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Program Specialist

Company: Meristem
Location: Fair Oaks
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Program Specialist Job Posting Do you enjoy developing strong connections with all different types of people?Do you have a quiet confidence that helps you move through challenges?Do you naturally empower and build people up?Do you see yourself as multi-talented?Do you thrive in a work environment with shifting priorities? - Do you love to work and learn and earn? - If you answered yes to all of these questions, we invite you to keep reading and strongly encourage you to reach out to us---Our mission at Meristem is to prepare young adults on the autism spectrum to build a strong sense of self, develop an enhanced social capacity, and create a life of increased social and economic independence. We strive to create a world where the unique capabilities of adults on the spectrum are respected and appreciated. We facilitate the ability of adults with autism to have full and meaningful lives, with ample opportunities for mainstream employment and independent living.Meristem is a great place to work and grow. We all work together, each of us motivating those around us with our commitment to high standards. At Meristem we have a highly motivated team, a rewarding career path and opportunities for personal growth. -Location: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd. Fair Oaks, CA 95628Status: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Non-Exempt, Full-time Schedule: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - *This is the primary / starting schedule
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - *Program Specialist must be willing to adjust schedule with
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - earlier start times and/or later start times and/or weekends in
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$19 - $25 per hour depending on experienceMedical, Dental and Vision insurance; generous portion paid by the FoundationExtremely Generous Paid Holiday Schedule that includes extended holiday breaks (Spring Break - 5 days/ Thanksgiving Break- 5 Days/ Winter Break- 10 Days) Paid Vacation Paid Sick Leave About the Program Specialist positionAs a Program Specialist you are a member of the Self Leadership Team. - Our purpose is to assist each student on their journey towards optimal independence through supporting each of them in their skill development and acquisition in the areas of Living Skills, Employment Readiness and Continued Education.As a Program Specialist your core responsibilities include:
Learning who each student is in a way that can allow you to provide the type and level of support each of them needs to continue moving forward in their quest for optimal independence. - - Daily commitment to expanding your in-depth knowledge about who they are and establishing the needed rapport to help them continue moving forward.Learning how all of the functions of our teaching system are designed to support each student in their journey. - Providing support to primary instructors during their teaching sessions.Assisting primary instructors in order to learn the base instructional strategies in order to provide lead facilitation in the respective classes when needed or asked. - Developing and leading small group instruction in areas of skill development that are designed to further assist students in the acquisition of needed skills and competencies.Providing support and guidance to students in the areas of employment readiness, career exploration, applying for positions and interviewing. Identifying and working directly with employers on developing a system of support through the hiring, on-boarding and retention processes. - Providing job coaching to both the Meristem student and the companies in which employment is secured. - Leading and/or supporting small group Vocational Training crews that engage in supporting partners in the community through volunteerism. Exploring and engaging potential partners that could benefit from partnering with a Meristem Vocational Training crew. - Providing support and guidance to students in the areas of continued education via college exploration (online / in-person), course exploration, registration, engaging in course content and working directly with them as needed to ensure course work is understood and being completed.Assisting students in navigating and effectively engaging the various college support systems designed to support them. - Additional responsibilities & expectations:
Modeling in all our activities and interactions that which we are intending to teach / show / coach our students in.Developing and sustaining a strong rapport with all staff members (including program managers and supervisors) in order to allow for fluid collaboration, problem solving and creative thinking.Staying in compliance with all mandated documentation of student progress.Attending meetings with the supervisor, Self-Leadership -Team and All Staff Team.Developing and following an individual plan for personal growth & development.Attending and fully engaging in "all-group" (staff and students) activities.Adhering to the Meristem structure of skill development through developmental progression - beginner, intermediate, advanced.Keeping workspaces -clean and organized.Arriving at any 1 to 1 or small group session fully prepared to engage effectively and through the duration of the session. - - When asked, participate in support network meetings and discussions that may include a student's family members or other members of the community that also support the student.Provide direct and indirect support to any new staff - when asked / needed - through the onboarding process.Engage in both scheduled and unscheduled activities designed to further understand and explore the founding principles of Meristem and the teaching methods utilized.Perform other duties as asked and directed.Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experiences is preferred.A verifiable track record of successful employment.An intermediate level (or higher) of proficiency using a computer (MAC or PC), Google Suite (docs, sheets, slides, calendar and drive) and email.Currently licensed and insured in the state of California.Willingness to drive students to and -from various locations using Meristem vehicles.Willingness to have a flexible schedule that may include adjusting your schedule on a regular or semi-regular basis including some early weekday shifts, late weekday shifts and/or weekend shifts.1 or more years in a teaching and/or coaching capacity is highly preferred.Familiarity with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Developmental DisabilitiesThree professional references.Pre-Employment Background and Drug Test Required. - - -Powered by JazzHR

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