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Pre-Vocational Production Trainer

Department: Production

Hours: Full Time - Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm

Description of Position:   Responsible to train participants based on their individual pre-vocational goals as identified in their Individual Service Plans.  In addition, provide training to enable the person served to maximize their performance on a variety of production jobs.  Job accommodations and daily written documentation are required regarding participants’ progress and related service issues.  Participation in consumer person-centered planning meetings is required.

Education Requirements:   Minimum High school diploma or GED; post-secondary/training preferred.

Experience Required:  Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in education and/or teacher’s aide experience. Shipping experience preferred.  Must be able to multi-task as well as effectively communicate both orally and written.  Must be able to objectively and calmly handle crisis situations.

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Maintenance Assistant

Department: Building & Grounds

Hours: Full Time

TradeWinds Services, Inc, located in Merrillville, has a full-time Maintenance Assistant position in the Building & Grounds Department, Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, some evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required.

Responsible for the appearance, safety, and maintenance of the main center and residential sites owned by TradeWinds. Plan & perform maintenance for all sites owned/operated by TradeWinds Services Inc.

Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, knowledge of building trades, must have a valid driver’s license. Experience in industrial and institutional maintenance repairs, experience with building trades, and the ability to use power tools/maintenance equipment. Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Supported Living QIDP

Department: Supported Living

Hours: Full Time

Description of Position: The QIDP is responsible for the monitoring, integration, implementation, and coordination of services consisting of a comprehensive functional assessment of the program services. Ultimately, the QIDP is responsible for ensuring the provisions of a consistent and aggressive active treatment program for the participants. The QIDP also supervises the Direct Support Professionals and works cooperatively with the residential center nurse.

Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in human services or related academic disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, education, and human development).

Experience Required: Prior experience in developing and implementing individual programs, program evaluations, and working in a team environment.  Must have good decision-making and time management skills and be responsible, mature, and flexible.

Position Reports to:   Supported Living Coordinator

Additional Requirements: Must be a responsible, reliable person who is able to work independently. Must be able to pass drug screening and criminal background checks.

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Department: Children Services

Hours: Part-Time

Description of Position: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) work directly and indirectly under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologists. Work in the local school system and/or in-house setting here at TradeWinds. The job will require local travel to various schools within the community. Must be available for the school hour day from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Education Requirements:  Associate’s degree in an SLPA program or Bachelor’s degree in a speech-language pathology or communication disorders program.

Experience Required:   Successful completion of a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of supervised fieldwork experience or its clinical experience equivalent.

Position Reports to:   Speech Language Pathologist

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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)

Department:

Hours: Full & Part-Time

Full & Part-Time Positions Available

Residential Group Homes & Waiver/Supported Living Homes

STARTING PAYING $13.25/HOUR

TradeWinds Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency that has been providing support and care to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities in Northwest Indiana for over 50 years.

TradeWinds offers:

Work cooperatively with 
supervisors and other staff to:

Requirements:

TradeWinds offers competitive wages and paid training.
Benefits available for both full & part-time.

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PreSchool Teacher 3-5 Year Old’s

Department: Children Services

Hours: Full Time - Monday - Friday, must be available 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Description of Position: Classroom management of normal developing and special needs children, supervise field trips, lesson planning and actively participate in daily learning and enrichment activities.  Feeding diapering and potty as well as following through on therapy recommendations necessary within the classroom setting.  The individual must possess creativity, enthusiasm, and strong leadership qualities best suited to craft an optimal learning environment.  Must be able to complete documentation as required by state regulations.  Attend meetings with parents and/or department staff.  Review the work of aides and function independently in order to accomplish assignments, able to maintain confidentiality.

Education Requirements: Must be at least 21 years of age.  Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  May require First Steps credentials.

Experience Required: Must have 3 months to one year experience in working with children in a childcare setting.  Must have good organizational skills.  Must have the ability to work with infants and young children as well as respond properly to emergencies.  Key to this position well is a positive attitude, team player spirit, and lots of energy with the ability and willingness to participate in outdoor/physical activities.

Position Reports to: Children Services Coordinator

Additional Information: Must be able to pass drug screening and criminal background check.

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Employment Services Specialist

Department: Employment Services

Hours: Full & Part-Time - Flexible Hours

Tradewinds Services, Inc, located in Merrillville, has a full or part-time position as a Specialist in our Employment Services department. Hours can be flexible.

As a member of TradeWinds Services and an integral part of a diverse population of individuals with disabilities, the candidate is responsible for evaluating, planning, organizing, and providing services on an individual basis for participants enrolled in the program who are seeking community employment. The primary job duties may vary based on the agency’s needs but includes job readiness instruction, discovery profiles, situational assessments, job development, and job coaching.

Experience Required:   Must have strong organizational and problem-solving capabilities. Must be able to take direction and function as a team player. Must have excellent writing and verbal skills. Must have good decision-making and time management skills and be responsible, mature, and flexible. One to three years of experience working with diverse populations is preferred.

Education Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent GED required. Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Social Services or related field.

Additional Requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license with no suspensions for traffic infractions during the past three years. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be a responsible, reliable person who is able to work independently. Must be able to pass drug screening and criminal background check.

Position Reports to: Employment Services Coordinator

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, PTO, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Sign Shop Production Worker

Department: Sign Shop

Hours: Full Time

POSITION OBJECTIVES: To assist with design, create and install all types of signs to customer specifications and ensure a quality product is created and completed on time.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Review production schedule with coordinator and sign shop production supervisor to meet deadlines; Assist workers with proper techniques for production and installation; Work with supervisor to manage production flow to ensure timely completion and delivery; Monitor production for quality assurance; Deliver products when required; Assist customers in person and on the telephone as required; Assist with maintaining material and equipment inventory; Utilize opportunities to learn computer and/or design skills

Other Responsibilities: Maintain compliance with required deadlines; Inspire pride, excellence, and professional behavior throughout the agency; Create and promote an environment of respect and trust by honoring the provisions of the policy on professionalism and code of ethics; Conduct all activities according to the policies as stated in the Employee Handbook; Adhere to all other policies and procedures; Attend all departmental/agency required training

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Education – High School Diploma or equivalent

Experience and Technical Skills – Experience to safely work with standard tools: Knife, t-square, ruler, tape measure, drill, saw, calculator, scissors, etc. Experience in sign production using various types of materials

Mental Requirements: Ability to organize, must be detail-oriented. Ability to follow specific instructions. Ability to use computers.

Contact with Others: Contact with various departments daily. Contact with the general public.

 Physical Requirements: Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. Ability to assist with installations in various weather conditions. Long periods of standing, reaching, kneeling, and climbing. Ability to push and pull items

 Working Conditions: Shop environment; Outside & off-site work is required. Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends

Other Requirements: Be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Be at least twenty-one (21) to operate company vehicles. Must possess a current valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance, no suspensions within a 3-year period. Must be able to comply with pre-hire requirements such as a background check, drug & TB test, ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.

Position Reports to:   Sign Shop Designer/Coordinator

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, PTO, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Transportation Driver

Department:

Hours: Part-Time

TradeWinds Services has a position for a driver to transport individuals with disabilities to and from the TradeWinds center and their place of employment. This is a split shift position averaging 15-20 hours, 5 days a week. Mornings from 7 am – 9 am and afternoons 3 pm – 5 pm. The right person will be responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of those individuals. It is the role of the transportation driver to ensure the most efficient and safest routes. This position requires the right person to be flexible about time and schedule changes. There is an opportunity for additional hours for events.

This person will also be responsible to:

  • *Ensure the vehicle has sufficient fuel
  • *Keep vehicle clean and free of debris
  • *Transport individuals to and from authorized locations only
  • *Operate vehicle in such a way that road and safety regulations are always followed; immediately reporting any traffic violations and accidents to Human Resources
  • *In the event of an accident, assure medical emergency procedures are followed; complete written internal incident reports as required by TradeWinds’ procedure and other authorities.
  • *Attend and participate in centers in-service training, and other continuing education, career, and professional development opportunities.
  • *Perform other duties as assigned.

Must possess a current valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance, no suspensions within a 3-year period; high school diploma or equivalent; be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to comply with pre-hire requirements such as a background check, drug & TB test, ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community, have effective organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills. Must be able to physically move through the bus, and the center. Experience successfully working with culturally diverse populations is also desirable.

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Respite DSP

Department:

Hours: Full & Part-Time

We are seeking

Direct Support Professionals

to provide

RESPITE CARE

Are you compassionate and enjoy working with people?

TradeWinds Services is a non-profit agency that has been providing support and care to individuals with intellectual disabilities in Northwest Indiana for 50 years. We currently have Part-time and Full-time positions available.

Respite Care offers caregivers of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity for a short-term break to care for themselves, spend time with other family members, or have the freedom to run errands without worry. Our Respite Care staff takes individuals with special needs on outings to community-based activities, shopping, bowling, theaters, etc. Respite care can also be provided in-home or at a TradeWinds Respite Apartment.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Must have a valid driver’s license with no suspensions for traffic infractions during the past three years. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be a responsible, reliable person who is able to work independently. The flexible hours can be good for a college student, retiree, or a person looking for part-time employment.

Benefits: Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, PTO, Sick Benefits, Short Term Disability, Paid Training, 24/7 Gym access.

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Preschool Teacher Assistant/Sub

Department: Children Services

Hours: Part-Time - Must be available Monday-Friday; 6:30 am- 6:00 pm (hours will vary)

Description of Position: The Assistant Teacher is responsible for providing for the care, safety, and well-being of the children assigned to the classroom; supporting early learning experiences while using Creative Curriculum in the classroom. Responsible for implementing and following Childcare Licensing regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, Paths to Quality/NAEYC criteria, TradeWinds policies, procedures and guidelines in the day-to-day operation of the classroom.

The Assistant Teacher assists in preparing the classroom materials and plans providing quality learning experiences for young children with and without special needs.  Assist in maintaining records on each child’s progress and development for the purpose of planning and utilization of Teaching Strategies Gold. Utilizes positive discipline to guide the child’s behavior in positive ways that support total growth and development, and promote self-esteem; Must work collaboratively and maintain an open, friendly, and professional relationship with the teachers, family members, and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities.

Qualities the candidate must have:

 Additional Responsibilities:  Assistant teacher must obtain at least 20 hours of professional development a year, including attending meetings and training, and maintaining the appropriate competencies and abilities as required by the position; training may occur in the evenings or on weekends, or online.

Education Requirements: Minimum CDA, Preferred Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education; Experience working with children with special needs preferred.

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Substitute Lunch Monitor

Department: Industries

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Description of Position: Supervise the adult participants in the lunchroom/break area during scheduled morning breaks, lunch periods and afternoon breaks. Monitors adult participants’ behaviors by circulating and interacting with participants during lunch and break periods; encouraging participants to move about the room in an orderly fashion. Reports all adult participant injuries, accidents, illnesses, and behavior problems to the appropriate authority immediately, and as soon as reasonably possible completes written documentation of any of these occurrences.

Education Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent.

Experience Required: Prefer past experience working with children or adults with disabilities. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Position Reports To: Production Manager

Additional Information: Must be able to pass drug screening and criminal background check. Interested candidates should complete an application and submit resume.

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