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DATE:2/10/14
STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$31,507.75 - $38,811.49
TITLE:VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST
GRADE:15
DEPARTMENT:Community Support & Treatment Services
LOCATION:2140 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor
UNION AFFILIATION:AFSCME 2733 Unit A
JOB SUMMARY
Under the supervision of a qualified professional Health Services Supervisor is responsible for performing direct services to individuals with a developmental disability and/or a mental illness. Duties include providing services to individuals in accordance with person centered plans as developed by professional personnel including; skill building, vocational training, and community integration. The Vocational Specialist is further responsible for directly assisting consumers in achieving desired outcomes and documenting consumer progress.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Essential Duties:

  • Provides direct support to consumers with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness following interventions and supports outlined in the Person Centered Plan.
  • Assists consumers with improvement of daily living skills, providing personal hygiene, toileting, hand washing, feeding, showering as needed, and other skills as specified in the consumer's person centered plan.
  • Teaches simple and complex skills needed to increase independent functions in the areas of work skills, safety skills, social skills, and oral comprehension skills.
  • Intervenes in the event of any aggressive or disruptive behavior as outlined in the individual¿s behavior plan.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of Person Centered Plans.
  • Includes consumer's strengths and desires in person centered planning.
  • Identifies and addresses health & safety issues and barriers in person centered plan
  • Develops weekly agendas for assigned group
  • Documents services including; progress notes, behavior logs, incident reports, time studies, disabled for work preformed summary sheets, competitive employment statements, run sheets, vehicle inspection sheets and other reports associated with the work.
  • Assists in developing, implementing and monitoring vocational, pre-vocational, safety skills, social skills, and oral comprehension skills goals
  • Implement feeding guidelines, nursing guidelines, behavior guidelines and other guidelines as developed by professional disciplines.
  • Completes an Employment Plan and Vocational Assessments as needed for assigned consumers with assistance, review and signature of supervisor as needed.
  • Under direction of a supervisor and/or in consultation with the Contract Procurement Representative develops paid work, volunteer work and/or volunteer sites in the community for groups of individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness
  • Communicates and collaborates with a consumer¿s network of care, including their clinical team, family, and natural supports.
  • Represents the agency to the community, relatives and other interested persons in a manner that fosters understanding of the mental health needs of consumers, and the goals/mission of the organization.
  • Provides job development, training, and/or job coaching services
  • Supports consumers in the development of community connections and relationships
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness of the role of culture in the delivery of services
  • Provides consumers with transportation to various programming and volunteer sites in the community using Washtenaw County vehicles.
  • Use personal vehicle to meet groups at various sites/assignments throughout Washtenaw County.
  • As required, order supplies as necessitated by employment contracts keeping within the approved budget.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Health Services Supervisor
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a VDT screen, hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone, and the ability to safely drive a 15 passenger vehicle.
Duties may require employee to exert 50 or more pounds of force occasionally, 20 to 50 pounds of force frequently, or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly. Duties may require working in a confined space, bending, stooping, standing for extended periods of time, a moderate to extensive amount of walking, working outdoors during all weather conditions, and use of adaptive equipment.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring a reasonable accommodation.
Within the first six months of hire the employee will be expected to demonstrated competence in the following:
Knowledge and Understanding of:
  • Michigan Mental Health Code including Recipient Rights and Confidentiality provisions
  • Common developmental disorders and multiple diagnoses including chronic mental illness or substance abuse
  • Common health problems in adults with developmental disabilities
  • Medication and assistive devises commonly used to treat and or support adult with physical health and behavioral needs
  • Interventions and support needs of adults with multiple, chronic and serious health problems and behavioral needs
  • Community resources for adults with developmental disabilities
Skills in:
  • Working as a team member
  • Performing effectively under stress
  • Organizing and prioritizing tasks, making sound judgments and decisions
  • Operating standard office equipment, including but not limited to; personal computer, fax machine and photocopier
  • Demonstrating respect for developmentally disabled adults and their families
  • Supervising consumers in a community setting
  • Interacting in a professional manner with community members
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Possession of a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Group A, B, or C with a "P" endorsement. Applicants must meet any additional requirements made by funders for transportation of consumers.
EDUCATION
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
EXPERIENCE
Six (6) months prior experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness preferred.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.

FILING DEADLINE: 2/19/14

CONTROL NUMBER: 1402-643-1534-0110

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