Community Guide (Kitsap County)
Community Guide duties involve managing the daily operations of The Arc of the Peninsulas Community Guide and Engagement program. The position requires a high level of project management and independent task-management responsibilities, consistent with best practices in providing services to our participants.
The Guide provides one to one support to the participants who are in the Community Guide & Engagement program. The Coordinator is responsible for daily notations and other associated record keeping. They are to provide support which assists in fostering inclusion and independence.
COMMUNITY GUIDE & ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Arc of the Peninsulas is an approved provider by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to provide Community Guide and Community Engagement services. These services are available to clients who receive DDA funded services through the Individual and Family Services (IFS) Waiver, Basic Plus, and CORE Waivers. Additionally, individuals who receive benefits within the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Program are also eligible to receive services.
Community Guide Services increase the access to informal and generic community supports resulting in services that are short-term and designed to develop creative, flexible, sustainable, and supportive community resources for individuals with developmental disabilities. This service is available in the Basic Plus and Core Waivers and PASRR.
Community Guide encompasses short-term and time limited services with the intention of connecting an individual to community resources and activities with minimal coaching. This is a resource, finding a local community service and connecting service. An example of this is a provider assisting a client who has moved to a new area. Community Guide services could include the provider assisting a client to find an apartment, based on their specific needs and choices, assisting with a lease agreement, finding furniture, setting up utilities and communicating with the landlord, and helping the client find local groups (church, senior centers, community college) or public resources (library, post office, and public transportation), etc. For PASRR, this service may be used to help a nursing facility resident identify and access similar resources.
Community Engagement encompasses all of the Community Guide services, with the addition of skill development and community based, individual support. This service can be short term or long term. This can include supports such as skills acquisition in the areas of navigating public transportation, communicating to vendors, and getting involved with community through volunteering. Further services could include but are not limited to: helping to locate a community organization, making introductions, and supporting the client to participate at his or her desired level of participation. For PASRR, the goal of Community Engagement is to help the nursing facility stay connected, or gain connection, to his or her community.
• Assist participant with community inclusion social integration.
• Attend appointments as needed (medial, housing ISPs).
• Assist in goal setting and meeting participants objectives.
• Assist in finding housing.
• Ongoing documentation and daily narratives.
• Help participant pursue goals as identified by the Case Manager.
• Report any significant change in participant’s condition to his/her Case Manager.
• Provide a weekly status report to the Director of Operations.
• Effective oral and written writing skills.
• Strong communicator and problem solving.
• Able to work positively and effectively with a variety of personalities and work styles.
• Tactful, yet also assertive when necessary.
• Excellent project management skills.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Strong work ethic / willing and able to 'go the extra mile' when needed.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Some College preferred.
• 1-2 years of experience with project management, fundraising or equivalent.
• Prior experience working with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities preferred.
PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
• Driver’s license, reliable transportation, able and willing to drive, navigate, and work throughout Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.
• Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position offered.
• Some presence in the office during work week and ability to work flexible hours and days is required.
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• Report any suspected abuse, abandonment, neglect or financial exploitation.
• Strength sufficient to lift 25lbs.
• Associate Executive Director/COO
HOURS AND COMPENSATION
• Mileage paid at current IRS travel rates, for miles driven while transporting client from one location to another.
"The Arc of the Peninsulas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability"