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:

Administrative Assistant

Employment Specialist

Recreation Program Staff

Work-Based Learning Specialist – Retail Sales Training

Certified Special Education Teacher – REACH Program

Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education

Work-Based Learning Specialist/Special Education Teacher

Certified Special Education Teacher- Long Term Substitute- through 12/15/19

Case Manager

Life Skills Instructor

Admissions Associate

Special Education Teacher - CESO

Career Transition Specialist (Per-Diem)

Employment & Training Supervisor


DEPARTMENT: SUPPORTED LIVING

POSITION TITLE: Support Coordinator

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Supported Living

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Flexible (PT and Per Diem hours available; may include weekends)

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

  • 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.
  •  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, 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, ograms 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 SLP Planner; current relief notes, case notes, reports due to DMR, BRS and other agencies.
  • Attend agency, program and staff development meetings as required.
  • Represent Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. 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 skill. Computer literacy.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Valid CT driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the greater New Haven area.
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for periods of time.

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DEPARTMENT: Community Programs / SAIL Program

POSITION TITLE: SAIL Program Administrative Assistant

SUPERVISION BY: SAIL Program Manager

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB:     Monday-Friday – 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The SAIL Program Administrative Assistant is a member of the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. SAIL Program team.  The program assistant would be responsible for a range of clerical and program related tasks, and is expected to provide support and direct assistance for the individuals served in the SAIL Program as needed and directed by the SAIL Program Manager.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Construct a monthly calendar that provides a daily look at client medical appointments (up to 10 hours per week will involve accompanying individuals to medical / dental appointments )
  • Responsible for handling the SAIL Program cell phone during shift hours; routing and distributing phone calls to the appropriate personnel; this includes program related emails
  • Manage, continuous update all Emergency information data base for all individuals served in the SAIL Program
  • Set up the SAIL Weekend Activities binder- including all activity money and SAIL REC Sheets for the Weekend (SAIL Van keys)
  • Upkeep all client case records including, filing, and archive items when appropriate; conduct routine, regular file audits to ensure appropriate documentation is filed
  • Shop weekly for SAIL evening dinner meals in conjunction with the week’s menu
  • Sit on the Health & Safety committee – meeting quarterly – ensuring completion of HS inspection reports for the SAIL Program
  • Maintain inventory of SAIL Program cleaning supplies, receive cleaning supply requests, fill requests and shop for supplies when needed.
  • The SAIL Administrative Assistant will attend client meetings to collect meeting minutes, send the completed minutes via email to the team members, SAIL Program Manager and Point Staff, file all documentation into client case file.
  • The Administrative Assistant will transfer and update each individuals DDS/Private Progress Notes noting new goals and objectives and distribute to assigned staff
  • The Administrative Assistant will oversee the SAIL Kitty money including: weekly financial audits.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; administrative experience preferred. Some knowledge of ID/DD

OTHER RELATED DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide transportation of individuals as needed.  Use of own vehicle may be required.
  • Administrative duties also include making copies, creating packets for training purposes or workshops, updating Community Programs information on marketing materials as needed and other tasks as requested by your Supervisor.
  • -Complete Monthly SAIL DDS Billable hours and submit to Program Manager for signature
  • Complete SAIL Activity Billing
  • Other assignments as directed by the Program Manager

 REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • administrative experience preferred
  • Ability to take direction, take initiative and work within a team.
  •  Ability to affect and maintain positive working relationships
  •  Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain & maintain Public Service License
  • Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position and positive work attitude
  • Excellent effective judgment, decision-making and communication skills.
  •  Computer literacy including Microsoft Excel or related programs
  •   Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by DDS and Chapel Haven
  •  Ability to stand, sit, walk or climb stairs for periods of time as needed

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Employment Specialist

Supervisor: Director of Vocational Services

Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Employment Specialist is responsible for supporting CESO clients in all aspects of vocational services, job placement success, job retention, and work-based learning experiences. Responsible for providing support once placed into employment, work-based learning, supported employment, career exploration, or on-going supported employment services. 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, and upholds the employers’ requirements.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Provides job coaching and stabilization support to clients.
  • Teach and model skills necessary to perform job duties.
  • Upholds vocational goals and job interests of clients, as well as, documents skill assessments 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 engage in career exploration, work-based learning, or placement services.
  • Provides job coaching, on-the-job training, and assists with adjustment and transition to the work environment.
  • Advocates for client to employers or client coworkers the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs.
  • Provides transportation for clients in circumstances when public transportation cannot be arranged.
  • Represents CESO at seminars/conferences such as trade and human services sponsored training events, stay abreast of education and human services approaches/techniques and labor market trends.
  • Assists clients one-on-one and in small groups to achieve their personal and career development goals.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, achieve weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual retention goals as prescribed and in accordance with CESO benchmarks. 
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all client activities and outcomes.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Human Services, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ job development or 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. CESO 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.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Recreation Program Staff

DEPARTMENT: RECREATION

POSITION TITLE: Recreation Program Staff

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Recreation

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF RECREATION PROGRAM STAFF 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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Work-Based Learning Specialist – Retail Sales Training

DEPARTMENT: Center for Employment Services and Opportunities

POSITION TITLE: Work-Based Learning Specialist – Retail Sales Training

SUPERVISION BY: Employment & Training Supervisor

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Work-Based Learning Specialist – Retail Sales Training, under the oversight of the Employment & Training Supervisor, will train students on skills for CESO’s Retail Sales Training program. The Work-Based Learning Specialist will lead the training and personal and career development of each student in the Retail Sales Training program. Focus will be on achieving the goals for each student and overall program, as well as maintaining a positive relationship with key stakeholders such as clients, employers, CVS Corporation, National Retail Federation, families, and CHSC staff. The Work-Based Learning Specialist will be responsible for the daily classroom instruction outlined in the established curriculum, Individualized Education Plan and PCDP, as well as coaching students on the work site during work-based learning externships with the goal of securing competitive employment in the retail industry.

Job Goals:

  • To provide instruction and coaching on externship sites with goal of attaining skills for securing competitive employment.
  • Sets up training calendar by working with store managers and district managers to assure training and externships are executed within the required timeframes.
  • Facilitates learning via classroom learning and blended community based training on the fundamentals of retail. Will conduct training that motivates, builds competencies, results in third-party credentials, and improves each individual's performance and contributions to CVS and retail store results.
  • Works with CHSC Marketing professionals to capture and communicate all current and training and feature stories to assure that the Retail Sales Training program is being utilized by retailers and attendee levels are maximized. Schedule, plan and implement Open Houses to publicize the program and recruit potential students.
  • Provides input and serves as a subject matter expert on training standards, content, and practices to help the Retail Training program and Vocational Services team better understand the Field’s learning needs and ensures all instruction is relevant up to date.
  • 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 between Retail Ops, Retailers, Store Managers, and Corporate staff that stimulates transfer of training, return on training investment, and improves program results.
  • Works with clients to measure and improve training results, and appropriately develops task analysis. Acts as a problem solver to develop the students’ strengths, interests, and abilities related to skill acquisition, externship success, and placement.
  • Attends CESO and IEP meetings with students and future participants.
  • Instructs students on employability skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, budgeting and self-advocacy (in conjunction with Employment & Training supervisor and related service providers) to develop methods to increase job specific skills, work quality, and productivity.
  • Monitor and record daily attendance; teach students to independently inform store of absences/tardiness. Give appropriate feedback based on participation, skill development, attitude, etc. Communicate regularly with CESO and CHSC staff each student’s progress.
  • Assess students on a daily/weekly basis and layer additional skills.
  • Coordinate travel training (when appropriate) through public transportation or teach students to be able to access private transportation independently.
  • Develop work portfolios for each student to include credentialing of skills attained, letter of recommendations from internship sites, etc.
  • Communicate information about internship placements on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. This includes monthly written communication with parents and other parties.

PREFERRED EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Connecticut Certification in Special Education, eligibility for/or currently hold Connecticut Certification in Special Education or teaching, eligibility for/or currently hold State DSAP certificate.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, or related field.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Equivalent to a four year college degree, plus 2 years related experience and/or training, and 1 to 6 months related retail experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Experience teaching.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience within teaching, vocational rehabilitation, or working within the related industry of the work-based learning program.
  • Broad knowledge of such fields as retail, marketing, business administration, finance, etc.

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.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain Public Service License.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time

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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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Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education

Department: Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition Program

Position: Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education

Supervision By: Director of ASAT Program

Days/Hours of Job: Full Time (40 hours), Flexible as assigned by supervisor

General Description of Position

The Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education manages these two vital components of the ASAT program. Responsibilities include overseeing vocational education, employment experiences, post-secondary readiness and post-secondary experiences.

Essential Responsibilities of Position

  • Track and manage student experiences in the areas of post-secondary education and career preparation.
  • Communicate with staff members and consult/assist in establishing and maintaining post-secondary and career experiences.
  • Provide direct services/supports to students engaging in post-secondary and career experiences (including preparation for interview, on-the-job training, campus-based support, career exploration assessment, job coaching, instruction, etc.) or identify the need for these supports and delegate to appropriate staff members.
  • Work with career development adviser to understand the clients assessments of interests, skills and capabilities in order to develop a profile for site development and build upon client's personal and career development plan.
  • Perform job/site development for caseload.
  • Facilitate instruction in the areas of post-secondary and career education to ensure adequate preparation for these experiences.
  • Develop alternative paid employment models for students who may not be ready to manage traditional competitive employment.
  • Develop further programming to support potential and current college and career education students.
  • Manage the college enrollment and support process each semester and refer to appropriate CESO opportunities.
  • Act as a liaison to local colleges/universities and to career technical training programs.
  • Attend referral program meetings as scheduled/appropriate, including progress review meetings, staff and agency meetings (CESO and ASAT).
  • As requested, support staff's implementation of the curriculum in the areas of post-secondary and employment education.
  • Support vocational coverage needs within CESO/ASAT departments, as needed.
  • Drive and transport students as needed, use own vehicle as required.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Human Services, ABA, Vocational Education or a related field, Master's Degree preferred.

Minimum Experience Required

  • Prior experience in post-secondary education, vocational education and/or job development.
  • Prior job coaching, ABA, or teaching experience.
  • Prior experience working with adults.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Work Independently and as a member of a Team.
  • Effective judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Valid CT driver's license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a Public Service License.
  • Use of personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.

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Work-Based Learning Specialist/Special Education Teacher

DEPARTMENT: Center for Employment Services and Opportunities

SUPERVISION BY: Employment & Training Supervisor/Special Education Teacher

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Work-Based Learning Specialist/Special Education Teacher, in collaboration with the Employment & Training Supervisor/Special Education Teacher, will train students on skills at work-based learning & PAVE sites required for competitive employment. The Work-Based Learning Specialist will support the placement and personal and career development of each student. As a member of the CESO Team, he or she will participate in Career Management Team meetings and uphold a student’s Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP) and/or Individualized Education Plans, where applicable. Focus will be on achieving the goals for each student and maintaining a positive relationship with the site. The Work-Based Learning Specialist/Special Education Teacher will be responsible for daily classroom instruction as outlined in the established curriculum, Individualized Education Plan or PCDP, as well as coaching students on the work site to attain work skills.

Job Goals:

  • To provide coaching instruction and mentoring on internship sites with goal of attaining skills for securing competitive employment.
  • To develop intern’s strengths, interests, and abilities related to skill acquisition, job development and placement.
  • To maintain work-based learning site or PAVE program by supporting the interns with their interests and skills and by maintaining a positive relationship with the employer.
  • To work with CESO to recruit appropriate interns for the program.
  • Attend CESO and IEP meetings with interns and future participants.
  • Instruct students on employability skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, budgeting and self-advocacy (in conjunction with Employment & Training supervisor and related service providers) to develop methods to increase job specific skills, work quality, and productivity.
  • Perform specific job analysis, task analysis and job matching activities. Plan with students, families and Chapel Haven personnel an individualized approach to work-based learning.
  • Identify and create solutions for behavioral concerns that interfere with success at the work site or gaining and maintaining future employment.
  • Identify accommodations and adaptions needed at work-based learning sites.
  • Monitor and record daily attendance at work sites; teach students to independently inform departments of absences/tardiness. Give appropriate feedback based on participation, skill development, attitude, etc.
  • Assess students on a daily/weekly basis and layer additional skills.
  • Implement I.E.P. requirements.
  • Coordinate travel training (when appropriate) through public transportation or teach students to be able to access private transportation independently.
  • Develop work portfolios for each student to include credentialing of skills attained, letter os recommendations from internship sites, etc.
  • Develop linkages among other agencies to assure effective transition from current placement to successful community employment, including advocating for host job site job placement opportunities where feasible.
  • Communicate information about internship placements on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. This includes monthly written communication with parents and other parties.
  • Schedule, plan and implement Open Houses to publicize the program and recruit potential students.
  • Communicate regularly with business liaison & job coaches for student progress.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Connecticut Certification in Special Education, eligibility for/or currently hold Connecticut Certification in Special Education or teaching, eligibility for/or currently hold State DSAP certificate, preferred.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Experience teaching.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience within teaching, vocational rehabilitation, or working within the related industry of the work-based learning program.

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.
  • Knowledge of the PPT/IEP process and case management principles.
  • 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 stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.

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Certified Special Education Teacher

Long Term Substitute - through 12/15/19

DEPARTMENT: Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Education

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs./wk. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm- flexibility required to meet program needs

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Certified Special Education teacher is responsible for the overall coordination and teaching of the social communicative competence curriculum for all LEA placements. He/she will also coordinate and facilitate the general activity schedule for all program participants in the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Additional responsibilities include, teaching adaptive life skills and social competence, coordinating medical appointments, medication administration, data collection, report writing and facilitating team meetings. This position will also provide crisis counseling to students when needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Ensure all individual plans are being implemented as require by the IEP.
  • Complete all required paperwork/reports as indicated by the IEP.
  • Communication with parents and school districts.
  • Direct teaching and modeling all aspects of the curriculum such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, meal planning, laundry, money management, personal hygiene, and grooming following the Social Communicative Competency (SCC) curriculum.
  • In conjunction with Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), use the Level System Criteria to develop goals and objectives in order to create lessons/classes tying it into the curriculum.
  • Plan and develop IEP Matrix.
  • Coordinate and facilitate appropriate social interactions among students.
  • Participate in social skill groups with students.
  • In conjunction with SLP, oversee the Assessment for Social Competence and Adaptive Life Skills for each student.
  • Manage day-to-day implementation of the SCC with students that includes behavioral and anxiety management strategies.
  • Meet with SLP for a minimum of one time per month to collaborate on generalization of SCC skills and goals and objectives.
  • Provide emergency substitute coverage for staff as needed, including weekdays, weekends and overnights.
  • Adherence to weekly and daily activity schedules to meet the needs of the program.
  • Ability to appropriately model and implement teaching techniques specific to the curriculum.
  • Appropriately implement of all curriculum domains.
  • Responsible to ensure the use of appropriate curriculum materials.
  • Assisting to design and implement student schedules, to include employment opportunities and academic institutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring academic and employment success in the area of social communicative competence.
  • Direct teaching of Job Preparation skills based on job analysis from Job Developer and manage follow-up job generalization based on feedback from Job Developer and employer.
  • Meet with Job Developer for a minimum of one time per month to collaborate on generalization of skills and vocational goals and objectives.
  • Meet with Program Staff as needed for consulting and creating generalization plans/plans of action to address specific goals and objectives.
  • Provide one-on-one and/or small group curriculum based instruction as assigned or as needed.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of student goals based on assessments.
  • Responsible to ensure accurate data collection relating to each participants performance on individual programs and IEP goals.
  • Responsible for the ongoing assessment of all curriculum domains.
  • Provide students with assistance in social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, etc.
  • Provide assistance with community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Attend and facilitate student meetings, including 45-day review, annual and semi-annual team, IEP meetings, etc. as required.
  • Attend staff meetings as required.
  • Drive and transport students as needed, use own vehicle as required.
  • Maintain good/effective, consistent communication with parents, other professionals (inside and outside of Chapel Haven), community personnel, etc.
  • Coordinate with program staff to maintain department coverage at all times.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date student files.
  • Participate in staff development activities such as in-service trainings and workshops.
  • Participate on various committees as assigned by supervisor.
  • Attend agency meetings and functions.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Certified Special Education Teacher or eligible for DSAP certification.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or related developmental disabilities. Experience implementing applied behavioral analysis techniques.
  • Experience developing and writing individual support plans, individual goals and reports.
  • Experience in handling crisis situations.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment and decision-making skills
  • Effective in written and oral communication
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration certification
  • Valid Connecticut drivers license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain Public Service License.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 Chapel Haven and the Advisory Board.

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Case Manager

DEPARTMENT: COMMUNITY PROGRAMS – Supported Living

POSITION TITLE: Case Manager

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Community Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 Hours Flexible (may include evening and/or weekend hours)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The case manager is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in providing case management services for persons served and their families to ensure the delivery of appropriate medical, educational, vocational, social, residential and other services as well as conformance with Federal Medicaid Waiver Reimbursement Program regulations when specifically assigned. The case manager is the primary liaison between Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and funding agencies (Department of Developmental Services, local Board of Education, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services), parents/families, and other providers. The case manager is responsible for writing timely, comprehensive reports, attending scheduled community member focused meetings, completing and filing all necessary paperwork and supervising program staff when assigned to do so. The case manager provides direct care support with community members when needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Carry a caseload, facilitates, assesses, and evaluates individual’s services and needs in the home or program setting.
  • Provides services in the office, home and/or community to meet the unique needs of individuals served and families served.
  • Generate, compile and maintain accurate and timely completion of all required documentation and case files including but not limited to progress notes, individual support plans, semi-annual progress reports, goals and objectives/action plans, emergency information sheets, attendance/billing records and DDS related documentation as necessary.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors the Individual Support Plan with input from the individual and family based on the desired outcomes and personal preferences including individualized goals and objectives (i.e. Action Plan). Monitors implementation of specific program recommendations.
  • Coordinates and facilitates interdisciplinary/planning and support team meetings to develop, review and/or modify individual service plans; coordinates integration of day program, residential, vocational, recreational, medical and other services provided to each individual and ensures service delivery.
  • Responsible for applying for and maintaining all applicable Federal, State and Local entitlements as applicable to those on the caseload. This may include monthly wage reporting and completion of DSS Redeterminations.
  • Ensure service delivery with Community Member for the number of hours per week/months as agreed upon with planning and support team or as reflected in DDS authorization.
  • Ensure accurate and timely completion of billing, attendance and other similar financial duties as required.
  • Work with community member to establish and maintain weekly schedule to assure structure in daily living. Assure that all appointments with case manager, program staff, physicians, employers, therapists, etc. are on schedule.
  • Familiarity with Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements i.e. calling in/calling out, billing, scheduling, etc. assist EVV Coordinator and program staff with scheduling of direct care needs, etc. for all individuals on caseload.
  • Advocates for community member’s rights, needs, and access to opportunities.
  • Provide transportation of community members as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • In the event of inadequate staffing levels or job action must be available to provide substitute coverage for community members as needed.
  • Performs occasional unannounced supervisory visits to ensure program staff are performing direct care tasks as assigned/scheduled.
  • On-call rotation and working occasionally on nights and/or weekends may be required to meet the needs of individuals served on caseload.
  • 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. At least two (2) years’ experience working with adults with developmental and social disabilities.</p

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Considerable knowledge of services and community resources available to persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate comfortably with families and professionals.
  • Proficiency in correspondence and report writing; considerable ability to develop realistic goals and objectives.
  • Exhibit strong organizational abilities; ability to prioritize a constantly changing workload.
  • Flexible and able to multi-task.
  • Strong ability to problem solve and develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate competence with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must have current valid CT driver license.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

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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Life Skills Instructor

DEPARTMENT: Residential Life Skills

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Residential and Education Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned

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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Admissions Associate

DEPARTMENT: ADMISSIONS

SUPERVISION BY: V.P. Admissions and Marketing, Chapel Haven

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hours/week

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Admissions Associate for Chapel Haven Schleifer Center will fulfill a professional role under the direction of the Vice President of Admissions and Marketing. This full-time position will be responsible for supporting all phases of the application and enrollment process for Chapel Haven applicants. This individual will also have a primary responsibility for attending conferences and coordinating special marketing and development events on behalf of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and will work proactively to increase awareness of Chapel Haven. This position reports to the Vice President of Admissions and Marketing and works collaboratively with the Director of Admissions.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Co-manage intake of potential Chapel Haven candidates under the direction of the Director of Admissions; conduct tours for interested families;
  • Organize Chapel Haven open houses – this task includes tracking registrants, producing name tags, arranging refreshments, coordinating staff participation, assisting at the open houses and helping with follow up
  • Organize house parties in partnership with Admissions and the Development office
  • Serve as the primary contact for applicants to CESO (Center for Employment Services and Opportunities)
  • Respond to telephone and e-mail inquiries as needed regarding admission, applications and enrollment policies and procedures
  • Manage the required admissions paperwork for accepted applicants
  • Arrange orientation day for incoming students and their families
  • Facilitate tours for interested professionals
  • Participate in Chapel Haven outreach recruitment activities. These include vending and representing Chapel Haven at local, state, and national conferences and transition fairs

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • BA/BS degree required. Experience with public relations, marketing and admissions, knowledge of special education highly desired
  • A year or more of professional experience in an admissions related role a plus
  • Detail oriented - Strong customer service skills in a fast-paced, changing environment required
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Excellent written communication, oral presentation skills and analytical skills are essential
  • Ability to use a computer for data processing, information retrieval, e-mail correspondence

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Mature and engaging with experience working in admissions, marketing or public relations, with an interest in special education and working with individuals with disabilities; good organizational skills with emphasis on detail; good verbal and writing skills. Must be a team player who is able to take direction, accustomed to working with some independence. Must be flexible and willing to travel to attend conferences and special events on behalf of the agency.

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Special Education Teacher - CESO

DEPARTMENT: Center for Employment Services and Opportunities

SUPERVISION BY: Employment & Training Supervisor

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Special Education Teacher in CESO (Center for Employment Services and Opportunities), in collaboration with the Employment & Training Supervisor and Work-Based Learning Specialists, will train students in CESO in sites such as PAVE, Career Pathway programs, and CESO classes. As a member of the CESO Team, he or she will participate in Career Management Team meetings and uphold a student’s Individualized Education Plans, where applicable, and Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP). The Special Education Teacher will be responsible for daily classroom instruction as outlined in the established curriculum, students with Individualized Education Plans, curriculum review and development, as well as job coaching students on the work site to attain specific work skills.

Job Goals:

  • Performs instruction, curriculum development and review, and contributes to the special education needs of the CESO program.
  • Provides coaching, instruction, and mentoring on work sites with goal of helping students with skill and job acquisition.
  • Attends CESO and IEP meetings with students and future participants.
  • Instructs students on employability skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, budgeting and self-advocacy to develop methods to increase job specific skills, work quality, and productivity.
  • Develops specific task analysis, career tutorials, and lesson plans.
  • Supports the development of the CESO with expertise and is assigned to special projects.
  • Plans with students, families, and Chapel Haven personnel an individualized approach to work-based learning, coaching, and instruction.
  • Identifies and creates solutions for behavioral concerns that interfere with success at the work site or gaining and maintaining future employment.
  • Identifies accommodations and adaptations needed for student success.
  • Monitors and records daily attendance - teaches students to independently inform departments of absences/tardiness. Gives appropriate feedback based on participation, skill development, attitude, etc.
  • Assesses students on a daily/weekly basis and layers additional skills. Implements I.E.P. requirements.
  • Communicates information about students on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. This includes monthly written communication with parents and other parties.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Connecticut Certification in Special Education, eligibility for/or currently hold Connecticut Certification in Special Education or teaching, eligibility for/or currently hold State DSAP certificate, preferred.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Experience teaching.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience within teaching, vocational rehabilitation, or working within the related industry of the work-based learning program.

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.
  • Knowledge of the PPT/IEP process and case management principles.
  • 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 stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time

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Career Transition Specialist (Per-Diem, Days)

Supervisor: Executive Director Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The per-diem Career Transition Specialist (CTS) is responsible for supporting CESO clients in all aspects of placement success in career explorations, internships, and employment. The CTS establishes rapport and relationships with employers, families, and other entities to ensure successful placements for clients. Generates work site task analysis that best match the training capabilities and needs of clients with employers’ requirements.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Provides job coaching and stabilization support to clients.
  • Identifies/establishes vocational goals and job interests of clients.
  • Maintains effective communication with employers, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • Provides on the job supports, job seeking skills, and assistance with transportation arrangements as necessary for clients to engage in career exploration, internships, or employment.
  • Supports and/or educates employers or coworkers with respect to the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs.
  • Provides transportation for clients in circumstances when public transportation cannot be arranged.
  • Trains job coaches on the employer’s requirements for the client and job coach should long-term supports be required.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career preparation classes, job development, job coaching, on-boarding, or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, achieves weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual retention goals as prescribed and in accordance with CESO benchmarks.
  • Completes daily, weekly, and monthly documentation as required. Completes reports consistently and accurately.
  • Utilizes CESO’s database and tracking systems.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities and in Career Management Team Meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Human Services, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ job development or job coaching experience. Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, teaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
    • Strong human resource or business experience preferred; experience may be substituted for degree.
    • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
    • Is familiar with customized employment 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 potential employee (i.e. CESO client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
    • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities. Innovation welcome!
    • Valid CT driver’s license & use of reliable personal vehicle and proof of insurance required. PSL or PSL Eligibility preferred.
    • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Employment & Training Supervisor

DEPARTMENT: CESO

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Vocational Services

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Full-Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Employment & Training Supervisor supervises the staff and CESO clients within Vocational Opportunities (group supported employment and volunteer programing), PAVE, work-based learning programs, and career technical training. He/she coordinates the outreach and provision of services to employers throughout the region with the unique goal of offering strategic work-based learning and career technical training opportunities for clients of Chapel Haven’s Center for Employment Services & Opportunities (CESO), Chapel Haven students/community members, and businesses. These opportunities include but are not limited to: career technical training, special projects, work-based learning, individual and group supported employment, on-the-job training, social enterprises, and apprenticeships. The ETS works under the supervision of the Director of Vocational Services and works closely with all CESO staff and work sites.

Essential job responsibilities:

  • Supervises the staff and CESO clients within Vocational Opportunities (group supported employment and volunteer programing), PAVE, work-based learning programs, and career technical training.
  • Develops and manages strategic employer relationships yielding sufficient work-based-learning & career technical training opportunities for all programs within CESO. Engages in business development, open houses, curriculum and program development, and employer outreach activities.
  • Reviews and sets benchmarks for supervised staff and students, including scheduling, monitoring progress of short/long term goals, case management team plans, and ongoing feedback and instruction.
  • Facilitates an in-depth employer disability awareness training to CESO’s employers and provides ongoing training/support to employers as needed.
  • Serves as the resident expert on work-based learning, vocational, and career technical training best practices. Trains Chapel Haven staff on these practices. Represents Chapel Haven at industry conferences.
  • Creates screening and referral tools to support admissions into CESO’s Vocational Opportunities.
  • Serves as a liaison between Vocational Opportunities and Employment Services, as well with Chapel Haven programs, training /work sites, and families.
  • Delivers regular ongoing career coaching services and classroom instruction which includes but is not limited to: one-on-one tutorials, professional development classes, and cohort based curriculum.
  • Prepares, organizes, monitors, and maintains accurate, updated information in both electronic and paper formats reflecting progress with DDS/other state agency goals, CESO personal and career development plans, reporting, attendance, credential attainment, and short and long term placement outcomes.
  • Works in coordination with CESO Employment Services staff to services leading to competitive and/or supported employment.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities.
  • Job Coaches and transports clients when coverage is needed. Provides on-call support to Instructors, Employment Specialists (Job Coaches), and Work-Based Learning Specialists.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Human Services, Special Education, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ job training experience.
  • 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. CESO client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
  • Ability to be resourceful, creative and maintain flexibility.
  • Ability to bring and sustain considerable stamina and vigor to all aspects of the work.
  • Ability to review and use labor market research, to analyze data, to prioritize and organize information and tasks related to vocational opportunities.
  • Public speaking and teaching experience preferred.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of labor market trends.
  • Demonstrates business development skills.
  • Demonstrates computer skills, with experience using Microsoft Office software programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of local needs and resources.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task.
  • Effective problem solving/decision making abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Valid CT driver’s license.
  • Use of personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.
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