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Community Living Specialist

Company: UCP WORK Inc.
Location: Goleta
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Work Schedule is Monday - Friday, with one week on call per month. SUMMARY : Responsible for respecting and promoting the individual rights of people served including promoting and maintaining the dignity of each person receiving services. Responsible for establishing effective relationships with assigned people served to enable and assist people served to develop a network of support and to develop and implement meaningful and appropriate support plans to meet their goals and needs. Provides instruction and support in living skills, identifies, and facilitates access to community resources, and coordinates resources as requested or required by people served who are either living in, or are preparing to live in, a supported independent setting. Assists each individual to advocate for their needs when interacting with family members, significant others, community members, and other agency/professional staff to ensure preferences are respected and needs are met. Community Living Specialist (CLS) must be able to work effectively as a member of a team or network, as well as independently. Coordinates and supervises the activities of Direct Support Staff that support people served to accomplish daily living activities at the persons home and/or in the local community. Responsible for providing oversight of the entire staff assigned to work with assigned people served. The actual responsibilities of each CLS in relation to each assigned person served are individually determined based upon the needs and interests of each person served. Service responsibilities to people served are of primary concern and this will require adjustments in CLS schedules, hours of work, and days of work as necessary to respond to the needs of people served, staffing needs, and other legitimate business needs as UCP WORK Inc. deems appropriate.


Service Provision Coordinates the service needs of individuals on assigned caseload. Assists people served in advocating for their personal needs. Maintains the confidentiality of people served in all aspects of service provision. Provides teaching/learning opportunities and facilitates the acquisition of skills by using effective teaching/counseling principles and techniques. Coordinates instruction and support to people served in acquiring and utilizing assistive technology/adaptive equipment and accessing modifications as needed. Provides direct assistance and support in various tasks vital to living in the community, which the person served is unable to perform. Coordinates and supervises activities of the Direct Support Staff including assisting people served to hire, train, supervise, schedule, and maintain appropriate Direct Support Staff to meet their personal support needs in all environments. Monitors medical needs of people served, assist people served to access appropriate medical care, and advocate effectively for appropriate medical care as needed.

Develops and maintains knowledge of relevant community resources and accesses services and resources appropriately to aid people served to participate in community activities. Acts as liaison between UCP WORK Inc. and other agencies on behalf of assigned people served. Assists people served in establishing 24-hour emergency response systems and provide training in and ongoing monitoring of each individuals 24-hour emergency response system. Responds to crises and emergencies of people served in a flexible and proactive manner. Participates in CLS Emergency On-Call System.

Developing and Coordinating Service Plans Assists people served in developing their Individual Service/Support Plan (ISP) goals and objectives. Assists people served to schedule, coordinate, and participate in team planning meetings. Attends and actively participates in all annual, semi-annual, and quarterly ISP meetings. Participates in implementation of service plans based on individuals identified goals and objectives. Assists in advocating for the implementation of individuals Individual Program Plan (IPP).

Record Maintenance and Documentation Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the service recipient information system. Enters data into the records of people served and prepares reports as required. Maintains current demographic information on assigned caseload as required. Maintains current records regarding abilities and needs of people served in relation to daily living. Maintains individual progress records of all face-to-face meetings with and relevant contacts on behalf of people served. Prepares and submits annual and semi-annual Individual Services Plan (ISP) reports as required. Prepares and submits all Special Incident Reports (SIR), Adult Protective Service (APS) reports, and FYI reports as required. Maintains current copies of In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Notices of Action (NOAs) in the files for people served. Maintains current and historical medical records including medication lists, medical protocols/treatments, medical history, etc. for assigned people served. Maintains current schedules for people served and staff for assigned caseload.

Developing and Maintaining Effective Relationships and Communication Maintains effective and efficient communication with program management by providing comprehensive case reports during weekly supervision and daily updates as needed. Submits written weekly schedules to program management within the required timeframe and updates schedules as required when changes occur. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with people served, individuals in their Circle of Support, family members, other agency staff including regional center and day program staff, employers, and relevant members of the community. Assists in the formation of and participates in Circles of Support as needed and requested by people served. Maintains a level of personal conduct in working with people served which will promote a friendly, comfortable, safe atmosphere where people served may progress socially, emotionally, and physically. Respects and always promotes the individual rights of people served including maintaining the dignity and privacy of each person. Demonstrates a dedication to the empowerment of people served by providing decision-making opportunities in all aspects of daily living. Maintains professional boundaries between people served, families, and other employees always. Refrains from gossiping about people served, families, and other employees. Maintains the confidentiality of people served in all aspects of service provision. Supervision of Direct Support Staff is required.


Ability to stand, sit for long periods of time Ability to go up and down stairs Ability to speak, read, hear, and understand technical written material The employee is frequently required to climb, stoop, twist, or bend and lift up to fifty (50) pounds, using proper body mechanics to minimize injuries to self and people served.
Full awareness of environmental stimuli Ability to implement Crisis Management, Safety & ProAct techniques Ability to demonstrate patience and understanding because people served may have intellectual, emotional, or behavioral challenges, in addition to physical limitations.

QUALIFICATIONS : 1. Sufficient reading, writing, and communication skills in English to perform essential duties and responsibilities. 2. Ability to follow directions, both written and oral in English. 3. Interest and concern for people with developmental disabilities and possess sufficient patience and understanding to accommodate their special needs. 4. Ability to set priorities, perform job duties in an orderly fashion, and complete job duties effectively and efficiently. 5. Reliable, responsible, trustworthy, cooperative, punctual, and enthusiastic about performing a job to the best of their ability.

6. Ability to use sound judgment and analytical skills to effectively solve problems and consistently choose courses of action which result in beneficial outcomes to the people served and the agency. 7. Ability to demonstrate a positive outlook that is open and supportive of others and the agency. 8. Ability to act as a role model and a "team player" and to work cooperatively with others to establish positive working relationships. 9. Ability to develop and maintain clear, effective, and timely verbal and written communication with participants, coworkers, supervisors, family members, and other professionals. 10. Ability to work autonomously without close or constant supervision and to self-initiate activities to complete all duties and responsibilities within the required timeframes. 11. Ability to maintain confidentiality related to records of all employees and people served and information as required by regulation and UCP WORK Inc. policies. 12. Ability to advocate with and on behalf of people served and to determine when advocacy is required. 13. Ability to actively look for ways to support and assist people served and the employees who support them to meet goals and objectives in their homes and in their communities. 14. Ability to resolve interpersonal conflict and avoid being judgmental and critical in situations that challenge your personal belief system while maintaining the dignity and respect of all parties involved. 15. Ability to employ active listening, critical thinking, and effective communication to assist and support people served and employees working with individual people served. 16. Knowledge of management principles related to leadership and coordination of people and resources. 17. Knowledge, understanding, and support of the principles of Supported Living Services and Person-Centered Planning. 18. Knowledge and understanding of the Lanterman Act and Title 17 as it relates to Supported Living Services. 19. Computer literacy and strong written literacy skills. 20. Must have consistent access to reliable dependable personal transportation to meet the day-to-day demands and that will allow for quick response in an emergency.

Company Description In July of 2001, WORK, Inc. joined United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties. Known as a leader in assisting individuals with disabilities in all facets of daily living, the merger with United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties has enhanced our capacity to offer services throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties for children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, physical limitations and other neurological disabilities. In 2003 WORK, Inc. became UCP WORK, Inc.. Today, UCP WORK, Inc. offers Supported Living Services, High School Transition Programs, Mentor and Youth Programs, as well as employment opportunities and social enrichment programs throughout Santa Barbara County and serves over 600 residents with significant disabilities.

(The organization is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, primarily funded through the State of California and through generous grants from local foundations, the organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors.) - See more at:

Keywords: UCP WORK Inc., Santa Barbara , Community Living Specialist, Other , Goleta, California

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