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Employment Specialist – Community Services North 4645 LaGuardia Drive, Berkeley MO 63134 – Full Time

Position Description:

This Employment Specialist supports the mission to provide hope, help and progress for people living with disabilities by building great relationships with clients, the community, and potential employers that develop into a collaborative partnership that places clients into excellent job opportunities.  This role assists in assessments, job development, placement, and on occasion job coaching, and other supports for those with disabilities.  This role serves as an advocate in the community to help foster successful competitive employment and fully integrated job sites for persons with disabilities.

The Employment Specialist reports directly to the Director of Employment Resources.

This role directly supervises no other agency employees.

The Employment Support Specialist will directly support the participating clients in realizing their personal goals for successful long-term employment by assisting clients to determine their personal preferences, strengths, and support needs and the development and facilitation of jobs that match the ideal employment goal.  Additional duties may include providing job coaching (on the job supervision) and periodic follow-along supports

This role is expected to place an average of 5 clients per quarter (20 annually).

This role has the authority to orientate, supervise, and evaluate the performance of the program participants under the guidelines established by the Agency’s policy and procedures.  This role is expected to place an average of 5 clients per quarter (20 annually).

Responsibilities Include:

  • Establish positive relationships with the community and clients by marketing the program to funders, families, school personnel, and potential clients.
  • Foster and maintain meaningful relationships with potential, current, and past employers/volunteer sites that demonstrate the passionate commitment of the Agency to its mission of life without limits for those with disabilities.
  • Complete direct services that primarily include discovery, exploration, job preparation, job development, and may include coaching and long-term supports.
  • Find appropriate employment opportunities for individuals supported in the program and make placements accordingly.
  • Develop thorough, complete, and professionally written plans for program participants to facilitate long-term placement and/or career advancement of individuals on appropriate job sites.
  • Develop professional outcomes, goals, consumer resumes, cover letters, and other internal and external communications.
  • Coordinate, arrange for, and/or provide supports needed at the job sites to minimize job losses and meet minimum contact requirements.
  • Ensure that services, documentation, support plans, data collection and progress summaries are completed accurately and within designated time frames both by participating in these processes and through the monitoring of consumer case files.
  • Proactively foster consumer and employer satisfaction by providing job coaching and follow-along support to program participants, which may include physical or mechanical assistance and may require extended periods of standing or walking for up to 8 consecutive hours.
  • Ensure productive use of time and control expenditures by planning cost-effective travel routes, centering development activities in related areas, and managing a caseload of assigned people effectively.
  • Use the EHR (Electronic Health Records) system to complete all applicable documentation.

Requirements of the Job:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Psychology, Special Education, or Social Work
  • Good working knowledge of computers, software applications, and databases.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to relate to a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Understand the learning and developmental needs of people living with disabilities. Demonstrate the ability to be flexible and alter strategies based on the needs of the individual.
  • Reliable Transportation and provide vehicle insurance that meets minimum requirements for the State of Missouri.
  • Maintain training and certification consistent with Agency requirements.
  • Ability to pass background screening requirements of the Agency, employment sites, and law enforcement.
  • Computer proficiency
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend and walk for up to 8 hours at a time.
  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, psychology, social work or other related human services field from an accredited college or university or a combination of 60 completed hours of education and experience.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of the local/regional economic conditions, availability of funding from VR, the Department of Mental Health and SB 40 Boards.
  • One or more years’ experience with persons with severe physical disabilities.
  • One or more years’ experience in supported employment programs.
  • Experience with vocational rehabilitation programs.

DSP/Training Assistant – Adult Day Services Manchester Center  (13975 Manchester Rd. St. Louis, MO 63011)  Full-time/Part Time*
The Training Assistant is involved in the Individualized Service Plans (ISP) process by conducting implementing and monitoring outcome objectives as specified in the consumer’s ISP. Secondary responsibilities are for the provision of assistance with adult consumers’ personal care needs or other work as assigned.   The Training Assistant reports to the Assistant Director.

• Actively participate as a member of a team in goal development for consumer support plans.
• Plan, prepare for and implement individual and small group daily habilitative activities that are meaningful, age-appropriate and support each assigned consumer’s program plan.
• Provide center-based or community-based services in accordance with the person-centered plan.
• Ensure that all consumers are actively engaged and supervised and that no consumer is left unsupervised at any time.
• Monitor and collect supporting data for consumer outcomes and measures.
• Support consumers with meals, toileting, dressing, bathing and other personal care.
• Remain in compliance with all program regulatory codes and requirements (i.e., Medicaid, DMH, SB40 Boards).
• Ensure that CARF standards, Agency and departmental policies and procedures are consistently followed.

Requirements of the Job:   
High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
Experience supporting individuals with disabilities.
Ability to take direction and work with a minimum of supervision.
Ability to consistently work in a professional, cooperative manner with all Agency consumers and personnel.
Good written and oral communication skills.
If applicable, must secure and maintain a valid Chauffeur’s license and clean driving record.
Computer proficiency

Preferred:
Associate’s degree in a human service field.
Two years’ experience supporting individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Knowledge of and experience with adaptive equipment and assistive technology devices for adults with developmental and orthopedic disabilities
Knowledge of and experience with Electronic Health Records system

DSP/Training Assistant – Adult Day Services – Full-time/Part-Time* UCP Heartland Community Services North – 4645 LaGuardia Drive 63134  
The Training Assistant is involved in the Individualized Service Plans (ISP) process by conducting implementing and monitoring outcome objectives as specified in the consumer’s ISP. Secondary responsibilities are for the provision of assistance with adult consumers’ personal care needs or other work as assigned. The Training Assistant reports to the Training Supervisor.

• Actively participate as a member of a team in goal development for consumer support plans.
• Plan, prepare for and implement individual and small group daily habilitative activities that are meaningful, age-appropriate and support each assigned consumer’s program plan.
• Provide center-based or community-based services in accordance with the person-centered plan.
• Ensure that all consumers are actively engaged and supervised and that no consumer is left unsupervised at any time.
• Monitor and collect supporting data for consumer outcomes and measures.
• Support consumers with meals, toileting, dressing, bathing and other personal care.
• Remain in compliance with all program regulatory codes and requirements (i.e., Medicaid, DMH, SB40 Boards).
• Ensure that CARF standards, Agency and departmental policies and procedures are consistently followed.

Requirements of the Job:
High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
Experience supporting individuals with disabilities.
Ability to take direction and work with a minimum of supervision.
Ability to consistently work in a professional, cooperative manner with all Agency consumers and personnel.
Good written and oral communication skills.
If applicable, must secure and maintain a valid Chauffeur’s license and clean driving record.
Computer proficiency

Preferred:
Associate’s degree in a human service field.
Two years’ experience supporting individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Knowledge of and experience with adaptive equipment and assistive technology devices for adults with developmental and orthopedic disabilities
Knowledge of and experience with Electronic Health Records system

DSP/Training Assistant – Adult Day Services Gibbs Center (1719 Southridge Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109) Full-time
The Training Assistant is involved in the Individualized Service Plans (ISP) process by conducting implementing and monitoring outcome objectives as specified in the consumer’s ISP. Secondary responsibilities are for the provision of assistance with adult program participants’ personal care needs or other work as assigned. The Training Assistant reports to the Center Director.

• Actively participate as a member of a team in goal development for consumer support plans.
• Plan, prepare and implement individual and small group daily habilitative activities that are meaningful, age-appropriate and support each assigned consumer’s program plan.
• Provide center-based or community-based services in accordance with the person-centered plan.
• Ensure that all consumers are actively engaged and supervised and that no consumer is left unsupervised at any time.
• Monitor and collect supporting data for consumer outcomes and measures.
• Support participants with meals, toileting, dressing, bathing and other personal care.
• Remain in compliance with all program regulatory codes and requirements (i.e., Medicaid, DMH, SB40 Boards).
• Ensure that CARF standards, Agency and departmental policies and procedures are consistently followed.

Requirements of the Job:

High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
Experience supporting individuals with disabilities.
Ability to take direction and work with a minimum of supervision.
Ability to consistently work in a professional, cooperative manner with all Agency consumers and personnel.
Good written and oral communication skills.
If applicable, must secure and maintain a valid Chauffeur’s license and clean driving record.
Computer proficiency

Preferred:
Associate’s degree in a human service field.
Two years’ experience supporting individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Knowledge of and experience with adaptive equipment and assistive technology devices for adults with developmental and orthopedic disabilities
Knowledge of and experience with Electronic Health Records system

Direct Support Provider – Family Support Services Oak Tree Respite (450 Oak Tree, Webster Groves, MO 63119) Full-time/Part Time*

The Direct Support Provider is responsible for providing all aspects of direct care and individualized treatment for each resident of Oak Tree Respite by maintaining a safe and healthy environment and meeting program participant’s documented and known needs throughout their stay.

The Direct Support Provider must be available to work a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends, overnights, and holidays as assigned. The Direct Support Provider reports directly to the Program Manager of Family Supports. He/she assures that services support the program participant’s individual plan and are provided safely with each participant’s health and well-being kept in mind. He/she administers and documents oral and topical medication in a safe manner, per physician’s orders and UCP Heartland policy. He/she must have or be able to acquire skills to safely and effectively use assistive devices such as lifts, wheelchairs, splints, braces, communication devices and other assistive technology. The Direct Support Provider supervises no other employees. He/she is expected to complete and submit to the Director, in a timely fashion, requisitions for needed materials and supplies, and requests for facility maintenance.

Requirements of the Job:
High School diploma or high school equivalent (GED)
Continuous employment eligibility through the Family Care Safety Registry, (EDL).
One year experience, paid or unpaid, working with people with disabilities.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Basic computer proficiency

Preferred:

•  Some college course work.
•  Two years of paid experience working with persons with disabilities.
•  Experience providing services at a facility-based respite program.
•  Experience working with people with significant physical and/or multiple disabilities.
•  Experience working with electronic data-based systems

Employment Support Specialist/Job Coach Full-time* UCP Heartland Community Services North – 4645 LaGuardia Drive 63134 
This role supports the mission for providing superior programs for people living with disabilities by building great relationships with clients, the community, and potential employers that develop into a collaborative partnership that places clients into excellent job opportunities. This role assists in assessments, job development, placement, and on occasion job coaching, and other supports for people living with disabilities. This role serves as an advocate in the community to help foster successful competitive employment and fully integrated job sites for people with disabilities.

The Employment Specialist reports directly to the Director of Employment Resources.  This role directly supervises no other agency employees.
The Employment Support Specialist will directly support the participating program participants in realizing their personal goals for successful long-term employment by assisting clients in determining their personal preferences, strengths, and support needs and the development and facilitation of jobs that match the ideal employment goal. Additional duties may include providing job coaching (on-the-job supervision) and periodic follow-along supports.  This role has the authority to orientate, supervise, and evaluate the performance of each client under the guidelines established by the Agency’s policy and procedures. This role is expected to place an average of 5 program participants per quarter (20 annually).

Requirements of the Job:

Bachelor’s Degree. Preferably in Psychology, Special Education, or Social Work
Good working knowledge of computers, software application and databases.
Effective written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to relate to a diverse group of people.
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
Understanding of the learning and developmental needs of people living with disabilities and the ability to be flexible and alter strategies based on the needs of the individual.
Reliable Transportation and ability to provide vehicle insurance that meets minimum requirements for the State of Missouri.
Maintain training and certification consistent with Agency requirements.
Ability to pass background screening requirements of the Agency, employment sites, and law enforcement.
Computer proficiency
Ability to sit, stand, bend and walk for up to 8 hours at a time.

Full job descriptions available from our Human Resources Department.   Linda Buckley, Human Resources Director:  buckleyl@ucpheartland.org