Job Development CoordinatorArea 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.
Must have one of the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Rehabilitation, School Psychology, Social Services, Special Education, or Vocational Evaluation
- OR An Iowa license for Professional Counseling
- OR A current certification from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
- OR A current certification/Registration from the Professional Vocational Evaluators or Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialists
Primary Job Duties:
- Actively outreach to at least 20 local businesses per year; develop relationships to seek and promote employment opportunities for job candidates
- Place at least 10 individuals in community employment; provide job coaching and supports following placement.
- Work with the University of Dubuque to develop job skills classes
- Obtains advance approval from IVRS prior to providing an employment service
- Provides opportunities for the job candidate to identify, demonstrate and share their interests, contributions, talents as applied to potential employment tasks
- Provides opportunities for the job candidate to discover occupations of interest and skill match
- Convenes the rehabilitation team after each service/activity to discuss with the job candidate what was learned and the next steps
- Assesses the job candidate’s interests, aptitudes, preferences, achievement, and transferable skills to provide an appropriate recommendation, utilizing local labor market information, for an employment goal
- Coordinates and conducts comprehensive planning meetings as requested by the IVRS counselor to develop a plan that addresses the job candidate’s needs in living, learning and working environments
- Develops assessment sites and jobs within the local community, taking into account each job candidate’s abilities and their specific requirements for transportation
- Initiates stipend payments to a job candidate when real work is performed
- Initiates business contacts and relationships to obtain information to inform the placement process
- Communicates regularly with the job candidate and IVRS regarding progress
- Provides follow-up to determine the job candidate’s stabilization on the job
- Provides job coaching at the level identified by the partnership to assist the job candidate to learn the job and achieve stabilization
- Assist with workplace modifications
- Markets the job candidate to employers
- Documents successful completion of the Performance Measures and produces billing statements and reports required for each service
- Encourages job candidate’s success at work
- Provides crisis intervention if necessary
- Provides training as identified
- Monitors job candidate performance, outcomes, and timely payments
- Constantly ensures that individuals practice personal rights.
- Attends departmental and agency meetings and training as requested by his/her supervisor.
- Remains productive with minimal supervision.
- Constantly monitors health and safety conditions in each individual’s environment and trains him/her in healthy/safe practices.
- Maintains positive, professional relationships and effective communication with individuals served, agency staff, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
- Reports directly to Employment Supervisor
- Positions that report to the Job Development Coordinator: None
Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:
Hours may vary between first and second shift, Monday-Friday. Some weekends may be required. Must be flexible to meet the needs of the individuals. This is a part time position that has the potential to become full time upon development of successful employer-candidate relationships
Equipment Used to Perform the Job:
Miscellaneous office equipment such as telephone, answering machine, computer, fax, copier, and calculator; may require use of agency vehicles.
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