ADULT PROGRAM TEXTILE COORDINATOR

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jul 18, 2017
Closes
Aug 22, 2017
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time

ADULT PROGRAM TEXTILE COORDINATOR

Definition

Under direct supervision of the Production Manager, the incumbent is responsible for teaching, assisting and generally supervising Program Assistants who provide direct care and instruction to program participants. Production Coordinator will implement knowledge of weaving skills to train and support both participants and staff in weaving production. The position requires detailed attention to product requirements and oversight of products being made to ensure quality results.   The skill development activities include weaving, glass, beading and  tye dye skills, adapted to meet the individual participant’s needs and abilities; these activities may occur in group or individual settings. The position also assists with the ordering and restocking of weaving and skills building  supplies and equipment and accurate inventory management. The position assists in providing clear instructions which are geared toward participants’ abilities through the use of adaptations, modifications and accommodations, and on an as-needed basis, performing all the duties of an Adult Program Assistant.  Other duties include operating a register, restocking, assessing inventory needs and ensuring cleanliness and overall appearance. An important aspect of the job is the responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of adult program participants. Work requires patience, compassion, understanding and the desire to help individuals with disabilities become as self-sufficient as possible. 

This position is classified as non-exempt and in accordance with the Federal regulations is eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week.  Note:  Overtime must be pre-approved and time off from work either paid or unpaid is not considered in determining hours worked in a week.

Other Performance Measures

Successful performance on the job requires following safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to self or students, school dress standards, proper attendance and leave policies, and compliance with other policies set forth in the Employee Handbook.  Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving is also important to the success of the incumbent.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Develop textile product designs and prototypes to be included in the Design Meetings
  • Participate in prototype design meetings
  • Communicate with production manager, Creative Director, and Program Director to ensure smooth running of the weaving program
  • Set up and prepare looms to be used for final production
  • Provide consistent input, assistance and oversight of weaving production to ensure proper skills are being used, as well as preventing or correcting any mistakes made by weavers
  • Teaching each weaver how to better their skills or independently recognize and correct their own mistakes.
  • Work closely with seamstress to finish products
  • Plan, design, organize and direct skill buildingactivities,  With the intention building up participant’s skills to be able to work within the weaving space Encourage participants to take part in the  skills buildingsessions by supporting their creativity and making adaptations to allow for independent work
  • Assess participants’ reactions to various experiences.
  • May research, select and purchase supplies and equipment that is appropriate for the program participants.
  • Facilitate positive changes in the behavior and wellbeing of each program participant.
  • Collaborate with other members of the adult program team in planning skills building activities in accordance with program participants’ needs, capabilities and interests.
  • Plan, create and maintain a schedule of  skills building classes.
  • Provide technical support and loom set-up as needed for adult program participants.
  • Operate cash register, receive payment from customers for purchases, and reconcile receipts and revenue daily; maintain inventory and restocking requirements.
  • Complete required reports and paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to facilitate participant’s work.
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.).
  • Ability to lift and position physically disabled individuals may be required. 
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc. 
  • The ability to keep up with running children and or to lift or assist with lifting students is essential.
  • Maintain confidentiality of parent, student and staff personal identifiable information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Moderate knowledge of weaving and textiles design as well as the basic principles of art and design. Some knowledge of, Dying Textiles, Fused glass, and jewelry making. Demonstrated ability to fulfill the dexterity and physical requirements of the work, and effectively attend to the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers as well as program participants and their family members, residential providers and significant others as needed. Ability to read, understand, and follow directions found in manuals such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and other procedure manuals. Requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain required program records in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide instructions for the preparation and/or organization of materials.
  • Successful completion of the required training courses within specified period of employment.  Training courses include, but are not limited to Orientation to MR, Human Rights, HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Incident Report Writing, Medication Administration, Case Notes and Confidentiality, Behavior Management, CPR, First Aid and Mandt training.
  • Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others.
  • Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screening.

Examples of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Create prototype designs in matching with trends given by Creative Director
  • Ability to implement chosen designs onto a weaving draft and then to set up on a floor or table loom.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and behavior management techniques.
  • Some knowledge of Medicaid laws and compliance with such regulations.
  • Some knowledge of the legal rights of program participants.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment, cell phones, basic computer operation/literacy.
  • Ability to apply principles to solve problems and deal with a variety of unpredictable situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret and follow instructions furnished verbally, in writing, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and follow safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using English