Employment & Day Specialist

The Employment & Day Specialist is responsible for supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they participate in meaningful activities in the community and to help them obtain volunteer opportunities and/or paid jobs. This position will identify opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the community that will increase people’s employment/activity skills, habits, and behaviors to achieve their goals and lead to greater community involvement and an enhanced quality of life.

To apply for one of the vacant positions we have available in Employment & Day, please stop by CHI at any time to complete testing. No appointment is required for Testing. The test consists of a reading test with 23 questions and a math test with 23 questions. Please stop in and ask for HR when you arrive, and an HR representative will meet with you and get you started. CHI is located at 10501 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Springs, MD 20903. Candidates who pass the test will have the opportunity to interview on the spot for one of the multiple Residential Specialist/Personal Support positions we currently have vacant.

Job Requirements

  • Must have high school diploma or GED

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is preferred.

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Ability to take trainings and maintain credentials required by DDA and CHI, Inc.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Reasoning Ability: Job tasks are variable and require the use of several procedures or methods in combination. Ability to adapt policies and procedures to fit situations is required.  Interpretation of technical/detailed guidelines, policies and/or procedures is required. Problems vary, but generally solution is available through analysis of alternatives/inquiry or research.

  • Language: Reading is required to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Requires writing for routine reports/correspondence.

  • Mathematics: Basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are required.  Ability to monitor program revenues and expenses.

  • Computer: Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Other:  Skills with individuals with disabilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Support people to find employment and meaningful community activities

  • Works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to identify desired services and activities and establish links within the community to achieve those goals.

  • Identifies individual interests and personal abilities

  • Assists individuals in identifying volunteer opportunities and/or applying for jobs

  • Assists individuals in preparing for job interviews

  • Conducts job readiness/life skills workshops

  • Documents case notes/employment information as appropriate

  • Completes administrative reports as requested by management

Job Coaching People as needed

  • Provides on the job support for individuals in community placement (if the person authorizes CHI staff to speak with the employer)

  • Maintains contact with the person’s employer in person and by phone to ensure individual satisfaction

  • Acts as a liaison, as necessary, between the individual and their employer

  • Develops on the job natural supports for individuals

  • Documents job coaching notes as appropriate

Perform the following supportive functions

  • Analyzes and understands individual wants and needs to ensure meaningful community engagement

  • Identifies, encourages and fosters the establishment of natural supports in the community that individuals can use for support, transportation, and social connections

  • Assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional barriers to integration

  • Acts as an advocate for individuals when they cannot do for themselves

  • Encourages and teaches self-advocacy skills to individual.

  • Guides individuals to explore occupational choices in their career development

  • Attends staff and other meetings as necessary

Facilitates Transportation to Support Community Activities

  • Transports individuals to and from scheduled activities

  • Coordinates Metro Access trips into the community

  • Supports small groups of individuals to travel in to the community by public bus and/or walking

Personal Care and Support

  • Provide  assistance to individuals as needed during meals and bathroom breaks

To apply for one of the vacant positions we have available in Employment & Day, please stop by CHI at any time to complete testing. No appointment is required for Testing. The test consists of a reading test with 23 questions and a math test with 23 questions. Please stop in and ask for HR when you arrive, and an HR representative will meet with you and get you started. CHI is located at 10501 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Springs, MD 20903. Candidates who pass the test will have the opportunity to interview on the spot for one of the multiple Residential Specialist/Personal Support positions we currently have vacant.

CHI, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job classifications and ensure that all other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information please call our HR department at 301-445-3350 or email us at hr@chicenters.org.