Open Sky Community Services Peer Specialist - Autism Services in Worcester, Massachusetts
Description and Responsibilities
Open Sky’s Autism Spectrum Disorder program serves adults 18 and older who are aging out of school based programs, that benefit from continued supports to assist in achieving their life goals and dreams. Services provided to individuals include assessment, case management, individual supports, employment/education supports, and in home services. All members of the team are highly trained with extensive experience in clinical models and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are known for the rigor in which we train, supervise, and support our staff to deliver the best possible service and treatment.
The ASD program is located in Worcester, but serves individuals living in the communities of Central, South Central and North Central Massachusetts, so travel is required for this position. Travel is eligible for mileage reimbursement!
Peer Specialists have lived experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder and are able to forge mutually beneficial relationships with people served while maintaining strong boundaries/ethics. The Peer Specialist p rovides direct peer support to individuals and families by sharing personal experiences with the purpose and intent to build trust and collaboration with people served. They work with individuals in developing, implementing and monitoring personal goals using a self-directed wellness planning process.
Other Key responsibilities:
Cultivate mutual, non-directive, supportive relationships that promote empowerment and self-learning while maintaining appropriate boundaries .
Assist in identifying and using strengths and interests to develop, implement, and monitor interventions and personal recovery goals.
Support the development and maintenance of key skills including stress management, self-determination, self-advocacy, decision making, and goal planning through the use of their ISP.
Facilitate the development of valued community roles including group memberships, employment, or volunteer experiences.
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required.
Driver’s License, acceptable driving record and reliable transportation required.
Must have lived experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Must have the ability to forge mutually beneficial relationships with people served while maintaining strong boundaries/ethics.
Must have Peer Specialsit Certification upon hire or obtain Peer Specialist Certification within one year of employment, required.Certification provided by and paid for by Open Sky!
At Open Sky Community Services, we open our doors, hearts, and minds to the belief that every individual, regardless of perceived limitations, deserves the chance to live a productive and fulfilling life.
Open Sky is on an anti-racist journey, committed to learning, living, and breathing inclusion, opportunity, diversity, racial equity and justice for ALL.
At Open Sky, you’ll join over 1,100 compassionate and highly trained professionals who put innovative, evidence-based practices to work in ways that positively impact our communities across Central Massachusetts and beyond.
As a trauma-informed organization, Open Sky strives for transparency and sensitivity to the experiences of those we interact with. Self-care is encouraged, and we are committed to providing a positive work culture that is focused on continuous learning and the value of diverse perspectives.
Open Sky is proud to be an industry leader in pay and benefits. Open the Door to Possibility, and begin your career with Open Sky today!
Benefits of Working for Open Sky Include:
Regular Supervision, Professional Development, and Training Opportunities
Generous paid time off plan – you start with 29 days (almost 6 weeks!) in your first year, including 12 paid holidays. Increases to 32 days in your 2nd year, and the current maximum is 43 days (OVER 8 WEEKS!)
We pay for your higher education! Ask about our Tuition Reimbursement Program, and reimbursement for a variety of Human Services certifications
Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance with Prescription Plan
403b Retirement Plan with Employer Match
Life Insurance (100% Employer-Paid)
Eligible employer for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Open Sky celebrates diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with federal and state employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or disabled Veteran status.