Program Aide (AAC)

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We are seeking a Program Aide for our Adult Achievement Center, which serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in the Meadow Vista area ages 18 and above.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Director and Program Supervisor, the Program Aide will assist clients with developmental disabilities to develop basic skills on an individual or small group basis and do related work as required.

The person in this position must possess a great deal of empathy; must exercise careful judgment while giving individualized attention to clients in the areas of personal growth and development. This person must also provide a learning environment focused on specific subjects in a small group setting that allows for individual differences and promotes respect for the value and dignity of each client.

Essential Functions:

1. Instructing classes in areas such as art, cooking, exercise, shopping, money skills, grooming, mobility training, and other activities.
2. Instructing and implementing activities in independent-living skills including personal hygiene, public transportation, homemaking, job-seeking skills, communication skills, motor development, and leisure-time activities.

3. Taking clients to public places for learning and entertaining experiences such as the public library, food and personal shopping facilities, and sporting events.

4. Transporting clients in company vehicles or personal vehicles to planned activities.

5. Helping clients to increase their communication skills by using words or signs that are appropriate to the client’s specific needs in order to engage them in program activities.

6. Assisting fellow staff by providing information to aid in the assessment of client strengths/weaknesses, but not limited to behavior shaping.

7. Assisting clients physically on outings as well as in the center to enable their participation in the community and program activities including pushing wheelchairs and assisting with personal hygiene which may include lifting, carrying, bending, and supporting the weight of the clients when needed.

8. Maintaining class activities independent of other classes by creating and implementing a monthly calendar of activities.
9. Working cooperatively with all program staff to ensure client ISP goals are achieved.

10. Documenting clients’ daily activities.

11. Working cooperatively with all program staff to ensure a collaborative, collegial work environment.

12. Attending weekly staff meetings and training sessions as required.

13. Maintaining equipment.

14. Maintaining confidentiality.

15. Performing other duties as required by the Assistant Director or designated representatives.

16. Must read, speak, write and comprehend English at a 12th grade level.

17. Function as a collaborative member of the department team and the organization as a whole.

18. Adhere to the Arc of Placer County Code of Ethics adopted March, 2004.

Physical Requirements:

1. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
2. Must be able to physically assist fellow staff on outings and in the center including pushing wheelchairs, assisting people with walkers, pushing, bending and lifting as needed.

Knowledge, Skill, and Experience:

High school graduate. Work experience in the field of developmental disabilities is preferred. Must have good social skills and be able to teach the importance of good grooming, clear communication, and functional living skills. Valid California Driver’s License and auto insurance. CPR and First Aid certification (training provided).

Classification: Regular part-time. Non-exempt.

Compensation: $12.00/hr with partial benefits, Mon-Fri 9:30-2:30 with adjusted hours on Friday for staff meetings. 25 hrs/week

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@placerarc.org with the subject line “Program Aide (AAC).” No phone calls please.