, Source medical documentation.
• Minimum 3 year experience required with intellectually and developmentally disabled persons.
• Ability to work independently.
• Professional Demeanor


• Master's/doctorate degree preferred.
• Must have a valid NJ or PA driver’s license and driving privileges in good standing.
• Licensed in Physical Therapy in state of NJ

***The PT must be licensed in NJ/PA to perform job related duties.***

Location:  Warren County, NJ

Hours:  Per-diem, three days per week, 8am-4pm

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Occupational Therapist

The Occupational Therapist (OT) reports to the Director of Program Services and is responsible for rendering occupational therapy care in terms of individualized service recipient needs.  This includes providing assistance to the individuals to maintain/improve quality of life.  

Please send resumes and letters of interest to with OT2016 as the subject line.  Thank you!

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include but are not limited to:

Provides and directs service recipients’ rehabilitation care within all general accepted practice methods, meeting all program, state, federal, and accrediting standards.
• Evaluates consumer needs and establishes effective and efficient treatment plans for the resident/residents assigned.
• Manages and coordinates the supervision of treatment plans with all staff and other disciplines as indicated.
• Participates in the screening of all individuals served according to directed schedules and practices.
• Obtains necessary consents and/or Doctor’s orders (if applicable). 
• Provide assistance with restrictions/requirements per MD’s orders.
• Provides feedback to the designated supervisor on all clinical and rehabilitation issues.
• Shows effective management of treatment and non-treatment related activities.
• Performs necessary clinical documentation to meet center, state, federal, and accrediting agency requirements.
• Inform Nursing and Supervisory staff of any significant medical findings, changes, etc.
• Train staff in the proper use of any Occupational Therapy devices and related disabilities. 
• Include daily documentation of services rendered to consumers, such as progress notes,  in their file.
• Maintains complete, accurate and timely billing records to meet center, state, federal, and accrediting agency requirements.
• Maintain a sanitary, safe and organized environment for the consumers.
• Attend in-service trainings as requested by supervisor and/or administrative staff.  The following trainings are mandatory and therefore are an employment requirement:  Overview of Developmental Disabilities, Abuse and Neglect, Medication, First Aid/CPR, and Crisis Training.
• Follow behavior plans as written and in serviced.
• Willingly work with those who present challenging behaviors, exhibit aggressive behaviors, are known Hepatitis B carriers, require physical assistance, one to one supervision and training.
• Provide input into consumer’s program needs and goals in order to develop functional work and living skills.
• Commitment to adhering to safe and healthy practices by complying with workplace safety and health policies and procedures.
• Work cooperatively and as a team player where assigned. Communicate supplies and material needs to supervisor.
• Ability to comply with Abilities attendance policy and report to work regularly.
• Identify training programs for professional development.  Will obtain and maintain CEU’s as regulated and set forth by the State of New Jersey in addition to Agency and Division policies and procedures.
• Will perform therapist duties in accordance with regulations set forth by the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association in addition to agency and Division policies and procedures.
• Must be able to perform and tolerate lifting, transferring, bending, etc. as it relates to individual care.
• Will comply with the agency’s Ethical Conduct Policy.


  • 3 – 5 years experience working with adults with developmental disabilities
  • Master's or Doctorate Degree
  • Must be licensed by State of New Jersey as an Occupational Therapist and provide proof of license annually.
  • Must have a valid NJ or PA driver’s license and driving privileges in good standing.

Location:  Warren County, multiple sites

Hours:  Part-time, 3 days per week

Salary:  Commensurate with experience


Board Certified Behavior Analyst

The Behavior Analyst provides support, coaching, and consultative services to Abilities programs serving individuals who are presenting challenging behaviors. The Behavior Analyst possesses the expertise to develop behavior support plans and recommendations in order to increase adaptive behaviors and skills.

Please send resumes and letters of interest to with BCBA as the subject line.  Thank you!


  • Develop individual Behavior Support Plans as required.
  • Supervise, train and monitor direct care staff in the implementation of all Behavior Support Plans.
  • Coordinate behavior support plans with residential program staff and DDD staff, as necessary.
  • Attend meetings pertaining to behaviorally involved clients (i.e. mini-team meetings, IHP's, behavior support and interdisciplinary team meetings).
  • Provide and monitor all necessary documentation required by behavior support programs to include on-site observations, data collection, monitor staff skills to ensure competency, etc.
  • Will provide Abilities Behavior Support Committee with reports of their activities. 
  • Provide consultation for all referrals with behavioral concerns.                                                                                                     
  • Promote agency programs through public relations, public speaking or attendance at conferences.
  • Perform other responsibilities as they relate to the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency at the request of the Director of Program Services.


  • Possess ability to supervise, train, and monitor all staff with regards to behaviorally involved consumers
  • Attend consultations for referrals and transition students with behavioral concerns.
  • Ensure compliance with Department of Developmental Disability regulations pertaining to behavioral concerns (Division Circulars 18, 19, 20, and 34).


  • Ability to support all levels of staff through leadership, delegation, collaboration, and training.
  • Demonstrate proficient to outstanding communication and comprehension skills.
  • Computer skills, i.e. proficient in Word, Excel
  • Ability to travel to agency sites and elsewhere as required by meetings.
  • Planning, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Valid driver's NJ or PA license and driving record in good standing.
  • Must be certified in all crisis support techniques, First Aid, CPR, and other pertinent     trainings.
  • Accept varied assignments.
  • Must demonstrate ability to diffuse, intervene and manage consumers with aggressive behaviors.
  • Must be able to develop effective behavior support plans and understand the different levels.
  • Ensure a safe and positive work environment for staff and consumers.
  • Must comply with Abilities attendance policy and report to work on a regular basis.

Master's Degree in Human or Social Services, State Board Certification


  • 2-4 years working with adults with developmental disabilities who present challenging behaviors.
  • Experience in day programs preferred

Location:  Warren County, multiple sites

Hours:  Part-time, 3 days per week

Salary:  Commensurate with experience


Employment Specialist

To provide on the job training and serve as the liaison between service recipients and employer in order to provide maximum opportunity for competitive employment.  Interested applicants must have reliable transportation as this will require 50/% travel from site to site.  Mileage will be reimbursed for travel to work sites from office.  Bachelor's Degree required.

Please send resumes and letters of interest to with EmpSpclst as the subject line.  Thank you!

Salary:  $11.00/hr

Hours: 28.75 hours per week

Days:  Mon-Fri through the training period, however must be flexible to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Status:  Part-time, Paid time off available

Location:  Warren County


Individual Support Technician III

The Individual Support Technician III (IST-III) provides and coordinates individualized care and resources to youth and others so that they may continue to live in their homes and in the community.  In Home supports may include ADL training, housekeeping, personal hygiene, meal preparation, and other health and wellness related activities.  Work available open cases within Warren County, and parts of Sussex, Hunterdon, and Morris Counties.  Reliable transportation needed as travel to different sites is required.  Work will be performed at service recipients' homes during evening/weekend hours if necessary. 

Please send resumes to recruitment with "IST-III" as the subject line.

Salary:  $10.25/hr

Hours:  Flexibility to work evenings and/or weekends

Days:  As needed

Status:  Per-diem

Location:  Warren County, parts of Sussex, Hunterdoon, and Morris Counties

Direct Support Professional

Direct service positions providing training, assistance, support and supervision to adults with disabilities in a center based day program. Production, cleaning, projects, psycho-social, community and recreational activities are implemented to stimulate development of positive behaviors and skills while providing an enriching program atmosphere. Abilities is an EOE.
Job Requirements

Must be 18 years or older with a HS diploma or equivalent and a valid PA/NJ driver's license with a clean driving record.  Positive interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well with others is required in addition to basic math, reading and writing skills. Assisting individuals served with personal care as it relates to daily living skills.  Job requires prolonged standing, lifting, pushing, and pulling.  .

Salary: $9.75 per hour

Hours: 8:45am-2:30pm          Days: As needed Mon-Fri              Status: Substitute

Location: Washington, Phillipsburg, Hackettstown

Van Driver

Van Drivers needed to transport Adults with developmental disabilities to and from an adult day program within Warren County.

Days:  Monday-Friday

Hours:  7am-9am and 2pm-4pm

Salary:  $9.75 per hour

Location:  Warren County, NJ

Qualified candidates will have a valid NJ/PA Driver's license in good standing. Preferred candidates will be CDL licensed.  Candidates should have knowledge of motor vehicle laws, are willing and confident in driving in poor weather conditions, and can concentrate despite noise level in the van.  The ideal candidate will also be able to maintain the cleanliness of the vehicle, as well as understand the maintenance check routine. HS Diploma or GED required for this position.

Communications/Marketing Internship Opportunity

Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is seeking a conscientious College student in their Junior or Senior year for an internship opportunity.   The ideal candidate will possess excellent verbal, written and electronic communication skills and will be required to provide a writing sample (such as an article or editorial) at the time of interview.  The days/hours are flexible, between 15-20 hours per week expected.  The student/intern must provide school requirements to ensure receipt of proper credits at the end of the semester.

Candidates for this opportunity must have a clear background and will be fingerprinted upon acceptance into the program.  A valid NJ/PA driver's license is also required. 

Please contact Arlene Swanston via e-mail at for more information regarding available positions.

Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and employs individuals based upon job qualifications regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation or affectation, age, veteran or military status, marital status, national origin, disability or any other protected classification as established by applicable discrimination laws.

Abilities' primary purpose is the provision of services to individuals with different abilities. Our program services are driven by consumer needs and expectations. We pride ourselves in recruiting staff who desire to improve the employability and quality of life for people with disabilities. It is this guiding principle, which measures the quality and effectiveness of the agency mission.

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