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Sewing Machine Operators

Department: Industries - Sewing Manufacturing

Hours: Full Time - Monday thru Friday, hours may vary

WE ARE IN IMMEDIATE NEED

FOR SEWING MACHINE OPERATORS

We are amping up the production of disposable masks and gowns

critically needed in the health care industry to treat and fight the spread of COVID-19.

Our Sewing Services Department has produced personal protection equipment (PPEs) for federal government agencies for more than 30 years and our services are needed now more than ever. For now, we need help producing coveralls, gowns and masks for healthcare workers, first responders and other professionals called to duty. Fight COVID-19 with us!

We will train willing individuals!

Education Requirements: High school diploma preferred but not required.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, and Vacation.

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or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN
TradeWinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer.  TradeWinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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Extended Services/CHIO

Department: Employment Services

Hours: Part-Time - Monday - Friday, Flexible, some weekends required

Description of PositionAssisting individuals with disabilities employed in the community with job site training and job coaching related to assessments, job development, employment advocacy and other services needed to maintain their employment. Utilizing structured intervention techniques to help the participating employee learn to perform job tasks to the employer’s specifications. Will perform Community Habilitation Individual Services (CHIO), which involves assisting participants in a manner that supports learning in the areas of self-care, sensory/motor development, socialization, daily living skills, communication, community living, and social skills.  Community-based activities are intended to build relationships and natural supports.

Education Requirements:      High School Diploma or equivalent

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

Position Reports to:   Employment Services Coordinator

Additional InformationMust be able to pass motor vehicle report criteria, criminal background check, and drug screening.

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or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN

Tradewinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer. Tradewinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS (DSPs)

Department: Residential Group Homes & Waiver/Supported Living Homes

Hours: Full & Part-Time

Do you work during the day – looking for a second job?

Full & Part-Time Positions Available

Residential Group Homes & Waiver/Supported Living Homes

STARTING PAYING $12/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:

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or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN

Tradewinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer. Tradewinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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Preschool (Special Education) Teachers

Department: Children Services

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

We have 2 open positions for Preschool (Special Education) Teachers.

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 and governing bodies.  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, Special Education or elementary education.

Experience Required: Must have 6 months to one year experience in working with children (typically developing and children with special needs) 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.

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or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN
TradeWinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer.  TradeWinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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Preschool Teacher/Assistant/Sub

Department: Children Services

Hours: 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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or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN
TradeWinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer.  TradeWinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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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.

Click “Apply online” button below to complete online job application

or apply in person Mon-Fri, 
8:00am-4:00pm at
 3198 East 83rd Place, Merrillville, IN
TradeWinds is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer.  TradeWinds does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, genetics, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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