Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities?
The Arc of Placer County is a vibrant non-profit agency "Making the Difference" for individuals with special needs. We are seeking a Program Aide for our Adult Achievement Center, which serves adults (ages 18 and above) with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Meadow Vista area.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Director and Program Supervisors, the Program Aide will assist clients with developmental disabilities to develop basic skills on an individual or small group basis and do related work as required.
The person in this position must possess a great deal of empathy; must exercise careful judgment while giving individualized attention to clients in the areas of personal growth and development. This person must also provide a learning environment focused on specific subjects in a small group setting that allows for individual differences and promotes respect for the value and dignity of each client.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Provide Assistant Director with information to aid in assessment of clients’ strengths and also areas where improvement is possible. Be responsible for documentation of client progress and assessing client skills.
2. Communicate with Program Instructors and other staff to provide a detailed assessment of clients for ISPs and 6-month progress reports.
3. Work cooperatively with all program staff to ensure client ISP goals are achieved.
4. Maintain assigned client files accurately by following the client case file checklist.
5. Maintain class activities independent of other classes by creating and implementing a monthly calendar of activities.
6. Accurately and thoroughly document clients’ daily activities.
7. Instruct classes in areas such as art, cooking, exercise, shopping, money skills, grooming, mobility training, and other activities geared towards individual clients’ abilities in accordance with person centered planning.
8. Instruct and implement activities in independent-living skills including personal hygiene, public transportation, homemaking, job-seeking skills, communication skills, motor development, and leisure-time activities geared towards individual clients’ abilities in accordance with person centered planning.
9. Help establish and facilitate client goals on an individual or small group basis including self-advocacy, community integration and employment training.
10. Take clients to public places for learning and entertaining experiences in accordance with HCBS regulations.
11. Assist clients physically on outings as well as in the center to enable their participation in the community and program activities including pushing wheelchairs and assisting with personal hygiene which may include lifting, carrying, bending, and supporting the weight of the clients when needed.
12. Assist clients in their ability to increase their communication and social-development skills by using words or signs appropriate to the clients’ specific needs in order to engage them in program activities.
13. Attend weekly staff meetings and training sessions as required.
14. Employ information learned in trainings and meetings, including but not limited to positive behavior support.
15. Assist clients in preparing lunch and basic classroom cleaning.
16. Maintain equipment.
17. Safely transport clients in company vehicle, personal vehicle and on public transportation.
18. Monitor materials in stock; plan and request needed supplies one month ahead.
19. Maintain confidentiality.
20. Report to work on time and be ready to work.
21. Regularly attend work.
22. Must read, speak, write and comprehend English at a 12th grade level.
23. Perform other duties as required by the Assistant Director or designated representatives.
24. Function as a collaborative member of the department team and the organization as a whole.
25. Adhere to The Arc of Placer County Code of Ethics adopted March, 2004.
26. Effectively receive supervision.
1. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
2. Must be able to physically assist fellow staff on outings and in the center including pushing wheelchairs, assisting people with walkers, pushing, bending and lifting as needed.
Knowledge, Skill, and Experience:
High school graduate. Work experience in the field of developmental disabilities is preferred. Must have good social skills and be able to teach the importance of good grooming, clear communication, and functional-living skills. Valid California Driver’s License and auto insurance. CPR and First Aid certification (training provided).
Must be able to pass a background check, medical clearance and provide proof of clear TB.
Classification: Regular part-time, Non-exempt, 25 hours/week
Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-2:30 pm with adjusted hours on Friday for staff meetings (Fridays 8:00 am-1:00 pm)
Compensation: $12.00/hr with partial benefits (dental, vision, life and retirement)
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