Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage: Bridges Program Lead in Anchorage, Alaska

Job Summary:

The Bridges Program Lead provides services to Hope support recipients through their oversight of coordinated supports through the Bridges Play Center, which is a facility-based, social skills building program for children (ages 3-9) experiencing Autism. This position facilitates outcomes expected of the program, which include an increase in positive play skills, effective social behaviors, and functional communication. The Bridges Program Lead is responsible for development of lesson plans for structured play focusing on socialization, communication and implementation in a therapeutic play environment. This position oversees activities that engage self-determination and self-advocacy skills building for those supported by the program. This position also provides functional authority over staff assigned to the Bridges program and ensures the delivery of services to support recipients as delineated in Plans of Care and/or support plans. The Bridges Program Lead maintains loyalty to the organization, its beliefs, values, mission, vision, and expectations ad to the recipients of services.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinates all supports and services offered to participants through the Bridges Play Center; including development and implementation of lesson plans for structured play.

  • Collaborates with Behavioral Specialists to review the needs of program participants, staff training needs, and ensures the data collection sheets for each participant is up to date.

  • Maintains functional authority over all aspects of the Bridges Program to include program development, coordination of services, service continuity, and fulfillment.

  • Completes referral recommendations as needed for support recipient participation in the Bridges program.

  • Assists the Community Engagement Coordinator in the development and coordination of programs, services and activities for children experiencing Autism and other challenging behaviors.

  • Develops and maintains tracking systems to facilitate documentation and evaluation of program activities to include trends captured in the daily tracking sheets.

  • Knows each support recipient’s Plan of Care and/or support plan and monitors service utilization and goal progress for support recipients. \

  • Ensures all services and activities are provided and delivered as planned and within budgetary expectations in a cost effective manner; in alignment with relevant Local, State, and Federal regulations and complies with mandatory reporting responsibilities.

  • Coordinates parent meetings and works with Hope team to actively recruit new program participants.

  • Assists with developing transition plans for individuals transitioning out of the Bridges Play Program.

  • Contributes to the development of a gap curriculum for parents to utilize with children within their home environment.

  • Provides functional oversight to staff, volunteers, and/or students providing supports and services during the Bridges Play Program.

  • Ensure regular communication and/or reports occur with parent/guardians outlining what activity their child participated in, what skills they worked upon, and suggestions for continued engagement of the activity in their home to reinforce consistency.

Job Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Associate’s degree in Human Services, Special Education, Social Work, Psychology or related field required. Emphasis of study in developmental disabilities, training and/or education strongly preferred. Experience in lieu of education may be accepted on a two for one basis.

  • Two years of experience with individuals who experience Autism required; one year of supervisory experience strongly preferred. Experience with successful program and curriculum development strongly preferred.

Additional Requirements

  • Possesses a valid Alaska Driver’s license and has at least three years of driving experience (may include permit time).

  • Ability to safely operate Agency vehicles when needed. Possesses reliable transportation and vehicle insurance when transporting support recipients or conducting Agency business.

  • Must meet State and Agency requirements for passing a criminal background check upon hire and as required thereafter.

ID: 2018-2365

External Company Name: Hope Alaska

External Company URL: http://www.hopealaska.org

Street: 540 W International Airport Rd.