Community Engagement Specialist Job Description

Summary

Community Engagement Specialists (CESs) are professionals trained to locate community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to coordinate the use of those resources with the Persons they support. They promote inclusion with the community at large, and support both the Person served and their family in implementing the person-centered plan. The major focus of the CES is creating experiences that increase the likelihood that relationships would occur and eventually follow normal day-to-day patterns of community participation. This program and position require the ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of Person served and community partners. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Person being served and linking them in the following areas: volunteering, educational opportunities, job shadowing, travel training, working with families, career explorations and recreational pursuits.
  • Work with Person being served in a 1:1 relationship with approximately 6-12 people a year
  • The Community Engagement Specialist (CES) is a position that links and supports Persons served within the community based on the Person-Centered Support Plan and inclusive practices in integrated settings.
  • The (CG) will focus on full community inclusion for each Person served teaching skills to maximize their independence and fostering relationships in the community.
  • Advocates and collaborates with other individuals and organizations on behalf of the Person being served.
  • Assists in forming and sustaining relationships with natural and community supports that allow the Person served meaningful community inclusion.
  • Instructs and counsels, which guide the Person served in problem solving and decision making.
  • Helps Persons served understand self-direction tasks and responsibilities and linking them to the natural rhythms of life.
  • Recognize sustainable opportunities within the community that match the participant’s needs and preferences.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of Person served and employers.
  • Participate in weekly inter-office Team meetings, Community meetings, and Required Training relevant to clients and their progress. 

Essential Skills

  • Experience with implementation and adapting teaching methods based on the Person’s learning style.
  • Trained in cultural diversity, facilitation and experienced in public speaking.
  • An understanding of addressing needs that are typically seen as barriers to community participation.
  • Ability to develop partnerships with community resources and providers utilizing networking skills.
  • Ability to assist Persons served in locating and accessing non-medical community supports and resources
  • Effective interpersonal skills that build rapport and consistently respect Persons served and family members and their ability to make choices and take risks.
  • High degree of empathy and compassion and understands principles of self-determination.
  • Self- motivated and self-directed for the majority of the position. Ability to coordinate multiple schedules. 
  • High ethics and values and able to maintain high level of confidentiality.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (within the Human Services disciplines) or adequate experience
  • Experience and ability to implement teaching methods that adapt to various learning styles.
  • Previous experience and working knowledge of community inclusion preferred.
  • Previous experience in the development of behavioral and social strategies preferred.
  • Two years’ experience in the field of supporting Persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Valid Washington driver’s license with 5 or fewer points
  • Qualified in CPR and First Aid and the customized needs of the Person served as described in the Person-Centered Support Plan.

We make employment decisions based upon factors such as performance, abilities, talent, effort, and results. We provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, non-disqualifying disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status or other legally protected status.