Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

  • Habilitation Specialist

    Job Locations US-Within Cuyahoga County
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/12/2018 8:37 AM)
    # of Openings
    Salary Range
    SEIU/AS 03**
    Min Salary
    USD $37,453.00/Yr.
    Employment & Community Alternatives (ECA)
    Max Salary
    USD $82,000.00/Yr.
    Specific Facility
    A Location TBD in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    Position Reports To
    Habilitation Supervisor
    Work Schedule
    8 hours day / 12 months / Temporary through 12/31/2019
  • Overview

    The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking several new employees to work as a Habilitation Specialists at our Adult Activities Centers in Cuyahoga County, Ohio through December 31, 2019.  In this role they will plan and direct all services and supports for a group of adults with developmental disabilities in our day program. Habilitation Specialists provide direction to the staff assigned to his/her group, and supervise, train, and stimulate Individuals in work and habilitative activities to maximize independence.  Adults may exhibit special behavioral, emotional, or daily living needs.  Habilitation Specialists also accurately complete and assure that all necessary documentation for Medicaid billing is done in a timely manner. The nature of work will also include, but is not limited to the following: 

    • Using relevant and individualized training strategies, provide training in work related, and basic daily living skills to individuals to increase independent functioning. Prepare individual(s) for community readiness using the Employment and Me curriculum.
    • Create appropriate schedule of daily services and activities in conjunction with IPs. Conduct habilitation classes as well as various activities including a variety of community experiences.
    • Use appropriate behavior support techniques to maintain control of group which may include individuals with significant behavior problems. Refer difficult problems to Habilitation Supervisor; provide input into the development of behavior support plans.
      Provide for physical management and development of individuals as needed. Maintain medical well-being.  Assist individuals with personal care and activities of daily living.  This may include lifting, transferring, positioning; feeding; assisting with restroom usage and associated hygiene tasks; dressing; sensory development activities; exercises and activities as stated in the IP. 
    • Control quality and quantity of finished product prior to shipment to customer. Accurately record quantity of daily work produced.
    • Maintain safe, neat, and orderly work environment. Perform routine clean-up activities.  Utilize proper infection control techniques at all times. 
    • Prepare individuals’ IPs and attend meetings. Enter plan information in computer program in an accurate and timely manner.  Work cooperatively with team members to provide comprehensive services to individuals.  Participate in case conferences as needed.
    • Ensure proper documentation and procedures are followed for IP goals.
    • Give and/or apply prescribed oral or topical medications to clients. Perform necessary medical procedures, when delegated to do so by site nurse and as required by clients.  Ensure that proper documentation and procedures are followed for all delegated nursing tasks.  Communicate errors and concerns to Habilitation Supervisor. 
    • Assist in bus loading and unloading in a safe and timely manner, involve individuals in purposeful activities and meaningful interactions throughout the day and perform other related duties as assigned.       

    UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Heavy lifting is required; Personal care and changing of clothing, and other assignments are required; Direct and frequent behavior interventions may be required and may include some risk to personal safety.


    OVERSIGHT DUTIES:  Directs the daily activities of Habilitation Assistants, APSs, Habilitation Aides, or volunteers assigned to his/her group.


    TEMPORARY STATUS:  Although this position is temporary, it is a full-time, salaried position with full government benefits through 12/31/2019.  


    • Associates or Bachelors degree in Education, Psychology, Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Work or related field with a minimum of one (1) year experience providing direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities  - OR - High School Diploma/GED  with a minimum of five (5) years' experience providing direct services to individuals with development disabilities.
    • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a CPR/First Aid certification required for the position.**
    • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain the Ohio Department of DD (DODD) certification required for the position **.
    • Applicants must be able to complete the 8 hours of mandatory training noted in OAC 5123:2-2-01 immediately upon hire.**
    • Applicants must have a valid state of Ohio driver's license and an excellent, insurable, driving record.

    ** Certifications and Training may be obtained upon Hire.


    ** Starting Salary:  The actual starting salary is determined by the language of the SEIU, District 1199 Bargaining Unit Agreement.  


    APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled.


    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: :  Click APPLY above to begin the process.  For any further questions about the application process see the FAQ link below.  Thank you.


    Equal Opportunity StatementAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information about the law, click here:  EEO Information


    PRIVACY AND SECURITY NOTICEBy applying for positions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities you are accepting that you have reviewed and understand our Applicant Privacy and Security Notice provided by clicking HERE.


    - The Cuyahoga County Board of DD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

    - Individuals who may need assistance with the application process should contact Human Resources.

    - All Job tentative offers are made with the understanding that prospective new employees pass a drug test and background check prior to being hired. 


    Questions about the application process?  Review answers to our FAQs here: FAQS and How to Contact H.R.


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