Community Resource Specialist
Company: Northeast Arc
Posted on: November 14, 2023
The Northeast Arc is a premier provider of services that help
people with disabilities become full participants in the community;
choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and
play. We were founded in 1954 by courageous and determined parents
who wanted to ensure that their children and others with
disabilities will always have every opportunity to thrive in the
community. Come join one of Massachusetts' most established,
innovative, and passionate organizations.
Our Family Resource Center has exciting new opportunities as we
collaborate with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to
better connect individuals with resources and opportunities within
their community! We are looking for full time Community Resource
Specialists to serve the Lowell, Merrimack Valley, North Shore,
Metro North, and Central Middlesex area.
Job Summary:The primary objective is to connect individuals with
community resources and opportunities for engagement in the cities
and towns where they live. Using a person-centered approach, the
community resource specialist will support the vision and goals of
individuals served by the Area Office. Opportunities for community
connection will be recommended along with support to initiate
---Review intake details and work directly with referred
individuals to connect them to resources in their local cities or
---Utilize charting the life course tools to establish goals,
vision, natural supports, etc.
---Use community mapping approaches to develop a comprehensive list
of existing resources, activities, organizations.
---Educate people on transportation resources and travel training
---Outreach to organizations to develop relationships and create
---Become a community expert and maintain an event calendars for
local cities and towns.
---Provide 1:1 direct navigation as needed to connect people with
resources and provide social emotional support as they explore new
settings and roles.
---Meet monthly with all area office community resource specialists
(team) and Division Director of Family Services to collaborate on
best practices and monitor progress across the region.
---Collaborate with DDS Service coordinators, local Family Service
Coordinators navigators/specialists, support staff, and other
Northeast Arc Divisions and resources to provide an
interdisciplinary approach to planning.
---Identify ways to expand outreach to organizations and
individuals served by DDS.
---Communicate clinical concerns to Program Director(s) and DDS
service Coordinators as needed.
---Build professional relationships with local colleges and
universities, service providers, local park and recreation, Senior
Centers, Libraries, town/city government, with a focus on
connecting people to resources beyond disability agencies.
---Provide requested information to the SC prior to the annual ISP
meetings. In unique circumstances, attend an ISP meeting where
appropriate and requested by the individual.
- Bachelors degree in Human Services, Psychology or related field
- Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred.
- Experience working in Human Services or Disability field.
Personal experience (i.e. helping a loved one navigate services)
may also be considered.
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to
- A commitment to serving families with compassion and
- Flexibility to adjust and manage multiple priorities. Strong
verbal/written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access) and
data base software required.
- Valid drivers license and reliable transportation is
Keywords: Northeast Arc, Lowell , Community Resource Specialist, Other , Lowell, Massachusetts
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