CLS – Life Skills and Enrichment Instructor

Job Title: Life Skills and Enrichment Instructor
Department:  Community Living Services
Reports To: Community Living Services Supervisor/Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


Implement training and support services to adults with developmental disabilities. Empower individuals by providing the support they need to live safely in their own home, neighborhood, community and job site. Provides customized, in-person services to Members in a variety of locations including Member’s home, Community Learning Center on campus and in the community, and Residential homes.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Independent Living/Supported Living
1. Implements training and support services to Members as specified by the Individual Support Plan (ISP). The areas of life skills, training and instruction include, but are not limited to, budgeting, independent living skills training, self-help skills, recreation leisure planning, banking, decision-making, self-advocacy and problem solving. In-home housekeeping duties are not included.
2. Assess individual abilities in the above-mentioned areas.
3. Participates in the development of individual support plans. Provides input for service planning and implementation.
4. Participates in team/circle meeting, staff meetings and in-service meetings as required.
5. Assists Members in maintaining medical/dental appointments, shopping and other necessary trips.
6. Maintains accessibility to Members and supervisor through cell phone.

In-Home Day Program
1. Develops an activity program based on the needs of the Member with the goal of more independence and movement to a less restrictive and more inclusive environment. Assists the Member in maintaining skills that keep them as independent as possible.
2. Develops a task analysis where necessary that identifies all of the goals/objectives as stipulated in the IPP and ID Team.
3. Provides activities and supports, encouragement and advocacy to assist the Member toward more independence and community connection.
4. Teaches the Member appropriate behaviors and attitudes that may facilitate goals.
5. Assists the Member in developing appropriate relationship and social skills.
6. Provides whatever moral support and encouragement, instruction, training, counseling, mentoring, and advocacy the Member may need to succeed toward more independence
and community connection and inclusion.
7. Completes and submits all paperwork and documentation, including timesheets, progress notes, assessments, and services hours, in a timely and correct manner.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

1. Completes and timely submits all necessary paperwork, including daily progress notes for all persons supported.
2. Completes all staff training components; including keeping first aid & CPR certification current.
3. Attends all scheduled meetings and trainings as required.
4. Supports the Agency’s mission and partner with others to accomplish the mission.
5. Maintains the highest professional and ethical standards at all times.
6. May be assigned to work in Community Learning Center or in Residential homes.
7. Performs additional duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The individual must have the ability to relate effectively with persons with disabilities. The individual must believe in the dignity of the Members and show maturity, compassion, and tact in dealing with people. Must also demonstrate the ability to organize work in an efficient and timely manner to meet the demands of the job. The person must be able to work with minimal supervision and adhere to a flexible work schedule based on Member needs.

The individual must have the knowledge of or ability to learn the needs of persons with disabilities. Must possess the skills to effectively support persons with disabilities. Must demonstrate the ability to encourage persons with disabilities to make informed choices and the knowledge to facilitate opportunities for growth to person with disabilities.

The individual must be able to use verbal prompting and hands-on demonstration to motivate and teach basic home/living skills to adults with developmental disabilities living independently in their own homes. The individual must have a reliable vehicle, proof of vehicular insurance, a valid California driver license, and a driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier if the individual will be transporting Members.

Education and/or Experience

A high school diploma or equivalent; and/or two years of experience in supporting people with disabilities, human services, or a related field is preferred.

Language Skills

The individual must have the ability to read, write and interpret documents in English. The individual must also have the ability to effectively present information and respond in English to questions   from employees, Members, family members, and funding agencies.

Math Skills

The individual must be able to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division at a high school level.

Physical Demands

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.