Search has developed a new program that is seeking recent college graduates with degrees in human services (psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, special recreation, etc.). The goal of this program is to provide a gateway opportunity for graduates interested in the dynamic and growing field serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Our program for Intellectual Disabilities Paraprofessional offers a year-long training opportunity. The position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Demonstrate kindness, courtesy, flexibility, responsiveness and consistency in meeting consumer needs,
Assist consumers with activities of daily living and personal self care such as toileting, eating, grooming, bathing, dressing, etc...
Assist consumers with planning and participating in activities of their choosing in the community, including transporting consumers to community activities,
Actively engage consumers with meaningful activities through out their program day or evening,
Demonstrate knowledge of each consumer’s Individual Service Plan and the goals established for the current period,
Assist consumers with working on individual goals as established in their service plans,
Demonstrate daily efforts to assist consumers with learning skills needed for greater independence,
Implement Glidepath curriculum, in accordance with the posted Curriculum Master Schedules,
Achieve a Glidepath Curriculum evaluation score of 80% or higher,
Demonstrate knowledge of individual behavioral approaches and behavioral tracking,
Maintain direct and continuous supervision of consumers at the program site and on outings to ensure their safety and therapeutic well being at all times,
Provide consumers with supportive counseling, conflict resolution and problem solving assistance on an on-going basis and at times of crisis,
Present yourself in a professional manner as a representative of Search to family members, guardians, community members, and representatives from affiliated agencies,
Maintain compliance with personnel policies as stated in the employee handbook,
Demonstrate an understanding of the Corporate Compliance policy including the employee work rules and state/federal regulations related to services provided by Search,
Maintain daily documentation and record keeping on consumer progress on goals established in their service plans,
Successfully learn the components of Harmony including data entry, production of monthly summaries, development of monthly schedules, assessments and service plans,
Participate and contribute to Individual Service Plan meetings as assigned,
Provide training to DSPs after the successful completion of a service plan,
Complete incident reports according to policy,
Follow vehicle safety procedures including completing vehicle maintenance reports as requested,
Demonstrate basic computer proficiency,
Complete other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
This position is full time, 40 hours/week, Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm and includes an excellent benefits package:
Health & dental insurance
Paid vacation and sick time
Retirement and life insurance
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree in human services (psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, special recreation, etc.), and a valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
Search empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives. Search provides a wide range of flexible, personalized services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These include supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment progr...ams, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.
Outstanding Services, Life-Changing Experiences
Search makes a promise to each person we serve to provide exceptional services and truly memorable experiences that inspire and empower. This is reflected by our vision of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community.
Search is a community-based nonprofit. Our programs serve more than 600 people and their families annually at locations stretching from the southwest side of Chicago to the northern suburbs of Waukegan and Mount Prospect. Search has provided high-quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 45 years.
Experienced and Certified
Search, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
CARF accreditation means Search has passed an in-depth review of its services. It is your assurance that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality -- an endorsement that Search conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for you.
Our board of directors is a dedicated group of some of Illinois’ finest business, community and civic leaders. Through their dedication and service we are able to provide people with intellectual disabilities the quality of life they so truly deserve.