Life Skills Instructor

Posted: 03/12/2021

PURPOSE:
A Life Skills Instructor (LSI) provides direct care, support, and intervention to children residing
in the Children’s Residential Program, the Agency Behavior Treatment Plan, and the Program Plan
to promote increased role functioning of children receiving services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Must have a high school diploma or GED certification and be at least 21 years of age. One years’
experience working with children with developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional challenges,
preferred. Must be capable of transporting children and possess a current IL valid driver’s license.
LSIs must demonstrate the ability to respond to the children’s needs, the needs of the home, and
follow the schedules and routines set forth by the Program Manager or Home Manager. LSIs must
possess effective verbal and written communication skills. LSIs must pass Medication
Administration classroom and OJT training, demonstrate competency in passing medication, and
receive clearance by the Medical Team to become a member of the Med Pass team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The list of essential duties and responsibilities, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative
of the task to be performed. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management
from assigning duties not listed herein is such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
1. Provides direct care, support, intervention and line of sight supervision of the children residing
in the home during assigned shifts, including assisting with all daily living activities as needed.
2. Maintains awareness of children’s whereabouts at all times and participates in activities,
supervising children at all times while maintaining the proper child to staff ratios.
3. Provides consistent support and intervention to children as guided by Program Manager or
Home Managers and House Clinicians according to the children’s goals.
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4. Completes shift logs, home logbook, MARs, and other necessary documentation daily as
directed by management staff.
5. Responds to Positive Action Team (PAT) staff calls as able to provide support to colleagues
in need of back up support for a child in crisis.
6. Attends team meetings and Department meetings as assigned.
7. Demonstrates knowledge and willingness to comply with policies and procedures which
govern the daily activities of the CGH program. This includes responsibilities as a Mandated
Reporter (of abuse and neglect) and maintaining awareness of safety activities in the
area/reporting all incidents and safety hazards to supervisors.
8. Maintains adequate housekeeping standards, performs housekeeping duties as directed by
management staff, and reports maintenance problems to management staff.
9. Demonstrates an understanding of and follows Little City policy and procedures, including
maintaining awareness of safety activities in the area and immediately reporting all accidents
and safety hazards to supervisors.
10. Exhibits financial accountability by turning in receipts, documenting mileage from outings,
and respecting/taking care of Little City property and clients’ personal items.
11. Cooperates with reassignment to other homes for emergency staffing solutions such as ratio
not met, qualifications and experience needed in other homes, and response to crisis situation.
12. Successfully completes Little City required training, re-training, and any additional training as
required by Little City policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.
13. Responsible for any other duties as assigned by management staff.
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
This position is part of the collective bargaining unit. Management has the right to schedule
work hours and determine the work to be performed. Supervisors must have the flexibility to
adjust to changes in scheduling, (including hours, the total number of work hours and work
assignments) brought on by program needs.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting, walking, and standing
for prolonged periods; frequently grasps, lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels,
crouches, or crawls. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and
eye-hand coordination when working with persons served and handling office, medical, or
household equipment. The employee is subject to assist and lift up to 50 pounds with varying
amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis. The employee is required to have corrected vision
and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must have the ability
to perform CPR and CPI. Occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious substances,
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including communicable diseases when performing personal care (Category III). Occasional
exposure to cleaning agents and disinfectants. Residential work environment with a noise level of
normal to loud. 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.
Disclaimer: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of
duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be
construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any
particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those
specifically presented in this description.
I have read and understand the responsibilities of the assigned description and agree to follow
them.
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