Self Direction Coach

Upstate Cerebral Palsy Utica , NY 13504

Posted 3 months ago


A Self Direction Coach is responsible to implement the services and supports that have been created in the individualized Community Habilitation plan in conjunction with the planning team members. The Self-Direction Coach will work to increase skill level and decrease challenging behaviors of individuals with developmental disabilities by addressing goals outlined in their individual self-direction plan. The Self Direction Coach will provide services within the person's home and in their community in order to promote independence, inclusion and quality of life.


  • Activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in activities as part of the Self-Direction team that may include meetings, trainings and committees.

  • Provide transportation for the individual as required to carry out the goals and services of the individuals Self-Direction Plan.

  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor Individual Self-Direction plans for people receiving services through the OPWDD Self-Direction Program.

  • Delivery of direct habilitation services to individuals while assessing appropriateness of plan as developed, progress/regression, continued appropriateness of plan

  • Oversee the safety and well-being of the individuals.

  • Maintain and regularly compile data and documentation to be reviewed as required.

  • Ensure positive and effective communication and cooperation within and between department, division, Center, family and community personnel.

  • Establish a work environment that creates positive communication between supervisors and employees and assimilates new employees to the Agency's culture, values and mission.

  • Ensure compliance with all pertinent government and Agency regulations and operating standards.


  • High School Diploma or GED required.

  • Associates Degree in field of psychology or related field preferred.

  • Must have understanding of the characteristics of persons with developmental disabilities and behavior management.At least 1-year working with people with developmental disabilities and behavior management is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills (Windows, Microsoft word, excel, adobe acrobat, Outlook, ability to utilize department software program).

  • This position has regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with individuals receiving services, therefore, is required by law to be fingerprinted for a criminal history record check under OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities).

  • Travel is required. Must have a valid New York State Driver's License.

  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances are warranted.

  • Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.

  • Regularly attend scheduled shifts and meetings, being punctual.

  • Exercise tact, discretion and judgment in working with a variety of people.


  • Job related tasks involved exposure to blood, body fluids, tissue or the potential for skin or mucous membrane contact from spills or splashes of these substances. May have exposure to unpredictable individuals and situations when working at Upstate Cerebral Palsy.

  • Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions while transporting individuals from residence to vehicles or vice versa.

  • OSHA Exposure Category 1


  • Must have fluency in the English language. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

  • Ability to lift and/or assist individuals in your care and the ability to meet the physical requirements of the specific job.

  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds.

  • Ability to walk, bend, squat.

  • Ability to climb and descend stairs.

  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to move and react quickly.

  • Must be able to manage and cope in sometimes stressful situations.

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising work-flow and efficiency.

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