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This Week is DSP Recognition Week

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.

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Behavior Specialist (Pittsburgh and Surrounding Counties)

FT Position available in Allegheny County and surrounding Counties.

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 have earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, Educational Psychology or Social Work but a Bachelor’s Degree in these fields plus significant professional experience may also qualify for this position.  Required experience should include periods of supervised clinical counseling.  Additional educational requirements may apply depending on the mandate of the BAS and State Law depending upon the area of specialty of the candidate such as substance abuse and/or mental health.  Additional training can be provided by the Director of Behavioral Services in order to fulfill some of the requirements.  Appropriate Pupil Personnel Credential (i.e. Basic Counseling) with a Behaviorist Certification or Applied Behavioral Analysis Certification is a plus.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To work with Support Coordinators in acquiring new clients.
  • To provide Clinical Services to Clients.
  • To schedule and attend ISP meetings with Support Coordinators, Direct Support Staff, Primary Caregivers and others who are required to attend.
  • To assist in updating ISP with the input of all involved parties.
  • To create and monitor implementation of Behavioral Plans specific to ISP in consultation with the Director of Behavioral Services.
  • Identifies problem or negative behaviors by assessing Clients regularly in a group or 1:1 session and in consultation with the Director of Behavioral Services refers severe problems to appropriate community resources.
  • To observe and collect data to provide Behavioral Analysis under the direction of the Director of Behavioral Services. Collaborates with family members, caretakers and supports to determine whether a Client has patterned behavior problems and to provide specific behavioral evaluations and treatment plans for the Client.
  • To train staff on Behavioral Plans specific to each client’s ISP and ITP.
  • To create quarterly reports for behavioral clients.
  • To be the primary contact for Direct Support 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 documented by State Regulations.
  • Implements and/or supervises staff who implements behavioral intervention plans in a consistent manner appropriate to the individuals’ life settings and in an effort to replace specified maladaptive behavior(s) with alternative acceptable behaviors and coping strategies.
  • Maintain the mandated frequency of contacts as documented in the behavioral intervention plan and ISP.
  • Acts as liaison between community agencies for decisions made about client’s needs.
  • 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 information for reports required by the State or other related agencies.
  • Provides information to the community regarding counseling/behavioral services offered by PACC.
  • 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 commensurate with education and experience with comprehensive benefits package

For immediate consideration submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@paconnectingcommunities.org.  Please include your availability.

Transition Specialist   $18-$23 per hour

Requirements:

  • 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

For immediate consideration submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@paconnectingcommunities.org.  Please include your availability

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

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