Activity Specialist II (M-F 7:30am-3:30pm)

Day Services-Edgehill Headquarters, 1331 Edgehill Rd, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America Req #1602
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Goodwill's Mission:  Transforming the lives of the individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.


Creates opportunities for individuals to achieve greater independence, community membership, relationship building, self-direction, and self-advocacy.


Essential Job Functions

  • Plan, coordinator, and implement a variety of interesting and activities to address social/recreational, dreams/interests, interdependence/independence, fun/recreational, home/homebuilding, community engagement, employment/career, health and wellness of the individuals in your group  All activities will be focused on advancing someone on their path to employment and/or community membership with as much learning done in the community as possible.
  • Develop a monthly calendar of individual and group events by meeting with program participants to discuss desired activities and by researching new and creative ideas to do in the community that relate to their outcomes.
  • Research, develop, and implement person centered planning and person-centered services.
  • Document in detail each participant’s outcomes, daily activities and progress to create individual monthly progress reports according to prescribed standards.
  • Ensure the health and safety of participants in programs by monitoring each activity, supervising appropriate diet and medication for each participant, and intervening in crisis situations.

Ancillary Job Functions

  • Set up adaptive equipment as necessary to ensure comfort of each participant in every activity by monitoring everyone’s progress and the group dynamics.
  • Offer physical assistance to participants as needed.
  • Encourage participant socialization with staff and peers by meeting with participants and discussing goals.
  • Attend team meetings to discuss participant behavior, health, and goals.
  • Transport participants to activity sites.
  • Perform personal Care as needed per individual
  • Occasionally serve as field instructor for student interns.
  • Balance finances daily for participant petty cash as assigned.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

  • Coursework in developmental disabilities, geriatrics, or DD is helpful.

  • At least one year of experience in the DD field.
  • Must have First Aid, CPR/AED, medication administration and Adult Services certifications and other required trainings or take the class when hired and obtain certification.
  • Experience in providing personal care to individuals preferred.
  • Must have current, valid OH driver’s license, personal car insurance and pass a DOT Physical.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Creativity and initiative to plan and carry out activities towards individual outcomes.
  • Clear oral and written communication and good listening skills.
  • Ability to operate basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Office.
  • Flexibility to adjust to new daily activities and ability to multitask.
  • Ability to recognize health stress in individuals who are nonverbal and respond in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Familiarity with behavioral management techniques, especially in adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Ability to work in teams to develop goals for programs and participants.
  • Ability to work independently and make responsible decisions.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • Active and busy environment with potentially high noise levels in activity rooms and lunch areas.

  • May be required to assist in food preparation for participants.
  • Must load and unload participants from vans, sometimes in inclement weather.
  • Work near mechanical moving parts (e.g., lifts, wheelchairs)   
  •  Occasionally may be required to drive vans in high-traffic conditions.
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous bodily fluids.
  • May be exposed to pets and tobacco smoke.
  • Active and busy environment with potentially high noise levels in activity rooms.
  • May be required to assist in food preparation for participants.

Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.

  • Standing and walking for extended periods of time while conducting activities.

  • Assists with pushing wheelchairs for participants as needed.
  • May be required to operate mechanical equipment related to activities or using wheelchair lifts.
  • Must be able to lift to 100 pounds with assistance depending on activity being conducted.
  • Must be able to frequently assist an adult with positioning or sitting.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential job function.
  • Must be able to provide and/or assist with personal care duties.
  • Must be able to move; bend to strap/fasten wheelchairs in vans.

At Goodwill, we'll help you reach your potential while you help others reach theirs. Want to enjoy coming to work? So do we!   
Our full-time benefits include:

  • Promotion and Growth Opportunities 
  • Company paid life and long-term disability insurance
  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance the 1st of the month after 30 days
  • Voluntary life, short-term disability, accident,  and critical illness
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Employee Discount at all Goodwill Columbus Stores

Goodwill Columbus is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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  • Other details

    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Min Hiring Rate $11.89
    • Max Hiring Rate $16.65
    • Day Services-Edgehill Headquarters, 1331 Edgehill Rd, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America