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Employment Training Specialist I - Community Habilitation Provider

Department: Chenango
Location: Norwich, NY

Position:    Employment Training Specialist I - Community Habilitation Provider

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Employment Training Specialist I – Community Habilitation Provider is responsible for providing direct care through implementation of Staff Action Plans as well as supporting individuals to maximize their vocational and life skills within a Community Based setting. Using a person-centered approach, the individual will have opportunities to learn and practice job skills that will prepare him/her for future community employment opportunities as well as skills needed to increase their level of independence overall. Employment Training Specialist I – Community Habilitation Provider’s specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the subsequent items and are characterized in the following five standards of performance, defined as below:


  • Provide supervision and all direct care required to maintain safety and comfort of the consumer in the absence of family members.
  • Provide direct supports, education, and training to build and expand vocational skills, habits and personal outcomes related to the world of work
  • Partner with individuals served to explore interests and employment goals; identify and assist with vocational opportunities; develop soft skills and practice work skills through a variety of volunteer/work assessment opportunities, work simulation experiences, and instructional activities.
  • Network with community resources to build individualized vocational experiences.
  • Transport or accompany individuals on trips to community outings, appointments, or recreation activities for the purpose of training in mobility, community orientation and awareness.
  • Transport and accompany individuals on community experiences.
  • Provide job readiness and soft skills training in group settings.
  • Foster and promote positive vocational skills and habits.
  • Assist individuals and/or families with, or if necessary, completing daily or routine domestic or personal care tasks.
  • Foster and promote skills leading to independent living.
  • Assist with the development of Habilitation Plans and following these plans for training and assistance.
  • Provide training and assist consumers to develop, maintain and/or improve desired individual goals, living skills, vocational skills and personal needs as assigned or required.
  • Act as role model to consumers.
  • Provide supervision to consumers during program hours and during community outings as to ensure their health and safety.
  • Any additional duties as assigned.


  • Encourage and maintain a positive working relationship with all departments in the agency, parents, staff, residents, and community partners
  • Communicate all health, safety, consumer and/or program concerns, sensitive situations and incidents to supervisor and family.


  • Complete required documentation in conformance with rules, regulations, policies and procedures and billing practices
  • Perform documentation reviews to ensure records are maintained in conformance with rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and billing practices


  • Identify and report any untoward incidents
  • Identifying, reporting and/or correcting all safety hazards including physical plant problems and/or problem work practices and assist with investigating all work-related accidents as requested
  • Participate in any investigations as required
  • Comply with all State and Federal regulations along with agency policies and practices


  • Obtain and maintain required training certifications that includes CPR, First Aid and SCIP
  • Attend all required training, staff development programs and staff/agency meetings as required by the agency and/or State and Federal regulations
  • Attend requested agency approved training in a related topic that is above and beyond the required agency training


Possess good interpersonal, written, oral, and communication abilities and effective time management/organizational skills

Must be able to work scheduled hours that may include weekend and/or holiday timeframes and maintain an acceptable work attendance as defined in the agency’s personnel policy manual and handbook.

Be computer literate with knowledge in agency operating systems and applicable software required for department needs.

Have regular access to a computer with internet capability

Demonstrate sound judgment in normal work and emergency situations

Must physically be able to perform required certifications and lift 50 pounds

Possess a valid driver’s license acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier

Must have reliable vehicle and automobile insurance. May be required to transport program individuals in personal vehicle when an agency vehicle is unavailable.


High School Graduate with some knowledge of or experience working with developmentally disabled preferred.


A combination of education and experience that in the opinion of the reviewing agency, exceeds the above standards of the program

In addition to a competitive wage, ACHIEVE is pleased to provide a full benefit package to full-time employees hired to work 30 or more hours per week.

  • Medical: Generous Employer Contribution 
  • Dental: choice of 2 plans - Generous Employer Contribution
  • Vision: choice of 2 plans
  • Group Term Life Insurance – 100% Company Paid
  • Long Term Disability – 100% Company Paid
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – 100% Company Paid
  • 401-K Retirement Plan
  • Cellular Telephone Discounts
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays – 11
  • Paid Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Jury Duty
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Several VOLUNTARY Plans available, such as Medical Bridge Plan, Critical Illness Protection, Accident Indemnity, Short Term Disability, Optional Term Life Insurance

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