If you’re interested in attending a Project SEARCH program, enrolling your young adult child, or in helping young people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get meaningful jobs, there are many ways to get involved with Project SEARCH.
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Transition Para-Educator, Project SEARCH
SUMMARY: Provide young adults with disabilities (ages 18 to 21) the positive role modeling, instruction and assistance necessary to support a successful transition to post school opportunities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Under supervision of licensed staff, implement effective modeling, instructional and monitoring practices that are designed to support student achievement and skill development.
- Represent the School District, Jeffco transition programs and students in a professional and positive manner at all times and in all environments.
- Assist and complete functional assessments and maintain on-going data collection aligned with students’ individual goals and objectives; assist in planning of student instruction and activities.
- Demonstrate effective conflict resolution and problem-solving skills with students, colleagues, community members, etc.
- Implement specialized procedures that are aligned with individual student needs (e.g. adaptive equipment, augmentative communication devices, personal feeding apparatus, etc.); safely provide appropriate and needed physical supports for students (i.e. positioning, pushing wheelchairs, assisting with safety procedures on accessing school or public transportation, etc.); understand and implement practices and procedures as stated on individual health care and behavior intervention plans.
- Perform health and personal need duties as directed by teacher or nurse, including bathroom assistance, diapering, feeding and lifting students.
- Apply de-escalation strategies.
- Perform restraints, if required or applicable, after district approved trainings.
- Maintain confidential information as directed.
- Attend district-provided trainings and professional development.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING: High school diploma/GED required.
EXPERIENCE: Six months or more experience working with youth required. Prefer experience in working with youth with disabilities.
Employment Services Director
At Quest, the Employment Services Director is responsible for overseeing the activities and supervision of the Employment Services Department. Expand department’s revenue opportunities and community contacts. Ensure compliance with all internal and external standards and policies.
Supervision and Recruitment:
Provide timely and appropriate verbal and written feedback on performance or ensure that appropriate feedback has been given to the entire Employment Services team.
Establish and track achievable monthly goals that align to the department’s annual goals.
Provide an atmosphere that fosters teamwork, good morale and cooperation.
Work with HR to recruit, as needed, any open staff positions.
Ensure all required Quest and Vocational Rehabilitation’s paperwork, background checks and training are completed timely.
Manage/cover any open positions when necessary to insure quality care and service delivery.
Develop and/or revise strategic plans that provide growth and sustainability to Employment Services and align to Quest’s larger strategic plan.
Develop and manage a yearly budget.
Develop and/or revise onboarding and in-service training for the department.
Set, supervise and maintain office procedures included, but not limited to:
All compliance requirements as they relate to Quest’s policies and procedures, funding and licensing agents, as well as any local, state and federal regulations
Incident and emergency procedure plans
Maintain and expand contacts with agencies, vendor, partners and programs that are aligned with Quest’s overall mission.
Expand capabilities and programs within the department, such as but not limited to, the expansion of Project SEARCH into other geographic locations within Quest’s service territory.
Serve as a liaison for Quest to all funding sources to facilitate and expand appropriate services and supports as outlined in IPPs or other referral sources that grow the department’s revenue.
Act as a liaison with client’s families, group homes, guardians and Waiver Support Coordinators when appropriate.
Satisfy stakeholder by providing exceptional service.
Adhere to all company policies.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Eligible to legally work in the United States
Be at least 18 years of age
Successfully complete a background check and drug screen
Ability to read, write, and speak English
Ability to thrive in a team environment
Valid FL Driver’s License with a clean driving record
Must have reliable transportation and a minimum of 50,000/100,000 automobile insurance
College degree (Masters preferred) with at least 5-7 years’ experience in a business, business development or social services setting
2 years’ successful experience and employment in counseling, job placement, job coaching or public vocational rehabilitation program, preferred
Discovery and/or CVE/PVE certification, preferred but not required
Project SEARCH Manager
- Provide timely and appropriate verbal and written feedback on performance or ensure that appropriate feedback has been given to all Lead Job Coaches.
- Work with HR to recruit, as needed, any open staff positions.
- Establish and track achievable monthly goals that align to the departments annual goals. * Provide an atmosphere that fosters teamwork, good morale and cooperation.
- Ensure all required Quest and Vocational Rehabilitation’s paperwork, background checks and training are completed timely.
Manage/cover any open positions when necessary to insure quality care and service delivery.
- Assist in the development and/or revision of strategic plans that provide growth and sustainability to the Project SEARCH program and align to Quests larger strategic plan.
- Assist in development and management of the yearly budget.
- Develop and/or revise on-boarding and in-service training for the program.
- Set, supervise and maintain office procedures included, but not limited to: Office hours, All compliance requirements as they relate to Quest’s policies and procedures, funding and licensing agents, as well as any local, state and federal regulations. Staff meetings. Staff responsibilities. Incident and emergency procedure plans.
- Function as the key liaison for all host sites, providing ongoing communication and problem solving for Lead Job Coaches, the involved school districts, the host sites department managers and liaisons to coordinate any unique needs of an intern.
- Act as a liaison with clients families, group homes, guardians and Waiver Support Coordinators when appropriate. Satisfy stakeholder by providing exceptional service.
- Track and compile activity weekly from each host site/Lead Job Coach, included, but not limited to: Intern enrollment, Placement, Retention
Complete required documentation and submit billing timely from all host sites to stay in compliance with the Vocational Rehabilitation requirements and the national Project SEARCH office.
- Adhere to all company policies.
- Other duties as assigned or required.
- Identify each student’s strengths, interests, and abilities related to skill acquisition, job development, and placement
- Seek an appropriate community job site and job tasks consistent with the student’s interests and skills
- Work with local businesses and industries, as well as community support services, to meet the students’ employment needs
- Take an active role in providing guidance and leadership to skills instructors
Project SEARCH Teacher
- Recruits appropriate students with disabilities for Project SEARCH. Attends IEP meetings of possible student recruits
- Develops internship sites within host sites to build skills for students resulting in integrated employment.
- Coordinates job coach activities and provide input to for purposes of supervision/evaluation.
- Teaches classroom activities based on the Project SEARCH Model and monitors the young adults’ worksites each day.
- Instructs young adults in “soft skills” curriculum standards.
- Coordinates all services with Managed Care Organizations, Host Business, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, School Districts and other interested partners and potential work sites. Identifies and create solutions for behavioral concerns for any of the young adults.
- Monitors daily attendance and report to home districts.
- Reports quarterly grades and progress to school and home. • Attends advisory meetings with partners as needed.
- Refers participants to appropriate agencies for support and services related to successful employment.
- Attends trainings and staff meetings.
- Participates in assigned meetings, professional development, and training as required.
920-262-1460 ext. 3223