Community Inclusion Specialist
Position: Community Engagement Specialist
Location: Port Townsend, WA community and work in onsite or home office
Status: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt
Compensation & Benefits: $21.00 – $24.00/hr + benefits
Reports to: Program Manager/Executive Director
How to Apply: Send Resume and Cover Letter to email@example.com
The Community Inclusion Specialist works directly with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build self-empowerment and relationship-building skills assisting them in their personal and professional lives. This position partners with our local community to locate and provide accessible non-paid, non-disabled specific community opportunities for our clients. The Community Inclusion Specialists work individually with clients and their support teams to design and implement client goal-driven plans that promote individualized skill development, independent living, and community integration so individuals can learn how to engage in their local community actively and independently. Essential Functions
- Maintain a 1:1 relationship with no more than 12 clients at a time, engaging them in volunteering, social and educational opportunities, travel training, working with families, community explorations, and recreational pursuits.
- Utilize community mapping to gather local knowledge, identify various assets and resources through the direct participation of community members.
- Discover and locate opportunities within the community that develop relationships, provide learning, practice, and application of skills (for greater independence and inclusion) and match the clients’ specific needs and preferences.
- Participate in an inclusive decision-making process involving a variety of ways for clients to be involved at individual, group, and community-wide opportunities.
- Develop and write individualized goal-oriented plans with each client that meet Cascade standards and principles.
- Help clients understand self-directed tasks and responsibilities and link them to the natural rhythms of life.
- Counsel clients in problem solving, decision making and taking appropriate risks.
- Maintain focus on full community inclusion, teaching client skills to maximize independence and to foster relationships in the non-disabled community.
- Assist participant volunteers in determining specific barriers to inclusion/participation and provide potential methods to resolve issues.
- Collaborate with other individuals and organizations to advocate for the client.
- Keep thorough documentation of client progress.
- Provide regular reports on all client’s progress meeting State and Cascade standards.
- Participate in weekly team meetings, community meetings, and training relevant to clients and their progress.
- Maintain cooperative working relationships with all Cascade staff, and community partners.
- Other duties as assigned and in support of Cascade Community Connections.
- Duties may change as organizational needs dictate. The above list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, skills and responsibilities.
- With a high degree of empathy and compassion effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
- Able to present or demonstrate information; thoroughly and professionally respond to questions.
- Warm, approachable, professional, respectful and a willing participant as a member of a team.
- Self- motivated and self-directed with a high level of initiative and responsibility.
- Independently and efficiently manage your own schedule while considering the needs of your clients.
- Skilled at establishing, implementing, and following through with goals/plans.
- Capable technical (SMART) goal writing, report writing, and willing to be trained to meet State and Cascade writing standards.
- Understands local community resources (public services, libraries, community non-medical supports, etc.).
- Able to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with others.
- Understands how to address an individual’s needs and creatively problem solve barriers to community participation.
- Understands principles of self-determination.
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality which is led by strong ethics and values.
- 1 year experience in social services or related field.
- High school diploma required. Associate of Arts (AA) degree preferred.
- Experience and/or aptitude in technical and report writing.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace programs.
- Experience or interest in cultural diversity, community inclusion, developmental disabilities, or individual development.
- Access and use of a personal vehicle for independent travel (mileage reimbursement is provided).
- Possess a valid Washington driver’s license with 5 or fewer points.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
- Capable of managing personal schedule based on caseload and client needs. No nights or weekends required.
- Willingness to become CPR and First Aid certified.
- Must be able to sit, stand, walk, or otherwise perform various physical tasks.
- Use a keyboard, complete written documents, and operate general office equipment, including telephone system, computer, printer, and copier.
- Talk, hear and communicate with others; express oneself and exchange information so others understand.
- Able to climb stairs, kneel, crouch, or bend.
- Capable of operating a motor vehicle.
- Sit for long periods of time, with repetitive motion.
- Work occasional non-standard hours, including evening and weekend events.
- Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.
At Cascade Community Connections, we strive for a fully inclusive society – in which each individual is provided equal access to community services and gainful employment. We proudly provide the resources and one-on-one guidance necessary for those seeking assistance with independent living, securing employment and navigating the transition from high school to broader community life.
Cascade employees are provided thorough training with 1:1 shadowing and in-depth education, giving them the tools to succeed. Cascade provides a unique, supportive environment where our employees work independently to offer guidance to their clients and collaborate with community members.
Cascade Community Connections Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Cascade Community Connections provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.