High Sierra Industries
  • 11-Apr-2018 to 31-Dec-2018 (PST)
  • iChoose
  • Reno, NV, USA
  • 11.64
  • Hourly
  • Full/Part Time

Medical Insurance Paid 100%; Dental and Vision premium share, Paid Time Off, Tuition Reimbursement/Loan Repayment

Role A Habilitation Specialist in Day Services works directly with people who have physical and cognitive disabilities in an activity based learning environment.  By providing people with daily coaching, direction, guidance, and other support, Day Habilitation Specialists help people reach goals as indicated on the service plan.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Facilitation of engagement and learning

  1. Assist people served to choose and sign up for daily activities based upon their interests. Assist individuals through their daily schedule.  Actively engage individuals in group with activities while people served are present (6-7 hours daily).
  2. Run habilitation plans with individuals as stated, including providing reinforcement in the appropriate form (i.e. tokens)
  3. Assist the people receiving services in remaining healthy and safe while protecting the person's rights for self-determination, dignity, and respect. Administer first-aid as required.
  4. Maintain appropriate boundaries with people receiving services and their family members and follow organizational policy and procedure to ensure the person receiving services receives the best care possible.
  5. Teach people self-care skills, independent living skills, and social skills.  Provide coaching and/or feedback to assist the person in learning the skill.  May assist people receiving services with toileting which includes adult brief changes, cleaning up bowel or urine accidents, and other self-care activities.
  6. Use positive behavior supports to encourage and reinforce appropriate behavior (reinforcement, PIVOT, Stay Close, and Set Expectations, to prevent and manage difficult behavior).  
  7. Attend to people receiving services until relieved by another staff person individuals served must not be left unattended.


  1. Read, retain, implement, and document data regarding habilitation plans.  
  2. Utilize computer applications to document and/or track attendance, incident reports/health safety issues, daily notes, produce reports, and graph habilitation/vocational learning gain.
  3. Prior to end of shift, complete incident reports, RAD Forms, and FYI's when appropriate.  Notifies supervisor and/or Directors/Officers of critical incidents when appropriate.
  4. Follow procedures for preparing daily documentation as well as weekly, monthly and quarterly reports and data graphs.  Maintain required paperwork in The Book for 1-8 people receiving services.  

Collaboration with Interdisciplinary Team

  1. Participate in Interdisciplinary Team (IT) meetings.  Bring and discuss learning gain and behavioral data, monthly reports, input sheets, and other information as requested.  Provide input and support the team in developing Individual Service Plan (ISP) goals and associated action/service plans.  
  2. Develop professional business relationships with customers and vendors; help meet customer needs and go the extra mile to improve customer satisfaction.
  3. Assist people receiving services and family members, guardians, or other support persons in developing goals and objectives for action/service plans (including tracking and data collection mechanisms).
  4. Assist people receiving services and family members, guardians, or other support persons with understanding the progress achieved towards stated action/service plan goals and the services we will provide to help with attainment of these goals.  Communicate progress and other important information (health issues, incidents, social behaviors, etc.) regularly to ensure continuity of care and ease coordination of services.  

Additional Functions

  1. Participate in training and learning opportunities. Introduce new techniques and/or information learned from training, conferences, and other development activities to improve knowledge and processes in the department.
  2. Identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships between one's work area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  3. Work in a team environment and contribute to the team's success by making suggestions, helping coworkers, participating in team activities, collaborating with other departments, and acknowledging individual and team accomplishments.
  4. Maintain the privacy and confidentiality of protected health information and personal information for the individuals served at HSI/WARC.  Complete breach notifications as appropriate.

Work Environment

The work environment described below is representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential responsibilities and functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals who have a disability.

Physical Requirements and Demands:

  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak, listen and communicate. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, grasp, handle objects or feel objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • May be required to assist with lifting and transferring of persons who use wheelchairs and other mobility assisted devices.
  • Occasionally lifts or carries 50 pounds unassisted.
  • Frequently pulls, bends, stoops, and crouches.
  • Standing and walking required up to duration of assigned schedule while actively engaging individuals in group with activities (6-7 hours daily).

Tools & Equipment:

  • Multi-line telephone, calculator, PC, cellular phone and fax/copier.
  • Standard arts and crafts tools (i.e. glue gun, scissors)


  • May be exposed to blood and/or bodily fluids.
  • May be exposed to physical aggression.
  • May be exposed to changing weather conditions while traveling by automobile.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other work as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function and responsibility with or without accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals who have a disability.  

Minimum Education and/or Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to meet HSI/WARC background checks requirements.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must have a current CPR/FA certification or attend HSI provided CPR training within 30 days of employment.

Language Skills:

  • Read, write, type, and speak English.
  • Read, write, and understand reports and other documents.
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers, managers, clients, customers, parents, guardians, family members and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Count, calculate figures, time, and amounts such as percentages, develop and interpret graphs, and use a calculator.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


  • Ability to use computer applications such as Excel, Word, and other PC based programs.
  • Ability to learn and apply training to carry out job duties and comply with policy.
  • Ability to demonstrate patience, tenacity and creativity while providing direction to people served and staff.
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment and work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to recognize priorities and organize time appropriately to meet departmental needs.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism including respecting the rights of people receiving services, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and behaving appropriately with all levels of customers (individuals served, co-workers, customers, residents, family members, agency staff and supervisors).  
  • Ability to communicate with people who have disabilities, customers, coworkers, and the general public in a kind, professional, and courteous manner.
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