The Program Specialist assists day services participants in becoming more independent in their daily living skills thru community-based instruction and increasing their opportunities for socialization and recreation through planning and implementing activities with an emphasis on therapeutic and health needs, to increase the potential for independence in the community for all consumers
- Shall be assigned up to 30 individuals according to the ODP regulation 2380 and Chapter 11 Older Adult Regulations.
- Acts as the primary contact person for the consumer related issues including but not limited to coordinating family involvement, transportation problems/needs, as well as maintaining communication between residential and additional services.
- Serves as advocate, which includes participation in goal planning sessions, implementation of goals and documentation of such, as well as supervision of participants.
- Assists Activities Center consumers in acquiring pre-vocational and personal living skills, recreation/leisure skills, and/or maintaining physical/health to meet the interests and functioning level of participants as reflected in their individual care/support plans.
- Responsible for implementing, reviewing, reporting discrepancy and the development of the Individual Support Plan (ISP). Attending the ISP meeting and other team meetings as scheduled.
- Documents and completes annual assessment, quarterly reviews and monthly summaries with the participation of Direct Care Staff, support coordinator, residential program staff, families, consumer and other appropriate team members.
- Supervision, monitoring and evaluating services provided to the consumer.
- Participates in the development and improvement of Community Participation/Day Services programming by conducting assigned specialized projects and participating in staff meetings.
- Assists consumers with daily living skills as needed.
- Attends training seminars and conferences when requested by the Day Services Director or the Day Services Manager.
- Is familiar with and adheres to Interact’s Policies and Procedures, Program Policies and Procedures, applicable regulations, and is responsible for compliance with same.
- Maintains a safe, orderly and clean environment in the Center and in the Community at large.
- Adheres to safe work practices.
- Maintains professional demeanor in the community and promotes positive perceptions of Intercommunity Action, Inc., its staff and its participants.
- Must function in full compliance with all applicable policies and procedures, federal state and local laws and Interact’s Code of Conduct. Must participate in Interact’s Compliance Program including reporting suspected violations of the compliance program or applicable laws or regulations to supervisor/manager/director or the Compliance Officer”.
- Maintain current in Required Certifications.
- Other job-related duties as needed /assigned.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of work experience working directly with person with disabilities.
An Associate Degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university plus (4) years from a work experience working directly with persons with disabilities.
- Possess a valid Driver’s License from state of residence with one (1) year experience and one (1) year free of violations as needed.
- Willingness to implement the concept of normalization, least restrictive, environment, community-based instruction, and community integrated active.
- Interest and skills necessary to provide direct services to adults labeled as mentally retarded/developmentally disabled and to older adults/seniors, including the frail elderly. Geriatric experience preferred.
- Ability to lift a minimum of 100 pounds, once trained in lifting techniques.
- Ability to provide a satisfactory physical examination that has been performed within twelve (12) months prior to employment and updated every two (2) years thereafter.
- Certification in CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety within timeframes designated by applicable regulations.
- Willingness and ability to use computers for participant’s documentation and training.
- Clearance in accordance with PA Acts 33 & 80.
Hourly Salary: $15.00
Intercommunity Action, Inc. is an EO Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability
Interested candidates may forward their cover letter and resume to:
Intercommunity Action, Inc.
6012 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred)