Behavior/Vocational Specialist 1 (Individual Supports Coordinator) Portland

Oregon Research Institute Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago

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Department of Human Services

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$3,116 - $4,726

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Behavior/Vocational Specialist 1 (Individual Supports Coordinator) Portland

Job Description:

We want you to join our team!

Would you like to be part of a high-quality frontline care team that will provide outstanding support to help stabilize individuals who are in crisis? Are you able to work in a fast-paced environment? Are you able to collaborate in the development of Individual Support Plans, write measurable action plans and develop a task analyzed program? Then, we want to hear from you!

The Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), part of the Oregon Department of Human Services, is looking to fill one opening with a dedicated and compassionate individual.


"To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity."


SACU provides 24-hour residential care and supervision to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities who represent the most risk to the public at large, their peers, or themselves in Oregon. We provide residential care which includes health and medical care, behavioral support, personal care, recreation, community integration, and coordination of psychological services. We are dedicated to providing the support necessary to maintain the quality of life, achieve the highest possible level of independence and promote social opportunities, which benefit the individuals and the community.

We operate over 20 residential group homes along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene.

For more information on the Stabilization and Crisis Unit please click here.


You will provide a path to employment and/or training for individuals in activities, hygiene, nutrition, housekeeping, behavioral management, safety, health care and other duties both within the home and the community; you will also assist to maintain the home/property in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner. You will establish and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with all contacts; contribute to a positive, respectful, and productive work environment for clients and staff; maintain regular and punctual attendance.


  • You will work in a home environment, which is staffed 24 hours/day, seven days/week.

  • Your normal work hours will be Monday

  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, work hours and shifts need to meet the needs of the home and can require working any shift, including weekends and holidays, for the purposes of staff training, observation and support.
  • You must be able to work occasional overtime to ensure adequate staffing requirements.

  • You will work with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive and developmentally disabled children or adults who may be a danger to themselves and others on a daily basis.

  • You will be exposed to a variety of work settings in the home, public schools and community.

  • You must possess a Valid Driver's License and maintain an acceptable driving record to transport individuals via state van or car.

  • You must be able to engage and maintain Oregon Invention System (OIS) approved restraints for one (1) hour or less.


When you join the Department of Human Services, you join a community of nearly 10,000 employees dedicated to Oregon's most vulnerable population. Career growth and development is encouraged through ample training and committee participation opportunities. The State of Oregon offers excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.


To be considered for an interview, you must submit all required documents and your application materials must reflect that you meet the requirements.


One year of experience or training in any combination of the following:

(a) Work experience that required a basic knowledge and application of state and federal wage and hour regulations.

(b) Vocational program development that included: assessments and recommendations for programs following the state mandated individual support plan format.

(c) Job development or community liaison work such as networking with businesses in the community to develop employment opportunities or rapport building with potential employers in the community.


One year of experience in employment placement or in a vocational rehabilitation setting doing work such as job development for people with developmental disabilities or working in a vocational rehabilitation setting doing assessment base supports for people with developmental disabilities.


One year of college level courses in a Human Services related field.

Required Skills and Special Qualifications:
  • You must possess a valid license to drive and maintain an acceptable driving record.

  • Ability to collaborate in the development of the Individual Support Plan (ISP).

  • Ability to write measurable action plans and develop a task analyzed program.

  • Ability to set up needed program documentation systems.

  • Ability to collect/analyze and report data via monthly reviews and adjust programs as individual needs indicate using ISP change forms.

  • Ability to train employees on Individual Support Plan (ISP), goals and programs.

  • Knowledge and understanding of web-based software for documenting, reporting and communication (i.e. THERAP and MS Office application).

  • Experience working with the INTERNET, Word and Excel.

  • Ability to organize, schedule and participate in recreational, leisure and/or educational activities and/or outings.

  • Ability to access community resources for meaningful community integrated activities.


Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check. Adverse background information will be reviewed and could result in withdrawal of a conditional job offer or termination of employment.

The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamine, Marijuana and other controlled substances. SACU receives funds from the Federal Government and though recreational Marijuana is currently legal in Oregon, federally funded programs, including SACU cannot permit the use of Marijuana.

Your driving record must meet the qualifications of the DHS SACU Driving Policy and will be considered unacceptable for offenses, including, but not limited to any misdemeanor or felony traffic offense in the last 24 months.

If you are offered this position, we will offer training and you must become certified during the 15-day New Employee Orientation class in the following:

  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Requiring you to complete compressions in a kneeling position.
  • Oregon Intervention System Certification (OIS)
  • Requiring you to get up and down from the floor while maintaining an approved restraint on clients.
  • Medication Administration Certification
  • Requiring you to demonstrate competency in completing doctor's orders, appropriate passing of medications to clients, appropriate documentation, and appropriate procedures for emergencies.


External Applicants: Click on the "Apply" button and submit your application. View this video for help.

Internal Applicants (this includes Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.

A resume is required.


Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the minimum and special qualifications listed above. We do not accept a resume in place of the completed application. For additional tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page, Resources for Job Seekers.


To receive Veterans' Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to you through Workday and will be located under your account profile. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation for your Veterans' Preference point selection. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources or call the Oregon department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. Note: this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

For questions about the job duties or application process, please contact Please be sure to include the job requisition number.

If you need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate in the application or selection process, please contact us at

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DHS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Behavior/Vocational Specialist 1 (Individual Supports Coordinator) Portland

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