Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation' in 2015, 2016 and 2017, we know that "Together, We’re Better!"
Aspire is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community through our four enterprises: Aspire Kids, Aspire Living, Aspire Careers and Aspire CoffeeWorks.
We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 that serves over 1,000 children, and adults each year, and that number is growing fast! Having a strong reputation for nationally recognized, pioneering programs, Aspire was featured on the TODAY show as “a local not-for-profit doing amazing things”.
Aspire is currently searching for a dynamic and passionate individual to become our new Life Consultant.If you are determined to make a difference in the community and in people’s lives, we want to talk to you!
In partnership with adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, their family and friends, Aspire team members and other members of the Community Support Teams (CST), ensure all aspects of each individual’s program are developed, implemented, coordinated, and monitored to meet quality expectations and regulatory requirements. Communicate and work closely with each person’s interdisciplinary team in order to have seamless service delivery that results in positive outcomes for the person with the highest level of proactive customer service.
Individualized Support Plan (ISP) duties:
Writes, develops, schedules and conducts ISP, emergency meetings and other participant centered meetings timely and professionally for all assigned participants.
Monitors individual status/progress, goal tracking and other reporting forms pertaining to participants to ensure proper data collection.
Instruct and monitors Direct Support Professionals (DSP) in the implementation of goals and programming with Team Leader.
Communicate concerns to interdisciplinary team members who need to know in order to support individual needs and goals.
Maintain familiarity with individualized behavior programs and implement accordingly.
Advocate for each participant to ensure each is treated with dignity and respect, given the opportunity to exercise their individuality, and has access to explore opportunities of interest.
Encourage and monitors participants for appropriate clothing, behavior, hygiene and work patterns; taking corrective action where needed.
Links participants with community agencies/services as recommended in the ISP.
Assure compliance with each participant’s safety, health and wellness, and human rights.
Provide training as directed:
Remain current with trends in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities through participation in professional development activities. Maintain all agency-required training and annual QIDP certification through a minimum of 12 CEU hours, as required by Illinois Department of Human Services.
Conduct training for direct care staff as needed to develop a better understanding of participants’ goals, interventions, and/or relationship building.
Conduct training and/or develop new activities in social and interpersonal skills for participants as needed.
Maintain a consistent and professional line of communication as the main liaison between guardians and/or family and Aspire’s staff for each participant.
Complete/monitor/disburse moneys from participants' bank accounts, maintaining appropriate financial records and distributing quarterly statements to guardians. Ensure all documentation is completed and forwarded on for participant’s financial support.
Schedule, document, and assure all medical information including, but not limited to, hospital stays, medical appointments, dietary changes, medication regimen and medical conditions, and notifies family/guardian.
Maintain the integrity and compliance of the participant’s paper and electronic file. Ensure each participant’s file is up to date and organized at all times.
Communicate regularly with Team Leader and DSPs of all programs to provide services and support to each person in accordance with each person’s Individual Service Plan, Behavior Enrichment Plan, and Health/Wellness Plan.
Attend and communicate results of all medical appointments or needs, unless reassigned by supervisor.
Actively participate in and/or facilitate all assigned meetings and effectively communicate within the appropriate timeframe all necessary information to the proper team members, enterprises, and others who need to know in a professional and friendly manner.
Attend and actively participate in supervision with Associate Director keeping them informed of needed information.
Provide on-call coverage for the Living Enterprise as scheduled or as assigned.
Make recommendations and assist with changes in the development and delivery of new and/or existing policies, procedures, services, etc., to optimize quality assurance, reduce department deficits, and maintain the integrity of the department and Aspire.
Monitor implementation of each participant’s service plan by:
Visiting participants where they live and work on a regular basis (including 1 on 1 monthly meetings min. 1 hr);
Educating and communicating the service plan vision to program staff in order to ensure program methodologies, goals and data tracking are implemented in compliance with clients’ service plans;
Conducting a minimum of weekly home visits per Aspire’s policy and accrediting agencies’ rules and regulations;
Coordinate communication between participants’ families (min. once a month), program staff and clinical service providers regularly to ensure effective cross-team/enterprise cooperation and organizational boundaries;
Serve as main liaison to all outside service providers for participants, their natural families and living arrangement/vocational support providers;
Coordinate special meetings and staffing as needed, or at the request of any party to ensure all services provided meet the particular physical, emotional social, vocational and day-to-day needs and goals of persons served and as specified in the ISP.
Complete all assigned participants’ home checks.
Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree in related field plus one year experience working directly with people with developmental disabilities.
QIDP Illinois state certified or eligible
Valid Driver’s License with good driving record.
Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to write reports and routine business correspondence.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from families, employees, and the general public.
Ability to assess employee performance according to best practice standards and provide feedback.
Working knowledge of PC operations and software.
Some knowledge of the methods and practices of sound records management; ability to prepare and maintain records.
Ability to maintain confidential information.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional documents, technical procedures, and regulations.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with employees at all levels, families, and the general public.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; bend or stoop; reach with hands and arms; talk, hear, and observe.
The majority of work requires heavy physical exertion and may include lifting up to 75 pounds.
Duties are performed primarily in the program area, agency office, and the community. Work areas are restricted to non-smoking.
The psychological demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successful perform the essential functions of this job.
Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships with all customers and stakeholders.
Ability to interact positively with individuals who are verbally/physically aggressive.
Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize work.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. The content of this job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
I acknowledge and understand that:
Receipt of the job description does not imply nor create a promise of employment, nor an employment contract of any kind, and that my employment is at-will.
The job description provides a general summary of the position in which I am employed, that the contents of this job description are job requirements and, at this time, I know of no limitations which would prevent me from performing these functions with or without accommodation. I further understand that it is my responsibility to inform my supervisor at any time that I am unable to perform these functions.
Job duties, tasks, work hours and work requirements may be changed at any time.
Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation, in 2015 and in 2016, we know that Together, We’re Better!
Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community through ou...r four enterprises: Aspire Kids, Aspire Living, Aspire Careers and Aspire CoffeeWorks. We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 that serves nearly 1,000 kids and adults every year.