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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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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.


Habilitation Specialist (Butler, PA)

Flexible Schedules, Competitive Pay Rates, & Benefit Opportunities available

FT & PT positions open in Butler County

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

Transition Specialist (School to Adult)

Full-Time and Part-Time positions
Current Needs in Gibsonia and Butler, PA

Minimum of three (3) years of recent successful teaching experience at the secondary level
Background in special education and transition practices at the secondary level
Possess a valid state driver’s license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough understanding of IDEA and transition planning for students with disabilities
Thorough knowledge of community-based programs, school-to-work programs and agency linkages
Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, educators, administrators, employers and agency representatives
Possess outstanding organizational and communication skills
Ability to provide leadership for teachers in transition-related issues
Ability to provide professional learning related to transition
Possess a positive attitude
Ability to listen, communicate and work well with a diversity of groups and individuals

Job Goal:
Plan, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate transition education and services at the school in conjunction with other educators, families, students, agency representatives, and other community members.

Performance Responsibilities
Collaborate with Secondary Special Education Coordinator as needed
Collaborate with Vocational Rehabilitation school dedicated counselor to coordinate services
Collaborate with Project SEARCH coordinator to sustain and expand the program.
Collaborate with the Parent Mentor to provide learning opportunities for parents.
Collaborate with Interagency Transition Council to sustain community supports for families.
Provide transition training for all middle and high school special education teachers.
Develop a plan for transition assessment implementation.
Provide transition-related information to families.
Assist families in the Medicaid waiver application process.Assessment and Career Counseling
Identify and refer students for vocational assessment
Coordinate the development of career awareness and explore activities as part of the career counseling process

Duties and Responsibilities:

the Transition Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of transition
Activities within a team comprised of the student, parent/guardian, educators, and service Providers, to ensure that transition activities and services are addressed and implemented

Facilitates transition programming (administers career skill and interest inventories, Conducts career exploration activities, and provides vocational programming) for students who are eligible for special education services.
Established transition goals and objectives.
Acts as a liaison with local Transition Coordinating Council.
Works closely with High School and Middle School Administrators, teachers, and
Guidance counselors to facilitate transition programming.

Networks with all appropriate community agencies and organizations.
Attends IEP meetings in the role of Transition Coordinator.

Ensures that the IEP team develops and implements the transition outcomes if requested Instructional areas and services needed for students with disabilities.
Works closely with special education teachers and students to meet transition needs.
Coordinates school and community work-based learning opportunities.
Identifies job placements.
Monitors student job performance based on student need as designated in the IEP.

Coordinates the teaching of daily living skills.
Develops and maintains a working relationship with businesses, agencies, and
Organizations which provide post-secondary services for students with disabilities.

Communicates with parents, students, staff, community/adult service providers and Agencies about issues related to the successful transition of special education Middle and High School students, ages 14-21, into post-secondary adult life.
Serves as a resource to families, parents, and students in accessing transition services as well as providing information about transition topics.
Keeps records of appropriate documentation during the transition process.
Works with Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and guidance counselors to assist parents and students with the post-secondary enrollment process as requested