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Community & Employment Specialist

Southwestern Community Services

New Hope New Horizons

This Community & Employment Specialist position requires the ability to assist consumers with developmental disabilities in the development of, and participation in, meaningful community activities, both vocational and recreational. Providing assistance with activities of daily living, personal care and the use of adaptive equipment is an essential function of the position. Respecting confidentiality and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for both consumers and staff is necessary.


Education, Work Experience, Specialized Skills, and Knowledge:
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Two years paid employment experience
• Ability to work with a diverse group of consumers with a multiplicity of needs in a variety of environments
• Flexibility in work schedule to meet client needs and job obligations
• Ability to work as a team member and interact with others in a professional and respectful manner
• Commitment to providing quality social integration opportunities for all people
• Ability to work with a positive attitude and sense of humor
• Adaptability and resourcefulness
• Ability to make decisions in potentially stressful situations.
• Possess a current valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable transportation, $100,000 -$300,000 auto liability insurance, and a willingness to transport consumers in personal vehicle; a clean criminal background check is mandatory


Summary of Responsibilities:
Provide, promote, and assist consumers with training and support to maximize their potential through gainful employment and meaningful activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist consumers in the development of and participation in meaningful community activities, both vocational and recreational
• Facilitate and promote opportunities and environments for consumers’ personal growth and relationship building
• Ensure implementation and documentation of the “individual service plan” as required and directed
• Serve as a role model for consumers and community members in terms of attitude, interactions, work performance, and personal care
• Represent self, consumers, program, and agency in a positive manner with community employers, volunteer site supervisors, area agency representatives, guardians, other team members, and any other members of the community
• Maintain a safe and healthy environment at all times, including assistance with personal care in compliance with agency safety policies
• Learn, understand, and observe Client’s Rights, behavior management guidelines, and the SCS Employee Manual
• Respect the confidentiality of all consumers and staff
• Attend training for professional growth and development as required or assigned by supervisor
• Perform other duties on an as-needed or emergency basis, as requested or assigned by supervisor

How to Apply:

New Hope New Horizons Community & Employment Specialist
Southwestern Community Services, Inc. is seeking a direct support professional with a positive attitude and the ability to be flexible to join our New Hope New Horizons Program. This is a full-time, hourly position, located in the Keene office with travel in Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region.

Benefits include, among others, paid time off, paid holidays, pension plan, health & dental insurance, and ongoing professional development. SCS is a large agency with many opportunities for training and teamwork.

Please send resume with cover letter and a completed SCS Application for Employment to:
Laurie Meissner, Director of New Hope New Horizons
Southwestern Community Services, Inc.
PO Box 603
Keene, NH 03431
Or email

*Position will be posted until filled.

SCS is an EOE and a Partner of the Monadnock United Way.

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Date Added: April 9, 2019

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