This Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) for the IGNITE Program is responsible for facilitating the daily activities at Search’s new small and flexible Adult Learning Program site in Evanston, designed to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities pursue and achieve their personal goals and actively participate in community life. This includes classroom-based instruction, community based activities and collaboration with others to ensure that individuals are receiving a full array of supports, including therapy and medical services and employment services, among others.
This position has responsibility for developing, documenting and ensuring the delivery of person-centered services with a focus on enriching community life experiences. The QIDP participates in the development of individual service plans and goals. The QIDP is also responsible for maintaining daily, monthly and annual documentation on the progress of individuals served. This position reports to the Program Development Coordinator.
Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Support the Mission Statement and agency values of Search,
Demonstrate leadership abilities by working cooperatively with Search colleagues, encouraging teamwork, respecting differing viewpoints, and demonstrating the ability to solve problems creatively from an agency-wide perspective,
Present yourself in a professional manner as a representative of Search to family members, guardians, community members, and representatives from affiliated agencies,
Convene the interdisciplinary team for each individual assigned to caseload; initiate, coordinate and monitor the interdisciplinary team process, ensure participation of team members and the individual,
Advocate for individual rights and services,
Ensure services specified in the service plan are being provided,
Provide training to direct care staff in proper implementation and documentation of the goals in the service plan,
Create quarterly Master schedules for Glidepath Curriculum and post to SharePoint,
Responsible for daily implementation of Glidepath curriculum, in accordance with the posted Curriculum Master Schedules,
Ensure service plans, assessments, and goal progress are completed according to established time-lines,
Ensure individual information is maintained accurately within the Harmony system,
Maintain compliance with personnel policies as stated in the employee handbook,
Demonstrate an understanding of the Corporate Compliance policy including the employee work rules and state/federal regulations related to services provided by Search,
Maintain daily and monthly documentation and recordkeeping on individual progress on goals established in their service plans,
Complete incident reports according to policy,
Follow vehicle safety procedures including completing vehicle maintenance reports as requested,
Attain 12 continuing education credits annually according to DHS policy for QIDPs,
Complete other duties as assigned by your supervisor,
Demonstrate kindness, courtesy, flexibility, responsiveness and consistency in meeting individual and program needs,
Assist individuals with activities of daily living and personal self-care such as toileting, eating, grooming, bathing, dressing, etc.
Ensure that individuals are planning and participating in activities of their choosing in the community, including transporting individuals to activities,
Ensure that individuals are actively engaged with meaningful activities throughout their program day or evening,
Incorporate the use of technology into the delivery of the curriculum,
Demonstrate knowledge of each individual’s Individual Service Plan and the goals established for the current period,
Assist individuals with working on individual goals as established in their service plans,
Ensure that there are daily efforts to assist individuals with learning skills needed for greater independence,
Participate in the development of individual behavioral approaches and behavioral tracking,
Maintain direct and continuous supervision of individuals at the program site and on outings or medical appointments to ensure their safety and therapeutic well-being at all times,
Provide individuals with supportive counseling, conflict resolution and problem solving assistance on an on-going basis and at times of crisis
Maintain the physical environment, grounds, and vehicles according to Search standards for cleanliness and order on a daily basis.
This position is full time, Monday - Friday, and comes with a generous benefits package:
health and dental insurance
paid vacation and sick time
two retirement plans
employee recognition program
Bachelor degree in a related field,
At least one year experience working with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities,
Must meet DHS requirements for QIDP in Illinois,
Ability to lift/carry up to 44 lbs.,
Ability to perform basic physical moves such as kneeling, reaching, crouching, bending, and twisting,
Basic computer proficiencies,
CPR and First Aid certification,
Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
Must have reliable transportation
Meets and maintains Pace certification, preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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.