Careers at Chapel Haven

Careers at Chapel Haven

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Explore career opportunities at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and Chapel Haven West!

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is an award-winning non profit and transition program committed to empowering adults of varying abilities to live independent and self-determined lives. We are located in the Westville area of New Haven, CT and employ approximately 150 employees who work diligently to fulfill our mission. Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is nationally accredited by CARF, state-approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education, and licensed by the CT Department of Developmental Services. Along with our founding campus in New Haven, Chapel Haven has a satellite campus called Chapel Haven West, located in Tucson, AZ, and also dedicated to serving adults with excellence.

 

The following positions are available.


Please use the Apply Now button at the bottom of each listing to submit your application:

SAIL Program Staff

DEPARTMENT: SAIL Program – Community Programs

SUPERVISION BY: SAIL Program Manager

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned / Day/Evening/Weekend -Flexible to accommodate the needs of the program

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

SAIL Program Staff, are expected and responsible for teaching and providing support in the areas of daily living and social skills to individuals living in the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. SAIL Program.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach, model and support individuals  with meal planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation which includes; good nutritional habits and related skills; meal and menu planning, sanitary and safe food storage practices, preparing meals (including following multiple-step recipes and cooking), and safety in the kitchen while learning to utilize kitchen equipment; e.g. stove, broiler and George Foreman Grill.
  • Teach, model and support individuals with personal hygiene and grooming, including showering, shaving, teeth brushing, organizing dressers, picking an appropriate outfit etc.
  • Teach, model and provide assistance with laundry skills, such as, laundry preparation, detergent use, washer/dryer operation, including: drying, folding, putting away laundry.
  • Teach, model and provide assistance with apartment maintenance, such as proper cleaning skills, identifying and using cleaning tools and products, etc.
  • Teach, model and provide assistance with social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, etc.
  • Teach, model and provide assistance with community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
  • Complete daily progress notes for individuals based on their individual goals and objectives as outlined in their individual plan.
  • Participate and provide written reports based on individuals’ goals for an annual or six month review.
  • Attend small group meetings, meetings with other agency personnel, staff meetings and academic meetings.
  • Participate in staff development activities, including in servicing, inside and out side of Chapel Haven.
  • Attend medical appointments as needed and directed by the SAIL Program Manager
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed; teach, support and assist individuals with problem solving
  • Provide medication oversight and assist individuals with medication administration as outlined.
  • Provide transportation of individuals as directed by the SAIL Program Manager, use of own vehicle may be required.
  • Facilitate SAIL recreational or volunteer activities as assigned; providing support and guidance
  • Maintain positive and professional communication with the parents, (inside and outside of the SAIL Program/Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc), etc.
  • Other duties as required by the SAIL Program Manager

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field or 4 more years’ experience.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Experience working with individuals with learning disabilities or developmental disabilities and some knowledge working with DDS and/or CARF.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Can demonstrate effective judgment, decision-making and communication skills
  • Computer literacy (i.e. word, excel, outlook)
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to follow a schedule, take direction and the initiative to follow through
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration Certification as required.
  • Hold a Valid CT driver’s license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain Public Service License.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently in order to execute program policies and procedures
  • Maintain positive work attitude and relationships
  • Presents a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrates excellent communication and observation skills
  • Ability to climb stairs, bend, sit, stand, and walk for periods of time
  • Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by DDS and Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc.
  • Will act as an Essential staff to provide necessary support during inclement weather or emergency situations

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Program Instructor

DEPARTMENT: Community Programs – Supported Living

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Community Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned / Flexible to accommodate the needs of the program

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

Support individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by serving as an advocate, guide and teacher. Assist each participant with his/her daily needs, as specified in the individual’s care plan. Provide support in the areas of daily living and social skills. Assist with program development for participants. Conduct oneself in a professional manner, and abide by agency and state policies and procedures at all times.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

Teach, model and support community members to complete daily living and social skills as independently possible as specified in the community members individual care plan.  This may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Meal planning, preparing shopping lists, grocery shopping and meal preparation which includes; good nutritional habits and related skills; meal and menu planning, sanitary and safe food storage practices, preparing meals (including following multiple-step recipes and cooking), and safety in the kitchen while learning to utilize kitchen equipment; e.g. stove, broiler, microwave and George Foreman Grill.
  • Personal hygiene and grooming, including showering, shaving, teeth brushing, organizing dressers, selecting an appropriate outfit, etc.
  • Laundry skills, such as, laundry preparation, detergent use, washer/dryer operation, including: drying, folding, putting away laundry.
  • Apartment maintenance, such as proper cleaning skills, identifying and using cleaning tools and products, etc.
  • Teach interpersonal communication, social and care skills to develop and/or maintain healthy relationships with family, roommates, friends and colleagues.
  • Community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
  • Understand and regularly review Individual Support Plans (ISPs)/DDS Individual Plans (IPs). Carry out goals and training programs as specified in the ISP/IP, and provide care that is consistent with the ISP/IP. Document all goals worked on appropriately.
  • Establish and maintain positive communication, working relationships and professional boundaries with individuals served, guardians/family members, healthcare practitioners, community members and co-workers. Keep the Program Director apprised as issues arise.
  • Utilize SETWorks daily to access community member information. Daily progress notes are required to be completed/entered into SETWorks at the time of service (no later than 3 days following client interaction).
  • Effective utilization of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements regarding calling in, entering task codes and calling out of service appointments, etc. as applicable. Communicate schedules and other information with EVV Coordinator and Case Manager as needed/requested.
  • Work with community members and Case Managers to establish and maintain weekly schedule to assure structure in daily living.
  • Attend medical appointments as needed and directed by the Case Manager and/or the Director of Community Programs.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed; teach, support and assist individuals with problem solving.
  • Provide medication oversight and assist individuals with medication administration as applicable.
  • Provide transportation of community members as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Advocates for community member’s rights, needs, and access to opportunities.
  • Maintain annual training requirements
  • Attend agency, program and staff development activities/meetings as required.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human service field preferred and experience working with adults with developmental and social disabilities.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment, decision-making and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to follow a schedule, take direction and the initiative to follow through
  • Demonstrate competence with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must have current valid CT driver license.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Maintain positive work attitude and relationships
  • Presents a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and observation skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to participate in physical activity.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate lifting.
  • Ability to do moderate bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.

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Recreation Program Staff

DEPARTMENT: RECREATION

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Recreation

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Per Diem, Hours offered Thursday’s-Sunday

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF RECREATION AIDE PIER DIEM POSITION

The job of the Recreation program staff consists of many responsibilities while upholding the Chapel Haven Recreation Department Mission.

Recreation Department Mission: The mission of the Recreation Department at Chapel Haven is to have a client-client focused approach to helping Chapel Haven individuals stay safe and enjoy recreational activities while in the community, focusing on building upon the adult’s independent living skills and social communication skills.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Arrive at Chapel Haven forty five minutes before each trip is scheduled to leave
  • Work a minimum of three rec trips a month
  • Follow directions provided by the Recreation Supervisor
  • Transport clients to and from any trip or event offered by the Recreation Department, following Chapel Haven’s van usage protocol.
  • Take attendance, handle petty cash following protocol, carry materials needed for the trip i.e. tickets, epi pens, meds & money, meet client needs & support the clients while in the community
  • Complete an electronic evaluation, providing client based feedback as well as general trip feedback
  • Attend monthly department meetings and all agency meetings
  • Special Olympics: assist in coaching Special Olympics sports offered by the Recreation Department, attend weekly practices & competitions and attend SOCT trainings.
  • Best Buddies: Attend weekly assigned Best Buddies nights in Outreach, attend Best Buddies events including Best Buddies Ball, Friendship Walk, etc.
  • Follow Chapel Haven Protocols and report any questions or problems to the Recreation Supervisor immediately

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

  • High School Diploma

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with individuals with cognitive and social disabilities

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Valid CT driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain a Valid CT Public Service License Endorsement
  • First Aid & CPR Certification
  • CPI Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certification
  • Problem solving skills, patience, ability to work as a member of a team, organizational skills & leadership skills.
  • Ability to sit, stand and drive for periods of time

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Career Development Advisor, Speech and Language Pathologist

Supervisor: Executive Director of CareerAbility

Days/Hours: Full-Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

CareerAbility at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. was founded to meet a vital element of Chapel Haven’s mission: meaningful employment for the individuals we serve. Meaningful employment is predicated upon an individual’s abilities and interests, it should contribute to the individual’s quality of life, and allow each individual to earn a competitive wage for their work.

Determining placement effectively requires that an individual is given both opportunity and choice as they enter the world of employment

As a key member of CareerAbility, the Career Development Advisor works closely with the Executive Director. He/she is responsible to inform, provide guidance, and assist in the development of the career advisement component of CareerAbility and its overall program and services. We seek to fill this role with a Speech and Language Pathologist who has considerable knowledge and understanding of speech and language disorders and management procedures used in habilitation/rehabilitation.

Frequently serving as the initial point of contact for CareerAbility, he/she recommends appropriate CareerAbility services and programs. The Career Development Advisor’s goal is to advise CareerAbility clients and staff on matching career exploration (Discovery) options, career training, pre-vocational opportunities, and finally job placement options that will give job seekers a future with the greatest balance of financial payoff and job satisfaction. He/she performs this task in consultation with individuals receiving services and the individual’s career management team.

The Career Development Advisor assists individuals who take part in our residential and community programs, as well as non-residential students. Some individuals may have lost their jobs, are unemployed, unhappy with their career choices, or are uncertain about career options.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Leads intake/referral process into CareerAbility and carries a caseload. Works one-on-one with individuals, providing career guidance and advisement, as well as observations, assessments, job coaching, or support throughout Discovery/Facilitated Discovery experiences and throughout employment as needed.
  • Considerable knowledge of understanding of speech and language disorders and management procedures used in habilitation/rehabilitation. Knowledge of speech and language programs and of diagnostic methods and their applicability to the ASD/DD population.
  • Skill in individual and group instruction. The Career Development Advisor (SLP) will provide individual and group instruction to current caseload, as well as within CareerAbility’s workshop catalog, and to family, employers, or industry. The Career Development Advisor may seek out potential clients by giving presentations on CareerAbility services in support of Admissions.
  • Must have ability to evaluate skills of speech and language status and basis of disorders and ability to interpret medical and psychological data bearing on speech pathology, as well as reviews of other previous clinical or educational assessments for career/interest and aptitude assessments/inventories for career planning. He/she considers and evaluates an individual’s education level, work history, personality, interests, and skills and suggests careers that match his or her background, abilities, choice and interest.
  • Ability to prepare reports, records and instructional material. Considerable interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, ability to lead/present information in key stakeholder meetings, trainings, and workshops,
  • Works with individuals to develop their Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP). Accomplished by reviews of individual records, interpreting assessments, inclusive of  speech and language assessments, providing pre and post-employment counseling/advisement, administering career interest assessments, providing support during person-centered career planning, and recommending job matching opportunities.
  • Advocates and determines need for career exploration (Discovery), training, internships, and/or job placements by developing with the client a career pathway plan. Works with clients to develop a career pathway plan that includes measurable goals, data collection on progress and provides feedback and resources to help accomplish these plans.
  • Attends all client team meetings. Maintains communication with CareerAbility, parents, and other CH staff and service providers as needed. This position has a high level of involvement leading meetings with families, the public, and other key stakeholders regarding their interest progress in CareerAbility services.
  • Contributes to, maintains, and updates CareerAbility databases. Ensures confidentiality and up-to-date maintenance of all client reports and records.
  • Prepares proposals and appropriate billing to families with Executive Director’s approval. Supports billing processes as assigned.
  • Assists with creating and contributing to CareerAbility curriculum, scheduling, programs, and training. Supports staff and client with identifying proper placement, on-boarding into placements, placement success, and placement retention strategies.
  • Acts as liaison with DORS, BOE, DDS, DSS, and any other external agencies/parties involved with career development for individuals on caseload.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement CareerAbility, including its programing and services, developing sites for training, career exploration (Discovery or Facilitated Discovery), or job placement.
  • Refers clients to community resources, as appropriate.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree in speech pathology or audiology from a program accredited by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association.
  • Incumbents must possess (or be eligible to transfer license) and maintain a license as a Speech Pathologist issued by the Connecticut State Department of Health Services in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes.
  • Must have experience in standardized assessments, vocational/career development or transition services, data collection, and report writing. IEP and AAC knowledge is a plus but not required.
  • One (1) year Speech Therapy experience in the field of ASD/DD, Mild/Severe Disabilities, Education, or Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with young adults or adults with developmental and social disabilities.
  • Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills.
  • Valid CT driver’s license and use of personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.
  • Experience within career counseling or workforce development desirable.

SCHEDULE

Full time, Exempt. Typically 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Occasional evening and weekends as needed for special events or client support.

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Career Transition Specialist

Supervisor: Program Manager, Employment Services, CareerAbility

Days/Hours: Full-Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Career Transition Specialist is responsible for supporting CareerAbility clients in all aspects of career transition readiness, job search, job placement, and job retention. Responsible for providing job coaching support once placed into employment services, including Discovery/Facilitated Discovery, career exploration, internships, employment, supported employment, and related employment services. Establishes rapport and relationships with employers and other entities to ensure successful placements. Generates work site task analysis that best match the training capabilities and needs of clients with employers’ requirement.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Key position that assists clients as a “career coach” with their adjustment and transition to the work environment, specifically, by maintaining effective and high level professional communication with employers, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the Career Development Advisor, identifies/establishes vocational goals of clients, as well as task analysis as needed.
  • Provides on the job supports, observations/assessments, job seeking skill building, and assistance with transportation arrangements as necessary for career success (when public transportation cannot be arranged). Compiles data into usable client profile and department reports.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with employers, educators, and industry representatives. May perform site development as needed to support the placement of clients.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career tutorials/workshops (virtually or in person), on-boarding, job coaching, assessments, and/or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • Facilitates on the job training, supports, and/or educates employers or coworkers with respect to the client’s strengths, accommodation requests, and needs.
  • Represents CareerAbility at seminars/conferences such as trade and human services sponsored events, stays abreast of employment first approaches/techniques and labor market trends. These meetings/events may or may not take place during regular business hours.
  • Advocates and communicates with other agencies with regard to confidentiality and participant needs. High level of meeting involvement with key stakeholders, inclusive of leading meetings and actively contributing in verbal and written formats.
  • Supports staff training on CareerAbility and job coaching expectations, as well as the employer’s requirements for the client and job coach on the work sites.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, achieves weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual retention goals (and others) as prescribed and in accordance with CareerAbility benchmarks and strategic plan.
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all client services, activities and outcomes. Utilizes CareerAbility’s database, CH software (SetWorks), and tracking systems for short & long-term data reporting.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement of CareerAbility and in Career Management Team meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, ABA, Human Services, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ related job coaching or industry experience.
  • Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, including verbal and writing skills.
  • Must have patience, teaching ability, and display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous essential relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong combination of client and business experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Is familiar with Employment First (APSE), Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation, and customized employment or apprenticeships as defined by U.S. Department of Labor & Office of Disability Employment Policy.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and CareerAbility client.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize information/tasks. Willingness to flex schedule as needed to accommodate client schedules.
  • Valid CT driver’s license & daily use of insured and reliable personal vehicle. PSL preferred or eligible.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience required. This position requires strong computer skills.

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Employment Specialist

Supervisor: Program Manager, CareerAbility

Days/Hours: Full Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Employment Specialist is considered a lead job coach who is responsible for supporting CareerAbility clients in all aspects of employment supports including: employment, job retention, training, volunteering, and discovery. Typically supports individuals who are in customized employment settings, but may also support others who are building their pre-vocational skills or in group supported employment or volunteering. Establishes rapport and relationships with employers to ensure successful placements and builds a positive rapport with clients. Implements job coaching strategies with clients to support success on work site. Completes reports and task analysis, vocational progress notes, and required documentation.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Provides job coaching and stabilization support to clients in one-on-one and in small groups to achieve the personal and career development goals of clients.
  • Teaches and models skills necessary for clients to perform job duties. Upholds vocational goals and job interests of clients, as well as documents observations as needed.
  • Maintains effective communication with employers, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • Provides on-the-job supports and assistance with transportation arrangements (i.e. travel training) as necessary for the clients to engage in vocational opportunities.
  • Provides job coaching, on-the-job training, and assists with adjustment and transition to the work environment and supports job retention.
  • Advocates for client to employers or client coworkers the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs, when/if needed.
  • Provides transportation for clients in circumstances when public transportation cannot be arranged.
  • Supports Employment Services including working with Career Transition Specialists with job coaching and client support.
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required – reports, Setworks, billing, etc. Documents consistently and accurately all client activities and outcomes. May support administrative tasks in this regard for the department.
  • Attends and actively participates in client progress and planning meetings.
  • May support the training of Job Coaches.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, ABA, Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Services, or related field and a minimum of five years’ of job coaching experience.
  • Ideal candidates have excellent communication and writing skills, teaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and potential employee (i.e. client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities.
  • Valid CT driver’s license & use of reliable personal vehicle and proof of insurance required. Must have PSL or be PSL eligible.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.

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Work-Based Learning Specialist

DEPARTMENT: CareerAbility

SUPERVISION BY: Work-Based Learning & Training Manager, Special Education

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs/week; Flexible to accommodate meetings & programs

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Work-Based Learning Specialist – under the oversight of the Work-Based Learning & Training Manager, Special Education, will support the training and personal and career development of each student within work-based learning and career pathway training programs. Focus will be on achieving the goals for each student and program, as well as maintaining a positive relationship with key stakeholders such as clients, employers, corporate partners, families, and Chapel Haven Schleifer Center (CHSC) staff. The Work-Based Learning Specialist will be responsible for daily classroom instruction outlined in the established curriculum, Individualized Education and Personal and Career Development Plans, as well as job coaching students on work sites.

Job Goals:

  • To provide instruction and coaching in classroom and work sites.
  • Set up training calendar by working with work sites to assure training and work-based learning is executed within the required timeframes.
  • Facilitates learning via classroom and blended community-based support for the purposes of building employment skills. Instructs students on content such as communication skills, problem solving, teamwork, career success skills, budgeting, and self-advocacy to develop methods to increase job specific skills, work quality, and productivity.
  • Will conduct training that motivates, builds competencies, results in third-party credentials, and improves student performance and contributions to the work site. Provides input and ensures all instruction is relevant up to date.
  • Captures and communicates all current feature stories to assure that attendee levels are maximized, and partners recognized.
  • Schedules, plans, and implements Open Houses to publicize the program and recruit potential students and employer partners.
  • Provides regular feedback on the training being conducted in the field along with insights, data, and feedback regarding student successes and opportunities for improvement.
  • Builds solid relationships with employers to simulate employment, offer transfer of learning, and improves program results. This includes site development of new or existing WBL sites and developing new vocational or training opportunities within new or existing partnerships.
  • Works with clients to measure and improve progress, develop task analysis, and support the students’ strengths and interests.
  • Attends Career Management Team, CHSC, DDS/DSS, and BOE/IEP meetings with students and future participants. Gives appropriate feedback based on participation, skill development, attitude, etc. Communicates regularly with CHSC staff each student’s progress.
  • Monitors and records daily attendance; teaches students to independently inform employers of absences/tardiness.
  • Coordinates travel training (when appropriate) through public transportation or teaches students to be able to access private transportation independently.
  • Develops work portfolios for each student to include credentialing of skills attained, letter of recommendations from work sites, etc.
  • Tracks and communicates information about benchmarks (goals) and students on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. This includes monthly written communication with parents and other parties, case notes, reports, etc., as well as use of CHSC data reporting tools & software.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, ABA, Disability Studies, Vocational Rehabilitation, or related field.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Equivalent to a four year college degree plus 2 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Experience teaching or job coaching.
  • Broad knowledge within fields as work-based learning, medical field, culinary arts, retail, computer repair, marketing, business administration, finance, etc.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain Public Service License.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to affect and maintain positive working relationships with employers, clients, families, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt a flexible schedule as the position requires.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time

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Support Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: SUPPORTED LIVING

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Community Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 Hours Flexible (may include Saturday or Sunday hours)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting clients (Community Members) as they implement their yearly goals and objectives. S/he provides advocacy, case management, and life skills instruction.  Support Coordinators enable Community Members to achieve and maintain an independent life style in accordance with their capabilities.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  1. Direct Care of Community Members
    • Plan, prepare for and schedule annual reviews.  Assist community member in drafting annual individualized care and goals plan based on SC’s annual assessment, reports from other providers, and the community member’s personal goals. Assist client with any changes determined in the annual meeting.
    • Meet with Community Member for the number of hours per week/months as agreed upon with family.  Maintain communication with family, other professionals as determined by annual meeting.
    • Teach nutrition through menu planning, shopping list-making, shopping, proper storage, meal preparation and kitchen safety.  Monitor maintenance of safety and nutrition behaviors.
    • Teach money management: budgeting, banking (on-line incl.), bill payment, receipt filing. Provide guidance on responsible use of money; assist in prioritizing use of personal funds.
    • Teach home/apartment maintenance skills, home safety.  Monitor maintenance and Develop compensatory strategies when warranted.
    • Teach and monitor hygiene of body (and dental) and selection, care, repair of attire.
    • Supervise/coordinate health maintenance and care with physicians, dentists, therapists and educational programs. Assist clients in maintaining health records to ensure timely check-ups, medication use, immunization updates and routine tests.
    • Provide transportation of clients as needed, use of own vehicle required.
    • Teach interpersonal communication, social and care skills to develop or maintain healthy relationships with family, roommates, friends and colleagues. Assist and/or provide guidance in negotiation skills, settling of disputes.
    • Provide advocacy on community members’ behalf to ensure timely, quality service.
    • Coordinate services from local, state and federal and private agencies, programs and services ensuring that community member receives appropriate services in a timely and respectful manner.
    • Ensure community member understands her/his rights.
    • Co-facilitate and/or participate in meetings with/for Community Members via Zoom.
    1. Administration
      • Collect and maintain accurate and timely case records, relief notes and other data as required:  Maintain shared schedule with supervisor in Outlook Calendar; current relief notes, case notes, reports due to DDS, DORS and other agencies.
      • Attend agency, program and staff development meetings as required.
      • Represent Chapel Haven at community meetings and case review meetings.
      • Other duties as required.

    MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelors Degree in relevant field preferred, and two years experience working with adults with cognitive disabilities.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

    • Cultural sensitivity and proven ability to work with diverse populations.
    • Excellent oral and written communication. Computer literacy.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Valid CT driver’s license
    • Knowledge of the greater New Haven area.
    • Ability to stand, sit and walk for periods of time.

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Life Skills Instructor

DEPARTMENT: Residential Life Skills

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Residential and Education Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Monday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

Life Skills Instructors are responsible for teaching basic daily living and social skills to clients living in Chapel Haven’s residential facility.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach clients good nutritional habits and related skills; meal and menu planning, sanitary and safe food storage practices, preparing meals (including following multiple-step recipes and cooking), and safety in the kitchen while learning to utilize kitchen equipment; e.g. stove, broiler and George Foreman Grill.
  • Teach apartment maintenance skills, maintaining a clean, neat living environment (use of cleaning products and equipment).
  • Teach personal hygiene and grooming skills, personal functions such as showering, shaving, combing hair, brushing teeth, making appointments for haircuts, manicures, etc.
  • Teach Laundry skills as outlined in laundry task analysis and laundry checklist.
  • Teach problem solving and relationship building skills, instruct residents regarding appropriate social behaviors.
  • Attend small group meetings, meetings with other agency personnel, bi-monthly staff meetings, academic and staff meetings.
  • Complete Case Notes and checklists daily as directed by Supervisor.
  • Participate in staff development activities, including in servicing, inside and out side of Chapel Haven.
  • Maintain medical files as determined by agency nurse.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Administer medication as needed.
  • Provide transportation of residents as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Maintain good/effective communication with parents as directed by Supervisor, other professionals (inside and outside of Chapel Haven), community personnel, etc.
  • Other duties as required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field or 4 more years experience working with individuals who are learning disabled.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Experience working with individuals with learning disabilities or developmental disabilities and some knowledge working with DMR and/or CARF.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment, decision-making and communication skills.
  • Ability to follow a schedule.
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration Certification.
  • Valid CT driver’s license.
  • Able to obtain Public Service License.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position.
  • Maintain positive work attitude.
  • Excellent communication and observation skills.
  • Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by DMR and Chapel Haven.
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for periods of time.

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Community Advisor - ASAT

DEPARTMENT: ASAT COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

SUPERVISION BY: Vice President of Autism Services

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned by director; Includes evenings and weekends; Staff meetings and trainings as assigned

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Community Advisor is responsible for assisting clients (Community Members and DSS Clients) as they implement their yearly goals and objectives. S/he provides advocacy, case management, and life skills instruction.  Community Advisors enable clients to achieve and maintain an independent life style in accordance with their capabilities.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

Direct Support of Community Members

  • Plan, prepare for and schedule annual reviews.  Assist community member in drafting annual individualized care and goals plan based on annual assessment, reports from other providers, and the community member’s personal goals. Assist client with any changes determined in the annual meeting.
  • Meet with Community Member for the number of hours per week/month as agreed upon with family.  Maintain communication with family, other professionals as determined by annual meeting.
  • Work with Community member to establish and maintain weekly schedule to assure structure in daily living.  Assure that all appointments with Support Coordinator, Physicians, Employers, and Therapists etc. are on schedule.
  • Provide transportation of clients as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Work with Community Member to ensure the carry over and expansion of independent living skills including, but not limited to the following:
    1. Menu planning, shopping list-making, shopping, proper storage, meal preparation and kitchen safety.
    2. Financial Management: budgeting, banking (on-line incl.), bill payment, receipt filing. Provide guidance on responsible use of money; assist in prioritizing use of personal funds.
    3. Home/apartment maintenance skills, home safety.
    4. Hygiene of body (and dental) and selection, care, repair of attire.
    5. Supervise/coordinate health maintenance and care with physicians, dentists, therapists and educational programs. Assist clients in maintaining       health records to ensure timely check-ups, medication use, immunization updates, routine tests.
    6. Self determination skills – problem solving, goal setting, decision making, etc.
  • Teach interpersonal communication, social and care skills to develop or maintain healthy relationships with family, roommates, friends and colleagues. Assist and/or provide guidance in negotiation skills, settling of disputes.
  • Provide support in all aspects of seeking, securing and maintaining employment.  This may include on site job coaching, communication with employers as needed and other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Provide advocacy on community members’ behalf to ensure timely, quality service.
  • Coordinate services from local, state and federal and private agencies, programs and services ensuring that community member receives appropriate services in a timely and respectful manner.
  • Ensure community member understands her/his rights.
  • Co-facilitate educational/support groups.

Administration

  • Collect and maintain accurate and timely case records, relief notes and other data as required:  Schedule in Outlook Calendar; current relief notes, case notes, reports due to DSS, DORS, SSA and other agencies.
  • Attend agency, program and staff development meetings as required.
  • Represent Chapel Haven at community meetings and case review meetings.
  • Other duties as required.

DSS Autism Program Clients

  • Meet with DSS client for the number of hours per week/month as agreed upon and as reflected in the DSS contract.
  • Maintain communication with family, Director of ASAT Program, and other professionals as determined by DSS contract.
  • Complete all paperwork as required by DSS and submit to Director of ASAT Program on a monthly basis.
  • Track and submit all billable hours to Chapel Haven Accounting Department at the end of every month.
  • When working on job development skills, act as liaison between Chapel Haven, DSS, and the business communities as required by DSS contract.
  • Provide assistance with community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local vendors/business, etc.
  • Provide clients assistance with social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, etc.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client file(s).
  • Participate in staff development activities such as in-service trainings ad workshops.
  • Assist and/or provide guidance/training in negotiation skills, problem solving skills, self- determination skills and job development skills.
  • Represent Chapel Haven at community meetings and DSS meetings.
  • Provide substitute coverage for DSS clients as needed.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors Degree in relevant field preferred, and two years experience working with adults with autism spectrum disorders.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Cultural sensitivity and proven ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Excellent oral and written skill. Computer literacy.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Valid CT driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the greater New Haven area.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for periods of time.
  • Must have own vehicle.

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