mental health careers at Barber National Institute


Open Interview Event- Erie Campus
Main Campus, North Lobby100 Barber Place- Erie, 16507 
July 17 & 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Drop into the Barber National Institute’s walk-in interview day. We’re hiring direct support professionals and paraeducators/teacher assistants to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Degreed and non degreed, full and part-time positions are available on Barber National Institute’s nationally recognized team. The work is rewarding and so are the benefits.  


The Barber National Institute invites you to consider a job where you really can “love what you do”. We provide the highest quality, most innovative services for children and adults with disabilities and mental health challenges.

Career Opportunities

Join the Barber family based on your location!

Featured Positions

Direct Support Professional

Erie, PA - Req #7

As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) - Residential -  you will be making a direct impact on the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From meal preparation to trips in the park, DSPs provide support every step of the way in residential group homes located in Erie, Fairview and Girard, PA.

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Full Time

Teacher Assistant

Erie, PA - Req #128

As a Teacher Assistant, you will be providing support to children with developmental disabilities in a classroom setting. Work as a team player in the Elizabeth Lee Black School, Nationally designated “School of Excellence” for 14 years and approved private school, that offers a range of educational program choices designed to help all children achieve their potential.

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Full time

 To be the best, we need the best employees- talented, self-directed people who want an engaging, rewarding job, in a positive, supportive environment.

Founded by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber in 1952, the Barber National Institute is recognized worldwide for as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.

The Barber National Institute offers a range of services that includes early intervention for infants and toddlers, an inclusive preschool, an Autism Center offering diagnosis and treatment, an approved private schooljob training and placement, residential options including community group homes and Lifesharing, in-home services, specialized therapies and behavioral health supports. Our organization also provides education and training to educators and professionals around the world.

In addition to our main campus in Erie, PA, and we also provide services in Warren, Forest and Crawford Counties, in Bedford and Somerset, PA, and in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions

Upcoming Hiring Event: 

Open Interview Event - Erie Campus
Main Campus North Lobby, 100 Barber Place, Erie, 16507 
July 17 & 18, 2024, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Ready to be a part of something extraordinary?  Degreed and non degreed, full and part-time positions are available on the Barber National Institute’s nationally recognized team. The work is rewarding and so are the benefits.  



Mission Statement

We are “making dreams come true”. We provide children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health challenges and their families the education, support, and resources needed to be self-reliant, independent, and valued members of the community.

In addition, we provide the professionals who serve them with world-class education and training.

Culture & Core Values

Our employees are the very heart of the Barber National Institute and emulate the very values that our founder Dr. Gertrude Barber established in 1952. We aspire every day to:

  • Respect all people
  • Uphold our integrity
  • Strive for excellence
  • Lean into each other’s talents
  • Foster innate abilities of each individual


Why BNI?

Employee benefits and perks- including accrued paid time off – are offered to full and part-time employees. Click each position description to find the specific benefits and perks that accompany each job. Some of the most popular benefits featured include:

Health Insurance & an affordable telemedicine-only option offering zero co-pays and general medical and mental health services for just $10/month
Student loan forgiveness
Continuing education scholarship and tuition discounts
Discounted Childcare -Erie Campus
Retirement Savings

Professional Development

At the Barber National Institute, we are committed to providing our people with world-class education and training. Each employee is given an individualized training plan and the opportunity to take additional training hours.


Would you like to love what you do?

Watch these videos to learn more about working with our adults with intellectual disabilities.
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