Community-Based Specialist Job – WISCA

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Community Based Specialist for the WISCA program, a special education school program for students with High-Functioning Autism with locations in Sharpsburg, Bridgeville, and Sewickley, PA. This position will work Monday through Friday.

At the Watson Institute, we invest in our employees personally and professionally. Check out a few of the employee benefits you’ll receive as a Watson employee:

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurances as well as life and long-term disability and access to voluntary benefits. 
  • 403b Retirement Plan with Watson matching employee contributions after 1 year of employment. 
  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program access for employees who meet the forgiveness program requirements.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and flexible spending accounts.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at the Watson Institute!

Employment Type: Full-time

Transition Services Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and instruction to students in vocational and community settings
  • Work directly with students both within the campus program/building as well as directly supporting students in community-based experiences outside of the campus (these may include local businesses, community outings, volunteer organizations)
  • Prepare and review CBI/CBVE activities and organize materials at vocational partnership sites, volunteer sites and/or community settings
  • Conduct group and individual lessons related to transition goals
  • Maintain accurate and prompt data collection, participate effectively as a prepared team member, and contribute to the smooth operation of the WISCA program
  • Supervise community-based instructional aides
  • Manage CBI activities, implement review and monitoring procedures, assess student needs and attend IEP meetings if necessary
  • Develop partnerships with local businesses and community organizations for the purposes of CBI activities
  • Write Present Levels and Transition sections of the IEPs
  • Adhere to safety and health procedures, Department of Labor Guidelines, CBVE guidelines, IEP requirements, and individual agency regulations
  • Interact professionally with coworkers, families, vocational partnership sites, and school district personnel
  • Serve as liaison with community transition agencies such as OVR
  • Travel daily to various sites and drive students in a van to and from various sites
  • Other duties as assigned

Specialist Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required
  • Three years’ experience working with adolescents with special needs working on functional life and vocational skills either in a classroom and/or a work-related setting
  • The essential functions of this position require the ability to exert moderate physical effort, including bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, brisk walking, and the ability to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Valid PA Driver’s License and the ability to drive students in a van
  • Current PA Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances
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