The Association for the Developmentally Disabled
  • - Add Ventures
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 16.00
  • Hourly
  • Temporary


The Discovery Specialist is responsible for providing the Career Planning - Career Discovery Waiver Service to three high school students (ages 15-21), between April and October of 2018. The Discovery Specialist will work closely with each student to identify specific interests and employment related goals. Existing skills and strengths likely to be valuable to future employers and the community will be pinpointed. Various employment opportunities will be provided and ideal conditions for successful employment will be determined. The Discovery Specialist will write a Discovery Profile for each student that completes the program. The Discovery Profile will outline information gathered during process as well as list action steps to be completed by the student and their team members to assist the student in realizing their future employment goals.

 The Discovery Specialist will be responsible for supporting students during the four week summer program portion of the Transition to Work Summer Program. The summer program portion begins on 7/5/18 and ends on 8/3/18. During this time, the Discovery Specialist will work Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all three assigned students. During the summer program, the Discovery Specialist will support the students during job exploration experiences at local businesses.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

All required duties and responsibilities may be completed outside of conventional business hours, with the exception of the summer program portion from 7/5/18 to 8/3/18.

  • Complete the Career Discovery Process for three assigned students including: records review, team meetings, home visits, neighborhood observations, social observations, and vocational observations
  • Schedule and facilitate team meetings, home visits, neighborhood observations, and social observations with the student, their family, and applicable team members. To accommodate student's personal schedules, meetings and observations may occur on nights and/or weekends; therefore, the Discovery Specialist must be willing to have a flexible work schedule.  
  • Implement participant's Individual Specific Plan as applicable to the career discovery service, including providing supervision and personal care
  • Provide job skill, social skill, and community accessibility instruction  
  • Develop, author, and update Discovery Profiles and complete related observation and assessment documentation
  • Administer medication and complete delegated nursing tasks, if required by student(s)
  • Implement job exploration sessions at local businesses
  • Provide students with transportation to and from community job exploration sessions in an agency van
  • Other duties as assigned

 Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to facilitate meetings, provide instruction, and engage students
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and willingness to be flexible
  • Friendly and outgoing personality to build a rapport with participants, families, team members, and businesses
  • High degree of patience, compassion, and empathy
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to successfully work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong ethics and values


  • High School Diploma or GED required, Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Have a minimum of 1 year experience engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Have a current CPR & First Aid certificates or the ability to obtain certifications
  • Have a current Medication Administration certification or the ability to obtain certification
  • Completed training in the provisions of the Career Discovery Waiver Service or the ability to successfully complete the training
  • Defensive Driving Certification or the ability to obtain certification
  • Ability to pass drug test and background checks
  • Valid driver's license with 5 or fewer points and reliable transportation
  • Able lift/lower 50 to 100 lbs. in order to assist students with transfers, etc., as needed

Physical Requirements

  • Walking & Standing                   50%
  • Lifting                                        5%
  • Pushing                                      5%
  • Pulling                                        0%
  • Sitting                                      40%

We make employment decisions based upon factors such as performance, abilities, talent, effort, and results. We provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, non-disqualifying disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status or other legally protected status.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
The Association for the Developmentally Disabled


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