JobID 345 : Adult Day Program Assistant (#559169)
The Program Assistant is responsible for providing comprehensive direct care and instructional support to adult individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Program Assistant functions as a member of the Canopy Adult Day Program team.
Salary: starting at $14.50/hour
Duties and Responsibilities
- Under the supervision of the Canopy 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 implement 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, and other clerical tasks as directed by the Manager, Liaison, Administrator, Instructor, or Specialist
- Support the Canopy Caravan component of the program by riding in the Canopy Vans with staff and participants to and from the Lisle location to Sugar Grove as assigned by the Canopy Support Specialist, Manager, Liaison, or Administrator, including performing all typical duties of support for participants
- Complete professional documentation including daily communication logs to families, behavioral data collection, accident reports, physical intervention and isolated time out forms, etc.
- Collaborate with Manager, Administrator, 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
- Support participants in other areas of the Giant Steps Organization (such as the Day School) as a substitute Program Assistant when needed
- 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
- Ability 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
- Two years of college preferred
- 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.
- Work is typically performed indoors within the Main St, 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 Program Assistant 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.