JobID 375 : Vocational Specialist (#1551072)
The Canopy Vocational Specialist works in the Canopy Adult Day Program with participants 18 years of age and older. The Canopy Vocational Specialist is responsible for planning and leading sessions each week focusing on volunteerism, vocational skill building, soft skills related to learning about self-direction, completing tasks, and feeling pride about ones work, as well as tasks related to increasing vocational understanding. The Vocational Specialist also serves as a collaborative member of the Canopy team to support the day to day needs of all participants, even when not designated as the lead for a specific session. This position allows for an opportunity for staff to demonstrate creativity, program development, and leadership. The Vocational Specialist assists in the transportation of Canopy participants via the Canopy Caravan as a driver, including passing the Giant Steps requirements for drivers and maintaining up to date and valid insurance, and as a ride-along assistant on Giant Steps vehicles. The primary work day for the Vocational Specialist is at the Canopy location in Sugar Grove, but the start and end location may vary between the Lisle and Sugar Grove locations according to the needs of the program.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Lesson plan and implement structured session materials and activities for the following vocational related sessions: Volunteers’ Group, LEAPP (Life Enrichment and Pre-Vocational Projects), Canopy Creations, Vocation Stations, and special events related to each of the listed sessions, including documentation of prepared materials
- Update supervisor as to the participant progress and needs within the sessions and apply feedback to ongoing sessions
- Lead designated sessions including providing direction for other Canopy staff and instructions on how to best implement planned activities and supports
- Under the supervision of the Canopy Curriculum and Program Manager, Program Services Liaison, and any acting substitute manager, provide instructional support, including generalization of academic and non-academic skills during individual and group sessions
- Implement Specialist, Liaison, Instructor, and Manager lesson plans to run with participants
- Supervise participants and provide assistance as needed with activities of daily living, including but not limited to toileting, feeding, dressing, etc.
- Supervise and engage with participants during less structured times of the program day such as arrival, lunch coverage, dismissal, and Canopy Caravan
- Assist in setting up the program space by participating in printing, laminating, Velcroing and other clerical tasks as directed by the Manager, Liaison, Director, Instructor, or Specialist
- Support the Canopy Caravan component of the program by driving in the Canopy vehicles with staff and participants to and from the Lisle location to Sugar Grove as assigned by the Canopy Program Liaison, Manager, Caravan Lead, or Director, including performing all typical duties of support for participants
- Complete professional documentation including daily communication logs to families, behavioral data collection, focus area data collection, accident reports, physical intervention forms, etc
- Collaborate with Manager, Director, Liaison, Instructor, and Specialists to learn instructional and educational strategies as well as discuss participant programming and needs
- Participate in team meetings, All Staff Meetings, individual participant plan meetings, Intake Meetings, trainings, and professional development activities
- Complete any program needs as determined by Managers, Liaisons, Instructors, Specialists, and Administrators
- Support participants during Community Engagement, Outings, trips to Rich Harvest Farms, the Stables, and other community sites, by gathering appropriate supports before the trip, targeting appropriate focus areas during the outing, and closely monitoring participants to ensure their safety and that of those in the community
- Offer to help staff throughout the building if additional support is necessary in a situation with a participant
- Adhere to company policies and procedures
The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisors.
Knowledge and Skills
Ability to effectively communicate participant needs
Knowledge of relevant instructional strategies
Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders
Knowledge to maintain quality, safety, and infection control standards
Knowledge of the use and maintenance of facilities and equipment
Knowledge of sensory and behavioral strategies
Knowledge of special education services and interventions
Knowledge of and comfort using technology, including but not limited to computers, iPads, Smart Projectors, Boardmaker, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs
Knowledge of relevant equipment for instruction
Minimum Job Requirements
- A current, valid Illinois State Board of Education Paraprofessional license registered with the DuPage Regional Office of Education required
- Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in working in the field of special education, social services, developmental disabilities or other related fields required
- Must possess a valid IL Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance
The Canopy Vocational Specialist is a non-exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience.
The Canopy Vocational Specialist follows the Canopy Staff Calendar.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
Possesses appropriate professional credentials
Passing PCM training is a requirement of this position. Participation in PCM training and adherence to the Professional Crisis Management Association’s guidelines require at least average physical fitness. Any physical limitations or conditions that may impact one’s ability to participate in PCM training or PCM must be made known to Giant Steps upon application, as performance of various physical tasks is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is typically performed indoors within the Canopy Sugar Grove facility
Moderate physical movement is required for the job
Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell, and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.
Annual Performance Review
An annual performance review will be conducted each spring by the supervisor.
The Canopy Vocational Specialist will complete a self-assessment of his/her performance and submit the self-assessment to the supervisor two weeks prior to his/her annual review each spring.
Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to all full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.
Affirmative Action Plan/Equal Employment Opportunity (AAP/EEO)
Giant Steps adheres to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis including: veteran status, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or FMLA related medical condition, height, weight, familial status, marital status and genetic information.
This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc., you are at risk of personal injury. Injuries may include, but are not limited to hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled. The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin. All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. Often, individuals are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behaviors that may prohibit them from participating in other environments. Our setting allows for these atypical behaviors. All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.
*Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. has the ability to review and change the job description when necessary.