It is the objective of CHI Centers, Inc. to join with others to create the conditions that allow all persons with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in community life; to have choices in the pursuit of personal growth; to maintain positive relationships with family members, friends, and neighbors; and to be afforded respect and dignity.
The Community Engagement Coordinator contributes to the life-changing impact of meaningful days in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This position will be responsible for the strategy and execution of people’s community experience. It will offer the opportunity to impact CHI’s day to day operations on both a macro and micro level.
Must have high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
A minimum of 6 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities engaged in community settings is required. Experience in the Montgomery/Prince Georges Counties is preferred.
Valid Driver’s License
Ability to take trainings and maintain credentials required by DDA and CHI, Inc.
Reasoning Ability: Job tasks are variable and require the use of several procedures or methods in combination. Ability to adapt policies and procedures to fit situations is required. Interpretation of technical/detailed guidelines, policies and/or procedures is required. Problems vary, but generally solution is available through analysis of alternatives/inquiry or research.
Language: Reading is required to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Requires writing for routine reports/correspondence.
Mathematics: Basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are required. Ability to monitor program revenues and expenses.
Computer: Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
Other: Skills with individuals with disabilities.
Market CHI services to community nonprofits and/or businesses to identify volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities.
Develop partnerships with local nonprofits and private businesses to conduct community-based discovery and assessment activities.
Develop relationships with businesses and nonprofits in the counties to increase access for people with developmental disabilities to meaningful community activities.
Develop leads and contacts at community sites, and assist in securing opportunities that are a match for both people supported by CHI and the business/agency.
Work with CHI staff at the community site to help train the staff, the individual supported by CHI and the business/agency liaison on effective communication techniques, accommodations, and developing natural supports.
Partner with CHI’s Employment and Day Coordinators to identify opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a community-based atmosphere to assist with employment/activity skills, habits and behaviors that assist people in achieving their goals that will lead to greater community involvement and enhance each person’s quality of life.
Establishment of Supports
Work with individuals and their families to identify desired services and activities and establish links within the community to achieve those goals.
Responsible for researching new community resources for individuals' growth and independence.
Analyze and understand participant wants and needs to ensure meaningful community engagement.
Assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional barriers to integration.
Act as an advocate for individuals when they cannot do for themselves.
Encourage and teach self-advocacy skills to individuals.
Works with individual, caregivers, CHI staff and community resources to create a positive circle of support for the individual.
Identify, encourage and foster the establishment of natural supports in the community that individuals can use for support, transportation, and social connections.
Support Coordinators ability to maintain all required documentation for supporting participants to include progress reports for each contact made (whether face-to-face, phone, etc.), weekly attendance, IP documentation to provide new outcomes and goals, DDA required reporting and all other CHI required documentation.
Complete administrative reports as requested by Director.