Overall purpose of the position: In this role the successful employee will observe and record the progress of persons with disabilities while assisting them with the training, skill development, and communications tools needed to perform within a traditional work setting. The employee will use behavioral techniques, methods, and analyses to enhance the individuals’ learning experience.
Education: Associate degree in Social Work, Education, Human Services or related field, or commensurate experience is preferred.
Experience: Experience working in an Intellectual Disabilities program as a behavior technician is preferred. Two years of progressive experience working in a vocational, residential or recreational setting with individuals with challenging behaviors required. Knowledge of Medicaid regulations, state licensure regulations, and CARF is required.
· Training & Support: Supervise, train, support and monitor a minimum case load of 20 individuals with disabilities at any given time in the center-based programs with a primary focus on people who have extensive need for behavioral support. Collaborate with Rehabilitation Specialists to ensure behavior guidelines correspond with the individuals’ goals and outcomes. Implements individualized instructional programs; prepares appropriate materials; supports individuals as they transition into general work settings. Implement initial clinical phases of behavior plan and train staff on implementation of plans (after the initial training from Behavior Support Manager), including ongoing monitoring. Provide direct service staff with ongoing training on proper MANDT techniques and implementation of behavior plans. Provide crisis intervention and guidance to staff.
· Data Management: Responsible for ensuring record keeping, documentation, data collection, and reports that pertain to case load individuals. In conjunction with the Behavior Support Manager, develop the necessary forms and coordinate the collection of baseline data, including communicating to team members the data collection and requirements. In conjunction with the Behavior Support Manager collect, summarize and analyze the data. Ensure the collection of daily progress data for individuals.
· Liaison: Assist staff and individuals in developing creative methods to increase community integration of center-based programs. Attend all relevant individual, center-based, and rehab team meetings. .
Competencies that successful candidate will demonstrate:
• Adaptability: Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behaviors or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches changes positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly.
Collaboration/Teamwork: Builds constructive working relationships with clients/customers, and other work units to meet mutual goals and objectives. Behaves professionally and supportively when working with individuals from a variety of ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.
Communication: Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the listener, helps them understand and retain the message, and invites response and feedback. Keeps others informed as appropriate. Demonstrates good written, oral and listening skills.
Conflict Management: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to reduce tension and/or conflict between two or more people; able to size up situations quickly; able to identify common interests; facilitates resolution.
Customer/Client Focus: Makes customer/clients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; shows interest in and understanding of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers; gains customer trust and respect; meets or exceeds customer expectations.
Planning & Organizing: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resources requirements; determines necessary sequence of activities needed to achieve goals.
Stress Tolerance: Maintains effective performance under pressure; handles stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
The physical requirements described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
· The physical ability to stand, stoop, bend, reach, pull, push, lift, grasp, climb, talk, see, hear and operate office/program equipment.
· The mental ability to read/comprehend, write, perform calculations, communicate orally (English), reason and analyze.
· Move and lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds such as, supplies, files, and equipment.
· Environmental exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, or gases, and work in confined quarters.
· The ability to remain in a standing position for extended periods of time.