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Program Manager

Performs evaluation work testing mentally and/or physically disabled clients, and making    training recommendations based on findings.  Performs coordinative work in the placement and monitoring of CRP clients in personal development, production, and training activities. Duties include interviewing clients, reviewing pre-admission data, administering general and specific tests, observing clients in workshop situations, and developing a written evaluation summary for use by other staff members in rehabilitation and work situations.  Based on evaluation    result, he/she will recommend appropriate program placement for individual client needs.  He/she will organize, plan, and implement employee development services for disabled clients.  Program services are geared to provide clients personal enrichments, community and personal living skills, and good work habits based on mutually developed goals.  The overall program goal is to eventually move clients into gainful employment by improving their interpersonal skills, job seeking and retention skills.  Activities of the coordinator will be to observe clients’ conduct and performances, prepare individual goals and plans, counsel clients, and rotate    clients within work activities to match goals with resources.  Work is performed under the   general direction of the Executive Director and is reviewed through oral conferences, written reports, and evaluation of success in helping clients attain goals.

Essential Duties  

 -  administer, score and interpret a variety of standard aptitude, intelligence, and achievement tests designed to delineate factors such as social maturity, general emotional status, education level  attained, vocational interests, and vocational abilities

-  assess the basic skills and vocational potential by observing situational work tasks and job try-out evaluations

-  review psychological and medical records to determine client’s needs upon entry to the evaluation program

-  assign clients to selected work areas, either simulated or real, and training situations;

    evaluates work habits exhibited, eye-hand coordination and dexterity in use of tools or materials, interests and learning abilities, and other related factors

-  assimilate information gained from test and work samples, drafts, evaluative summary of    findings, and recommendations for follow-up

-   informs counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other of findings in staff conferences observes clients in individual and group situations; utilizes existing evaluations and makes   own assessments concerning specific needs; writes goals and strategies for client attainment-

 -  applying CARF standards to related area of work

- discusses client needs and progress with other staff in daily contact and at weekly and monthly staff meetings; exchanges information concerning participants in various vocational programs

-  writes client progress notes; oversees the maintenance of assigned client files; relates  client needs and progress to parents or guardians (if necessary) and to other agencies

-  instructs clients in areas such as personal and social adjustment, work habits, personal  hygiene, basic  education, and pre-vocational skills  

-   works with area employers to encourage the hiring and placement of clients; researches job availability and requirements; discusses financial incentives with potential employers

-   supervises clients in work areas when necessary

-  performs and writes evaluations for SourceAmerica/AbilityOne employees

-  performs and writes evaluations for DSS—Functional Evaluation

Nonessential Duties:

Safety Chairperson

attend staff meetings as required

perform related work as required


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

-general knowledge of the psychological, social, special education concepts related to the 

 determination of vocational abilities and potential of the disabled

-general knowledge of evaluative tests, work sample and job try-out techniques specific to the

 vocational evaluation of the disabled

-general knowledge of the vocational requirements of a variety of occupations

-ability to administer and interpret a variety of standardized aptitude, intelligence, and

  achievement tests, and to select work samples or job try-outs as appropriate to specific cases

-ability to synthesize data and observation reports and make recommendations essential to the

  rehabilitation process

-ability to express findings and recommendations in staff conferences

-general knowledge of community employment resources and opportunities

-ability to assess client needs, develop individualized goals and plans to meet needs, and maintain reports documenting process and recommendations

-ability to coordinate the work of other employees and to oversee client activities

-CPR/First Aid certified/NVCI training

-knowledge and implementation of safety policies

-knowledge of behavior and characteristics of disabled persons

-knowledge of business management policies and procedures

-knowledge of all policies

-ability to implement policies

-ability to plan and organize                

- ability to make minor repairs

-knowledge and understanding of CRP’s stated mission

-knowledge of CARF criteria

  

Required Physical Activities:

-ability to balance, crouch, bend, stoop, crawl, walk, kneel, twist, stand & sit hear, near/far vision; tolerant of environmental conditions (wetness, dust, noise, hot/cold, etc.)

-ability to perform work duties 8 hrs. a day; five days a week


Driving Requirements:

-ability to drive

-current, valid driver’s license

-dependable transportation

-clear driver’s record for at least 3 yrs from date of any conviction


Other Requirements:

-ability to understand written & oral communication

-ability to communicate and instruct effectively

-ability to establish rapport and communicate effectively with people


Experience and Training:

Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling with related coursework in evaluating or graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in one of the following:  rehabilitation, vocational evaluation, psychology, or related curriculum including at least 18 semester hours in courses relating to vocational evaluation.