REHABILITATION INSTRUCTOR
Arkansas Department of Human Services - Conway, AR

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The Rehabilitation Instructor is responsible for teaching handicapped clients higher-level vocational, daily living, and social skills, to encourage independent functioning, and/or providing guidance and in-service training to other instructors. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Typical Functions

Performs a lead role in coordinating predetermined work assignments of co-workers and/or subordinate employees by communicating prioritization of activities and project deadlines, reviewing and monitoring the work performed, interpreting policies, procedures, or precedents, and providing supervisory or management staff with project updates, on a regular and recurring basis, to ensure adherence to project goals and timeframes. Instructs students in skilled trades, business education, and other higher-level vocational subjects and personal skills required to prepare them for home or community living and/or economic self-sufficiency. Utilizes work methods, tools, and teaching techniques modified to accommodate individual student handicaps. Administers assessment tests and interprets results to determine client's progress, strengths, and needs. Monitors students' behavior and provides positive reinforcement and corrective procedures, as needed to implement behavior modification program. Develops and revises training programs, based on individual assessment results, to capitalize on client's strengths and minimize weaknesses. Writes reports such as staffing, progress, and behavioral incident reports, to document services provided and client status, and maintains files. Attends client staffing reviews, with in-house treatment staff from other disciplines, to participate in establishing and monitoring client's overall treatment and training objectives. Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge of the subject(s) and/or skill(s) being taught. Knowledge of rehabilitation teaching techniques. Knowledge of learning aids and teaching materials appropriate to the subject area and students' handicaps. Ability to develop and implement training programs appropriate to the individual's functioning level and treatment goals. Ability to administer and interpret assessment tests and prepare reports. Ability to implement behavior modification programs. Ability to conduct training sessions and provide functional supervision to other instructors. Ability to interact with others to inform, discuss, and resolve problems.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in education, special education, psychology, or a related field; plus one year of experience in the area being taught. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years’ experience in a classroom for the individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in a residential facility; Two years direct care experience with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Agency Specific Information

Division Name
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

Hiring Official
Jennifer Ethridge

Special Work Condition

Special Application Information
Applicant must submit an official transcript by mail as a supplement to applications ONLY FOR FAMILY SERVICE WORKER positions. Transcripts will remain in file for future FAMILY SERVICE WORKER applications.
For all applications submitted for a continuously advertised class code. YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR THIS INFORMATION WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION ON-LINE. This addendum includes your preferences for the county(ies) and divisions you are willing to work. Please list only the counties in which you would be interested in working. Statewide designations will not be accepted.
Continuously advertised classifications, are intended to allow DHS to keep available a pool of qualified applicants should a position open.
Continuous applications will remain on file for 60 days.
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, résumé, transcript, licenses and any other information that you submit. (With the exception of transcripts, do not submit references, certificates, or other documents; bring them to your interview.) Therefore, it is important that you submit complete and accurate information and that you complete the application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. (Include all experience, even if you do not believe that experience to be relevant to the position for which you are applying.) You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
When submitting your State Application, you may refer to your résumé for the Employment History if your résumé includes all the information requested in the Employment History section of the state application (month and year employment began and ended, weekly hours worked, etc.).
Inadequate completion of your job history will adversely impact your comparison with other candidates.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefit Package May Include: Health & Life Insurance, Vacation & Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Credit Union Available, Retirement, Career Bonus, and Deferred Compensation.

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