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Ready to join our 4,000+ employees in a career at YAI?

Working at YAI means effecting real change in people's lives. It means going home at the end of the day knowing you have helped someone accomplish a goal. If you want a career supporting others, creatively finding solutions to life's challenges, and building a more inclusive community, YAI is the place for you.

We are hiring people with a wide range of skills who are eager to promote YAI's mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, love, work, and learn in their communities.

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Benefit Highlights


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Insurance premium paid 100% by YAI (with option to buy into family and more extensive medical plans)


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Insurance premium paid 100% by YAI (with option to buy into family and more extensive medical plans) 

Gym Reimbursement

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Gym and exercise class reimbursement (up to $200 per year)


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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)


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Generous amount of paid vacation for full-time and part-time employees

Life insurance

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Life insurance paid for 100% by YAI


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Affordable Vision Plan

Sick Time

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Generous paid sick time for all our employees

Employee Discounts

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Employee discounts on travel, entertainment, wireless services, shopping, and more! 

Direct Support Professional Positions

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work closely with people of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Requirements and qualifications to be a DSP:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • A strong sense of empathy
  • Interested in finding creative solutions to challenges  and building a more inclusive community

Feel like you’re the right fit?

What makes YAI such a great place to work?


As a human services organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), we care about our employees as people, not just as our workforce. We give the same respect, inclusion, and encouragement of creativity to our employees as we do to the people we support.

Rewarding work

Employees frequently refer to their work family as family — the work we do is personal, at times difficult, and incredibly rewarding. Our mission of living, loving, learning, and working speaks to our goals for the people we support but also to our YAI community, including our staff.


Whether you have worked in human services for 20 years or are new to the field, YAI prepares you with training at every stage, from entry-level positions to senior management. In 2018, YAI created a training program in conjunction with Rutgers University to provide advanced manager and leadership training.


YAI wants our employees to achieve their goals, both professional and personal, which is why we offer flexible schedules, generous time off, and monetary and resource programs such as tuition reimbursement, the Employee Assistance Program, and employee discounts, among others. Many of our employees attend school and care for family members, and we understand the need for flexibility and support in balancing the work-life relationship.


We offer full-time, part-time, and per diem positions, to best fit our employees' scheduling needs.

Find out more about being a Direct Support Professional at yai

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Volunteers & Interns

Volunteers are vital to YAI's mission to providing opportunities for people with I/DD.  Learn more about volunteering to support social, educational, professional, and personal growth initiatives, or to be a part of a YAI event. 

YAI proudly host dozens of graduate, undergraduate, and high school student interns each year in positions ranging from clinical to programmatic to support (administrative, IT, communications, etc).

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