Community Employment Specialist I

Full Time
Posted 1 month ago

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Job CategoryBiomedical
POSITION SUMMARY:(Essential Functions of Position) The Community Employment Specialist I position is responsible for coordinating, planning, scheduling and implementing programs for their assigned employment caseload. This person must have the ability to work independently, problem solve on the spot, and think critically without on-site supervision. This person ensures delivery of Community Based Prevocational, Supported Employment (SEMP), ETP, ACCES-VR and other OPWDD employment programs. This person provides direct supports to people enrolled in a variety of employment programs based on their interests and desires. This person implements a variety of training techniques, interventions and teaching procedures aimed at providing employment opportunities to people receiving supports. This person is responsible for the safety of each person and provides training to facilitate inclusion into community employment related settings. This person documents and verifies detailed daily data collection, monthly notes and other required documentation as outlined by regulatory bodies. Depending upon specific assignment, this person may be required to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum Education: High School Diploma or Equivalency Exam required; Two years of College a plus. Minimum Experience: One year of experience relevant to assigned location. Training and Competency Requirements: Staff must adhere to the professional training requirements as set forth by OPWDD Supported Employment regulations. Newly hired staff must complete 24 hours of training within the first year of hire and 6 hours each year thereafter. Staff providing ACCES-VR supports, must complete additional core training requirements separate from those dictated by OPWDD. Staff is expected to travel to remote locations to complete the training requirements in Rockland and Westchester counties as well as New York City. Self-directed instruction, offered through the Relias Learning Management System, must be successfully completed as prescribed within assigned timeframes. Based upon position, staff must complete a curriculum designated for the specific job title, within the first 6 months in the position. (See attachment for an outline of the Training and Competency requirements for supporting people in community employment).
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSAs):Familiarity with principles and techniques used in the supervision of the developmentally disabled in community employment related settings.  Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse culture and backgrounds.  Demonstrate competency in writing monthly notes and completion of daily documentation  Interact with parents, guardians and other professionals regarding individual plans and progress.  Establish effective working relationships with management, employees and the public.  Valid driver’s license and meet Agency’s driving standards.  Based on assignment, availability and willingness to work varied work schedules and work environments.  Represent yourself and the agency in a professional and courteous manner.  Adhere to and maintain the integrity of the Agency’s mission statements and guiding principles The following are functional job demands/essential physical requirements to safely carry out the essential job tasks at The Arc Rockland and are based on the employee’s compliance with the use of mechanical lifts and other ergonomic aids as outlined in the Individual’s plan of protective oversight and/or Life Plan. The Direct Support Provider assignment can vary due to individual and/or staffing needs/location.
Physical Requirements: Postural:Must have visual acuity adequate to read correspondence, computer screen, forms.  Work may include bending, stooping, walking and continuous standing.  Work may include lifting, including but not limited to, assisting individuals on/off or in/out of a vehicle or assisting individuals with work tasks contingent upon worksite requirement.  Must have speaking and hearing ability to sufficiently communicate by phone or in person at normal volumes  Must be able to kneel and complete compressions to perform CPR if needed  Must be able to perform SCIP techniques and physically intervene in situations where an individual’s behavior is escalating Dexterity  Moderate level of manual dexterity and hand coordination, for usage of computer to perform daily documentation
ENVIROMENTAL EXPOSURES: Weather Elements  Chemicals  Blood Borne Pathogens  Jarring (Individual Interactions – unexpected hugs, grabbing, jerking, etc.) PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:  Foot protection, per agency policy  Mask, per agency policy  Eye protection, per agency policy  Gloves, per agency policy  Hearing protection, per agency policy  Gown, per agency policy SENSORY FUNCTION ESSENTIAL for SAFETY:  Light Touch  Seeing* Depth Perception  Hearing*  Writing  Reading  Speaking  Independent Work  Color Discrimination *Must possess sight/hearing senses corrected to normal range that enable these senses to function adequately. This job analysis was performed by on-site supervisor interview, employee interview, observation, measurement and task analysis.
Environmental Considerations:May be exposed to a few slip and trip hazards on the floor, odors, inclement weather, medical wastes, illness and unpredictable work conditions. May be required to work in areas within the agency, community and offsite locations that may or may not be heated or cooled.
Working Conditions:Work involves regular contact with people receiving supports. May require travel throughout Rockland and neighboring counties.
Corporate Compliance:Employees must comply with agency or governing body rules, regulations and policies and procedures. Any employee who witnesses or learns about a violation or possible violation of agency or governing body rules, regulations or policies and procedures is required to immediately report this to his/her supervisor or the agency’s corporate compliance officer.
Additional Comments: (Skills or Specialization) Have the ability to learn and adapt to new tasks  Be able to follow written and oral instruction  Work well with others and in compliance with the Agency’s Organizational Standards  Be punctual and adhere to time and attendance procedures  Be able to safely operate all required equipment  Must comply with Agency’s policies and procedures

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