Community Support Specialist (DDS)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Gaithersburg, MD
May 18, 2019
May 20, 2019
Full Time
COMPANY OVERVIEW: Catholic Charities is the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. We believe in strengthening the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts. Catholic Charities works to create a world in which every person is cherished, regardless of individual limitations, and strengthened in the use of personal gifts in order to reach his or her full potential as a valued member of the community. We are looking for exceptional people who share our vision and values. Inspiring Hope. Building Futures.JOB SUMMARY: The Community Support Specialist is a skilled, direct-care position focused on assisting adults with developmental disabilities in achieving their personal outcomes while always respecting their personal rights and choices. ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES: * Participates in PCP meetings, plan and implements goals as agreed in the participant's team meeting(s).* Clearly documents with a detailed description of participants daily activities, behaviors, goal progress, etc.* Creates a stimulating learning environment utilizing various activities, to include sensory, physical and community activities on a daily basis.* Communicates clearly and effectively with participants, their families and essential team members at all times.* Provides personal assistance to persons with disabilities.* Promotes communication using alternative or traditional means.* Promotes health and wellness, and actively engages participants in activities onsite and within the community. * Assists with maintenance of program site area and program vehicles. * Safely transports participants from the Program to various community outings and back in an Agency vehicle as scheduled.* Properly records and administers medication to clients as required. * Pass the MTTP tests.* Re-certify as Certified Medication Technician (CMT) with the MBON as required.* Follow the directions and procedures per the delegating RN.* Performs other job-related duties.EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: * Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. * Experience working with persons with severe and multiple disabilities.* Certified Nursing Assistant a plus. SKILLS and COMPETENCIES:* Ability to present information in both written and oral form. * Ability to identify and resolve problems.* Ability to work with diverse client population.* Excellent communication and organizational skills.* Must be able to effectively communicate in the English language both orally and in writing.* Ability to identify and access community activities desired by people supported.* Possess basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook 365.* Ability to pass and maintain the MTTP requirements, other training specific to the needs of people supported, and specific for your position in the Options program.* Must possess a valid local, driver's license and the ability to maintain a good driving record.Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)