Arc of Howard
  • Ellicott City, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Job Summary

Uses systematic instruction and other teaching methods that help participants in small and/or large groups to learn skills to work in competitive, integrated employment, such as, time management, strategies for completing tasks, interpersonal skills, effective communication, and how to problem-solve. Works collaboratively with Employment Specialist(s) and Job Developer(s) to identify and provide support needed to people who are unemployed or underemployed to meet their employment goals. Demonstrates commitment to employment as the first option for all people, regardless of ability. Community Development Services help individuals learn new skills and keep the skills they currently have related to their individual goals and outcomes. Services provides individuals with opportunities to engage in community based activities that support building social connections (capital), socialization, life-long learning, recreation, and personal development for the purpose of:

  1. Building and strengthening relationships with others in the local community who are not paid to be with the individual; and
  2. Learning, practicing, and applying skills that promote greater independence and inclusion in their community.

The CDS instructor must be able to connect with the community in a way that builds positive relationships for those supported in the service.


  1. At least 18 years old
  2. GED or high school diploma
  3. Technical knowledge to operate a computer and smartphone to perform essential job functions
  4. Experience assisting people to seek and/or obtain employment
  5. Experience working with people with developmental disabilities
  6. Valid Maryland driver's license and daily access to an insured vehicle to travel
  7. Use of personal vehicle to provide transportation to people supported
  8. Time management and customer service skills
  9. Clear and effective oral and written communication skills
  10. Ability to successfully complete all COMAR and agency required training

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop individualized schedules with each participant
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver community activities that facilitate active learning experiences with a focus on employment and job readiness
  • Explore ways to help with employment tasks and skill learning
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet varying needs
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Use relevant technology to support community employment learning
  • Use technology such as email, text messaging and video chats to maintain regular ongoing, effective communication with assigned person(s), families,agency, affiliated agencies, local businesses, transportation, and the community in general
  • Use and model person-centered practices, assisting people to make informed choices, develop strategies, take risks, follow through on responsibilities, and achieve their goals
  • Assist in the development of the Person Centered Employment Plans to provide insight for future employment goals
  • Maintain collaborative professional relationships with the participant and all support team members (including family/friends and other departments)
  • Have full working knowledge and understanding of the agency database, shared documents, and all important forms necessary to assist those supported in their employment goal
  • Maintain accurate records, collecting and compiling data, and submitting records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion
  • Build trust and productive relationships with people supported, coworkers, and others through respectful, clear, concise and timely communication (verbally and in writing)
  • Facilitate teamwork, routine communication, and positive interactions among participants, within department, families and other departments to ensure that participant goals are met
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and objectivity while respecting the opinions, perspectives, customs, and individual differences of others
  • Follow ethical standards of practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, etc), and recognize personal limitations
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