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Community Liaison Specialist in Columbia, MD at Community Options

Date Posted: 5/24/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Columbia, MD
  • Job Type:
    Health Care
  • Experience:
    At least 1 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    5/24/2018

Job Description

Community Options, Inc. is a national non-profit agency providing services to individuals with disabilities in 11 states.  We believe in the dignity of every person, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination.

Starting Rate: $12/hour

We are in search of a Community Liaison Specialist (CLS). This individual will facilitate community inclusion for individuals with disabilities to build a natural support network and cultivate connections to other individuals, groups, friends, and family.

Job Responsibilities:

With the Individuals:

  • Evaluates skills, and becomes familiar with and respectful of their interests, goals, dreams, capacities, lifestyle, needs, gifts, and social circle.
  • Identifies their employment potential and supports them in working towards their goals.
  • Encourages them to explore their interests in ways that can build meaningful relationships with other people in the community.
  • Coaches and supports them in their participation by helping them work out issues such as logistics and transportation.
  • Advises them on what is considered appropriate behavior within different settings and circumstances.
  • Accompanies individuals to and from appointments and activities.

Within the community:

  • Increases consciousness about community inclusion within the organization and the community at large.
  • Speaks to various organizations (COBAC, local civic and religious groups) about the joys and challenges of community inclusion.
  • Recruits, orients, coordinates, trains, and supports volunteers and interns doing community inclusion work.
  • Educates the community on the rights of people with disabilities; the need and benefits of greater inclusion; and appropriate ways to speak and respond to the person being supported.
  • Serves as an advocate for individuals with disabilities along with raising awareness within the community to ensure individuals served are treated positively and as valued members of the community.

Experience/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field, or
    • High School Diploma/GED and 1 year experience in social services or related field
  • Experience facilitating groups and supporting others in a supervisory capacity.
  • Comfortable networking with a diverse range of people and groups.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, and to assist an individual physically
  • Work will take place in community and residential settings

What We Offer:

  • Generous Paid Time Off after 3 months of employment
  • Paid Holidays
  • Career/Professional Growth Opportunities including Community Options Leadership Academy Program
  • 403b with Employer Match after 1 year of service
  • Comprehensive benefits including: Medical, Dental and Supplemental Insurance options.
  • Various Employee Discount Programs

Community Options is an Equal Opportunity Employer

M/F/D/V

If interested, please click Apply Now or send resume to: resumes-hw@comop.org

 

**Must Complete Online Application to be Considered:

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