learning-center-for-deaf-independent-living-skills-specialist position

THE LEARNING CENTER FOR THE DEAF
WALDEN SCHOOL
POSITION: INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS /TRANSITION SPECIALIST
UFR #135


DEFINITION: The Independent Living Skills/Transition Specialist will assess,
student’s skill levels, design curriculum, and carry out activities
leading to the development of strong independent living skills for
Walden School students. This position will also work closely with
the WS team to develop resources, facilitate and plan for the
students’ future adult living. He/She will support the Child Care
Supervisor in carrying out responsibilities to be sure the program is
structured and running smoothly. Position provides direct
supervision and teaching of independent living skills to the young
adults in the program. Also includes collaborating with the staff,
families, and agencies for the purpose of ensuring confident
transition and carryover to adult life, following the job description
of a WS Child Care Worker, including additional responsibilities
listed below.

REQUIREMENTS:
• BA/BS in a Human Services area preferred; Associate’s degree
minimum.
• 1-2 years direct childcare experience in residential treatment
with Deaf children.
• A second language fluency in American Sign Language.
• Verbal and written communication at sufficient levels to ensure
effective and appropriate communication.

SUPERVISOR: Residential Director

FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The ILS/Transition Specialist will oversee the implementation of the work in this area, on
a day to day basis, seeing that staff carry out their responsibilities. He/She will be
responsible for the development and assignment of the unit lessons and skills to be
worked on and guide/instruct staff and students where needed. He/she will serve as a
resource to the team in the development of transition activities and plans related to future
success in adult living and work. Duties include, in addition to all Child Care Worker
responsibilities:
Ability to commit to a team building approach, to multi-task by working on several
projects and to work under pressure to meet deadlines and objectives.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills to effectively communicate with students,
staff, faculty, and the general public in a courteous manner.
Highly motivated; task oriented; ability to work independently and/or part
of a team.
Knowledgeable about cultures and able to respect different family values.
Responsible for the development of individualized independent living skill plans and
goals for adolescents in coordination with all departments. This includes progress notes,
updates, and making changes as needed.
Work with Residential Director to develop monthly lesson plans with input from students
and staff.
Teach adolescents, through individual and group consultation, about basic independent
living skills associated with shopping, housekeeping, budgeting, job skills, personal
hygiene, health, peer interactions, anger management, time management, resource
development, benefits and rights, cooking, and consumer awareness.
Ability to locate and research community resources that benefit TLC’s students.
Ability to interface effectively with agencies, families, and community resources.
Work to empower individual students to advocate for their own future choices and plans.
Complete logs and incident reports daily; Submit regular paperwork or
data collection on time.
Report to supervisor and director any concerns regarding student progress, staff followthrough,
etc.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically able to perform all duties of the job including restraining assaultive
students when necessary, pursuing running students, and participating in sports and
recreation activities with students. Job may also include prolonged standing, frequently
lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, twisting, reaching above
shoulder level as well as reacting quickly to minimize escalating behavioral outbursts.
Each application will be carefully reviewed, and those candidates who are most qualified
will be invited for an interview. The Learning Center for the Deaf is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.