Vocational/Community Support Advocate
Job Title: Vocational/Community Support Advocate
Department: Launch Program: Hingham/Cohasset
Weekly Hours: Full time - Monday through Friday
Exempt or Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
The Vocational/Community Support Advocate (VCSA) assures a safe and caring environment for the Launch participants during program activities. The VCSA will effectively implement the Community Day Based Supports (CDBS) and Vocational curriculums that address the goals and visions of the participant’s individual support plan. The VCSA will provide support, assistance and instruction to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in areas that empower their growth toward self-sufficiency and independence in the workplace and community. The VCSA will provide support to individuals and small groups as directed in order to assure quality service delivery and positive programmatic outcomes and program strategic plans. The VCSA is a role model for Launch Program participants, parents/guardians, community members, volunteers and staff in presenting a positive and cooperative attitude.
Essential Job Functions:
- Assists Program Director and other VCSAs in providing a positive, safe, and goal-orientated environment.
- Assists Program Director in planning and implementing the CDBS and Vocational curriculum.
- Assists in organizing the daily schedule and monitors daily attendance.
- Assists Program Director and other VCSAs in updating program records including emergency and health information, contact lists, monthly progress notes, yearly assessments and participant’s resumes.
- Is responsible for contributing to a cooperative team approach with other staff members, volunteers and participants.
- Positively delegates tasks to participants assuring that activities are conducted in a healthy, safe, productive, educational and enjoyable manner.
- Works to foster community relationships within job sites and volunteer settings.
- Assures/Assist’s participants to complete jobs to employer’s satisfaction.
- Implements the CDBS and Vocational curriculums that address the goals and visions of the participant’s individual support plan.
- Actively engages in staff meeting and team discussions aimed at strengthening service delivery and positive communication among staff members.
- Maintains, secures and cleans up facility after program ending.
- Maintain participant’s privacy and confidentiality at all times.
- Reports any suspected allegations of abuse and neglect to the DPPC.
- Participates in Zoom platform by presenting activities and supporting consumers.
- Follows all COVID-19 policies and procedures
Additional Job Duties/Responsibilities:
- Demonstrates a strength-based philosophy, by treating all clients, families and caregivers in an open and respectful manner which builds upon strengths.
- Assures that requested documentation is objective, complete, professional and timely.
- Informs the Program Director of incidents and situations following protocol and utilizing appropriate judgment.
- Addresses crisis intervention in a positive and pro-active manner consistent with Universal Positive Behavior Support strategies and Safety-Care Behavioral Safety standards.
- Is knowledgeable about the Human Rights of all participants and strives to respect those rights in all interactions.
- Participates in regular supervision discussions with Program Director.
- Assures that adequate lead-time is given to Program Director for vacation/sick time or personal time requests.
- Orients new participants, employees and families/caregivers/guardians to program as requested.
- Maintains a positive program presence in the community by communication and participation in promotional events as requested.
- Communicates to participant’s families/caregivers/guardian and service coordinators on participant’s positive progress in a respectful and professional manner and redirects any concerns to the Program Director.
Physical Demands/Work Environment:
- Ability to provide direct care in activities of daily living (ADL’s) including but not limited to dressing, eating, toileting and continence, transferring and mobility.
- Ability to lift 30 pounds.
- Ability to reach, bend, stand, sit and walk; perform fine motor activities.
Qualifications: Education & Experience Required:
- Commitment to providing support/advocacy to individuals who are challenged by a disability
- Flexibility regarding schedule.
- Two years’ experience preferred with working with individuals with ID/DD
- Ability to record data using a computer, enter time worked into an electronic system and receive and send email required.
- Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately in order to keep documentation up to date and understandable.
- Proof of Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent (or higher education degree)
- Must have a valid driver’s license with positive driving record and ability to travel in the community as needed with own vehicle.
- Legally authorized to work in the United States
- Certification in CPR/First Aid prior to working any single coverage shifts
- Certification in MAP preferred in within the first year of employment.
- Minimum of 20 hours of training (both live and online) annually as assigned by supervisor.
Management reserves the right to assign other duties or projects as necessary.