The Program Development Coordinator has primary responsibility for the development and coordination of person-centered, community-integrated services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes the development and oversight of small scale Adult Learning Program sites, including the Dempster Ignite program, collaboration on the development and marketing of Community Life programs and the development and ongoing implementation of the organization’s Glidepath curriculum, designed to offer meaningful, structured programming that meets the needs of individuals with a wide range of intellectual disabilities. This position is located at the Kensington Adult Learning site in Mount Prospect and reports directly to the Director of Adult Learning.
Support the Mission Statement and agency values of Search.
Collaborates on the implementation of Search’s Community Life Initiatives, which include community-based partnerships for volunteer experiences, immersion programs and Ignite specialty programs. Supervises the Community Life Coordinator, who has direct responsibility for the implementation of Community Life Initiatives, to develop new programs and market these in the community.
Collaborates with key staff to ensure the effective implementation of the Glidepath curriculum, Visibility Arts curriculum, Medical and Behavior services, No Boundaries curriculum and Community Life initiatives at the Dempster Ignite program site.
Collaborates with the Director of Adult Learning on the launch of new, small scale Adult Learning Programs with a focus on Community Life. Supervises the individuals who will provide direct day-to-day staffing for these programs. Serves as the primary coverage person, in instances of call-offs and vacations, for the day-to-day staffing.
Helps to identify and troubleshoot any challenges in the implementation of the Glidepath curriculum and collaborates with the Director of Adult Learning, Program Managers and the Training Coordinator to develop and implement new strategies to address challenges.
Helps train new employees in the effective delivery of Glidepath curriculum by regularly presenting a CORE Training module. Participates in ongoing professional development through the development and implementation of ongoing in-service and lunch-n-learn trainings.
Supports the ongoing implementation of the Glidepath curriculum through assistance with the development of classroom schedules, the purchase of supplies and monitoring of inventory necessary to implement modules, and other activities as needed.
Collaborates with the Director of Adult Learning on the development of marketing strategies to generate interest in the Glidepath curriculum by other organizations. As part of this work, packages modules for easy use and reference. Participates in Glidepath sales meetings, site visits and all related communications.
Provides ongoing support to client organizations that have purchased the Glidepath curriculum for use in their respective programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Actively participates on the Program Committee, including the creation and dispersal of the quarterly ALP newsletter and ongoing project-based work to support the goals of the committee.
Collaborates with Program Managers and the Community Life Coordinator to develop specialty programs at Adult Learning sites, including utilizing the gross motor space and enhancing the senior program at Kensington, as well as utilizing on-site resources like sensory rooms and training kitchens.
Develops meaningful curriculum for use across each of the organization’s Adult Learning Program sites. Collaborates with Program Managers, Coordinators and Direct Support Persons/Professionals (DSPs) to identify relevant topics and create new modules designed to engage individuals with a wide range of intellectual disabilities.
Demonstrates leadership abilities by working cooperatively with Search colleagues, encouraging teamwork, respecting differing viewpoints and demonstrating the ability to solve problems creatively.
Presents self in a professional manner as a representative of Search to family members, guardians, community members, and representatives from affiliated agencies,
Other duties as assigned.
This position is full time, with some evenings required. We offer a generous benefits package:
health and dental benefits
paid vacation and sick time & holidays
two retirement plans
employee recognition program
Bachelor degree in a related field or a minimum of four years direct experience teaching adult learners in a classroom setting.
Two years’ experience with persons with developmental disabilities. Teaching experience preferred. Working knowledge of learning and teaching techniques.
Strong written & verbal communication and presentation skills,
Basic computer proficiencies including familiarity with Microsoft programs,
Ability to perform basic physical moves such as kneeling, reaching, crouching, bending, and twisting,
CPR and First Aid certification,
Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
About Search, Inc.
Search empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives. Search provides a wide range of flexible, personalized services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These include supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment programs, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.
Outstanding Services, Life-Changing Experiences
Search makes a promise to each person we serve to provide exceptional services and truly memorable experiences that inspire and empower. This is reflected by our vision of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community.
Search is a community-based nonprofit. Our programs serve more than 600 people and their families annually at locations stretching from the southwest side of Chicago to the northern suburbs of Waukegan and Mount Prospect. Search has provided high-quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 45 years.
Experienced and ...Certified
Search, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
CARF accreditation means Search has passed an in-depth review of its services. It is your assurance that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality -- an endorsement that Search conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for you.
Our board of directors is a dedicated group of some of Illinois’ finest business, community and civic leaders. Through their dedication and service we are able to provide people with intellectual disabilities the quality of life they so truly deserve.