Vocational Support Associate
TITLE Vocational Support Associate CATEGORYDirect Care DESCRIPTION An VSA provides onsite instruction, support and encouragement to people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Generally, the VSA works as a member of a team with the following objectives:Person-centered planning and individualized implementation of goals for individuals receiving supports from the teamDeals with crisis situations.Assures that all duties required by the employment site of the person(s) receiving this support are met through either the person or the employee, as necessary. The VSA assures that activities in all locations comply with guidelines established by the agency, Federal government and the State of Maryland ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Employment, Volunteer and Recreational Skills & SupportsAssists individual(s) to meet his or her employment goals, by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.Supports individual(s) in the development of friendships and other relationships in employment, volunteer and recreational settings.Provides on-site skill instructions and overall job training while encouraging development of natural support systemsMaintains frequent and positive contacts with employers, family members, or other important people in the lives of people served.Provides information, on behalf of the person receiving supports, to various community, business, civic organizations and community service providers (eg, doctors, social services, etc.) in a professional manner.Assures compliance with applicable regulations, (ie, MOSHA, DDA, health fire).Develops Task Analyses, as necessary.Assists employment, recreational, volunteer and apprenticeship sites in the development of adaptive methods, as necessary.Provides or assists with personal care, as necessary. Medication AdministrationAssists with and/or dispenses medication (as certified), or other prescribed medical treatments, as necessary. Community and Service NetworkingAssists with the development of perspective employer relationships.Assists in the identification of needs for the individual(s) for community supports, working with the individual(s) informal support system and /or initiating community connections. Participant EmpowermentAssists individual(s) to plan, make informed choices, follow through on responsibilities and speak on his/her/their on behalf. CommunicationUses effective, sensitive communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of individual(s) communication styles.Learns and uses terminology appropriately, explaining as necessary to ensure individual(s) understanding. Facilitation of ServicesMaintains collaborative professional relationships with individual(s) and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (eg, confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his or her own personal limitations.Assists and/or facilitates the implementation of an individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes derived from individual(s) preferences, needs and interests. AdvocacyFacilitates, assists, and/or represents individual(s) when there are barriers to his or her support needs.Interacts with and educates employers, and community members when relevant to individual's needs or supports. Crisis InterventionIdentifies crisis situations, evaluates or defuses the situation, and contacts necessary supports.Continues to monitor crisis situations, discusses the incident with authorized staff and individual(s), adjusts supports and the environment, and complies with regulations for reporting.Implements behavior plan(s) as necessary and as indicated in the plan. DocumentationMaintains accurate records and submits records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.Maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice. Organization ParticipationComplies with all agency guidelines, procedures and practices.Incorporates sensitivity to cultural, religious, racial, disability and gender issues into daily practices and interactions. Education, Training & Self-DevelopmentAttends, completes and passes all required training, initially and ongoing. ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESAccomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.Demonstrates appropriate role model behavior at all times.Attends and participates in staff and team meetings.Contributes to program evaluations by responding to surveys and interviews or participating in discussion groups.Accepts and employs the agency's core values. POSITION REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCEGraduation from accredited high school or GED.2 years of competitive employment.Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.Demonstrated knowledge about the formal and informal supports available in his or her community to assist people receiving supports to identify and access these supports. JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESDemonstrated understanding of and willingness to participate in a team environmentAbility and willingness to learn and to apply techniques of crisis managementDemonstrated ability to analyze information and come to appropriate resolutionDemonstrated ability to collaborate with all employees, employers and community members.Possesses a valid driving license with a good driving record, and access to a safe vehicle (must pass agency sponsored inspection) for transporting people receiving services.Must be able to work a varied schedule in the tri-county area, as assigned.Possesses the ability to pass the criminal background check mandated by the State of Maryland.Understands the importance of natural supports in the delivery of services and utilizing them to achieve desired outcomes. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS (PHYSICAL DEMANDS)The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Usual office working conditions. The employee must be able to navigate the physical environments in which the people receiving services work. WORK ENVIRONMENTWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely exposed to weather conditions unless the person or persons to whom the individual is assigned works in an environment that exposes them to weather conditions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. FULL-TIME/PART-TIMEPart-Time KEYWORDS POSITIONVocational Support Associate EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPTNon-Exempt REQ NUMBERDIR-17-00070 LOCATIONCHAS-Waldorf Voc ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONFounded in 1975, The Arc of Southern Maryland is a private 501(c)(3) organization, affiliated at the state level with The Arc of Maryland and at the national level with The Arc of the United States, the world's largest grass roots organization of, and for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Company Description: The Arc of Southern Maryland promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are a leading advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and have been providing a variety of supportive services since 1975.