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Activities Specialist

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1. Job Identification

  • Job Title: Activities Specialist 
  • Reports to: Administrator 
  • Part Time   
  • PM Shifts/ Some Weekends 
  • Salary Range $13-17/HR

2. Job Summary

The Activity Specialist develops and implements skills training plans such as adaptive skills training, social skills training, community integration training or functional skills training with individuals with developmental disabilities and an understanding of person centered planning principles.  This position also strategizes with the consultants of the home to create home and community activities.  This position must also become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) within 6 months of initial employment 

3. Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, Regional Center, Department of Social Services, Department of Developmental Services, and State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Knowledge of Title 17 and 22
  • Knowledge of dual diagnosis, Individual Program Plans, knowledge of client service needs, knowledge of medication protocol, knowledge of emergency disaster protocol, knowledge of abuse reporting protocol and knowledge of behavior plans.

4.  Essential Functions

  • Assist the facility staff in carrying out individual and group activities to meet the psycho social needs of each resident. The goal is to enhance their physical, social and behavioral well-being.
  • Help with the development of resident’s daily activities (skill building activities, therapeutic activities, leisure and recreational activities) both within the home and outside the home to maximize the positive interactions among residents and staff. Such programming should work in conjunction with the behavior management programs for each resident and mental health therapeutic programs
  • Using person centered planning techniques and resident input, the activities schedule will be developed by the Activities Specialist with input from the consultants
  • Ensure the resident is engaged in meaningful daily activities for the resident within the home and community   settings.  All community activities will be based on person centered planning and resident direction
  • Ensure all court orders and proper reporting procedures within the community are followed.
  • Collaborate with QBMP on task analysis related community goals
  • Write quarterly reports that summarize community integration goals.
  • Document observed changes in physical and emotional status of each resident.  This information is shared with the Administrator on a daily and/or weekly basis and with the IBST.
  • Participate in the development of the IPP/ISP/IBSP/IEIP.
  • Provide training as outlined in the IPP/ISP/IBSP/IEIP with regards to community training and integration.
  • Communicate on a regular basis with Administrator to discuss and plan community training/recreational opportunities. 
  • Monitor and instruct Direct Care Lead Staff and Direct Care Staff while in the community.
  • Report special incidents and suspected resident abuse according to applicable laws and regulations.
  • Attend resident council meetings to observe and help maintain a master calendar of appointments, facility activities, meetings with Regional Center, etc.
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in continuing education.
  • Maintain case management notes in accordance with Title 17, Title 22 regulations, and other data perimeters as outlined in this facility program plan/program design and prescribed by the IBST.
  •  Dress according to dress code and safety purposes
  • Attend regular staff meetings and participate in continuing education and trainings
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required

 

Skills Required: Organization skills, time management skills, analytical skills, good written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, multi-tasking skills, critical thinking, active listening, reading comprehension, teamwork, interpretation, problem-solving, teaching, comparing, basic mathematical skills, classifying, analyzing, coordinating, innovating, and strategizing.

Abilities Required: Active listening, ability to interact effectively with management, social perceptiveness, maintain confidentiality, detail-oriented, flexibility, adaptability, prioritize, ability to work with a diverse population ability to work with clients with behaviors, ability to administer medications and treatments, positive attitude, work ethic, responsibility, self-discipline, creativity, multi-cultural awareness, empathy and concentration.

 

5. Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma required
  • At least one year of experience scheduling activities for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Minimum Experience: One year experience in a related field 
  • DSP I and DSP II certificates preferred 
  • Registered Behavior Technician certificate preferred 
  • CPR/ First-Aid
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or a related field preferred but not required.

 

6. Career Path

Career pathing can differ with each individual’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. Lateral moves are sometimes beneficial to attaining one’s ultimate desired position.

Director--Area Manager-- Administrator--Administrative Assistant--Activities Specialist 

7. Physical Requirements

The Activity Specialist works in an indoor setting and occasionally in an outdoor setting. Frequently lifts a minimum of 50 lbs. Constant hearing, seeing, and speaking is required. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, keying/fingering, walking, pushing, pulling, twisting neck, twisting waist, driving, feeling, and crouching. Occasional running, climbing, kneeling, traveling, squatting, sitting, and balancing is required. 

 

8. Other Requirements

This position will require a valid Driver’s License. Candidate must successfully pass all pre-employment requirements, including but not limited to background check, physical etc. If required to drive, candidate must possess proof of valid insurance and registration.

At People's Care, our most valuable resource is the extraordinary people who make up our support staff. Do you have a passion for providing quality support to individuals with special needs? Do you thrive on helping others build/reach their goals in a positive, life-enriching environment?
 

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