Journey21’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and enriching living and learning options for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in Waukesha County and surrounding communities.
Journey21 focuses on 5 primary services areas:
- Learning/Education – Journey21 offers three learning academies: 1) 18-21 Transition Academy, 2) Life Academy, and 3) Summer Academy. The highly structured curriculum helps adults with developing their independent living skills, socialization skills and building community relationships.
- Employment – Within the learning academies, Journey21 also focuses career readiness training and provides opportunities for clients to participate in internships/work experiences where they can learn specific job skills.
- Advocacy/Resources – Journey21’s team acts as a resource of information pertinent to clients, their families, and caregiver. For instance, webinars are held on long-term care, guardianship, financial planning, and more.
- Programs, Outings, & Clubs – Journey21 offers various small and large group social outings that facilitate individual growth. Our programs are community-based out of Oconomowoc and are conducted in the surrounding area.
- Residential Living – We will offer adults with IDD the opportunity to live in a condominium or cottage in The Journey of Pabst Farms, a vibrant and inclusive community where they can have friends, opportunities to grow and live independently.
In the context of the Journey21 mission and its five primary service areas, the Enrichment Center (EC) functions as the face of the organization in the community. Therefore, the 18-21 Transition Academy Instructor is a mission-driven leader who is responsible for the successful instruction of academics for employment, building self-confidence, community readiness and the development of independent living and social skills within our 18-21 Transition Academy (September-May). Once the Summer Academy begins in June, the 18-21 Instructor will co-instruct with the Life Academy Instructor from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Essential Job Functions:
- Plan, develop, and teach the 18-21 Transition Academy curriculum to 16 or less students
- Creating innovative lesson plans that will engage students at multiple functioning levels.
- Work with school districts to implement the student’s IEP, making sure it is followed
- Evaluates each student’s progress quarterly and conducts student progress meetings including school case manager, IRIS consultant, DVR counselor, Parents, etc.
- Communicates with parents to report progress and to develop a rapport which will enhance the student’s success at Journey21
- Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve effective participation in activities and learning experiences
- Creates a positive, inviting, and safe learning environment
- Models enthusiasm for learning and teaching
- Builds community relationships with local businesses, organizations, and programs to create internships and work experiences for students.
- Sets up afternoon work internships for students
- Job coaching students in their afternoon internships
- Provide employers with a student “Work Evaluation” to complete once a semester and provides employers with techniques and strategies that help our students gain success in their internship
- Update student notes including emergency contacts, allergies, behaviors, supports needed, etc.
- Support Program Lead and engage with your students during Fitness Classes
- Support the Foods Instructor and engage with your students during Food & Nutrition and Cooking classes.
- Co-Instruct with the Life Academy Instructor during the Summer Academy.
- Co-Plan lessons and activities for the Summer Academy.
- Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Program and Enrichment Center Director
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative
- Working with the Program and Enrichment Center Director, to build and enhance Journey21’s image by being active, approachable, and visible in the Journey21 community and the surrounding communities.
- Participate in developing and executing an effective communications strategy to help share accurate information regarding Journey21’s Enrichment Center’s programs and activities.
- Be prepared to answer questions about the Enrichment Center from participants, families, guardians, community partners, donors, press, and businesses.
- Participate in marketing, public relations, and fundraising activities.
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least five years of experience as a Special Education Teacher within a high school or 18-21 Program.
- Professional or personal experience with a school, agency, or advocacy organization serving adults with IDD, preferably in Wisconsin.
- Enjoys helping adults with IDD develop physically, mentally, and socially.
- Passionate and humble leader with integrity, positive attitude, mission focused, and self-directed approach.
- Help shape and strengthen the Journey21 culture.
- Must be able to work successfully both independently, as well as on a team.
Please submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com.