Salary: $18.00 per hour, 24 hours per week. Pay rate will increase as training is completed.
Education/Experience: Must be at least 18 years of age and have a Bachelors’ Degree or High School diploma/GED and two years experience working with persons with developmental disabilities; ability to work independently; ability to establish and maintain relationships with consumers, employers and members of other organizations.
Communication Skills: Must be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing with consumers, all levels of staff, family members and other persons in the community.
Judgment/Initiative: Must be able to use good judgment in dealing with consumer issues/emergencies, as well as staff related issues. Must work well independently and maintain a good working relationship with the supervisor(s).
- Valid New Jersey drivers license.
- CPR and First aid certification.
- Physical and negative Mantoux or chest x-ray every year
- Reliable Transportation
Essential Functions: Assist consumers to obtain and maintain competitive employment in a respectful and safe manner.
- Know, understand and follow all Arc policies, procedures and practices as described in The Arc Manuals, DDD Supported Employment and Day Program Manual and by supervisory staff
- Successfully complete the Supported Employment Specialist Training(s) or equivalent DDD pre-service training; Arc Orientation; CPR and First Aid; Preventing Abuse and Neglect; Medication; Medication Administration; Behavior Modification; and any other training required by the supervisor, within 120 days of date of hire
- Assess each person with developmental disabilities assigned, to clearly identify the goals and abilities of the individual
- Assist residential staff with coordinating transportation to and from the job or to provide travel training to assist the person to get to his/her job independently
- Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of disability laws, Social Security regulations, work incentive guidelines available to individuals with disabilities and their employers
- Maintain a professional liaison and communication with families, residential staff, employers, community members, etc.
- Coordinate with residential programs, families and other staff to ensure development of pre-placement skills, e.g. personal hygiene, personal appearance, interview skills, social skills, self medication skills and budgeting
- Participate in the IHP process and attend IDT meetings as a member of the individual’s interdisciplinary team
- Initiate and maintain contacts with perspective employers
- Work with employers to restructure jobs to match the goals and abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities
- Conduct job site job and task analysis and identify modifications and accommodations appropriate for individuals with disabilities
- Support the individual with disabilities in selecting a job, which matches their desires and abilities
- Work with the employer to provide the on the job training and the initial support needed to learn the job
- Identify and develop the supports required for individuals with disabilities to maintain employment, including natural supports on the job (e.g. co-workers)
- Troubleshoot any problems that arises during the course of employment