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University of Southern Mississippi Community Support Specialist in Long Beach, Mississippi

Community Support Specialist

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Support Specialist.

Position Details

Location Gulf Park

730 East Beach Boulevard

Long Beach, Mississippi, 39560

United States

Division Institute for Disability Study

Position Type Staff

Employment Status Part Time

Grant Funded Yes

Posting Close Date Open until filled

Job Summary

This position is a non-benefited part-time position receiving 8-10 hours of work each week. Community Support Specialists provide individualized, skill development training to persons with brain or head injury, neurological illness, or cognitive impairment in their own environment as well as volunteer environment. Services may include: assist to develop schedules, develop & modify compensation strategies, and assist with problem solving issues related to everyday life. Areas may include: development/implementation of strategies to address household management, meal preparation, budgeting, vocational/volunteer exploration, cognitive skill training, etc.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with development of daily activities schedules to include meal planning, meal preparation, exercise, grocery shopping, volunteering, recreation, ect.

  • Develop and modify compensation strategies.

  • Assists with developing problem solving strategies for the client to use to address obstacles and challenges associated with daily activities.

  • Assists with the development and implementation of strategies to address household management, meal planning and preparation, budgeting, vocation/volunteer exploration, and cognitive skill training.

  • Assists with transportation to and from appointments and outings.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university and six months of related experience in providing direct support services to individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Related experience on a year-for-year basis may be substituted for required education.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with physical therapy and or coaching

  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skill in talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain records, files, and reports electronically.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

  • Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.

  • Ability to understand and follow instructions.

  • Ability to prepare concise reports.

  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license prior to employment.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 146 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.