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Kelb Peer Mentor

Company: Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Location: Syracuse
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY

The Peer Mentor works directly with individuals with developmental disabilities to provide support to increase participation in the campus community on goals outlined in their individualized plans. The Peer Mentor will provide services within the classroom and campus community in order to promote independence, inclusion and quality of life. The Peer Mentor is responsible for implementing and monitoring services in compliance with State, Federal, and Center regulations and operating standards.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support an individual in the classroom or across the campus community as outlined in their individualized plan.
  • Provide tutoring or assistance in coursework.
  • Participate in activities as part of the InclusiveU team that may include meetings, trainings and committees.
  • Implement and monitor plans for people receiving services through the OPWDD Home and Community Based Waiver Program
  • Delivery of direct services to individuals while assessing appropriateness of plan as developed, progress/regression, continued appropriateness of plan.
  • Oversee the safety and well-being of the individuals.
  • Maintain and regularly compile documentation to be reviewed by supervisor as required.
  • Ensure positive and effective communication and cooperation within and between department, division, center, family and community personnel.
  • Establish a work environment that creates positive communication between supervisors and employees and assimilates new employees to the culture, values and mission.
  • Ensure compliance with all pertinent government and center regulations and operating standards.

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS/EXPERIENCE

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Must have understanding of the characteristics of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
  • At least 1 year working with people with developmental disabilities is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • This position has regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with individuals receiving services, therefore, is required by law to be fingerprinted for a criminal history record check under OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities)
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances are warranted.

REQUIRED ABILITIES

  • Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Regularly attend scheduled shifts and meetings, being punctual.
  • Exercise tact, discretion and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Legible handwriting.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/HAZARDS

  • Job related tasks do not involve exposure or potential exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissue and Category I tasks are not a condition of employment. May have exposure to unpredictable individuals and situations when working at sites.
  • Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • OSHA Exposure Category III

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS

  • The employee must have full sight and hearing with fluency in the English language. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and sit. Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. and may be exposed to verbal and/or physical aggression.
  • Ability to walk, bend, and squat.
  • Ability to climb and descend stairs.
  • Must be able to move and react quickly.
  • Must be able to manage and cope in sometimes stressful situations.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, scanner, computer printer, etc.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising work-flow and efficiency.

Keywords: Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Syracuse , Kelb Peer Mentor, Other , Syracuse, New York

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