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Health and Community Specialist

Little City Foundation - Palatine, IL



Job Location

Main Campus - Palatine - Palatine, IL

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

HS Diploma | 2 yrs. exp | DSP Cert.

Salary Range


Travel Percentage


Job Shift

Adults Schedule Group

Job Category

Nonprofit - Social Services


Key Words: CILA Management, Entry Level Manager, QIDP, QMRP, Adult Residential Manager, Program Coordinator, Assistant Manager


Under the direction of the Lead Program Manager of Adult Residential Services, the Health and Community Specialist assumes primary responsibility for the medical appointments and community integration of their respective individuals. This position is responsible for promoting a positive and optimistic environment that is responsive to the needs of the individuals served, promoting active engagement, and reflecting the mission of the organization. The Health and Community Specialist directly assists with the medical needs, documentation, community integration, and active engagement in each of the assigned residential programs and ensures the consistency of service delivery within each residential program per all applicable State and Federal standards.


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.

Ensure delivery and/or coordination of all Residential services are in compliance with DHS Rule 115 & 116, CARF standards, Home and Community Based (HCBS) waiver standards, agency mission, agency policy & procedure, program guidelines and best practice.

Completes documentation as required by DHS rules and regulations and LCF policies and procedures.

Assists with scheduling and transportation for medical/dental appointments ensuring follow through with recommendations and reporting effects and side effects of medications.

Assists with annual assessments of each individual using standardized assessment tools including the ICAP and others required by LCFs policies and procedures.

Responsible for ensuring direct implementation of all goals outlined in the ISP and data tracking of these goals.

Ensures staff training in program implementation in all goal areas.

Advocates for, promotes, and protects the rights of all individuals.

Works cooperatively with all


staff to ensure that programs/services offered enhance the quality of life of individuals receiving services.

Works with the Lead Program Manager of Adult Residential Services to ensure programming and coverage is coordinated across their respective residential programs.

Monitors and reviews the work of the direct care staff (DSPs), providing training and guidance as needed.

Ensures the implementation of Active Engagement in the home and community.

Participates in the development and implementation of quality assurance measures to ensure best practices.

Keeps abreast of applicable laws, rules/regulations, and policies and procedures promulgated through code agencies responsible for surveillance and regulatory oversight of Little City Foundations residential services, including DPH, DHS, HCBS, CARF, and any other entity to which the adult residential programs maintain accountability.

Provides 24 hour emergency coverage as needed.

Stay abreast of best practices in the field, including the Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver 1915 and Person Centered Planning.

Maintains a working knowledge of the Union Contract and operates within the contractual agreement.

Assures that the services provided by the agency function in a professional and ethical manner, and that such services operate in compliance with licensing regulations and applicable laws.

Collects and reviews data sheets needed for the completion of monthly reports.

Manages the financial records of all residents assigned within their program.

Responds to medical and/or behavioral crisis situations immediately and provides support to staff as needed. Completes and provides written follow-up on Unusual Incident Reports as necessary.

Maintains annual American Heart Association certification in First Aid and CPR.

Successfully completes Little City Foundation required training, re-training, and any additional training as required by Little City Foundation policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor


The Health and Community Specialist must have obtained a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED and should have at least two (2) years of experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, preferably within a residential setting. In addition, the Health and Community Specialist must hold a valid drivers license, have maintained a good driving record, and must provide proof of automobile insurance as well as meet the LCF insurance requirements per policy, and pass the PACE certification and physical process. Must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage multiple priorities. Effective communication skills, both written and oral. Proficient in the use of computers, software applications, and working knowledge of Microsoft Office. DSP Certified.


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 30 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. Generally, no occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable diseases or other potentially infectious substances, but may require performing unplanned Category III tasks (Category II). Typical office environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

20 days

Little City Foundation


Health and Community Specialist Little City Foundation - Palatine, IL, United States


Location: Palatine, IL

Company Profile:
Created from the dream of a group of committed parents, Little City Foundation opened its doors more than 50 years ago to provide help, hope, dignity and love for children with disabilities. It was a vision that would develop into a revolutionary new environment and concept in services for these children who “experts” often said should be institutionalized.