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Adult Autism Support Specialist – $2,000 Sign-On Bonus!

Recruitment

Website Lifeworks

Job Title: Adult Autism Support specialist

  • A copy of a Covid-19 vaccination of two shots will be required
  • BA/BS required.
  • 2+ years of direct experience working with adults diagnosed with autism and their families.  Understanding mental health challenges and services is a plus.

(This job is often working with individuals in the following towns)

  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Framingham
  • Somerville

Sign-On Bonus: $2,000

Hours: Flexible

Annually Pay Rate: $47,120 

Hourly Rate: $22.65

Locations: West Roxbury, VFW Parkway

(This position can also be more mobile at times)

Job ID#: 859

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Who We Are?

Lifeworks has been a champion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. Lifeworks was founded by families who recognized the importance of advocacy and breaking down barriers for people with disabilities to be part of the community.

If you want a position in which the work that you do every day makes a meaningful impact in the lives of many, then this is the agency for you!!   As an industry leader, Lifeworks continues our commitment to self-determined support, careers with competitive wages, and developing innovative opportunities that enhance everyday lives.

Lifeworks Mission

Advocacy – Empowerment – Opportunity

We focus on serving the community and people with disabilities as we live and work together. We envision a community where people with disabilities are more broadly valued, hired by employers, receive support, and participate in ordinary activities.

Summary:

Provide direct services to adults with ASD (no ID) and their families, who are referred to Lifeworks by the State of MA, Department of Developmental Services (DDS), as well as, help staff programs and provide informational resources to families.  Protect and enhance the rights of individuals and promote individuals as capable, valued, and accepted members of the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with new and existing referrals and their families to assess their needs and establish an open line of communication.
  • Coordinate with DDS Autism Service Coordinators and providers to ensure a team approach to services
  • Meet with certain referrals on a scheduled basis, including home visits and community locations
  • Establish person-centered goals & objectives with individuals that are referred for DDS Coaching Services
  • Provide coaching and support to help individuals meet their goals & objectives
  • Collaborate with Lifeworks Clinical Team to provide professional mental health support
  • Help individuals and families understand and access services, benefits, and resources available to them, including Mental Health Services.
  • Help develop and organize activities and programs with the purpose of improving social skills and community engagement for adults.
  • Assist in the facilitation of workshops & training on topics pertinent to this ASD population.
  • Develop material and outreach efforts to the Adult ASD population, including newsletters, community offerings, and current research.
  • Collaborate with other Community Organizations including other Autism & Family Support Centers, coaching providers, and employers.
  • Report on metrics established by DDS.
  •  Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of individuals and facilitate programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & ability to multitask and prioritize tasks with attention to detail.
  •  Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Travel throughout DDS Metro Region.

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • A vehicle is required and legally insured and inspected automobile for use to be present at work and available for use during working hours.  If the program has an agency vehicle, staff are expected to drive it as needed.

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • A copy of a Covid-19 vaccination of two shots will be required
  • New hires who have not received the booster shot, will agree to a targeted date for the booster shot, based on the date of their last vaccine.
  • BA/BS required.
  • 2+ years of direct experience working with adults diagnosed with autism and their families.  Understanding mental health challenges and services is a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license, CPR, First Aid.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  •  Ability to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  •  Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  Ability to motivate and educate individuals and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment, tact, and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively under multiple deadline pressure.
  • Knowledge of PC and/or Mac computers and software.
  • Knowledge of current topics related to individuals with autism.

Excellent Benefit packet:

  • 403(B) matching up to 3%
  • Excellent Salary
  • $1,000 signing bonus, payable after 3 months
  • Health Insurance with 3 plan choices and a 75% employer contribution. Benefits available upon hire
  • Dental, Vision and Short-Term disability insurance is available
  • 4.4 weeks of Paid Time Off in your first year of employment
  • Long-Term Disability insurance & Life Insurance free for employees
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off

For a full list of job opportunities or to learn more about Lifeworks, please visit www.lifeworksarc.org

Please contact our recruiter for further information:

Dorothy Scott

HR Recruiter

789 Clapboardtree Street

Westwood, MA

508-243-8374

To apply for this job email your details to dscott@lifeworksarc.org