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:

Certified Special Education Teacher – REACH Program

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION

SUPERVISION BY: Director of REACH / BRIDGE, Supervisor of Education and Residential Services

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs/week; M – F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, flexible to accommodate meetings.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Certified Special Education Teacher will teach functional courses with the aim of helping each student meet the Expectations for Graduation.  As a member of the Interdisciplinary Team, he or she will participate in creating and implementing Individualized Support Plans complete with goals for each resident.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach functional academic, life skills, and pre-vocational classes.
  • Create lesson plans for classes that follow the curriculum guidelines set forth by the Expectations for Independence.
  • Participate in creation and implementation of Individualized Support Plans for each resident, as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Submit progress reports and evaluations to meet Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, DDS, Public School Districts, and other agency requirements.
  • Maintain education files for all students on caseload.
  • Attend all required meetings, including but not limited to:  Interdisciplinary Team, departmental, agency staff, Placement and Planning Team.
  • Monitor and implement Individualized Education Plans for all students following them.
  • Administer assessment and screenings as recommended by IEP team,
  • Maintain on-going communication with residents’ parents.

OTHER RELATED DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Provide transportation of residents/students as needed.  Use of own vehicle may be required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or related field.
  • Connecticut Certification in Special Education.
  • Eligibility for/or currently hold Connecticut Certification in Special Education.
  • Eligibility for/or currently hold State DSAP certificate

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Experience teaching.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to affect and maintain positive working relationships with students, families, staff, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of the PPT/IEP process.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt a flexible schedule as the position requires.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain Public Service License.
  • Ability to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration Certification.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for periods of time

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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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Life Skills Instructor (Temp up to 6 months)

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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