Seven Hills Foundation

  • Family Support Specialist (37.3)

    Affiliate
    SHFS
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job ID
    14688
    Schedule
    Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 1x monthly Thursday Night 5:00-7:00
  • Overview

    To assist in the coordination of all Family Services within the assigned area in cooperation with team members, families, DDS personnel and consumers.

    The purpose of this position is to increase the capacity of a family to remain intact while reducing the need for residential services for people with disabilities.

    This position is also responsible for creating Family Support Plans that identify the areas necessary for an individual to reach their personal best. Home visits and maintaining regular and ongoing contact with the families/individuals is critical.

    This position will work on achieving two goals: Positive and meaningful social circle and positive and meaningful work.

    Responsibilities

    With the Area Director, coordinate the Family Services intake procedures including the completion of all required forms, documentation and Family Support Plan.

    • Identify resources available to families and ensure that supports are provided to families as required in the Family Support Plan, which may include respite support, education, community, recreational, clinical and social supports.
    • Provide training to families on the effective use of resources available for counseling, community and educational connections.
    • Provide training to families geared towards the development of problem solving skills and strategies.
    • Create opportunities for families to support each other.
    • Create skill development practice groups to work on personal safety, boundaries, social skills and prevocational training, job and peer development.
    • In conjunction with the Area Director, identify funding sources for individuals/families supported and monitor related expenditures.
    • Manage the funding contractual agreement.
    • Attend specified job related trainings for professional development as deemed appropriate by the Area Director and/or the Vice President/Chief Operating Office of Seven Hills Family Services, Inc.
    • Maintain connections with school programs, work and social programs.
    • Uphold the Seven Hills Family Services courtesy, expediency of returning all correspondence to individuals, family members and funding sources within twenty-four (24) hours.
    • Work with program managers sharing common resources and insure appropriate timely service delivery.

    Additional Responsibilities

    Participate as a Family Services representative to committees/councils as assigned.

    Utilize community resources to enhance the quality of life of the families/individuals serviced and foster the appropriate relationships beyond the scope of Family Support services.

    Physical Requirements

    Ability to drive

    Ability to lift 35 pounds on occasion.

    Qualifications

    BA preferred with a minimum of three (3) years of advocacy experience working with children and adults with mental retardation, autism, or developmental disabilities or related experience in a program setting.

    Valid Driver’s License is required.

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