"Imagine making a difference by empowering others to execute their goals and preferences and exercise their capabilities and strengths."
The Life Skills Coach (often referred to as a Direct Support Professional) will work under our Supported Living Services and support adult clients in developing life skills appropriate for them to be able to live as independently as possible in their own homes and to learn how to access programs and resources within their community. Every consumer's support plan is individualized, meaning day-to-day responsibilities will be specific to the client's needs, goals, and interests. Employees are responsible for delivering Person-Centered Services to our Regional Center consumers, improving their overall quality of life.
Furthermore, this position entails assisting the consumer in completing basic life skills tasks appropriate for maintaining a safe, comfortable, and stable living arrangement in the least restrictive environment. Clients may be working on skills in some of the following areas: securing or establishing the client's own home, health and safety tasks, building and maintaining relationships, budgeting, mobility and travel, self-advocacy, access to government-funded programs, or educational or employment counseling.
Ideal candidates are passionate about supporting individuals diagnosed with physical or developmental disabilities and are looking for a rewarding opportunity to advocate for them. Ideal candidates should also have a strong work ethic, positive personality and approach, and excellent problem-solving skills
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Report to SLS Supervisor
- Professionally and positively communicate with SLS consumers and family members, PBS administrative team, Regional Center representatives, and other vendors
- Promote and use Person-Centered practices to support the client in being an active member of his/her community, and develop and maintain healthy relationships
- Execute program goals as outlined in PBS assessment or ISP
- Support client in developing household management skills such as meal preparation, cooking, and light housekeeping
- Assist with planning and executing daily activities according to consumer's needs
- Submit daily progress notes that highlight the level of support provided during each session
- Serve as an advocate and a liaison between client and community resources
- Provide as-needed transportation to medical appointments, day programs, and other outings
- Assist client in navigating public resources and applying for assistance programs
- Ensure client safety when present in the home and out in the community
- Direct questions and concerns to the administrative team
- Ensure compliance with organizational policies and state and federal regulations
- Check PBS Outlook email account regularly and provide responses in a timely manner
- Participate in required team meetings
- Complete mandatory and ongoing (paid) training
- Perform additional responsibilities to accommodate needs of the client as assigned by Supervisor
About Positive Behavior Steps:
- Minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
- Interest in Psychology, Sociology, Education, or related fields
- Experience working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities preferred
- Caregiving, DSP, or SLS experience preferred
- Must demonstrate skills in time management, communication, organization, documentation
- Familiarity with Office 365 or Microsoft Office preferred
- Must have reliable means of transportation and a working cellular device
- New hires are expected to complete a background check through the DOJ and FBI
- Submission of TB test reading and valid certifications (Safety-Care, Mandated Reporter, and CPR/First-Aid) required during onboarding
Positive Behavior Steps was established in an effort to increase the amount of support to the special needs' population, as individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities are often limited to resources that support them in overcoming barriers at home and within their community. We advocate for our clients by providing quality support with trained staff, and by assisting families that may be overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child with developmental delays.