DEAF SERVICES SPECIALIST
North Los Angeles County Regional Center “NLACRC” is a private, non-profit agency that is contracted with the State of California, Department of Developmental Services, to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NLACRC is one of the largest regional centers in California and has proudly served the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Antelope Valley since 1974. We serve individuals across the lifespan from infants and toddlers, school age children, transition-age youth, to adults and aging adults.
Receives general supervision from either the Community Services Director or the Community Services Manager
The Position and Job Summary
(These are examples of the types of duties that may be performed. Additional duties may be added.
- Will support the expansion of services available to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in the NLACRC service area through resource development including, but not limited to, vendorization/contracting process, preparing Request for Proposals (“RFP”), Request for Vendorizations (“RFV”) utilizing the vendorization process as described in California Code of Regulations (“CCR”), Title 17 for vendorization and/or contracting.
- Will assess, develop, and implement communication assessment tools.
- Assess for and report on any unmet service needs or additional service development that may be necessary to fully serve the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
- Develop and maintain training materials relevant to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Train and provide technical assistance and consultation to staff and service providers to maximize communication, services, and supports for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Train staff, service providers, consumers and their families, and the community regarding resources and services, statutes and regulations, and quality assurance to increase access to services and maximize quality services for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Will attend, participate, and collaborate with other regional centers and the Department of Developmental Services (“DDS”) to increase access to services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
- Will investigate complaints or consumer special incident reports involving services provided to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community
- Assist service providers to promote individualized or integrated services to improve/increase consumer independence, choice, meaningful participation in daily living activities and access to the community for work, leisure and interpersonal relationships for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
- Participate in department meetings, training programs, statewide committees and community events as assigned.
- Other duties as may be needed or assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in American Sign Language (“ASL”), English, Communication, Interpretation, or an applicable field of study with 1 year of experience supporting individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and a Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (“RID”). Bilingual Spanish preferred, but not required.
Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in American Sign Language (“ASL”), good organizational skills, demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and intermediate proficiency in MS Office and related applications.
This position will support the expansion of deaf service resources within NLACRC’s service area. Further, this position will develop and implement communication assessment tools for use by NLACRC staff. Must be comfortable training staff and the community on statewide efforts to improve access to and quality of services and supports for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This position will be working in the field, remotely, or on-site in the office. Frequent telephone, virtual, and out-of-office meetings required. Some travel will be required. Valid California Driver’s License and reliable and transportation, or acceptable substitute, required. This position will be a member of the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, CtW, CLC (“SEIU”)
Professional Development Opportunities & Growth
NLACRC values the professional development of staff! Many staff gain experience and advance to higher-level positions or leadership positions.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At NLACRC, we value and celebrate diversity! In September 2021, NLACRC launched an initiative to enhance and strengthen our commitment to diversity and belonging.
COVID-19 Job Requirements
Upon job offer acceptance, candidates will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. A reasonable accommodation may be requested for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
How To Apply
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