Location: West Hartford, CT Category: Gengras Center School Posted On: Tue Jan 12 2021 Job Description:
The Job Coach supports the Gengras Center by providing training and support for students who are participating in vocational experiences at a variety of worksites within the school, on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph and in the surrounding community. The job coach works as a member of the vocational department and works under the direction of the certified special education teachers overseeing the day-to-day functions. The job coach must be able to work effectively with students, families, school personnel, employers, co-workers, and adult service providers. It is essential that the job coach maintains a safe environment, models appropriate skills, and fosters independence, responsibility and self-advocacy.
Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Effective work relationships:
Gathers and maintains data about the performance and behavior of individual students and confers with teachers about student schedules, instructional goals, progress and performance.
Participates as a member of the team responsible for transition planning and vocational assessment for individual students.
Communicates effectively in writing to complete paperwork for Child Study Team Meetings, IEPs, Summary of Performance documents, Vocational Summaries, etc., as well as verbally during meetings such as PPTs and parent conferences.
Standards of Conduct:
Has knowledge of the legal and human rights of students with disabilities and their families.
Is sensitive to the diversity in cultural heritage, lifestyles, and value systems among students and families they serve.
Demonstrates the ability to practice the ethical and professional standards of conduct established by the Gengras Center and the state of Connecticut.
Understands the value of serving students in integrated community settings.
Planning and Assessment:
Communicates with colleagues, follows instructions and uses problem-solving and other skills that will enable them to work as effective members of an instructional team.
Motivates and assists students to build self-esteem and develop interpersonal skills that will help avoid isolation in the workplace.
Demonstrates the ability to use computers, assistive technology and adaptive equipment that will enable students to participate more fully in school and at the workplace.
Health and Safety:
Safely transports students to and from the community job site.
Positive Work Environment:
Assists students in strengthening their skills to become more independent by monitoring and supporting positive behavior at the workplace.
College degree required with a preferred degree in special education, psychology, social work, vocational education, or related field.
At least 3 years of experience working with special needs youth and/or adults.
Experience with business/industry helpful especially local businesses
Valid Connecticut driver's license and public service license with an A Endorsement. If at any time, the endorsement is revoked by DMV or USJ, the employee will no longer be eligible for employment in this position.
Demonstrated ability to handle complex and multiple tasks in a professional and efficient manner
Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Saint Joseph is building a culturally diverse faculty & staff and strongly encourages applications from women and people of color.
The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built.We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.