Careers at Chapel Haven

Careers at Chapel Haven

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Explore career opportunities at Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and Chapel Haven West!

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is an award-winning non profit and transition program committed to empowering adults of varying abilities to live independent and self-determined lives. We are located in the Westville area of New Haven, CT and employ approximately 150 employees who work diligently to fulfill our mission. Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is nationally accredited by CARF, state-approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education, and licensed by the CT Department of Developmental Services. Along with our founding campus in New Haven, Chapel Haven has a satellite campus called Chapel Haven West, located in Tucson, AZ, and also dedicated to serving adults with excellence.

 

The following positions are available.


Please use the Apply Now button at the bottom of each listing to submit your application:

Support Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: SUPPORTED LIVING

POSITION TITLE: Support Coordinator

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Supported Living

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Flexible (PT and Per Diem hours available; may include weekends)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting clients (Community Members) as they implement their yearly goals and objectives. S/he provides advocacy, case management, and life skills instruction.  Support Coordinators enable Community Members to achieve and maintain an independent life-style in accordance with their capabilities.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Direct Care of Community Members
  • Plan, prepare for and schedule annual reviews.  Assist community member in drafting annual individualized care and goals plan based on SC’s annual assessment, reports from other providers, and the community member’s personal goals. Assist client with any changes determined in the annual meeting.
  • Meet with Community Member for the number of hours per week/months as agreed upon with family.  Maintain communication with family, other professionals as determined by annual meeting.
  • Teach nutrition through menu planning, shopping list-making, shopping, proper storage,
  • meal preparation and kitchen safety.  Monitor maintenance of safety and nutrition behaviors.
  • Teach money management: budgeting, banking (on-line incl.), bill payment, receipt filing. Provide guidance on responsible use of money; assist in prioritizing use of personal funds.
  • Teach home/apartment maintenance skills, home safety.  Monitor maintenance.
  • Teach and monitor hygiene of body (and dental) and selection, care, repair of attire. 
  • Supervise/coordinate health maintenance and care with physicians, dentists, therapists and educational programs. Assist clients in maintaining health records to ensure timely check-ups, medication use, immunization updates, routine tests.
  • Provide transportation of clients as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Teach interpersonal communication, social and care skills to develop or maintain healthy relationships with family, roommates, friends and colleagues. Assist and/or provide guidance in negotiation skills, settling of disputes.
  • Provide advocacy on community members’ behalf to ensure timely, quality service.
  • Coordinate services from local, state and federal and private agencies, ograms and services ensuring that community member receives appropriate services in a timely and respectful manner.
  • Ensure community member understands her/his rights.
  • Co-facilitate educational/support groups.

Administration

  • Collect and maintain accurate and timely case records, relief notes and other data as required:  Schedule in SLP Planner; current relief notes, case notes, reports due to DMR, BRS and other agencies.
  • Attend agency, program and staff development meetings as required.
  • Represent Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. at community meetings and case review meetings.
  • Other duties as required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 

Bachelors Degree in relevant field preferred, and two years experience working with adults with cognitive disabilities.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Cultural sensitivity and proven ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Excellent oral and written skill. Computer literacy.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Valid CT driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the greater New Haven area.
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for periods of time.

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Recreation Program Staff

DEPARTMENT: RECREATION

POSITION TITLE: Recreation Program Staff

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Recreation

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Per Diem, Hours offered Thursday’s-Sunday’s

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF RECREATION PROGRAM STAFF POSITION

The job of the Recreation program staff consists of many responsibilities while upholding the Chapel Haven Recreation Department Mission.

Recreation Department Mission: The mission of the Recreation Department at Chapel Haven is to have a client-client focused approach to helping Chapel Haven individuals stay safe and enjoy recreational activities while in the community, focusing on building upon the adult’s independent living skills and social communication skills.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Arrive at Chapel Haven forty five minutes before each trip is scheduled to leave
  • Work a minimum of three rec trips a month
  • Follow directions provided by the Recreation Supervisor
  • Transport clients to and from any trip or event offered by the Recreation Department, following Chapel Haven’s van usage protocol.
  • Take attendance, handle petty cash following protocol, carry materials needed for the trip i.e. tickets, epi pens, meds & money, meet client needs & support the clients while in the community
  • Complete an electronic evaluation, providing client based feedback as well as general trip feedback
  • Attend monthly department meetings and all agency meetings
  • Special Olympics: assist in coaching Special Olympics sports offered by the Recreation Department, attend weekly practices & competitions and attend SOCT trainings.
  • Best Buddies: Attend weekly assigned Best Buddies nights in Outreach, attend Best Buddies events including Best Buddies Ball, Friendship Walk, etc.
  • Follow Chapel Haven Protocols and report any questions or problems to the Recreation Supervisor immediately

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

High School Diploma

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Experience working with individuals with cognitive and social disabilities

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Valid CT driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain a Valid CT Public Service License Endorsement
  • First Aid & CPR Certification
  • CPI Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certification
  • Problem solving skills, patience, ability to work as a member of a team, organizational skills & leadership skills.
  • Ability to sit, stand and drive for periods of time

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Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education

Department: Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program

Position: Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education

Supervision By: Director of ASAT Program

Days/Hours of Job: Full Time (40 hours), Flexible as assigned by supervisor

General Description of Position

The Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education manages these two vital components of the ASAT program. Responsibilities include overseeing vocational education, employment experiences, post-secondary readiness and post-secondary experiences.

Essential Responsibilities of Position

  • Track and manage student experiences in the areas of post-secondary education and career preparation.
  • Communicate with staff members and consult/assist in establishing and maintaining post-secondary and career experiences.
  • Provide direct services/supports to students engaging in post-secondary and career experiences (including preparation for interview, on-the-job training, campus-based support, career exploration assessment, job coaching, instruction, etc.) or identify the need for these supports and delegate to appropriate staff members.
  • Work with career development adviser to understand the clients assessments of interests, skills and capabilities in order to develop a profile for site development and build upon client’s personal and career development plan.
  • Perform job/site development for caseload.
  • Facilitate instruction in the areas of post-secondary and career education to ensure adequate preparation for these experiences.
  • Develop alternative paid employment models for students who may not be ready to manage traditional competitive employment.
  • Develop further programming to support potential and current college and career education students.
  • Manage the college enrollment and support process each semester and refer to appropriate CESO opportunities.
  • Act as a liaison to local colleges/universities and to career technical training programs.
  • Attend referral program meetings as scheduled/appropriate, including progress review meetings, staff and agency meetings (CESO and ASAT).
  • As requested, support staff’s implementation of the curriculum in the areas of post-secondary and employment education.
  • Support vocational coverage needs within CESO/ASAT departments, as needed.
  • Drive and transport students as needed, use own vehicle as required.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Human Services, ABA, Vocational Education or a related field, Master’s Degree preferred.

Minimum Experience Required

  • Prior experience in post-secondary education, vocational education and/or job development.
  • Prior job coaching, ABA, or teaching experience.
  • Prior experience working with adults.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Work Independently and as a member of a Team.
  • Effective judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Valid CT driver’s license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a Public Service License.
  • Use of personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.

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Case Manager
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNITY PROGRAMS – Supported Living

POSITION TITLE: Case Manager

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Community Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 Hours Flexible (may include evening and/or weekend hours)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The case manager is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in providing case management services for persons served and their families to ensure the delivery of appropriate medical, educational, vocational, social, residential and other services as well as conformance with Federal Medicaid Waiver Reimbursement Program regulations when specifically assigned. The case manager is the primary liaison between Chapel Haven Schleifer Center and funding agencies (Department of Developmental Services, local Board of Education, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services), parents/families, and other providers. The case manager is responsible for writing timely, comprehensive reports, attending scheduled community member focused meetings, completing and filing all necessary paperwork and supervising program staff when assigned to do so. The case manager provides direct care support with community members when needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Carry a caseload, facilitates, assesses, and evaluates individual’s services and needs in the home or program setting.
  • Provides services in the office, home and/or community to meet the unique needs of individuals served and families served.
  • Generate, compile and maintain accurate and timely completion of all required documentation and case files including but not limited to progress notes, individual support plans, semi-annual progress reports, goals and objectives/action plans, emergency information sheets, attendance/billing records and DDS related documentation as necessary.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors the Individual Support Plan with input from the individual and family based on the desired outcomes and personal preferences including individualized goals and objectives (i.e. Action Plan). Monitors implementation of specific program recommendations.
  • Coordinates and facilitates interdisciplinary/planning and support team meetings to develop, review and/or modify individual service plans; coordinates integration of day program, residential, vocational, recreational, medical and other services provided to each individual and ensures service delivery.
  • Responsible for applying for and maintaining all applicable Federal, State and Local entitlements as applicable to those on the caseload. This may include monthly wage reporting and completion of DSS Redeterminations.
  • Ensure service delivery with Community Member for the number of hours per week/months as agreed upon with planning and support team or as reflected in DDS authorization.
  • Ensure accurate and timely completion of billing, attendance and other similar financial duties as required.
  • Work with community member to establish and maintain weekly schedule to assure structure in daily living. Assure that all appointments with case manager, program staff, physicians, employers, therapists, etc. are on schedule.
  • Familiarity with Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements i.e. calling in/calling out, billing, scheduling, etc. assist EVV Coordinator and program staff with scheduling of direct care needs, etc. for all individuals on caseload.
  • Advocates for community member’s rights, needs, and access to opportunities.
  • Provide transportation of community members as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • In the event of inadequate staffing levels or job action must be available to provide substitute coverage for community members as needed.
  • Performs occasional unannounced supervisory visits to ensure program staff are performing direct care tasks as assigned/scheduled.
  • On-call rotation and working occasionally on nights and/or weekends may be required to meet the needs of individuals served on caseload.
  • Attend agency, program and staff development activities/meetings as required.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s Degree in human service field. At least two (2) years’ experience working with adults with developmental and social disabilities.</p

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Considerable knowledge of services and community resources available to persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate comfortably with families and professionals.
  • Proficiency in correspondence and report writing; considerable ability to develop realistic goals and objectives.
  • Exhibit strong organizational abilities; ability to prioritize a constantly changing workload.
  • Flexible and able to multi-task.
  • Strong ability to problem solve and develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate competence with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must have current valid CT driver license.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to participate in physical activity.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate lifting.
  • Ability to do moderate bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.

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Life Skills Instructor

DEPARTMENT: Residential Life Skills

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Residential and Education Programs

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

Life Skills Instructors are responsible for teaching basic daily living and social skills to clients living in Chapel Haven’s residential facility.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach clients good nutritional habits and related skills; meal and menu planning, sanitary and safe food storage practices, preparing meals (including following multiple-step recipes and cooking), and safety in the kitchen while learning to utilize kitchen equipment; e.g. stove, broiler and George Foreman Grill.
  • Teach apartment maintenance skills, maintaining a clean, neat living environment (use of cleaning products and equipment).
  • Teach personal hygiene and grooming skills, personal functions such as showering, shaving, combing hair, brushing teeth, making appointments for haircuts, manicures, etc.
  • Teach Laundry skills as outlined in laundry task analysis and laundry checklist.
  • Teach problem solving and relationship building skills, instruct residents regarding appropriate social behaviors.
  • Attend small group meetings, meetings with other agency personnel, bi-monthly staff meetings, academic and staff meetings.
  • Complete Case Notes and checklists daily as directed by Supervisor.
  • Participate in staff development activities, including in servicing, inside and out side of Chapel Haven.
  • Maintain medical files as determined by agency nurse.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Administer medication as needed.
  • Provide transportation of residents as needed, use of own vehicle required.
  • Maintain good/effective communication with parents as directed by Supervisor, other professionals (inside and outside of Chapel Haven), community personnel, etc.
  • Other duties as required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field or 4 more years experience working with individuals who are learning disabled.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Experience working with individuals with learning disabilities or developmental disabilities and some knowledge working with DMR and/or CARF.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment, decision-making and communication skills.
  • Ability to follow a schedule.
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration Certification.
  • Valid CT driver’s license.
  • Able to obtain Public Service License.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position.
  • Maintain positive work attitude.
  • Excellent communication and observation skills.
  • Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by DMR and Chapel Haven.
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for periods of time.

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Career Transition Specialist (Per-Diem, Days)

Supervisor: Executive Director Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

Days/Hours: Full-Time, Flexible As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The per-diem Career Transition Specialist (CTS) is responsible for supporting CESO clients in all aspects of placement success in career explorations, internships, and employment. The CTS establishes rapport and relationships with employers, families, and other entities to ensure successful placements for clients. Generates work site task analysis that best match the training capabilities and needs of clients with employers’ requirements.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Provides job coaching and stabilization support to clients.
  • Identifies/establishes vocational goals and job interests of clients.
  • Maintains effective communication with employers, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • Provides on the job supports, job seeking skills, and assistance with transportation arrangements as necessary for clients to engage in career exploration, internships, or employment.
  • Supports and/or educates employers or coworkers with respect to the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs.
  • Provides transportation for clients in circumstances when public transportation cannot be arranged.
  • Trains job coaches on the employer’s requirements for the client and job coach should long-term supports be required.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career preparation classes, job development, job coaching, on-boarding, or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, achieves weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual retention goals as prescribed and in accordance with CESO benchmarks.
  • Completes daily, weekly, and monthly documentation as required. Completes reports consistently and accurately.
  • Utilizes CESO’s database and tracking systems.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities and in Career Management Team Meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Human Services, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ job development or job coaching experience. Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, teaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
  • Strong human resource or business experience preferred; experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Is familiar with customized employment as defined by U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and potential employee (i.e. CESO client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities. Innovation welcome!
  • Valid CT driver’s license & use of reliable personal vehicle and proof of insurance required. PSL or PSL Eligibility preferred.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Business and Community Relations Specialist

Supervisor: Executive Director of CESO

Days/Hours: Full-Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Business and Community Relations Specialist performs job development for clients in Chapel Haven’s Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO). Responsibilities include but are not limited to: establishing new employer relationships, maintaining pre-existing relationships with employers and community placement sites for career exploration, internships, and employment opportunities for CESO clients. The Business and Community Relations Specialist works closely with the Executive Director of the CESO, its clients, and the Career Management Team regarding employment services, ongoing vocational opportunities, and community partnerships.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • As a Business and Community Relations Specialist, you’re a relationship-builder who easily connects with others in order to develop high caliber partnerships and maintain long lasting relationships with current community and employer partners. As a liaison between local employers and Chapel Haven clients, you will identify job related responsibilities and communicate those to the CESO team. You will pursue a range of new possibilities to be used during career exploration, internship, employment, volunteering, and training.
  • Works with Career Development Advisor to match CESO clients with opportunities related to their skills, work experience, and interests. You will be in a position to grow the program with successful long term outcomes. Provide excellent customer service to employers and jobseekers. Understand, and be able to communicate to business and community leaders in our community the value of offering employment to our clients. Be tenacious in finding, molding, and creating new opportunities. Be an employer to employee liaison, troubleshooting potential obstacles and developing solutions.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to identify and achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career classes, job coaching, on-boarding, performing assessments, or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • Conducts reviews of labor market, existing CESO employer relationships, safety, and employer demand and usage of CESO services.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, must achieve weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual placement goals as prescribed and in accordance with CESO benchmarks.
  • Works with Chapel Haven program staff and with client to help facilitate long-term success their career plan. Attend client team meetings, as needed.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of CESO clients through data collection systems. Responsible for this data collection system for the entire department. Must be able to create reports and presentations with up to date data upon request.
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all client and placement contacts, activities and outcomes. Utilizes Chapel Haven and CESO’s database and tracking systems.
  • Assists with creating and contributing to CESO curriculum and job training classes/programs. Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the CESO and actively engages with clients and families during Career Management Team Meetings.
  • Hosts or attends business functions and networking opportunities on campus and in the community to develop new contacts and increase community awareness. These events may or may not take place during regular business hours.
  • Drives and transports clients, or provides transportation assistance as needed.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in in Business, Marketing, Communications, Rehabilitation Counseling, or related field and a minimum of five years’ workforce development, job development, or related human services experience. Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, teaching or job coaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
  • Strong human resource or business experience preferred; experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Is familiar with customized employment as defined by U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy and APSE, Employment First.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and potential employee (i.e. CESO client) to ensure effectiveness in placements.
  • Ability to review and use labor market research, to analyze data, to prioritize and organize information and tasks related to vocational opportunities.
  • Knowledge of state employer incentives and other incentive programs.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task with effective problem solving/decision making abilities. Innovation welcome!
  • Valid CT driver’s license & daily use of reliable personal vehicle and proof of insurance required.
  • Computer skills – word, powerpoint, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Special Education Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

SUPERVISION BY: The Coordinator performs duties under the supervision of the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center’s Consulting Director of Education with oversight by CESO’s Director of Vocational Services.

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs/week; Flexible to accommodate meetings & programs

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Special Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating educational programs for the students and clients within the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO) with the goal of facilitating the special education processes that are needed to maximize their personal and career development. The special education coordinator is highly trained and experienced with specialized certification. In collaboration with Work-Based Learning Specialists and Career Pathway Training Instructors, teaches students in CESO in programs such as: PAVE, Career Pathway Training, and classes. As a member of the CESO Team with special education expertise, he or she will manage a caseload of assigned students, uphold Individualized Education Plans, where applicable, and will be responsible for the development of curriculum.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Coordinating CESO’s special education programs and services; developing related goals, objectives and recommending policies; planning, implementing and working with staff in evaluating the special education component of CESO’s programs and services.
  • Acting as a liaison with other staff, serving as a resource of information regarding special education programs and services; and ensuring that procedures are appropriate in relation to policies required by state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Significant time is required for analyzing data, planning activities, monitoring programs/services, developing curriculum, and consulting with CESO program personnel.
  • Managing a caseload of CESO students.
  • Implementation of IEP/504 plans in: classes and inclusive, community based work-based learning sites.
  • Delivers regular ongoing career coaching services and classroom instruction which includes but is not limited to: one-on-one tutorials, professional development classes, and cohort based curriculum.
  • Instructs students on employability skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, budgeting and self-advocacy to develop methods to increase job specific skills, work quality, and productivity. May job coach on work sites to support students in attainment of specific work skills.
  • Reviews and sets benchmarks for students/clients, monitoring progress of short/long term goals, personal and career development, IEP’s, and career tutorials.
  • Serves as the CESO’s expert on special education, work-based learning, vocational, and career pathway training best practices. Represents Chapel Haven at industry conferences regarding these practices. Provides training/workshops and technical assistance to CESO staff, CHSC staff, parents, students/clients, related service providers, employers, and key stakeholders on all aspects of education and training.
  • Effectively communicating to parents and guardians the special education process including evaluations, annual IEPs/504 plans, and re-evaluations, facilitating meetings using a strengths based and client centered approach, contributes to career management team meetings.
  • Ensures transition services are coordinated, including summer transition plans, and any employment services or vocational opportunities referrals.
  • Ensuring all documents are completed in a timely manner (according to state, local, and CHSC policies and procedures). Coordinating with team to complete quarterly IEP and CESO program progress reports and provides regular progress reports as required.
  • Ensuring CESO curriculum developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards -based, strength based, and relevant to individual students. Integrates new developments, research findings and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.
  • Identifying and develops appropriate processes within CESO, including curriculum and assessments, to support the professional growth of students and clients in CESO. The Coordinator does not have supervision responsibilities unless they have a special assignment like a student teacher or intern.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The ideal candidate will be “highly qualified” and have a Master’s degree in Special Education and certification in Special Education with 1 – 2 years of classroom teaching experience as a special education teacher; or a Bachelor’s Degree and certification in Special Education with 2 + years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of instructional strategies for students with developmental and social disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and varying abilities. Extensive background knowledge with IEPs.
  • Demonstrate strong skills in partnering with families.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of colleagues, parents, families, and employers.
  • Be committed to meeting the career pathway needs of a diverse population.

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Career Transition Specialist

Supervisor: Executive Director
Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

Days/Hours: Full-Time, Flexible, As assigned by supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Career Transition Specialist is responsible for supporting CESO clients in all aspects of career transition readiness, job search skills, job placement success, job retention, and work-based learning experiences. Responsible for providing support once placed into employment, work-based learning, supported employment, career exploration, apprenticeship and post-secondary education enrollment services. Establishes rapport and relationships with employers, community colleges and other entities to ensure successful placements with good career pathway opportunities for clients. Generates work site task analysis that best match the training capabilities and needs of clients with employers’ requirement. Establishes thorough knowledge of and referrals to community-based services available to assist clients with independent living.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Establishes and maintains contacts with business and industry; insuring site and job retention; maintains written records of services. Maintains effective communication with employers, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • Provides job coaching and stabilization support to clients.
  • In collaboration with the Career Development Advisor, identifies/establishes vocational goals of clients, as well as task analysis as needed.
  • Provides on the job supports, career exploration assessments, job seeking skill building, and assistance with transportation arrangements as necessary for career exploration, work-based learning, and placement services when public transportation cannot be arranged.
  • Facilitates on the job training, workshops/tutorials, and assists with adjustment and transition to the work environment.
  • Supports and/or educates employers or coworkers with respect to the client’s strengths, accommodations, and needs.
  • Represents CESO at seminars/conferences such as trade and human services sponsored events, stays abreast of employment first approaches/techniques and labor market trends. These events may or may not take place during regular business hours.
  • May perform site development as needed to support the placement of clients.
  • Advocates and communicates with other agencies with regard to confidentiality and participant needs.
  • Trains job coaches on CESO expectations and the employer’s requirements for the client and job coach.
  • Assists individuals one-on-one and in small groups to achieve their personal and career development goals. This may include facilitating career tutorials/workshops, site development, on-boarding, assessments, and/or working with employers to negotiate job duties that align with the skills and interests of the client and the needs of the employer.
  • In a moderate to fast pace, achieves weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual retention goals as prescribed and in accordance with CESO benchmarks.
  • Completes progress reports and documentation as required. Documents consistently and accurately all client services, activities and outcomes. Utilizes CESO’s database and tracking systems and maintains relationships for long-term data reporting.
  • Collaborates on the development and enhancement of the Center for Employment Services and Opportunities and in Career Management Team meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by supervisor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, ABA, Human Services, or related field and/or a minimum of five years’ related job coaching or industry experience.
  • Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, teaching ability, display empathy toward client needs, and balance numerous account relationships.
  • Strong combination of client and business experience preferred; experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and the employment challenges and opportunities for this population.
  • Is familiar with customized employment as defined by U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy.
  • Ability to effectively balance the needs of two clients: the employer and CESO client.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize information/tasks related to vocational opportunities.
  • Willingness to flex schedule as needed to accommodate client schedules.
  • Valid CT driver’s license & daily use of insured and reliable personal vehicle.
  • Computer skills – word, excel, web-based, and database experience preferred.

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Certified Special Education Teacher – REACH Program

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION

SUPERVISION BY: Director of REACH / BRIDGE, Supervisor of Education and Residential Services

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs/week; M – F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, flexible to accommodate meetings.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Certified Special Education Teacher will teach functional courses with the aim of helping each student meet the Expectations for Graduation. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Team, he or she will participate in creating and implementing Individualized Support Plans complete with goals for each resident.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach functional academic, life skills, and pre-vocational classes.
  • Create lesson plans for classes that follow the curriculum guidelines set forth by the Expectations for Independence.
  • Participate in creation and implementation of Individualized Support Plans for each resident, as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Submit progress reports and evaluations to meet Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, DDS, Public School Districts, and other agency requirements.
  • Maintain education files for all students on caseload.
  • Attend all required meetings, including but not limited to: Interdisciplinary Team, departmental, agency staff, Placement and Planning Team.
  • Monitor and implement Individualized Education Plans for all students following them.
  • Administer assessment and screenings as recommended by IEP team,
  • Maintain on-going communication with residents’ parents.

OTHER RELATED DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Provide transportation of residents/students as needed. Use of own vehicle may be required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or related field.
  • Connecticut Certification in Special Education.
  • Eligibility for/or currently hold Connecticut Certification in Special Education.
  • Eligibility for/or currently hold State DSAP certificate

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Experience teaching.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to affect and maintain positive working relationships with students, families, staff, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of the PPT/IEP process.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt a flexible schedule as the position requires.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain Public Service License.
  • Ability to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration Certification.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for periods of time

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Certified Special Education Teacher

DEPARTMENT: Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program

SUPERVISION BY: Director of Education

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: 40 hrs./wk. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm- flexibility required to meet program needs

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Certified Special Education teacher is responsible for the overall coordination and teaching of the social communicative competence curriculum for all LEA placements. He/she will also coordinate and facilitate the general activity schedule for all program participants in the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Additional responsibilities include, teaching adaptive life skills and social competence, coordinating medical appointments, medication administration, data collection, report writing and facilitating team meetings. This position will also provide crisis counseling to students when needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Ensure all individual plans are being implemented as require by the IEP.
  • Complete all required paperwork/reports as indicated by the IEP.
  • Communication with parents and school districts.
  • Direct teaching and modeling all aspects of the curriculum such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, meal planning, laundry, money management, personal hygiene, and grooming following the Social Communicative Competency (SCC) curriculum.
  • In conjunction with Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), use the Level System Criteria to develop goals and objectives in order to create lessons/classes tying it into the curriculum.
  • Plan and develop IEP Matrix.
  • Coordinate and facilitate appropriate social interactions among students.
  • Participate in social skill groups with students.
  • In conjunction with SLP, oversee the Assessment for Social Competence and Adaptive Life Skills for each student.
  • Manage day-to-day implementation of the SCC with students that includes behavioral and anxiety management strategies.
  • Meet with SLP for a minimum of one time per month to collaborate on generalization of SCC skills and goals and objectives.
  • Provide emergency substitute coverage for staff as needed, including weekdays, weekends and overnights.
  • Adherence to weekly and daily activity schedules to meet the needs of the program.
  • Ability to appropriately model and implement teaching techniques specific to the curriculum.
  • Appropriately implement of all curriculum domains.
  • Responsible to ensure the use of appropriate curriculum materials.
  • Assisting to design and implement student schedules, to include employment opportunities and academic institutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring academic and employment success in the area of social communicative competence.
  • Direct teaching of Job Preparation skills based on job analysis from Job Developer and manage follow-up job generalization based on feedback from Job Developer and employer.
  • Meet with Job Developer for a minimum of one time per month to collaborate on generalization of skills and vocational goals and objectives.
  • Meet with Program Staff as needed for consulting and creating generalization plans/plans of action to address specific goals and objectives.
  • Provide one-on-one and/or small group curriculum based instruction as assigned or as needed.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of student goals based on assessments.
  • Responsible to ensure accurate data collection relating to each participants performance on individual programs and IEP goals.
  • Responsible for the ongoing assessment of all curriculum domains.
  • Provide students with assistance in social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, etc.
  • Provide assistance with community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Attend and facilitate student meetings, including 45-day review, annual and semi-annual team, IEP meetings, etc. as required.
  • Attend staff meetings as required.
  • Drive and transport students as needed, use own vehicle as required.
  • Maintain good/effective, consistent communication with parents, other professionals (inside and outside of Chapel Haven), community personnel, etc.
  • Coordinate with program staff to maintain department coverage at all times.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date student files.
  • Participate in staff development activities such as in-service trainings and workshops.
  • Participate on various committees as assigned by supervisor.
  • Attend agency meetings and functions.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Certified Special Education Teacher or eligible for DSAP certification.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or related developmental disabilities. Experience implementing applied behavioral analysis techniques.
  • Experience developing and writing individual support plans, individual goals and reports.
  • Experience in handling crisis situations.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment and decision-making skills
  • Effective in written and oral communication
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration certification
  • Valid Connecticut drivers license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain Public Service License.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position.
  • Maintain positive work attitude.
  • Excellent communication and observation skills.
  • Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by Chapel Haven and the Advisory Board.

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Program Instructor Per Diem/Part-Time (ASAT)

DEPARTMENT: Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program

SUPERVISION BY: Supervisor of Asperger’s Syndrome Program

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: As assigned by Supervisor

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The Program Staff is responsible for the overall coordination and teaching of the social communicative competence curriculum. He/she will also coordinate and facilitate the general activity schedule for all program participants in the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program. Additional responsibilities include, teaching adaptive life skills and social competence, coordinating medical appointments, medication administration as needed, data collection, report writing and facilitating team meetings. This position will also provide crisis counseling to students when needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Teach and model all aspects of the Social Communicative Competence (SCC) curriculum such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, meal planning, laundry, money management, personal hygiene and grooming as well as appropriate social skills.
  • Coordinate and facilitate appropriate social interactions among students.
  • Participate in social skill groups with students.
  • Facilitate individual plans of service for each student.
  • Contribute to the Assessment for Social Competence and Adaptive Life Skills for each student.
  • Manage day-to-day implementation of the SCC with students that includes behavioral and anxiety management strategies.
  • Provide emergency substitute coverage for staff as needed, including weekdays, weekends and overnights.
  • Adherence to weekly and daily activity schedules to meet the needs of the program.
  • Ability to appropriately model and implement teaching techniques specific to the curriculum.
  • Appropriately implement all of curriculum domains.
  • Responsible to ensure the use of appropriate curriculum materials.
  • Responsible for implementing student schedules, to include employment opportunities and academic institutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring academic and employment success in the area of social communicative competence.
  • Act as a liaison between Chapel Haven, the academic and business communities.
  • Assume major role in coordination and implementation of all students programs.
  • Responsible for the implementation of each participant individualized program.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of student goals based on assessments.
  • Responsible to ensure accurate data collection relating to each participant’s performance on individual programs.
  • Responsible for the ongoing assessment of all curriculum domains.
  • Provide students with assistance in social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, etc.
  • Provide assistance with community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
  • Assist students with vacation request forms and student vacation schedule.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Administer medication as needed.
  • Attend and facilitate student meetings, including 45-day review, annual and semi-annual team meetings, etc. as required.
  • Attend staff meetings as required.
  • Drive and transport students as needed, use own vehicle as required.
  • Maintain good/effective, consistent communication with parents, other professionals (inside and outside of Chapel Haven), community personnel, etc.
  • Facilitate group activities as assigned.
  • Coordinate with program staff to maintain department coverage at all times.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date student files.
  • Participate in mandatory on-call rotations.
  • Participate in staff development activities such as in-service trainings and workshops.
  • Participate on various committees as assigned by supervisor.
  • Attend agency meetings and functions.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or related developmental disabilities. Experience implementing applied behavioral analysis techniques.
  • Experience developing and writing individual support plans, individual goals and reports.
  • Experience in handling crisis situations.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Effective in written and oral communication.
  • Able to obtain State of Connecticut Medication Administration certification as needed.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Able to obtain and maintain Public Service License.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position.
  • Maintain positive work attitude.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Excellent communication and observation skills.
  • Obtain/maintain in-service requirements as mandated by Chapel Haven and the Advisory Board.

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Program & Administrative Assistant (CESO)

Supervisor: Executive Director, Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO)

Days/Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm or 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

Center for Employment Services and Opportunities (CESO) is seeking an individual who is highly organized and understands the processes of an employment services and vocational opportunities program. As an Administrative Assistant, he/she will be a master scheduler with the responsibility of ensuring that various processes and timelines for CESO are followed closely to ensure the most efficient client services as possible. The applicant must be able to work alone and be able to communicate professionally with team members across the entire department. Primary responsibilities are to support the Executive Director and CESO department with operational day-to-day duties, as well as to provide support in client scheduling, operations, and administrative tasks. May perform Ad-hoc projects for various CESO departments and organization initiatives.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

  • Scheduling: Maintains various CESO schedules and report calendars to ensure that sites are full staffed and that reports and related documentation is accurate and timely. Acts as point of contact for CESO department staff call outs and works to resolve scheduling issues, including offering coverage as needed. Ensures that employees receive schedules in a timely manner and that hours for clients/students and staff is properly recorded. Manages department’s transportation schedule
  • Administrative Support: Provides assistance to supervisor, preserving the confidential nature of items of which they have knowledge. Must maintain the department’s client/student files and supply inventory. Routinely performs filing, scanning, data entry, answers phones, copying, faxing, mail, and other general office duties as assigned. Demonstrates superior customer service skills when answering phones and greeting visitors/staff. Reconciles billing/receipts, inventory, and prepares purchase order requests. Creates internal/external correspondence and documents using Microsoft Office.
  • Coordinates and communicates meetings, minutes, and assists in preparation of weekly, monthly or quarterly reports.
  • Documents key information into database and spreadsheets. Compiles client data, tracks and monitors data using Excel and database – must have familiarity with Excel functions, formulas, and charts.
  • Performs short and long term follow up calls for placed clients.
  • Provides general information and documents to employers, CESO clients, and prospects; refers questions and applications to appropriate staff for further information and problem resolution.
  • Communicates with directors when there are significant concerns.
  • Provides staff coverage for student/client support as needed (job coaching, instruction, transportation, document assistance, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ideal candidates have knowledge and understanding of adults with developmental and social disabilities.
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Word and Excel required.
  • Associate’s degree in a business or related field required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Organized, detail oriented and follows-through. Able to multi-task and produce in a fast paced, team oriented environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Administrative Assistant: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Daily access to personal vehicle with valid motor vehicle insurance. Willingness to transport clients/students in personal and/or company vehicle required.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license; ability to obtain Public Service License.

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Talent Acquisition & Development Manager

DEPARTMENT: Operations

SUPERVISION BY: Vice President, Operations & Compliance

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Full-Time, 40 Hours weekly: evening, weekends as needed

FSLA CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

Talent Acquisition:

  • Develops recruiting strategies designed to identify qualified candidates to fill vacant positions, as well as future staffing needs.
  • Participations in full-cycle recruitment efforts/activities on an ongoing basis. Serves as a representative at local job fairs and other recruitment events
  • Sources applicants through various methods (i.e. advertising, job sites, career fairs, etc.) to identify qualified resumes and profiles.
  • Conducts applicant resume screening and prequalifying phone screens.
  • Reviews negative background check results and escalates decisions to senior management.
  • Manages all communication with candidates/applicants; including informing candidates fully about the job and organization, brief and debrief before and after interviews, presenting and negotiating job offers.
  • Ensures accuracy of job openings, effectiveness of recruiting process and recruiting methods for both internal and external recruitment.
  • Ensures compliance with all employment laws

Talent Development:

  • Develops and oversees onboarding and orientation training process
  • Working with Director of Payroll/HR, administers the company’s Performance Management process.
  • Facilitates Talent Review Sessions and creates strategies to develop internal talent
  • Develops and plans educational and staff development training programs. Design and creates training manuals/handouts, online learning modules, and course materials.
  • Conducts and coordinates training classes; schedules classes and coordinates enrollment.
  • Conducts scheduled monthly trainings to meet all agency needs including licensing requirements.
  • Working with HR/Talent Acquisition Coordinator, oversees the maintenance of accurate and current training materials and records for agency employees, including the staff training calendar, registration and attendance logs.
  • Delivers training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques and ensuring the trainings are delivered in a manner that is interactive, engaging, supportive and beneficial to training attendees
  • Commits to continuous quality improvement relative to trainings, and works with the Management Team to modify training methods and materials, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Conducts audits of staff training records to ensure compliance with CHSC policies and procedures, state regulations and CARF standards.
  • Monitors and evaluates training programs/documents to ensure they are current and effective; update training materials as needed.
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training, as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. Three (3) years’ experience in HR, Teaching and Training with an emphasis on recruiting, compliance training and employee development preferred.
  • Previous experience designing and presenting training programs. Experience in a regulated environment a plus.
  • Strong oral and written communication/presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to adapt to new work situations, people, procedures, and organizational structures in a fast-paced, evolving work environment.
  • Demonstrated competence with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook as well as HR/Training systems and databases.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to participate in physical activity.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.

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HR/Talent Acquisition Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Operations

SUPERVISION BY: Director of HR & Benefits

DAYS/HOURS OF JOB: Full-Time, 40 Hours weekly

FSLA CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

Talent Acquisition:

  • Manages the organizations job postings and on-boarding websites.
  • Schedules phone screens and on-site interviews
  • Maintains tracking of applicants and candidate progress
  • Requests and/or performs background checks on all prospective employees including Third-party searches (work/education history, criminal background, DMV and SSN, references), DDS Registry, DCF/Sex Offender Registry and CARF OIG LEIE Exclusions List verification.
  • Coordinates pre-employment testing including drug and physical tests.
  • Prepares offer letters and sends to candidate

New Hire/Employee Processing:

  • Maintains employee onboarding and orientation training material/packets and presents information to new employees.
  • Provides site tour to new hires.
  • Ensures compliance with the Form I-9, E-Verify, where required, and file maintenance processes.
  • Maintains accurate and complete personnel records and confidential files.
  • Completes termination letters/packages

Payroll:

  • Communicates employee changes to outside vendor
  • Monitors Payroll e-mail and routes questions accordingly
  • Create general ledger entry to post payroll into accounting software

Talent Management:

  • Maintain accurate and current training materials and records for agency employees, including the staff training calendar, registration and attendance logs.
  • Tracks training via internal database systems and notifies managers when required trainings are not being met or when trainings/certifications are due/overdue.

Computer Systems Maintenance:

  • Maintains employee data in HR/Payroll, Benefits, 403(b) and Talent Management systems (new hire, on-going and termination)
  • Escalates any HRIS issues to Director for investigation and problem solving
  • Populates backend Checkwriter tables for payroll and HR
  • Audits HR system vs hardcopy HR files

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Diploma with at least 5 years’ experience in relevant field. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, or Human Resources preferred.
  • Payroll experience required.
  • General knowledge of Federal and State employment and wage laws.
  • Experience with managing complex and detailed records.
  • Experience working with HR/Payroll systems/Databases. CheckWriters Payroll/HR system experience a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word and aptitude and passion for numbers.
  • Basic understanding of accounting
  • Ability to adapt to new work situations, people, procedures, and organizational structures in a fast-paced, evolving work environment.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to participate in physical activity.
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.

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