Founded in 1965, VistAbility (formerly Contra Costa ARC) is a trusted and highly-regarded Bay Area non-profit agency serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Assist adults with disabilities in gaining skills towards greater independence and self-advocacy out in the community! Whether it be at the mall, bowling alley, park, volunteer opportunities-- this is a dynamic position with lots of social and community interaction. 

As a Community Support Specialist, you will provide participant-directed community-based services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Community Support Specialists work with program participants to tailor services to their interests and personal goals in independence and self-sufficiency while out the community. 

Activities include:

  • Recreation: outdoor activities, community events, bowling, sports
  • Educational activities: attend classes for art, music, yoga, foreign language
  • Activities to enhance social skills and community involvement
  • Mobility training, transport participants
  • Volunteer and paid work for the participants

You will also track each participant's progress toward reaching their individual goals, and act as their case manager.

Duties include:

  • Develop, review, and evaluate individual program plans
  • Records and report writing
  • Communicate with family members, care providers, case managers
  • Develop and maintain community contacts

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Two years experience also preferred, providing direct services to persons with developmental disabilities or in community outreach or other social service settings.
  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Should be highly skilled in: leadership or coaching, conflict resolution, time management, cooperation/teamwork, developing positive professional relationships.
The following physical capabilities are required: 
  • Lifting:  The ability to assist in a 2-person lift of an average adult as well as be able to lift up to 75 pounds independently.
  • Pushing/Pulling:  The ability to safely push or pull a wheelchair with an average adult for 30 consecutive minutes. 
  • Bending/Squatting/Reaching:  The ability to assist adults in personal care activities, such as changing briefs, or in a medical or behavioral emergency, such as a grand mal seizure, fall, or aggressive or destructive behavior.  These activities may require bending, squatting, or kneeling on the floor.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Valid CA driver license and good driving record required.
  • Must meet State Licensing requirements involving health screening and Dept. of Justice clearance including fingerprinting and background check.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination - subject to religious or medical exemption requests 
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Location: Antioch

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8-3:30 pm (37.5 hour workweek)

Compensation: $17/hr + great benefits!

Benefits for these work hours include:

  • Medical, Dental, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, 403(b) retirement plan,
  • Paid vacation, Sick Days, and 11 paid Holidays plus a paid "holiday" on the employee's birthday.

Our vacation accrual rates are generous: 1st and 2nd year of employment = 2 weeks vacation a year; 3rd and 4th year of employment = 3 weeks vacation a year; 5th to 9th year of employment = 4 weeks vacation a year; the 10th year onward = 5 weeks vacation a year.

All positions open until filled

Program: Inroads
This is a full time position

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