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Program Specialist

Keystone Human Services • Harrisburg, PA

Posted 23 days ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - At least 2 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Healthcare - Health Services
Nonprofit - Social Services


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Job Description

Keystone Human Services - Intellectual Disabilities supports adults in community homes where men and women receive support to realize their personal potential and pursue independent, productive and meaningful lives.
The Program Specialist provides leadership and support to employees and individuals served, including the coordination or completion of assessments; development and review of Individual Support Plans; coordination of teaching and skill development for individuals; and support of team members in addressing behavioral concerns.  The Program Specialist participates in interdisciplinary team meetings.
The Program Specialist will follow through with all job duties consistent with the agency mission, vision, values and strategic plan.  The Program Specialist reports to and receives supervision, direction and feedback from the Service Area Director.  In addition, the Program Specialist will receive support and guidance from the assigned Regional Clinical Director.
Program Specialist duties include:
• Utilizing assessment tools to determine needs and supports required
• Developing and implementing individual service and teaching plans
• Compiling data
• Developing and monitoring team procedures and their effectiveness
• Writing quarterly progress reports
• Chairing interdisciplinary meetings and working collaboratively with ancillary agencies.
• Coaching and mentoring Direct Support Professionals in the implementation and documentation of progress toward individuals’ goals”
Direct Support Professional duties include:
• Maintain or assist individuals to maintain cleanliness and repair of their home consistent with applicable standards
• Assist with personal hygiene and encourage independence in all activities of daily living
• Plan, prepare and serve nutritional meals, or assist individuals to do so
• Administer medications, schedule/attend medical appointments and implement physicians’ orders
• Learn, understand and comply with the implementation of Individual Support Plans
• Create a therapeutic learning environment and provide emotional and physical support
• Work to prevent crisis situations and/or proactively intervene to manage and de-escalate crisis situations
• Ensure compliance with all safety standards, including the operation of agency vehicles, mobility devices and adaptive equipment
• Accurately complete required programmatic documentation and fiscal reports within the prescribed timeframes
• Maintain a professional demeanor and be an active, self-directed participant of the team
• Understand and adhere to all policies and procedures, laws and regulations
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have:
• An Associate’s degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four years full time experience working directly with persons with intellectual disabilities
• A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of two years full time experience working directly with persons with intellectual disabilities or
• A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year full time experience working directly with intellectual disabilities.
• Able to meet the 6400 requirements for a Program Specialist
• Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Read, interpret and develop strategies for teaching plans and behavioral interventions
• Assess training needs of support teams and provide training
• Must be able to pass child abuse, state police and FBI clearances.
• Possess a valid driver’s license
• Must have daily access to a vehicle, and have the ability to transport individuals to appointments and respond to emergencies
• Able to lift and participate in physical activities of daily living.
Keystone Human Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Job ID: 902
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