Challenge Enterprises – Life Skills Specialist

Posted May 09, 2022 Green Cove Springs, Florida

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Expires Jun 30, 2022

Description

As a Life Skills Specialist, you are responsible for enriching the lives of adults with severe intellectual and developmental differences by developing and implementing goals leading to integrated employment, social, and recreational outcomes in the community. Objectives include fostering independence through choice and inclusion, provide education and consultation to families and the community, and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits. Coordinate daily living activities and engage in skill training resulting in increased self-esteem, self-sufficiency, wages, and other community outcomes using person centered planning services.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Follow all Challenge Enterprises of North Florida, Inc.'s policies and procedures as set forth in the Board of Director's approved personnel handbook. Promote the mission of the agency: to promote the power of people and possibilities for individuals living with disabilities. Participate in Challenge Enterprises new hire orientation, mandatory trainings, and attend staff meetings. Develop and implement supportive service programming in collaboration with individual, family members, support coordinators, residential providers, and the community following Florida Quality Assurance Standards. Follow all Life Skills Adult Day Training Program approved procedures. Provide supervision and support for individuals while facilitating social integration between individuals and the community. Provide training for the individual to enhance daily living skills: food preparation, housecleaning, personal hygiene, social skills. Assist individuals with light housekeeping duties while developing adaptive and independent living skills. Provide behavioral intervention for individuals to enhance performance with peers and supervisors. Initiate and participate in leisure activities provided for individuals and encourage socialization and participation. Work cooperatively to provide smooth, quality person centered services and to meet the goals as identified by the participant's support plan (including on the production/warehouse floor). Encourage individuals to eat a proper diet and take adequate fluids while respecting their right to free choice. Maintain excellent communication with supervisors and staff while recognizing safety responsibilities of employee for the individual. Report occupational hazards and/or incidents of injury to appropriate personnel, in accordance with the approved Incident Reporting Policy and procedures. Display professional attitude and behavior; be courteous, empathetic, helpful, and positive in all interpersonal actions. Be an active listener and a proactive communicator. Maintain individual's confidentiality and follow all mandated reporting procedures. Provide opportunities for choice and encouraging individuals to exercise control over themselves and their environment. Continuously assessing the functional levels for our individuals, motivating individuals, and providing consistent reinforcement, assessments, and feedback for all learning activities. Use approved electronic documentation system (Therap) to record goal outcomes and activities of choice. Transport participants safely to and from services utilizing agency vehicles. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Minimum 1-year experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Knowledge of the community. Florida driver's license with a 3-year clean record. Must pass local and level 2 background check. Must sign a Non-Disclosure (confidentiality) agreement. Maintain CPR and First Aid certification. Language Skills Ability to read, write, and perform basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction). Must be patient when communicating with individuals in the program. Education The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Able to twist, stoop, bend, reach, pull, stand, and walk for up to six hours per day. Able to lift goods weighing 50 pounds to transfer. Must be able to assist participants in getting on and off the vans, to and from the agency.

Education and Experience

High School Diploma required. College courses in Human Services or Social Work preferred. Physical Demands Visit our website - www.challengeenterprises.org to fill out our on line application

Salary/Salary Range

15.00-20.00

Company/Organization

Challenge Enterprises

http://www.challengeenterprises.org

Contact

Patti Magee | Email