Activity Specialist DD (Full-Time)

    Goodwill Industries
    Dayton and Surrounding Areas, Dayton, OH

    Job Description

    Do you have a desire to work for an organization driven by empowerment and full inclusion? Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is one of the largest employers in the region; with the mission to empower those with disadvantages and disabilities to improve their quality of life.  We employ over 600 associates just in our retail stores alone. GESMV also offers over 40 programs and services to the community ranging from job readiness programs to assistive technology services.  We are always looking for driven, enthusiastic people to join our team. 



    Activity Specialist DD



    The Activity Specialist works with a team to support adults with developmental disabilities in making a positive difference in their lives by:

    • assisting with daily living skills
    • teaching skills and modeling behavior to improve independence and responsible behavior
    • implementing activities that are functional, person centered, community inclusive and age appropriate
    • actively working with a diverse population of individuals with varying levels of skills and needs
    • assuring individuals receiving services are the focus of each day’s activities



    Essential Duties & Responsibilities


    • Facilitate individualized, purposeful and diverse activities based upon participant interests, strengths, needs, and choices as described in the Individual Service Plan.  Incorporate various teaching strategies utilizing available curriculum and encompassing all areas of life domains, including potential employment opportunities.
    • Provide individual instruction and skill development in the areas of personal care, making meaningful choices about daily activities, and community inclusion opportunities.
    • Develop and maintain on-going communication with Supervisor as needed regarding participants' services, interests and progress.
    • Promote positive relationships between Goodwill/Easter Seals Adult Day Programs and Services and community agencies and resources that relate to the program.
    • Intervene therapeutically during crisis situations as needed.
    • Assist with personal care including transferring persons as needed.
    • Provide direct training of persons served utilizing skills such as gentle teaching methods.
    • Drive agency van to pick up and return program participants.  Safely operate wheelchair lift on agency van.
    • Assist new participants in adjusting to Goodwill/Easter Seals Adult Day Programs and Services, along with assessing their abilities and choice for services.
    • May be required to provide and/or arrange transportation as needed, i.e., utilize own vehicle, local transit.
    • Maintain and update required program documentation.
    • Participate as a member of the ISP team as required and prepare/complete assigned paperwork timely.
    • Attend staff meetings, in-services and other meetings as assigned.
    • Follow petty cash procedures as required.
    • Maintain a clean and safe environment.
    • Hours may need to be flexible based on the program requirements.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Comply with all Agency policies, procedures and safety standards throughout work areas and maintain same to meet CARF, Department of Labor and other regulatory standards.


    Education Requirements


    Bachelor Degree in human services or related field preferred; Associate Degree in Human Services plus 1 year experience; or equivalent considered.  Increased years of experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements.


    Experience Requirements


    One year experience in Human Services field preferred.




    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 the essential functions.


    Must maintain the ability to pass a criminal background check and random drug screens.


    Skills & Abilities

    • Use of discretion and independent judgment in oversight responsibilities and the delivery of services required. 
    • Ability to provide therapeutic interventions during crisis situations and to effectively communicate with both verbal and non-verbal individuals.
    • Ability to encourage and enhance involvement with guardians, families, significant others, community and other service providers.
    • Ability to communicate effectively.


    Language Skills:

    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, general business instructions, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
    • Ability to speak effectively with participants, caregivers and the general public.


    Reasoning Ability:

    • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
    • Ability to deal with daily operational challenges with a calm demeanor.


    Physical Demands


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.


    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.




    Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, disability status, protected veteran status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, status with regard to public assistance, or any other classification protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including, but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions, and terminations. 

    Posting ID: 547083167Posted: 2020-02-19