(945) Skills Training Specialist *INTERNAL POSTING ONLY*

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the IDD Provider Services Director, the Skills Training Specialist provides direct care services to individuals with developmental disabilities (IDD and Autism) to support them in reaching their maximum level of independence for daily living situations. The Skills Training Specialist is required to work with individuals who may display physical, emotional, and or behavioral needs that are a challenge to environments and people with whom they interact. The Skills Training Specialist must have the ability to teach and model adaptive behaviors, fully implement training programs, assist individuals with activities of daily living, communicate effectively with individuals served and accurately document observations and services provided in the Electronic Health Record (EHR). All services are provided in compliance with Medicaid rules. The Skills Training Specialist must have the ability to stay current in all center required training, work variable hours when needed to provide adequate coverage and work in variable work settings. This position will support numerous programs – Waiver, GR, and PASRR.

The Skills Training Specialist will also be a member of the Crisis Support Team (CST) to provide services to individuals with diagnoses of IDD or Autism who are in crisis or evidencing deterioration in their condition that could place them at risk. Risks managed by the CST are those that may result in the individual having to resort to inpatient psychiatric treatment, Residential Treatment Center or SSLC admission, being arrested, or an undesired loss of their current community living arrangement or caregiver due to their psychiatric or behavioral symptoms. Services are generally provided in the homes and communities where the individual is experiencing the symptoms in order to more competently allow the Crisis Support Team to devise and implement appropriate treatment strategies. As individuals of all ages may receive this service, the Skills Training Specialist will also provide training to parents/caregivers of individuals served by CST. Strategies and trainings are provided or directed by Behavior Support professionals, who will evaluate treatment response for each individual served. People who receive these services and their caregivers should be better equipped to identify cues, apply techniques, and access appropriate services to de-escalate a future crisis more rapidly and effectively upon discharge from CST services.

Typical Hours Mon-Fri 8-5 — May vary based on center need

CityRound Rock, Marble Falls
CountyBurnet County, Williamson County
CredentialsMinimum Qualifications:
1. A bachelor’s degree or higher with a major in social, behavioral, or human service field including, but not limited to: psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, counseling, sociology, human development, gerontology, educational psychology, or criminal justice.
2. A minimum of one year of experience working with persons with intellectual developmental disabilities or autism and/or one year of experience working with persons with severe mental illnesses or behavioral disorders. Experience must have occurred AFTER the human services degree was completed.
3. OR 5 years of experience working with persons with intellectual developmental disabilities or autism and/or persons with severe mental illnesses or behavioral disorders. *A combination of relevant education and experience over a 5-year period would be acceptable.
4. Must have a valid Texas Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience with individuals who have diagnoses of Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) and/or Autism who have co-occurring behavioral health conditions.
2. Experience in providing educational or other skills training services.
3. Experience with individuals who have diagnoses of behavioral health conditions.
4. Experience with the provision of services to individuals in any kind of crisis.
5. Bilingual (English/Spanish).


Salary Amount$15.38/hr
Closing DateOpen until filled
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