Purpose and Scope of the Position
Inclusion NWT is a non-profit organization providing services to individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities and their families, assisting them in living meaningful lives in supportive communities.
The Coordinator supports the Manager in ensuring the effective delivery of the continuum of Supported Living Services depending on client needs. Supports can range from 24/7 in-home staff support to 5/10 hours per week of support and a variety of support scenarios between these two extremes. Every effort is made to provide support that reflects the specific needs of each individual and to continuously re-evaluate that support to ensure it is appropriate for each client. All aspects of a person’s home life outside of education and employment fall within Supported Living.
The services allow individuals to live in their own home (rather than the family home) with the supports needed to live a good life. A key component of this work is to assist clients in their physical, social, recreational, emotional and life skills development in their own home. This increases their independence in all aspects of their lives. The work includes:
- Providing care and assistance to adults in care with the home and play parts of live/work/play
- Planning, developing, implementing and evaluating how individualized support are provided for clients
- Encouraging family members and other members of a client’s support circle to maintain connections with clients
The Coordinator also assists with administrative responsibilities as assigned by the Manager.
The Coordinator works closely with other Inclusion NWT staff to provide the best fit of services and consistency for client service.
- Direct Service
The Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Manager with the delivery of supports for all clients assisted by Supported Living including but not limited to:
- Support to supported independent clients including appointments, outings, shopping, household management, financial management.
- Assisting with aspects of daily living and may provide direct service on an emergency basis.
- Supporting activity coordination as needed
- Assisting with ensuring staff have a solid understanding of the policies and procedures to guide service to clients
- Part of the oncall rotation
The Coordinator assists the Manager with advocating for clients including but not limited to:
- Working with other agencies and professionals concerning issues relating to the independence and health of clients
- Attending meetings and appointments with clients
- Providing information and research regarding client needs
- Seeking out ideas and options to assist each client with their inclusion and independence, at home and in the community.
The Coordinator assists the Manager with administration including but not limited to reporting, documentation, materials management, records management, financial and medical controls, and safety protocols. Some specific areas include:
- Scheduling staff
- Supporting timesheet verification
- Coordinating moves, travel, furniture or equipment acquisition
- Preparing monthly and annual income assistance documentation and answering questions.
- Identifying solutions for minor household and vehicle maintenance/upkeep
- Other Duties as Assigned
The Coordinator will be required to carry out other duties related to Supported Living or Inclusion NWT, as assigned by Management.
Values, Skills and Abilities
The Supported Living Coordinator requires experience, knowledge and skills ideally achieved through a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. This is combined with at least three years’ experience including a strong background in serving people with disabilities. Equivalencies will be considered.
The position requires an understanding of Inclusion NWT’s mission and an ability to communicate and advocate an inspired vision of inclusion in all parts of an individual’s life.
The Coordinator should have the following:
Ability to support adults with disabilities to live safely and with dignity in homes of their own
Ability to work collaboratively with team members
Ability to support delivery of service
Good organization, communication and time management skills
Ability to adapt to change and problem solving
Ability to manage crisis in a calm and confident manner
The following certifications are required or preferred:
Valid class 5 driver’s license (required)
Successful criminal records check (required)
First Aid/CPR certification (required)
Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification (preferred)
The above job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by this position and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.
Inclusion NWT encourages all staff to participate fully in the work setting and to embrace the vision of inclusion. This includes supporting clients as needed, assisting with yard and building maintenance (including snow shoveling), pitching in to help with special events and a number of other activities not specifically related to the job title.
Inclusion NWT provides lifelong support for individuals with disabilities and their families in the NWT, since 1962.