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Adult Program Studio Assistant

Under direct supervision of the Production Manager, the incumbent assists in providing general direction and clear instruction to Program Assistants; teaching and assisting with skill development activities to include weaving, glass, jewelry and other arts that are adapted to meet participant’s needs and abilities.

The position performs all of the duties of an Adult Program Assistant. The position assists in providing clear instructions which are geared toward participants’ abilities through the use of adaptations, modifications and accommodations, and on an as-needed basis.  Other duties include operating a register, restocking, assessing inventory needs and ensuring cleanliness and overall appearance. An important aspect of the job is the responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of adult program participants. Work requires patience, compassion, understanding and the desire to help individuals with disabilities become as self-sufficient as possible.

This position is classified as non-exempt and in accordance with the Federal regulations is eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week. Note: Overtime must be pre-approved and time off from work either paid or unpaid is not considered in determining hours worked in a week.

Other Performance Measures

Successful performance on the job requires following safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to self or students, school dress standards, proper attendance and leave policies, and compliance with other policies set forth in the Employee Handbook. Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving is also important to the success of the incumbent.

Examples of Essential Functions
    • In conjunction with the Production Coordinator, organize and direct production activities, incorporating the needs of material inventory and production timelines.
    • In conjunction with the Production Coordinator, establish weekly production goals and make the day-to-day plan for the production space.
    • In conjunction with the Production Coordinator, create project structure to allow for adult program participants to successfully complete production as independently as possible. Assist Production Coordinator in any finishing tasks as it relates to production.
    • Complete warping tasks, loom setup, and fixing of basic errors or issues as it relates to the loom and the quality of the weaving.
    • Daily review for quality control of production work.
    • Work with new adult program participants to teach the fundamentals of weaving so as to increase the quantity of successful weavers we have on site.
    • Complete and submit timesheets for all participants working on production tasks.
    • Operate cash register, receive payment from customers for purchases, and reconcile receipts and revenue; maintain inventory and restocking requirements.
    • When needed; commuting with adult program participants to various sales that Coletta Collections may be participating in offsite.
    • Complete monthly inventory counts with adult program participants.
    • Complete required reports and paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Ability to facilitate participant’s work and assess participants’ reactions to various experiences.
    • Facilitate positive changes in the behavior and wellbeing of each program participant.
    • Take part in the transportation team, providing our participants a safe means of getting in and out of our building.
    • Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.).
    • Ability to lift and position physically disabled individuals may be required.
    • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
    • The ability to keep up with running children and or to lift or assist with lifting students is essential.
    • Maintain confidentiality of parent, student and staff personal identifiable information.
    • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Some knowledge of the basic principles and elements of art.
  • Some knowledge of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass fusion, and jewelry making.
  • Demonstrated ability to fulfill the dexterity and physical requirements of the work, and effectively attend to the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers as well as program participants and their family members, residential providers and significant others as needed.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow directions found in manuals such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and other procedure manuals.
  • Requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain required program records in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide instructions for the preparation and/or organization of materials.
  • Successful completion of the required training courses within specified period of employment.  Training courses include, but are not limited to Orientation to MR, Human Rights, HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogens, Incident Report Writing, Medication Administration, Case Notes and Confidentiality, Behavior Management, CPR, First Aid and Mandt training.
  • Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others.
  • Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screening.
Examples of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and behavior management techniques.
  • Some knowledge of Medicaid laws and compliance with such regulations.
  • Some knowledge of the legal rights of program participants.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment, cell phones, basic computer operation/literacy.
  • Ability to apply principles to solve problems and deal with a variety of unpredictable situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret and follow instructions furnished verbally, in writing, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and follow safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using English grammar and spelling.
Sensory Requirements

Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

Minimum Acceptable Education and Experience

Associate’s degree or a minimum of a High School Diploma and prior experience working with Special Needs adult population. At least 18 years of age. Skill or prior training in weaving, ceramics, glass fusion, gardening, textile, or fine arts is a preferred.



Hours of Work

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM   Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM   Wednesday
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM   Friday


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