Leake and Watts Services

  • Community Activities Developer

    Job Locations US-Yonkers
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(6/22/2018 9:46 AM)
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  • Overview

    The Community Activities Developer (CAD) will be a liaison between the agency and community opportunities for the Pre-Vocational and Day Habilitation programs. The focus will be on offering community experiences so that each person receiving supports will integrate into the community through informed choices.  The CAD facilitates in-house community activities for the Day Hab and Pre-Voc individuals and maintains a listing of all community sites, activities and events. All activities will support a person centered philosophy, based on each person’s preferences and choices.  The CAD will work with program supervisors and DSPs to facilitate the activities and training opportunities for the people supported.


    The CAD will encourage, guide and offer training to develop daily living skills, ensuring personal needs are met, promoting active engagement in the community life and ensuring health and safety. The CAD will create a positive and enriching program environment for all persons supported. The CAD is expected to know, understand and follow OPWDD’s Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.


    Core Responsibilities

    • Develops meaningful community experiences so that each individual will have the opportunity to integrate into the community through informed choices.
    • Maintains a list of all community activities and contact information.
    • Acts as a liaison between community contacts and program management.
    • Develops meaningful volunteer and potential employment opportunities for the men and women supported in the Day Hab and PreVoc Programs by creating partnerships and positive relationships with local businesses.
    • Encourages positive interactions with DSPs, and encourages community integration through an array of activities based on the individual’s choices and preferences.


    Program Planning

    • Provides information, documentation, shares observations and offers insight in the development of individual supports, plans and implementation of chosen POM’s. 
    • In conjunction with the DSP’s, tracks and documents individual’s progress on goals.
    • Assists the individuals in choosing and planning community opportunities.
    • Notifies program nurse and manager/supervisor of any individual health related concerns.
    • Follows all OPWDD and Agency’s Policies and Procedures regarding reporting injuries, incidents or other related events.
    • Notifies program management of any concerns that might arise that effect the individuals, peers or other at the program site(s) immediately.  In absence of program management, follows agency/program protocol to notify next appropriate administrator.
    • Identifies and responds to unexpected, unplanned and emergency situations as they occur; notifies appropriate management and follows the Agencies Policies and Procedures.



    • Communicate effectively with individuals, using their primary method of communication (gestures, verbal, sign-language, communication board)
    • Establish positive relations with community contacts, parents, guardians, and advocates of the individuals being supported
    • Gather DSP and program management’s opinions and input regarding activities
    • Provide ongoing feedback to Assistant Director of Community Services on the progress of individuals and the DSPs that support them
    • Work closely with entire support team to ensure that the individuals’ needs and expectations are met by the program


    • Maintains all certifications , licensure , training hours as required (SCIP-R, CPR, First Aid)
    • Maintains confidentiality of information in accordance with HIPAA regulations, the Employee handbook and agency Policies and Procedures.
    • Actively participates in staff meetings, trainings and personal development goals.


    Education and/or Experience

    High School Diploma/GED; Two years work experience with individuals with ID/DD; Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree; One year in an activities development role; Willingness to continue to develop professional skills and educational opportunities.


    Certificates, Licenses & Registrations

    Must be cleared through a Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting by Justice Center, MHLS, and OPWDD; Must acquire and maintain mandatory training as required (SCIP, CPR, First Aid, Innovations in Employment); Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License


    Other Qualifications

    Positive attitude towards working with individuals with developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and ability to successfully work in a team environment  including with other staff, families, community members.  Community Activities Developer must be able to demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their daily job activities. 


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