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Community Pre-Voc Specialist
Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Community Support
Schenectady NY, Latham NY


Prevocational Specialists promote growth in vocational independence and community integration, preparing individuals with developmental disabilities for work.  This position provides person-centered employment planning and support that supports individuals to learn about, prepare for, obtain, maintain or advance in competitive employment in integrated settings through the Work Readiness Initiative and the Pathway to Employment Service.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Provides community based support and assessment to individuals with disabilities

  • Provides instruction and assistance to individuals in areas including but not limited to workplace expectations, career development, personal hygiene, social interaction with peer group, mobility training, and personal finances

  • Participates in regular team meetings to discuss participants progress in the program

  • Maintains regular, effective communication with community contacts at job and volunteer/internship sites

  • Maintains regular, effective communication with individuals and their circles of support

  • Maintains regular, effective communication with the Director of Pre-Vocational services to share updates, concerns, milestones, etc.

  • Coordinates and schedules meetings and communications to include relevant services providers and members of an individual’s circle of support

  • Maintains detailed documentation in regard to all services provided

  • Independently interfaces with community partners

  • Embraces team approach, attending and participating in all staff meetings and mentoring new staff.

  • Participates in program plan development, maintaining a capacity-based approach, and supports individuals in activities that build competencies and integrate them fully into their communities.

  • Provides support to individuals in crisis through the use of behavioral support techniques

  • Assists individuals in reaching their employment related goals

  • Negotiates and manages schedules and daily activities, including making regular adjustments to accommodate the needs of individuals and Wildwood’s business partners

  • Completes all mandated reporting requirements by Wildwood and regulating agencies including but not limited to the following:

    • Habilitation plan service delivery checklists, notes and summaries.

    • All Pathway to Employment documentation, including but not limited to Action Plan, Discovery Plan, etc

    • Incident reports

    • Documents related to behavioral support plans

    • Other agency related documentation.

  • Helps ensure appropriate safeguards for individuals are developed and maintained.

  • Remains current in agency and program related training.

  • Communicates with other agencies and their representatives, businesses, family members, job coaches and any other key stakeholders.

  • Implements emergency procedures established by the agency as necessary.

  • Provides emergency first aid and CPR as necessary.

  • Reports unique or emergency medical conditions of individuals to the program supervising R.N., and management team.

  • All supervisors, managers, and employees are all responsible for helping to create a workplace free of recognized hazards, and for acting safely.


Education/Experience: Associates Degree in Education, Human Service or related field, and two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other requirements: A valid NYS driver's license and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Daily access to a vehicle to transport individuals based on program needs. Must be cleared and maintain acceptable record under the NYS OPWDD mandated criminal background check process

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