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Individual Support Specialist - ISS

Company:
Pathlight
Location:
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Salary:
11.50 hour
Posted:
November 21, 2016
Description:

Individual Support Specialist (ISS) 1

Location: Easthampton, Massachusetts

Grade: Non-Exempt

Hours: May Vary, Per-Diem, As needed

Summary of Position: Perform a variety of home and/or community based direct care duties to support individuals with developmental disabilities and to promote their dignity, safety, health, welfare, rights, development and social inclusion; provide transportation to individuals.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Engage, assist, instruct, motivate and monitor individuals in social/recreational, skill building and family directed activities. Model appropriate behavior in social situations and assist in development of independence skills.

2. Learn the individualized services of each person and participate in their routine implementation. Follow clearly established methods, techniques and procedures for engaging, assisting, instructing and monitoring individuals while assuring safety and well-being in accordance with the services. Confer with the supervisor, family, care provider and other service team members about an individual's goals, implementation and other related questions, concerns, or problems.

3. Remain in the attendance of, and fully available to Individuals served at all times, unless specified otherwise within the individualized services of the person.

4. Apply Association and program policies and procedures, particularly in the areas of crisis, emergency, health and safety, individual rights and preventing and reporting abuse. Ensure confidentiality regarding all information shared concerning the individual, family, care providers. Seek emergency care as needed.

5. Complete related records as required and instructed by contract or supervisor per standard format ensuring confidentiality and safe-keeping of documents.

6. Accompany individual to appointments, social functions, recreational activities and other planned events as requested by the supervisor, to include providing transportation. Inform care provider or family and supervisor of activities carried out, individual's level of participation, any behavioral issues or other challenges encountered. Maintain professional boundaries in relationship with the individual and family.

7. Respond and relate to routine inquiries, visitors, the Individual's family, friends and allied staff or professionals as outlined in program standards or by the program supervisor.

8. Submit weekly or bi-weekly time sheets with summaries of activities in a timely manner. Submit timely and accurate mileage reimbursement requests. Participate in periodic meetings regarding the Individual's progress, and carry out changes as recommended.

9. Attend and participate in program and related meetings or required training as directed. Perform other similar and related duties as needed or assigned by supervisor.

10. Perform other similar and related duties as needed or assigned by supervisor.

HIRING REQUIREMENTS:

1. Minimum 18 years of age.

2. High school diploma or equivalent.

3. Over 1 year related experience preferred.

4. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation/vehicle as required by program.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN 6 MONTHS:

1. First Aid/CPR, OSHA,

2. Basic understanding of developmental disabilities and/or autism. 3. Plus additional person specific training

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

1. Must be able to maintain regular attendance.

2. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English

3. A variety of duties to assist with the routine personal care of individuals with developmental disabilities, involving a number of procedures and the application of clearly established standard practice as specified by programmatic operations and within the individual client service plans/implementation strategies and program policies.

4. Regular contacts with clients providing limited personal care, instructing, assisting and monitoring in daily living, social and community based skills. Requires patience, responsibility, good judgment and tact to maintain rapport with children, individuals and families.

5. Work with confidential data such as client case history and personal data which if disclosed, could have significant internal effect or minor external effect.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

1. Reports to designated Supervisor.

2. Interacts frequently with existing support personnel.