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To all our DSP’s (Direct Support Personnel) at PACC & throughout Pennsylvania, WE THANK YOU! We appreciate you SO MUCH!  Our DSP/habilitation aides are the backbone of this organization. Across the country, DSPs make vital contributions to our communities. Through their dedication, creativity, advocacy and boundless energy, our DSPs ensure people with disabilities have the necessary supports to live, work, and enjoy life more independently in the community!

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT PACC

PA Connecting Communities has a large number of opportunities for dedicated individuals with a deep desire to help those in our community who are intellectually challenged or suffering from autism.   We value our employees as members of our PACC family.

Currently we’re looking for Hab Specialists, Transition Specialists and Behavior Specialists to join our family at PACC.

JOIN THE FAMILY AT PACC, GIVE YOUR TIME AND SMILES TO HELP OTHERS SMILE

Director of Behavioral Services

FT position open in Allegheny County.

PA Connecting Communities is Now Hiring for the position of Director of Behavioral Services! PA Connecting Communities is a qualified provider offering services to meet the diverse needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism.

The mission of PA Connecting Communities is Empowering individuals with special needs and/or needing accommodations, with information and opportunities to improve their quality of life.  PACC accomplishes this by developing social programs to develop friendships, promoting the arts, participating in community programs, promoting inclusion, and developing competitive employment opportunities.  The vision of PA Connecting Communities is to create social change through this mission by providing, vocational (on the job) training programs, programs that focus on social/cultural activities, recreational/ fitness opportunities, and remedial/academic classes to the disability community.  PACC follows the principle of “Everyday Lives”.

The ideal candidate:

It is preferred that the Behavior Specialist has earned master’s degree in psychology or counseling including supervised clinical counseling experience is required for all behavioral consultants. Additional educational requirements may exist depending on the area of specialty, such as substance abuse, and State laws. Appropriate Pupil Personnel credential (Basic Counseling) with Behaviorist Certification or: Certificate: Applied Behavioral Analysis.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To coordinate with Supports coordinators in acquiring new clients.
  • To provide services to Clients
  • To act as Account Manager for behavioral Staff
  • To schedule and attend ISP meetings with Supports Coordinators, staff, primary care givers and others who are required to attend.
  • To assist in updating ISP with interested parties.
  • To observe and collect data to provide Behavioral analysis.
  • To create behavioral plan specific to ISP
  • To train staff on behavioral plans specific to each client’s ISP.
  • To monitor client and staff regarding implementation of behavior plan.
  • To create quarterly reports for behavioral clients.
  • To be the primary contact for behavioral staff in case of questions or behavioral emergencies.
  • Implements the philosophy, goals, objectives, and policies of PA Connecting Communities and complies with the Medicare/Medicaid guidelines as well as policies and procedures of PACC and adheres to the Code of Ethics, as stated by State Regulations.
  • Identifies problem or negative behaviors by assessing clients regularly in a group or 1:1 session and refers severe problems to appropriate community resources.
  • Collaborates with family members and caretakers to determine whether a client has patterned behavior problems and to provide specific behavioral evaluations and treatment plans for the client.
  • Designs systematic procedures in a behavior intervention plan specific to client’s needs with the assistance of the client’s care team, in order to monitor and manage the client’s behavior in different settings and create lasting positive changes in behavior, especially with clients who have been diagnosed with a behavior disorder.
  • Implements and/or supervises employees who implement behavioral intervention plans in a consistent manner appropriate to the individuals’ life settings.to replace specified maladaptive behavior(s) with alternative acceptable behaviors and coping strategies while adhering to the frequency of consultations as prescribed in the behavioral intervention plan.
  • Acts as liaison between community agencies for decisions made about client’s needs.
  • Consults with staff members and parents/or caregivers who are responsible for implementing the behavioral intervention plan and facilitates the infusion of counseling learning activities into the regular education curricula.
  • Provides in-service training programs for staff on behavioral analysis and effective practices regarding positive behavior supports.
  • Responds to crisis situations when appropriate.
  • Participates in, coordinates, and/or chairs ISP meetings as necessary and facilitates collaboration and communication across settings/providers
  • Provides services as Behavior Intervention Case Manager if needed.
  • Provides information for reports required by the State or other related agencies.
  • Provides information to the community regarding counseling/behavioral services
  • Continues to grow professionally through attendance at conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and college courses and disseminates new information on counseling/behavior as it comes from the research and publishers by summarizing articles and sending these summaries to needed parties

Compensation: Salary with compensation package

Behavior Specialist

FT position open in Allegheny County.

PA Connecting Communities is Now Hiring for the position of Behavior Specialist! PA Connecting Communities is a qualified provider offering services to meet the diverse needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism.

The mission of PA Connecting Communities is Empowering individuals with special needs and/or needing accommodations, with information and opportunities to improve their quality of life.  PACC accomplishes this by developing social programs to develop friendships, promoting the arts, participating in community programs, promoting inclusion, and developing competitive employment opportunities.  The vision of PA Connecting Communities is to create social change through this mission by providing, vocational (on the job) training programs, programs that focus on social/cultural activities, recreational/ fitness opportunities, and remedial/academic classes to the disability community.  PACC follows the principle of “Everyday Lives”.

The ideal candidate:

It is preferred that the Behavior Specialist has earned master’s degree in psychology or counseling including supervised clinical counseling experience is required for all behavioral consultants. Additional educational requirements may exist depending on the area of specialty, such as substance abuse, and State laws. Appropriate Pupil Personnel credential (Basic Counseling) with Behaviorist Certification or: Certificate: Applied Behavioral Analysis.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To coordinate with Supports coordinators in acquiring new clients.
  • To provide services to Clients
  • To act as Account Manager for behavioral Staff
  • To schedule and attend ISP meetings with Supports Coordinators, staff, primary care givers and others who are required to attend.
  • To assist in updating ISP with interested parties.
  • To observe and collect data to provide Behavioral analysis.
  • To create behavioral plan specific to ISP
  • To train staff on behavioral plans specific to each client’s ISP.
  • To monitor client and staff regarding implementation of behavior plan.
  • To create quarterly reports for behavioral clients.
  • To be the primary contact for behavioral staff in case of questions or behavioral emergencies.
  • Implements the philosophy, goals, objectives, and policies of PA Connecting Communities and complies with the Medicare/Medicaid guidelines as well as policies and procedures of PACC and adheres to the Code of Ethics, as stated by State Regulations.
  • Identifies problem or negative behaviors by assessing clients regularly in a group or 1:1 session and refers severe problems to appropriate community resources.
  • Collaborates with family members and caretakers to determine whether a client has patterned behavior problems and to provide specific behavioral evaluations and treatment plans for the client.
  • Designs systematic procedures in a behavior intervention plan specific to client’s needs with the assistance of the client’s care team, in order to monitor and manage the client’s behavior in different settings and create lasting positive changes in behavior, especially with clients who have been diagnosed with a behavior disorder.
  • Implements and/or supervises employees who implement behavioral intervention plans in a consistent manner appropriate to the individuals’ life settings.to replace specified maladaptive behavior(s) with alternative acceptable behaviors and coping strategies while adhering to the frequency of consultations as prescribed in the behavioral intervention plan.
  • Acts as liaison between community agencies for decisions made about client’s needs.
  • Consults with staff members and parents/or caregivers who are responsible for implementing the behavioral intervention plan and facilitates the infusion of counseling learning activities into the regular education curricula.
  • Provides in-service training programs for staff on behavioral analysis and effective practices regarding positive behavior supports.
  • Responds to crisis situations when appropriate.
  • Participates in, coordinates, and/or chairs ISP meetings as necessary and facilitates collaboration and communication across settings/providers
  • Provides services as Behavior Intervention Case Manager if needed.
  • Provides information for reports required by the State or other related agencies.
  • Provides information to the community regarding counseling/behavioral services
  • Continues to grow professionally through attendance at conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and college courses and disseminates new information on counseling/behavior as it comes from the research and publishers by summarizing articles and sending these summaries to needed parties

Compensation: Competitive hourly rate and benefits package

Habilitation Specialist

Flexible Schedules, Competitive Pay Rates, & Benefit Opportunities available

FT & PT positions open in Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties

PA Connecting Communities is seeking compassionate and caring Habilitation Specialists to assist individuals having intellectual disabilities with their daily living skills and social outings to enrich the quality of their lives.  The Habilitation Specialist works individually or with a small group to develop skills as identified in the individual’s ISP. PA Connecting Communities offers a wide and varied calendar of day programming and community-based activities to assist the individual in skill acquisition and to cultivate their natural supports.  Be part of our innovative and growing team, start a fun and rewarding career as a Habilitation Specialist!

The mission of PA Connecting Communities is Empowering individuals with special needs and/or needing accommodations, with information and opportunities to improve their quality of life.  PACC accomplishes this by developing social programs to develop friendships, promoting the arts, participating in community programs, promoting inclusion, and developing competitive employment opportunities.  The vision of PA Connecting Communities is to create social change through this mission by providing, vocational (on the job) training programs, programs that focus on social/cultural activities, recreational/ fitness opportunities, and remedial/academic classes to the disability community.  PACC follows the principle of “Everyday Lives”.

The ideal candidate:

It is preferred that the Habilitation Specialist has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work or related field (equivalent education and experience) plus experience in adult education, mental health or Intellectual Disabilities service system.

Applicants must:

  • The Habilitation Specialist must be 18 years or older.
  • The Habilitation Specialist must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The Habilitation Specialist must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle available for daily use to take individuals out into the community for daily skill development.
  • The Habilitation Specialist must be able to pass a Criminal Background check and Child Abuse Clearances.
  • Full-Time applicants must have flexible schedules, including some evening and weekend availability.

Flexible part-time positions are available days, evening and weekends.

For immediate consideration submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@paconnectingcommunities.org.  Please include your availability and whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position.

Salary: $12.00 to $15.00 /hour based on experience and education

Employment Specialist (Pittsburgh and Surrounding Counties)

PT position Flexible Schedule, Competitive Pay Rate, & Benefit Opportunities available

PA Connecting Communities is Now Hiring for the position of Employment Specialist ! PA Connecting Communities is a qualified provider offering services to meet the diverse needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism. In addition, The Employment Specialist will work with school districts, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, veterans, and other individuals referred for career development. We are currently hiring highly qualified individuals to work in our Vocational and Transition programs.

The mission of PA Connecting Communities is Empowering individuals with special needs and/or needing accommodations, with information and opportunities to improve their quality of life. PACC accomplishes this by developing social programs to develop friendships, promoting the arts, participating in community programs, promoting inclusion, and developing competitive employment opportunities. The vision of PA Connecting Communities is to create social change through this mission by providing, vocational (on the job) training programs, programs that focus on social/cultural activities, recreational/ fitness opportunities, and remedial/academic classes to the disability community. PACC follows the principle of “Everyday Lives”.

The ideal candidate:

It is preferred that the Employment Specialist has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work or a related field (equivalent education and experience) plus experience in adult education, mental health or Intellectual Disabilities service system. Experience in conducting work readiness assessments, career coaching, and job placement assistance are highly desirable.

Applicants must:

  • Work closely with individuals to identify vocational interests, create resumes, search for jobs, learn job tasks
  • Collaborate with the persons team, including participation in the annual ISP meetings when applicable
  • Submit timely and accurate documentation according to company policy
  • Have flexible schedule – mornings, afternoons and some evenings
  • Have excellent written and verbal skills
  • Be computer literate
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma
  • Have a valid driver’s license and vehicle available for daily use
  • Must be able to pass Criminal Background Check, FBI and Child Abuse Clearances

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