Responsible to: Employment Specialist
Responsible for: Providing one-to-one or up to one-to-four staff to participant ratio job training for workers placed into community integrated supported employment work sites. Develop effective communication – work cooperatively with community employers, employees, individuals and other supported employment program staff. These duties are 100% of the job responsibilities and qualify as direct support professionals.
Hours of work: This position has flexible scheduling based on the needs of the agency
- Work with the people supported by NPS (aka individual/participant) to learn skills to be employed and achieve objectives in Individual Habilitation Service Plan (IHSP) and person-centered plans.
- Assist participants, when appropriate, to identify natural job supports.
- Maintain individual intervention sheets including case notes; prepare monthly reports; prepare and update IHSP (semi annual and annual report); maintain individual sub notes.
- Develop systematic task analysis of necessary work skills/responsibilities.
- Provide data as requested on specific goals and objectives in monthly casenotes and monthly reports.
Income opportunities/Volunteer/Paid Work Responsibilities:
- Work with participants to maintain quality control and safety standards on job sites.
- Assist participants, when appropriate, to learn and follow all employer policies and procedures.
- Responsible to maintain records for assigned participants.
- Provide support to assist individuals to learn processes to complete timecards.
- Train participants in skills to support their independent living as it relates to their job.
- Work with participants, when necessary, to learn how to interact successfully with others.
- Work with participants to find ways to get to where they need to go (as it pertains to their job) and provide training when necessary.
- Keep emergency numbers and information updated for all individuals in community jobs and classes.
- Promote good public relations in the community both for NVSS and the people supported by NVSS.
- Inform Employment Specialist in writing when communication challenges arise.
- Assist in the development and implementation of a participant’s communication plan using person centered skills to document a variety of information including, but not limited to, what is working or not working to promote success.
- Be aware of safety procedures and location of safety manual.
- Immediately inform management staff if an unsafe situation occurs or is observed.
- Document special incidents on the proper forms as outlined in Special Incident Report, (SIR) procedures.
- Immediately inform management when participant health issues arise.
- Keep job site notebook current with individual emergency numbers and procedures, current task analysis and job site safety sheets.
- Research and provide means of transportation to community training sites; (e.g., City Bus, NVSS van, job coach vehicle) and provide support to participants when necessary.
- Ensure NVSS vehicles are clean pre and post trips and communicate to Employment Specialist and Administration if not.
- Conduct a pre trip safety inspection of all NVSS vehicles.
- On behalf of the Agency, act as a guardian for a pleasant working enviroment by being courteous and interacting positively with everyone during work hours.
- Be familiar with and adhere to NVSS Mission Statement and philosophies.
- Follow agency policies and procedures.
- On behalf of the Agency, help create a working environment that encourages teamwork and work as a team member.
- Follow the Mandated Reporter requirements by immediately communicating concerns of abuse to NVSS management, the Department of Social Services and, when appropriate, the Obudsman and the police.
- Participate in all staff meetings and training sessions related to the position.
- When appropriate, serve on committees.
- Interact, communicate and cooperate well with coworkers, supervisors, subordinates and customers.
- Keep coworkers, supervisor and customers informed.
- Develop professionally by attending conferences/workshops, etc., seek opportunities to learn and grow.
- Take an active role in providing and participating in employee development opportunities.
- Regular attendance and punctuality.
- Champion and share new ideas, processes and programs.
- Take personal responsibility for actions.
- Solve problems and communicate solutions with the Employment Specialist/Program Director.
- Provide good customer service.
- Ensure follow through of all responsibilities and assigned tasks.
- Perform other relevant duties as required by Employment Specialist/Program Director.
Knowledge & Abilities
- Ability and willingness to implement supported employment concepts and techniques including customized employment.
- Ability and willingness to implement person-centered thinking skills and outcomes.
- Ability and willingness to assist in adherence to Department of Labor Regulations.
- Ability and willingness to implement one-to-one and group training techniques and analyze jobs.
- Ability and willingness to work effectively with employers in community job sites.
- Good communication and organizational skills.
- Ability and willingness to present the program in a positive and professional manner.
- Ability and willingness to work effectively and efficiently with individuals who have disabilities, rehabilitation counselors and employers.
- Ability to interact and communicate with individuals, employers and staff in a compassionate non-critical, non judgmental, objective
Education: High School Graduate or equivalent. Prefer some college with emphasis on Special Education, Rehabilitation or closely related field.
Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 30lbs., use a mop, vacuum and perform various entry level vocational tasks.
Experience: Prefer experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Current California Driver’s License, with an acceptable driving record, a reliable vehicle that is insured and in good running condition.
- Must pass criminal record background check, drug screening, physical exam and TB test.
- Meet all California Department of Public Health orders, e.g., mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.