Community Support Specialist

Posted: 11/09/2021

Supports individuals in achieving successful community integration and engagement.

Provides vocational skills training to prepare individuals for independent community access and engagement. Integrates the desires and needs of each participant into the customized service plan and activities. Trains, coaches, or mentors CBDS participants in accordance with their customized, person-centered service plan. Provides support to individuals one on one and in a small group setting within the community. It will be required to have a valid full and up to date vaccination card on record before any incoming staff can begin employment.

EDUCATION

High school diploma or general education degree (GED).  Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE

Experience working with individuals with disabilities in vocational rehabilitation and/or training settings is desirable.  Education may substitute for experience.

COMPUTER SKILLS

MS Office:  Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet.

 

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES

Must have a valid driver’s license at time of application and obtain a Class E Chauffeur’s License within 30 days of hire.

May also be required to obtain and maintain DOT Certification (If transporting more than 7 including driver).

1st aid/CPR certified preferred

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of programs and services for people with developmental disabilities preferred
  • Willingness to travel on company business in personal or company vehicle.
  • Good written, oral, and communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Respect the rights and dignity of people with Developmental Disabilities and willingness to advocate on their behalf.
  • Affirmative drug and alcohol screening.
  • Affirmative criminal/abuse background check.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Working with individuals with community integration and prevocational
  • Developing lesson plans for prevocational program to be used with current and future participants.
  • Provides support to individuals in the community in accordance with their individual community-based wants and needs.
  • Provides participant community access skill development by utilizing community engagement and integration activities and classroom format prevocational skills training.
  • Support participants in understanding community and cultural values, expectations and social constructs essential to positive community access and engagement; Assist participants in recognizing and monitoring their own personal safety (physical and mental) within the community.
  • Develop functional capacities, as required, to assist individuals in reaching their optimum and desired level of community access, engagement and independence
  • Transports CBDS individuals when necessary to and from community activities.
  • Supports CBDS participants in exploring individual community interests such as volunteer opportunities, social clubs, participation in advocacy or community action groups (board or committee membership), recreational activities, community resources and more; Assists participants in understanding associated community environment culture, expectations surrounding behavior, procedures and required tasks. Trains and advocates with CBDS participants to community members regarding skills, needs or accommodations.
  • Writes case notes and summaries (including analysis, reasoning, and comments) within 48 hours of service delivery so others can understand the individual’s progress; reports verbally on the individual’s progress to the referring agency or other collaborators; Provides requested written reports and maintains records and composes relative correspondence.
  • Accepts and willingly carries out special assignments or duties, when requested.
  • Projects positive image of Job One and individuals to the local community.
  • Assures the confidentiality of information regarding CBDS participants.
  • Abides by ethical and legal guidelines for case communication and recording.
  • Respects the rights of all individuals served.