The Life Skills Advocate (LSA)/DSP provides overall support to empower participants to achieve their optimal independence. The LSA is responsible for providing direct support, positive direction, and assistance to participants in accordance with program policies, procedures, and DDS standards. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with daily activities of life skills by monitoring and implementing each participant's daily activity schedule, teaching safety awareness, documenting each participant progress in alignment with Individual support plan (ISP) goals, and participating in community engagement activities and/or program location-based activities. Finally, the Life Skills Advocate is responsible for facilitating all necessary actions to achieve success for program participants and realize the Mission and Vision of OSBI.
- High School Education
- Must have a valid driver’s license for at least 39 months (3 yrs.).
- Must be at least 21 years old with no more than 1 moving violation within the past 3 years, or 23 years old with no more than 2 minor moving violations or 1 accident within the past 5 years and must possess a current/valid California driver’s license, auto registration and insurance.
- Must be able to obtain CPR, First Aid Certificates.
- Must clear criminal history check and fingerprint clearance.
- Deliver program curriculum based on individual needs of program participants in accordance with ISP goals and objectives by implementing daily schedule provided by supervisor.
- Transport program participants safely in a company vehicle to/from Community integration Life Skills program for community-based activities as well as transportation to and from program.
- Consider safety and proactive supervision when supporting participants by assisting and accompanying them on campus or community activities.
- Report and document concise daily participant’s progress including completing daily data collection logs, communication books, etc.
- Act as an advocate for Participant(s)/OSBI when in contact with Parents/Guardians/Support Coordinator regarding updates on Participant activities throughout the day.
- Model and demonstrate appropriate behavior management techniques with program participants.
- Project a professional, knowledgeable, and capable image consistent with the One Step Beyond mission in public interactions.
- Consider the welfare, growth, and development of program participants as a top priority in all support and instructional activities.
- Communicate effectively and respectfully with participants and parents/guardians to address concerns, maintain positive relationships, and serve as an advocate for participants and a resource for parents/guardians.
- Encourage other LSA’s to work together to support the team in all direct service practices, including participant’s safety measures, curriculum delivery support, positive behavior support, and progress report accuracy.
- Provide information to Supervisor/ Director to advocate for change in ISP goals/objective, requests of new services (when needed).
- Handle difficult situations with a positive attitude by actively seeking problem resolution, creative solutions, and program and organizational enhancements to ensure individual and team performance as well as program effectiveness.
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