Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • Community Development Specialist - Adult Programs

    Vacancy ID
    Job Location : Street
    13313 Old Columbia Pike
    # of Hours
    Job Locations
    US-MD-Silver Spring
    Pos. Type
    Regular Full Time
  • Overview

    The Direct Support Specialist will be responsible for providing direct training and support for individuals in the areas of personal supports and employment services. The Direct Support Specialist will spend the majority of their day providing support in the community to foster independence to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, life and leisure.  This position will require travel in and around the greater Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area (Primarily Calvert, Prince Georges, and Montgomery Counties, but other areas may be included).


    1. Provide direct services to individuals at their place of employment (paid/internship), in the community, and in-home supports in meeting personal goals.
    2. Provides transportation of participants, for specified programmatic activities, in and around the greater Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area.
    3. Participate in the development and implementation of behavior management and Individual Plans as designed; Implement intervention, coaching, and support strategies in accordance with the plan, program, and needs of the individual.
    4. Assist with daily living skills (including but not limited to activities such as cleaning, cooking, hygiene, budgeting, and banking) and with personal care including eating toileting and dressing, based on individual needs.
    5. Ensure that Maryland state-mandated documentation related to the provision of services to clients (including daily notes and any relevant behavioral data sheets) is completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.
    6. Implement and develop natural supports and other accommodations to facilitate the assigned individuals’ success on the job and with community integration.
    7. Attend and participate in all scheduled team meetings and trainings.
    8. Ensure that assigned individuals comply with all safety regulations and procedures at their job/vocational training/volunteer sites.



    • High School diploma, certificate of completion, or GED is required.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Human Services, or related field is preferred.



    • At least one year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities is preferred.


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