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Direct Service Instructor

Company: AbilityPath
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

AbilityPath is hiring a Direct Service Instructor to join the Tailored Day Services team! The TDS Instructor works one on one with participants who are interested in pursuing employment, education and community access goals within the community. Working closely with individuals, you will assist them to design their own customized program based on their goals, needs and interests.ABOUT US:We are a non-profit organization that provides a variety of programs and a lifespan of services for individuals with disabilities. Our mission to accept, respect, and include people of all abilities extends to every member of our community. We are committed to the lifelong process of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) learning and application to build a more inclusive culture, where everyone plays a role in advancing DEI. We will always have work to do, and we look forward to doing it TOGETHER!WHAT WE OFFER:At AbilityPath, we support a well-rounded career experience with a focus on career development, collaboration, employee wellness, and employee recognition, including the below benefits and opportunities for staff:Up to 4 weeks of PTO10 paid holidays Comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, and vision benefits upon hire 401(k) plan with employer matchPerformance bonusesEducational reimbursement benefit with ongoing professional development and growth opportunities Full-time staff onlyWHAT WE VALUE:Passion for the missionInterest in working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesTeamwork and collaborationEffective and open communication, thoughtfulness, and ability to adaptShared commitment to DEI in creating a community where all members can represent themselves authenticallyWe strongly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, and any multiply marginalized people to apply. AbilityPath is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse diversity among our staff teams.ABOUT THE ROLE:Supports participants to develop a person centered plan and develop a customized program to reach his/her goals, assesses participant's strengths, interests and challengesSupport participants to find and participant in volunteer activities, community and work-related activities, and community college classes to develop skillsProvide customized programming to individual participants. Programming may include community based programming such as: volunteer opportunities, college classes, tutoring, travel training etc.; vocational activities including: job discovery, informational interviews, employer research, job searches, job shadowing, job coaching etc.Provide engaging, developmentally appropriate instruction for participants as neededContribute to networking with employers in the community to set up and arrange informational interviews, employer tours, as well as identifying job leads and employer contactsUtilize appropriate modification techniques to respond to challenging behaviors and support behavioral plans to increase engagementResponsible for participant case management: schedule and facilitate participant annual meetings, complete documentation for tracking participant goals and comment on progress and achievementMaintain professional relationships and provide excellent customer service with participants, employers, external parties, families, and care giversDrive agency vehicles as needed (transporting participants to events, etc.)Responsible for daily exterior inspections of agency vehicles when applicableResponsible for making sound decisions in real time on community-based activities and safety/well-being of participants while out in communityOther duties as assignedEDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:In our approach to inclusive hiring, we recognize that job qualifications within hiring policies have been used to exclude candidates from marginalized backgrounds. Below is a list of Education and Work Experience that would be helpful to have in this role, however, we encourage you to apply even if you may not meet all of the listed qualifications, as any combination of lived and learned education and experience can make you a successful candidate.Associate's or Bachelor's in relevant fieldExperience working with adults with developmental disabilitiesHIRING REQUIREMENTS:Valid California Driver's License/IDClean Driving Record (if applicable)Proof of negative TB test resultsVerification of occupational physical clearancePass a criminal fingerprint clearance18 years of age or job permit clearanceProof of Covid-19 Vaccination + first boosterPHYSICAL ACTIVITY:Employees have the opportunity to share access needs during the interview process, upon hire, and ongoing throughout their employment. AbilityPath recognizes that each person has unique access needs and we are committed to an ongoing evaluation process to make our organization more accessible to meet the needs of our team members. --- Ability to physically respond to adults with developmental disabilities --- Ability to lift/support at least 40 lbs as needed --- Ability to sit, stand, stoop, and bend frequently --- Ability to walk for extended periods of time and support adults with developmental disabilities on community outings --- Ability to drive company vehicles to transport participants --- Ability to sit and keyboard as neededEQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:AbilityPath is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry (including language-use restrictions and possession of a driver's license), citizenship, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, legally protected medical condition, military or veteran status, or other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws. AbilityPath will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination against, harassment of, or disrespectful or unprofessional conduct toward an employee based upon any of the protected characteristics listed above or based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.Via Services is now affiliated with AbilityPath, thriving together to provide a lifetime of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Learn more at

Keywords: AbilityPath, Redwood City , Direct Service Instructor, Other , Redwood City, California

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