Job CoachArea Residential Care, Dubuque, IA
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Who We Are
Area Residential Care is a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, created in 1968 by a group of parents and other interested parties. Its mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life. From its inception, Area Residential Care’s purpose has been to provide community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities. The organization has grown over the past 40 years to serve an average of 250-275 people with disabilities annually; providing residential, vocational, and day services in Dubuque and Dyersville communities.
Through a variety of community-based residential and vocational programs, Area Residential Care helps people with disabilities become active, participating members of the community. Giving people with disabilities choices about where and how they live, work and socialize with their non-disabled peers is the essence of Area Residential Care’s purpose.
It is the vision of Area Residential Care that every individual has the opportunity to live, work, and participate in a supportive and accessible community.
It is the mission of Area Residential Care to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life.
Area Residential Care is committed to the following values that support our vision and mission statement.
- Every person has rights and the responsibilities associated with them.
- Every person is to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Every person has unique needs and preferences that influence the choices he or she makes about his or her life and services.
- Every person is to be provided the opportunity to live, work and participate in recreational activities in the community as the natural environment.
- Every person is to be provided with encouragement, opportunity and supports to live life to the fullest.
- Every person is to be given the opportunity to provide direct feedback on his or her satisfaction with services, and given a prompt response to concerns.
Seeking an independent candidate who will be responsible for overseeing the program and production activities in an off-site vocational program area within the community. This position is in charge of training, instructing and supervising individuals to work in a normal societal setting, including social and behavioral skills.
- Trains, instructs, and supervises individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in the skills and behaviors necessary to work and live in normal societal settings, including areas of vocational, social, self-help, and behavioral skills.
- Oversees the program and production activities in an off-site vocational program area serving four to twenty individuals.
- Ensures that active treatment is ongoing, implementing active treatment programs for each person within schedules of paid production and non-production, during crisis situations and other needs of individuals served.
- Participates in the assessment of each person’s vocational needs and choices; develops programs to meet those needs/choices, and ensures correct implementation of programs and data collection, based on funding requirements
- Fulfills production related responsibilities including recommending job modifications, staying informed of the status of current contracts, completely and accurately fulfilling contract requirements.
- Assures that production demands are met, gathers and records data and completes daily contact notes related to the individual’s programming, production rates, and services received.
- Constantly monitors the safety conditions in the individual’s assigned working environment; conducts safety drills as assigned.
- Provides recommendations to supervisor of work area regarding methods and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of crew; may also make recommendations concerning job modifications and job jigs to enhance productivity.
- Provides instruction and direction to staff assigned to his/her work area, holding them accountable for implementing their responsibilities.
- Attends departmental, agency, other agency, and VSC meetings, and assists with other vocational or residential coverage on an as needed basis.
- Works with people who may exhibit non-compliant and/or aggressive behaviors; this may include employing a variety of techniques including physical restraint.
- Is flexible to adjust schedule to accommodate individuals’ concerns, needs, and schedules.
- May be assigned to provide coverage and/or training to individuals served outside of normally assigned work areas.
- Maintains positive relationships and effective communication with agency staff, business partners, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
- At all times, this position provides the individuals served with a positive, appropriate community role model while promoting a positive image of Area Residential Care to the community at-large
- High school diploma/G.E.D.
- One year relevant work experience
- Comprehend individual program plans, assessments and personal interview; complete data documentation, contact notes, incidents reports, activity sheets, quality/quantity time studies, payroll records, and attendance records
- Communication skills that enable the Crew Foreman to train, instruct, and supervise individuals served to complete the assigned tasks (work, work-related, social, and daily living skills)
- Ability to lift 20lbs and occasional lift up to 50 pounds
- Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
- Requires a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets agency authorized driver criteria
- Requires certification for passing medications upon completion of agency sponsored training
- Must develop and maintain positive, appropriate, cooperative relationships with individuals served, agency staff, business professionals, and individuals’ parents/guardians