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When you work for Valley Achievement Center, you are a part of a committed group of individuals working to create a world where all people with autism and other developmental disabilities can live as independently as possible. By joining our group today, you can help us improve lives and speed up the creation of a variety of solutions for tomorrow.

Employment Opportunities

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) company, Valley Achievement Center (VAC) is fully dedicated to providing education, quality of life skills, and employment opportunities for children and adults with development disabilities, to enable them to achieve the highest degree of independence, dignity, and self-worth. Come join our team and make a difference in the life of someone special. Valley Achievement Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates for all open positions.

 

Current employment opportunities:

Instructional Assistant

Job Summary: To provide an effective learning environment with instruction based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a classroom setting (including, but not limited to 1:1, 3:1, 6:1) for students with Autism, or other Developmental Disabilities, ages 3 – 22. Provide the support required to effectively teach academic, functional, self-help, social, and communication skills and all responsibilities thereof. Must have the ability to manage and adapt to challenging behavior(s) from student(s) in accordance with VAC policies and protocol.

Job Requirements:

  • Ensure student and employee safety at all times.
  • Maintain close proximity to assigned student(s) at all times.
  • Maintain student and/or classroom program binders and notify Program Manager/Teacher of any concerns regarding student programs.
  • Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for student behavior(s).
  • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Lead lessons, instruction, games, and activities as stated in Individual Program Plans (IPP) or Individual Education Plans (IEP).
  • Protect and uphold student confidentiality at all times.
  • Collect, record, and maintain accurate data pertaining to student’s IPP/IEP goals.
  • Work with a variety of students within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities.
  • Maintain organization of student work/classroom area.
  • Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
  • Follow appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
  • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
  • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Actively participate in community based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in water activities (changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined the VAC Dress Code).
  • Exemplifies VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to work as a team, actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
  • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
  • Prior experience working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities preferred.
  • Flexible and adaptable to student, program, and organizational changes.
  • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.

Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).
  • 20 College units or Paraprofessional Certification required (Basic Ed only).
  • Minimum of 6 units Child Development (Preschool only).
  • 2-year degree or equivalent from a regional accredited university preferred (all programs).

Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs. with assistance.
  • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing.
  • Simple grasping with both hands and fine manipulation with both hands.
  • Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
  • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
  • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
  • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.

Certificates:

  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
  • Completion of behavior modification training within 3 months of employment.

    Direct Care Staff-ADP 

    Position Summary:
    Direct Care Staff provide client care, assistance and support in all client programming. Direct Care

    Staff will collaborate with the Lead Staff and the Program Facilitator to understand, implement, and monitor client ISP (Individual Service Plan) goals.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Ensure client and employee safety at all times.
    • Uphold client confidentiality at all times.
    • Maintain organization of client work/classroom areas.
    • Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
    • Ability to exercise appropriate ABA techniques for client programming.
    • Follows appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to clients, parents/primary care provider, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
    • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
    • Supervises developmentally disabled clients per assigned schedule, in defined Center-Based Activities, and Community-Based Activities as related to the clients ISP.
    • Completes appropriate and required forms daily and monthly this includes but is not limited to; Time Cards, mileage, Client Progress Report, Daily Illness Inspection Form, Medication Log and others forms and reports as assigned.
    • Encourages clients to develop appropriate socialization, functional academics, adaptive functioning skills, daily living skills and volunteer or work-related skills and abilities.
    • Will be required to assist with the following: laundry, meal preparation, cooking/baking, toileting, participate recreational activities (indoor and outdoor).
    • Will assist clients in a variety of prompts, including but not limited to verbal prompts, hand-over-hand, or other physical prompts.
    • May be required to work with non-verbal clients using Picture Exchange Communication System
    • (PECS) or other assistive technology.
    • Maintains a professional and objective relationship with referral sources, employers, parents, care providers, clients, and appropriate others.
    • Participates in meetings, program special events, training and/or workshops (e.g. community sponsored events, on behalf of clients, award ceremonies, career events, etc.) for the purpose of receiving and/or conveying information.
    • Exemplifies VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
    • Completes other duties as assigned.

    Job Qualifications:

    • 6-months or more experience working with individuals or persons with developmental disabilities, preferred.
    • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Ability to work as a team, actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
    • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
    • Ability to maintain composure, be objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
    • General working knowledge of standard computer programs.
    • Prior experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities preferred.
    • Flexible and adaptive to student, program, and organization changes.
    • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.
    • Excellent time management skills with the ability to implement goals and objectives.

    Educational Requirements:

    • Minimum High School diploma or GED required (all programs).

    Physical Requirements:

    • Lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs. with assistance.
    • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing.
    • Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
    • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
    • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
    • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.

    Certificates:

    • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
    • Completion of behavior modification training within 3 months of employment.

    Direct Care Staff-SLS

    Job Summary:   This position will provide assistance and support to clients in a home setting, via the internet, or in a facility setting.  The goal of Direct Care Staff is to help clients gain independence through providing assistance with daily living and adaptive functioning skills.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Coach/assist clients with daily living including personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal preparation, emergency responses, social interaction, and grocery shopping and medical appointments.
    • Follow health and safety plans and follow physician’s direction for client care.
    • Ensures/records client prescription medication.
    • Provides client transportation in an insured personal or company vehicle.
    • Ensures Individual Service Plans are followed for each client.
    • Completes and submits all paperwork as required by Valley Achievement Center.
    • Assists client with finding appropriate social activities.
    • Performs shift requirements per supervisor and client support plans.
    • Assists client with budgeting, including but limited to: cashing checks, balancing cash box, maintaining a bill paying calendar.
    • Follows all policies and procedures as outlined in VAC handbook.
    • Ensure client safety at all times.
    • Maintain close proximity to client at all times.
    • Maintain the client’s binder and notify Lead Staff of any concerns regarding client programming. Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for client behavior(s).
    • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with clients, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Protect and uphold client confidentiality at all times.
    • Collect, record, and maintain accurate data pertaining to client’s IPP/ISP goals.
    • May work with a variety of clients within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities. Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
    • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
    • Follow appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to clients, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
    • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
    • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
    • Actively participate in community-based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in water activities (changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined the VAC Dress Code). Exemplifies VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
    • Performs other duties as assigned. 

    Job Qualifications: 

    • Required to have a safe, reliable and insured vehicle on hand during all scheduled shifts.
    • Prior experience working with adults with developmental disabilities preferred.
    • Ability to follow goals and objectives established for each client.
    • Ability to work any shift as required by the supervisor or the client needs.
    • Must be 18 years of age to work in the SLS Program.
    • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Ability to work as a team, and independently without direct supervision; actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
    • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
    • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
    • Flexible and adaptable to client, program, and organizational changes.
    • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.

    Educational Requirements:

    • High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).

    Physical Requirements: 

    • Must be able to lift 60 lbs. without assistance.
    • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing. Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
    • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
    • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
    • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.

    Certificates:

    • Valid Driver’s License and evidence of insurability.
    • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
    • Completion of QBS Safety Care training within 3 months of employment.

    Job Coach

    Job Summary:  The Job Coach provides assistance and support to developmentally disabled clients on or off the job, in activities that are employment related.

    Responsibilities:

    • Ensure client and employee safety at all times.
    • Uphold client confidentiality at all times.
    • Follows appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to clients, parents/primary care provider, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
    • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
    • Supervises client on the work site per assigned schedule.
    • Completes appropriate and required forms daily and monthly this includes but is not limited to: Time Cards, mileage, Client Progress Report, and other forms and reports as assigned.
    • Assists in training the client on the following: basic employer procedural requirements, expectations and job duties, appropriate workplace communication and socialization.
    • Demonstration and role modeling job tasks and work ethics including, but not limited to, punctuality, attendance, personal hygiene and appropriate workplace attire.
    • Maintains a professional and objective relationship with referral sources, employers, parents, care providers, clients, and other stakeholders.
    • Participates in meetings, program special events, training and/or workshops.
    • Exemplifies VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
    • Completes other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Job Qualifications:

    • Current & Valid California Driver’s License (must submit a copy if offered employment).
    • Clean DMV Record (must submit a copy no more than 5 days old if offered employment).
    • Adequate, reliable automobile with proof of Insurance (must submit a current copy of your insurance card if offered employment).
    • At least 2 years of prior entry level work experience, preferred.
    • Availability to work nights or weekends as required.
    • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
    • Ability to work as a team, actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
    • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
    • Ability to maintain composure, be objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
    • General working knowledge of standard computer programs.
    • Prior experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities preferred.
    • Flexible and adaptive to student, program, and organization changes.
    • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.
    • Excellent time management skills with the ability to implement goals and objectives.

    Educational Requirements:

    • High School Diploma or GED required for all programs.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs. with assistance.
    • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing.
    • Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
    • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.  Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
    • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.

    Certificates:

    • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.

     

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