TITLE: Program Specialist
FUNCTION: To instruct skill building classes in the appropriate setting. Assist in the development of compensatory strategies and provided case management support to a case load of no more than 10 individuals in addition to teaching a weekly class schedule. To assist individuals with establishing and accomplishing goals.
SCOPE: Skill Building Team members report to Director of Community and Education Programs or the Coordinator of Community Skill Building.
QUALIFICATIONS: College graduate with a background in social services, education or counseling. Experience with individuals with disabilities is necessary. Resourceful, dependable, creative, and flexible in approach. Must show initiative and ability to function cooperatively as a team member.
- Design the content and structure of the curriculum, researching topics relevant to adult life and locating/developing adult appropriate materials.
- Instruct various academic and skill building courses in the area of Household Management, Disability/Social Adjustments, Problem Solving, Functional Communication, Self Management, Community Living, and Vocational Directions.
- Assess skill levels and prepare individualized assessments and learning objectives for each participant.
- Complete individual class work plans.
- Create opportunities for participants to generalize skills learned into a community setting.
- Provide case management support as the contact person and update participant files in accordance with state guidelines.
- Obtain physical, psychological, educational, and social information from other resources in order to evaluate capabilities.
- Refer participants to community resources and other agencies and provide follow up as needed.
- Schedule and conduct Progress Reviews; update Plans of Actions and prepare a written report for each assigned participant.
- Administer Profile of Personal Choices and independent Living Skills to applicants.
- Prepare Plans of Action, Background Summaries, Exit Reports and other documentation that is required by regulation.
- Adhere to the Centre’s guidelines and Staff Standards. Encourage mature adult appropriate behavior among participants. Encourage personal responsibility.
- Document participant’s progress on a daily basis using appropriate progress notes.
- Confer with other staff members to promote educational, physical, and social development of participant.
- Develop a thorough understanding of disabilities, community resources and the independent living movement through reading and conferences, etc.
- Assist in handling medical and behavioral emergencies, document as necessary.
- Participate in regularly scheduled Team, Centre, and Agency wide meetings.
- Provide personal assistance to individuals on an as needed basis, wheelchair maneuvering and with eating if needed.
- Develop and implement individualized compensatory strategies. To communicate to team the use and purpose of these strategies to the team.
- Assist in scheduling and other programmatic matters between terms.
- Participate in Centre and agency-wide activities that promote the CLASS mission.
- Assume other duties as assigned.
- Carry out the above-identified responsibilities in a mature and professional manner.
- Maintain a balance between individual advocacy and group responsibility.
- Use tact and sensitivity in responding to agency wide employees and participants.
- Accept and render constructive criticism in a professional manner.
- Adhere to policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors and identified in Employee Handbook and departmental guidelines.
CLASS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Job Type: Full-time