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If interested in employment opportunities with DCO please contact Stephanie Waldron at (417) 829-0894 or swaldron@DCOonline.com for information on current openings.

Adult Programs


Summer Youth Program

The Employment Services department at DCO is currently looking to hire a part time employee to provide job coaching services for the annual VR Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) at The Northview Center at Doling Park. The objective of SWEP is to provide a work-based learning experience in a competitive setting for students with disabilities during the summer. The job coach would be responsible for providing systematic coaching and training, paired with teaching a “soft skills” course as a part of the experience. The schedule would be Monday-Friday 7:45am-12:45pm (25 hours/week). Looking to hire a qualified candidate in May 2019. 

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CNA

CNA: position provides support, guidance, and modeling to adults with Developmental Disabilities.  The individuals enrolled have a variety of challenges/diagnosis including retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and various syndromes.  And range in need from very severe to very mild.  The CNA provides assistance with eating, toileting, behavior management, and general self help skills as needed to insure the individuals are motivated and can participate in the program.

There is a 60 day probationary period during which employees earn sick and vacation hours, but not eligible to take it until successful completion.  At that time the employee is also eligible for paid holidays and insurance.  This is a full time position, Monday - Friday no evenings or weekends depending on education and experience salary will be discussed during interview.

 Requirements:  A VALID DRIVER LICENSE & Obtaining a Class E license within first 30 days, completion of CPR, First Aid, MANDT (crisis intervention/prevention) and Medication Certification as well as Program specific training. All the training is done onsite at DCO. Must have a current CNA license. This position is for a CNA ONLY!!!!

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Community Inclusion Coach

Community Inclusion Coach:  A CI Coach carries out community inclusion activities in the local community with individuals who have developmental disabilities.  Coaches may have only 1 person or up to 4 individuals in a small group.  Community activities meet the needs, preferences, and goals of each individual designed to assist in developing greater independence and the development of self-direction, responsibility and associated work skills and behaviors.  Activities may include community awareness, use of public resources, recreational activities, community volunteer sites, educational activities and pre-vocational skills.  If hired, the employee is responsible for using their own vehicle, have or obtains a class E drivers license and current vehicle  insurance.  Paid training is provided.  Full time positions include benefits of vacation, sick time, paid holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, cell phone allowance, and access to iPad or computer.  DCO is a drug free, smoke free environment.  Non discrimination and all EOE guidelines apply.

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Adult Instructor

The Instructor position provides instruction, support, guidance, and modeling for up to 6 adults with Developmental Disabilities.  The position also requires weekly lesson plans, daily documentation, and monthly summaries.  The individuals enrolled have a variety of challenges/diagnosis including retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, and various syndromes.  And range in need from very severe to very mild.  Some may require assistance with eating, toileting, behavior management, and general self help skills while others are very independent and just need guidance and modeling.

Requirements:  Obtaining Class E license within first 30 days, completion of CPR, First Aid, MANDT (crisis intervention/prevention) and Medication Certification as well as Program specific training. Degree in Human Services or similar field. Wage will be discussed during interview.

Benefits to all full time employees include: Health, Dental, Vacation, Sick, two personal days, birthday, and holidays. Will be effective after 60 day probation period is up.

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Therapy


Special Instructor - Therapy

A Special Instructor provides direct service to families and children birth to 3 years of age in the natural environment (homes and daycares). They provide consultation with other professionals and caregivers, conduct individualized developmental assessments, write reports, and attend IFSP meetings. Must have reliable transportation and excellent interpersonal skill.

Education and Experience Requirements according to the Department of Education:

Bachelors or Masters Degree in one of the following (with one year documented experience working with children with disabilities 0 – 5 and their families): Child / Human Development- Special Education- Elementary Education - Education Administration- Early Childhood- Early Childhood Special Education

OR a Degree in one of the following (with three years documented experience working with children with disabilities 0 – 5 and their families):  Psychology- Sociology- Social Work- Family Science/Studies-Nursing

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Physical Therapist

First Steps is an early intervention program for children between 6 weeks and 3 years of age.  Each child eligible for services has a Team including a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, and Special Instructor who see children in the natural environment, which is typically their home.  One of the most important aspects of the Therapy is to provide teaching/coaching strategies for the family/caregiver so they can incorporate therapy into their daily routines.   The child’s Physical Therapist has responsibility for evaluations/assessments, designing specific methods/strategies used during direct Therapy services, training for the family/caregiver and providing strategies/suggestions to other Therapists who would be seeing the child.

DCO is a Non-Smoking, drug free employer. Supervision is received from the Therapy Coordinator.  Experience with young children is preferred.  Graduation from an accredited program in physical therapy and registration as a Physical Therapist with the American Physical Therapy Association and Licensed by the State of Missouri is required.  Salary will be discussed during interview along with transportation benefits.

 

 

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Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist provides therapy services to young children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years, as well as their family/caregiver generally in the family home in the Springfield area.  The Therapist completes evaluations, designs occupational therapy services, and schedules and carries out therapy sessions. Individual activities are planned in coordination with the Individual Team for each referred child/family.

The Occupational Therapist has responsibility for designing specific methods/strategies used and provides training for the family/caregiver as well as offering suggestions to other Therapists (Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist, Special Instructor). Non-Smoking, drug free expectation.  Wages discussed if interview is offered.  Reliable transportation required. Supervision is received from the Director of Programming.

Graduation from an accredited program in occupational therapy and registration as an Occupational Therapist with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Licensed by the State of Missouri. Completion of First Steps module I-III, Valid Drivers License and CPR certification. Pediatric experience preferred.

This is a  part time position. Will be reimbursed for mileage.

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Speech Therapist

In this position the Speech Therapist works with young children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years, typically in the family home within Springfield area.  The Therapist completes evaluations, designs speech therapy, schedules and carries out therapy sessions. Therapy activities are planned in coordination with the Individual Team for each referred child. The speech therapist has responsibility for designing specific strategies used and providing the training for parents/caregivers as well as offering suggestions to other Therapists (Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Special Instructor) working with the child/family. Reliable transportation required. Non Smoking, drug free expectation.  Supervision is received from the Director of Programming. Supervision is expected to be minimal. On the job training offered. Wages discussed if interview is offered. Would consider a CFY applicant.

 

This position is full time or part time. Must work 20+ hours a week

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Child Care


Part Time Teacher Assistant T-Th

Teacher Assistant is needed to serve infants, toddlers and children with and without disabilities. This is a semi-professional position assisting the teacher in a classroom setting. Employee's in this class are responsible for supervised sessions of instruction of children as well as assisting the teacher in teaching children. Daily hours for the part-time position is Tuesday & Thursday hours are 7:30am -5:30pm, 20 hours a week. Training is held on site, and one Saturday each quarter.

******* Please note that interviews are based on previous Child Care experience in a Day Care setting or Education.

 

One Saturday a quarter is required for trianing.

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Teacher Assistant

Full-time Teacher Assistant needed to serve children with & without disabilities. This is a semi-professional position assisting a teacher/primary staff in a classroom setting. Employees in this position are responsible for supervised sessions of instruction of children as well as assisting the Primary Staff person in teaching children. Daily hours for the full-time 7:30am-5:30pm working four 10 hour days. Employer is willing to train. Someone with 1+ years of experience will be considered before non experience.

INTERVIEWS will be given to those with an educational background in child development and paid experience first. Interviews are held on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Please provide your email address on the application as this will be the way of contact.

One Saturday a quarter is required for trianing.

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Classroom Assistant M-W-F

Classroom Assistant is needed to serve infants, toddlers and children with and without disabilities. This is a semi-professional position assisting the teacher in a classroom setting. Employee's in this class are responsible for supervised sessions of instruction of children as well as assisting the teacher in teaching children. Daily hours for the part-time position is Monday Wednesday and Friday hours are 7:30am -5:30pm, 30 hours a week. Training is held on site, and one Saturday each quarter.

Benefits are included. Health, Dental, Sick, Vaction, Holiday, Birthday and Personal Day

******* Please note that interviews are based on previous Child Care experience in a Day Care setting or Education. 

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Administration


Maintenance Helper

Employees in this class perform manual work involving a variety of maintenance and sanitation tasks. Work is assigned and performed in accordance with established routines and procedures. Tasks will be given by the supervisor and expected to be completed with casual supervision. Example of work performed Minor repairs such as drywall, plumbing, electrical and painting. Grounds maintenance such as weeding, mulching, trimming, and clean up. Janitorial task such as cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, sweeping, moping, etc... Help set up and tear down fundraising events throughout the year.

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 All DCO positions offer:

PAID TRAINING, DRUG FREE AND NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT
Equal Opportunity Employer