Personal Support Specialist (Part-Time)

Catholic Charities of the Archidiocese of Washington
Laurel, MD
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
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 Personal Support Specialist is responsible for ensuring that adults with disabilities are provided with opportunities to be a meaningfully, engaging and centered in community. Essential Job Duties: Creates experiences that promote individual's interests, choices, and personal growth by: Assisting individuals in discovering and pursuing new interests. Helping individuals have control over their daily lives. Assisting individuals in planning their daily/weekly schedules (ie - work schedules, activities, medical/dental appointments, vacations, etc.) and carrying out activities. Informing the team of schedule changes (ie - calling in sick to work/day program, visits home with family, etc.). Assisting individuals with planning and preparing for team meetings and sharing preferences and interests. Ensuring that individuals are on time for scheduled activities (ie - classes, workshops, appointments, etc.). Teaching skills for increased independence (ie - self-help, personal hygiene, social skills, etc.). Encouraging and supporting individual's pursuit for self-advocacy (ie, learning skills; identifying self-advocacy activities and providing necessary assistance to attend and participate). Transports individuals from their homes to various activities within the community and back safely. Requirements EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent. One (1) year of experience supporting persons with disabilities and/or behaviorally challenged. Experience in behavior management, crisis intervention, and hands off problem-solving are a plus. SKILLS and COMPETENCIES: Ability to identify and support individual personalities and preferences of people supported. Ability to identify and access community activities desired by people supported. Proficient with Microsoft Office and Outlook 365. Must possess a valid local, driver's license and the ability to maintain a good driving record. Must be able to use personal vehicle to transport clients and maintain insurance requirements. #CB