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:

Job Coach

Supervisor: Program Supervisor, CareerAbility (Interim: Executive Director, CareerAbility)

Days/Hours: Full Time, M- F, 12 pm  – 8 pm or 1 pm – 9 pm (40 hours per week) or as assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The Job Coach is responsible for providing direct supportive service to clients in competitive and supported employment, volunteer sites and vocational training programs as needed, assisting them in learning specific job tasks, job related attitudes and worksite culture. Provides transportation and/or travel training as needed. Identifies and recommends job accommodations. Establishes rapport and relationships with employers to ensure successful job retention and builds a positive rapport with clients. Implements job coaching strategies with clients to support success on worksite. Completes reports and task analysis, vocational progress notes, and required documentation.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teaches and models skills necessary to perform job duties.
  • Coach clients on expected work attire and grooming.
  • Advocates for client to employers or client coworkers, identifying the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs, when/if needed.
  • Help clients establish appropriate relationships with coworkers and employer.
  • Act as liaison with the employer and coworkers to establish ongoing worksite supports.
  • With client input, develop goals and objectives for ongoing placement success and retention.
  • Regularly meet with employer and update client’s employment information such as job description, job tasks, salary, benefits, Union information (if applicable), and performance reviews.
  • Consistent communication with employer(s) to assure client is performing the job to employer specifications.
  • Regularly communicate progress and employment issues to client’s support team enlisting support from interdisciplinary team members for support.
  • Completes progress notes and reports and other documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all client activities and outcomes.
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures.
  • Attend required trainings, department, agency and general staff meetings.
  • Provide transportation and/or travel training as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field and/or two years’ experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders with knowledge and understanding of the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Ideal candidates have excellent communication and writing skills, teaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work independently.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities.
  • Valid CT driver’s license and use of reliable persona vehicle and proof of insurance required.  Use of own vehicle is required.
  • In possession of or able to obtain a Public Service License.
  • Ability to stand, lift, sit and walk during the work shift as needed.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Business and Community Relations Specialist

Supervisor: Program Manager, CareerAbility

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Business and Community Relations Specialist performs job development for clients in Chapel Haven’s Center CareerAbility. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: establishing new employer relationships, maintaining pre-existing relationships with employers and community placement sites for career exploration (Discovery), internships, and employment opportunities for vocational opportunities students and employment services clients. The Business and Community Relations Specialist works closely with the Executive Director, its clients, and the Career Management Team regarding employment services, ongoing vocational opportunities, and business and community partnerships.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • As a Business and Community Relations Specialist, you’re a leader in the CareerAbility department. You are a natural relationship-builder who easily connects with others in order to develop high caliber partnerships and maintain long lasting relationships with current community and employer partners. As a liaison between local employers and Chapel Haven students/clients, you will identify job related responsibilities and communicate those to the CareerAbility team. You will pursue a range of new possibilities to be used during career exploration (Discovery), internships, employment, volunteering, and training.
  • Works with Program Manager to uphold the recommendations of the Career Development Advisor matching students/clients with opportunities related to their skills, work experience, and interests. You will be in a position to grow the program with successful long term outcomes. Provide excellent customer service to employers and jobseekers. Understand, and be able to communicate to families, clients/students, and leaders in business and community the value of offering employment to our clients. Be tenacious in finding, molding, and creating new opportunities. Be an employer to employee liaison, troubleshooting potential obstacles and developing solutions.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to identify and achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career classes, job coaching, on-boarding, performing assessments, or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • Conducts reviews of labor market, existing and future employer relationships, safety, and employer demand against current and future CareerAbility services.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, must achieve weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual placement goals as prescribed and in accordance with CareerAbility benchmarks.
  • Works with Chapel Haven program staff and with student/client to help facilitate long-term success their career plan. Attend client team meetings, as needed.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of placements through data collection systems. Responsible for this data collection system for the entire department. Must be able to create reports and presentations with up to date data upon request.
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all individual and placement contacts, activities and outcomes. Utilizes Chapel Haven and CareerAbility’s database and tracking systems.
  • Assists with creating and contributing to CareerAbility curriculum and job training classes/programs. Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the CareerAbility and actively engages with students/clients and families during Career Management Team Meetings.
  • Hosts or attends business functions and networking opportunities on campus and in the community to develop new contacts and increase community awareness. These events may or may not take place during regular business hours.
  • Drives and transports clients, or provides transportation assistance as needed.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in in Business, Marketing, Communications, Rehabilitation Counseling, and related field and/or a minimum of five years’ workforce development, job development, or related human services experience. Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, teaching or job coaching 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 and APSE, Employment First.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and potential employee (i.e. CareerAbility students/client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
  • Ability to review and use labor market research, to analyze data, to prioritize and organize information and tasks related to vocational opportunities and employment services.
  • Knowledge of state employer incentives and other incentive programs.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities. Innovation welcome! Strong writing and public speaking skills required.
  • Valid CT driver’s license & daily use of reliable personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.
  • Computer skills – word, powerpoint, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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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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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 prevocational skills or in group supported employment or volunteering. Establishes 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 document observations as needed. 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 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 regards 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/or 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 and 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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