Skills Development Specialist – Full Time (Req. #: 1012)
The Skill Development Specialist helps adult consumers participating in vocational training build job skills that meet or exceed CARF accreditation and DOL DVR standards. The goal of the program is to address specific work skills needed to complete incoming jobs and soft skills that encourage positive workplace communication. This position ensures a range of activities that are age-appropriate and that lead to greater independence, a sense of pride in accomplishment and dignity. This position recognizes that the highest quality of service is delivered with compassion, reliability, respect, attention and hospitality–the core values of the agency.
Regular duties include:
- creating job adaptations as needed,
- preparing paperwork according to content specifications and timeliness, and encouraging self-advocacy.
- Individuals in this role will operate equipment such as a pallet jack, shrink wrap machine, etc.
- Assists in acquiring work contracts.
- Promotes positive relationships.
- Maintains confidentiality.
Qualifications for the Position:
• High school diploma or equivalent with maximum experience or A.S. in human services or related field with minimum experience required.
• One (1) year in human services field working with individuals with disabilities.
• Ability to responsibly drive designated agency vehicles and travel locally. Must possess a valid NJ license, have clean DMV record, and proof of auto insurance.
• Required skills, knowledge and ability to perform job.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships.
• Ability to direct the work of consumers and trainees.
• Ability to learn new tasks quickly.
Agency Expectations of the Employee:
• Adheres to agency and departmental policies and procedures. Maintains information in a confidential and need-to-know manner regarding persons served, families, co-workers and volunteers.
• Acts as a role model within and outside the agency in promoting positive relationships with persons served, families, staff, volunteers and community partners.
• Performs duties as workload necessitates. Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and the ability to prioritize workload.
• Treats attendance and punctuality as essential components of the job.
• Performs position’s duties and responsibilities within the vision, mission and values of the agency.
• Communicates on a timely basis with supervisor about departmental issues.
• Follows the Agency Work from Home Policy when necessary and as follows:
- Works the full typical schedule
- Attends all meetings in a virtual capacity
- Achieves the same level of production as in the office
- Maintains equivalent availability for colleague and client communication, supervisor questions, etc.
- Be available online and by phone for the duration of their usual workday, minus breaks and rest periods
- Respond promptly to communication via messaging app, email, and phone
- Take all required break and rest periods, as if they were in the office
- Communicate consistently regarding their workload and status (break, lunch, working on a project, etc.). Completes projects within required timelines and keeps Supervisor up to date on completion.
- Follow all Agency procedures and policies (including those that relate to Remote Services)
- Refrain from using alcohol or illegal drugs
Essential Duties/Responsibilities of the Position:
• Assists in maintaining required standards of NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, DOL (state and federal) and Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation.
• Oversees consumers on contracted jobs; develops workflow; defines consumer’s job responsibilities.
- Creates job modifications as necessary to assist consumers in successful job completion.
- Keeps consumers actively engaged in work activities and in learning new job skills.
• Escorts and oversees consumers participating in community training and activities.
• Researches, prepares and initiates and/or teaches transferable skill building activities during downtime.
• Works with consumers, families, referral agencies and work site staff and management to assess needs and offer suggestions for successful job development and placement.
• Reviews consumer profiles.
- Maintains appropriate records in production area: recording, piece count, production, and attendance reports.
- Ensures quality control and timely work shipments.
• Prepares bills and packing slips.
• Completes electronic data entry of consumer payroll.
• Operates pallet jack to move shipping boxes between warehouse and workshop floor.
- Performs pic-ups and deliveries as needed.
• Participates in time studies.
• Observes agency and departmental procedures concerning infection control, safety, hazardous communication, emergencies, behavior management and professional conduct.
• Monitors consumer areas for safety and ease of access.
• Responds appropriately to interruptions, emergencies and various safety and evacuation drills.
• Develops professional competencies; keeps abreast of related literature, enhances technical skills and knowledge.
• Participates in departmental meetings, information sharing and in-service training.
- Offers ideas for improved services and operations.
• Promotes teamwork.
- Participates in planning and implementing cross-training/cross utilization for various department functions.
• Works flexible hours as needed, including evenings and weekends based on consumer needs.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Americans with Disabilities and Amendments (ADAAA) Specifications:
The demands described herein below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Proficiency Ratings Legend:
O = Occasionally: May be called upon to perform from time-to-tim
R = Regularly: Commonly called upon to perform.
F = Frequently: Repeatedly called upon to perform; cannot perform job without
• Lifting unassisted: Up to 25 pounds, from any level. (R)
• Lifting assisted: Up to 50 pounds, from any level. (R)
• Standing/Walking: Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position or moving about a work area. (F)
• Sitting: Remaining in a normal, seated position. (O)
• Bending/Stooping: Continual, intermittent flexing of the spine; bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. (R)
• Crouching/Kneeling: Bending legs at knees; coming to rest on knee(s). (O)
• Pushing/Pulling: Exerting force upon an objects that the object moves way from or toward the force. (O)
• Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. (R)
• Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, and the like, using feet and legs, and hands and arms. (O)
• Repetitive finger/hand movements: Usage or other special equipment operated. (F)
• Precise finger/hand movements: Seizing, grasping, turning or otherwise performing precision work with hand or hands. (F)
• Close vision: Clear vision at 20 in. or less. (F)
• Distance vision: Clear vision at 20 feet or more. (R)
• Color vision: The ability to identify and distinguish colors. (R)
• Peripheral vision: To observe an area that can be seen up/down or to the left/right, while the eyes are fixed on a given point. (F)
• Depth perception: The ability to judge distances and spatial relationships. (R)
• Focus adjustment/ability: To adjust eyes to bring an object into sharp focus. (F)
• Hear/process for conversational speech. (R)
• Effective articulation. (R)
• Voice projection. (O)
• Read and write at a high school level. (R)
In embracing the spirit of our founder, St. John of God, we provide an environment of compassionate hospitality to children and adults with disabilities and their families. In this spirit, we accept all as part of our family. We honor the dignity of each individual from birth throughout life.
St. John of God Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruit, employ, and promote personnel without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, economic status, or mental or physical challenges in compliance with all federal and state legislation and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination.
The employees of St. John of God Community Services are expected to teach or work alongside other employees and are expected to supervise or be supervised by other employees without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, economic status, and mental or physical challenges.