This position requires the individual to design, train, support, and implement therapeutic activities to meet the needs of adults with physical and developmental challenges. Activities are geared toward enhancing the emotional, physical, developmental, and social growth of program participants, while fostering self-esteem, increasing social and community safety skills, initiating the development of new daily living skills and decreasing or eliminating those behaviors that are most challenging and/or disruptive to positive relationships. Curriculum implementations include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, sports, nature walks, structured play, creative movement, music, life skills, home economics, social skill development, and community integration and safety.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services, Early Education, or Social Science from an accredited college or university or a closely related field; and a minimum of (2) years of professional experience in the management of a human service delivery system, OR
  • Associates Degree in related fields as mentioned above and (5) years of experience in a human services delivery system including at least two (2) years in a management or supervisory position in the care of individuals with developmental disabilities.


  • Competent in principles and practices used in management, supervision, and training.
  • Understands problems and needs of members, the responsibility of an advocate and self-determination principles and practices.
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate situations, and make appropriate decisions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional and support staff.
  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate the ability to prepare comprehensive and technical reports.
  • Must be self-directed, motivated and serve as a role model for staff throughout the organization.
  • Must be capable of managing multiple operational and developmental projects, functions, and activities simultaneously.
  • Exhibit the ability to define and solve practical problems while interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written and oral form.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, conflict resolution and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Full Description


$35,360 – $40,000
yearly salary

(depending on prior education, experience, & performance)

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This Will Change You!

In teaching life skills, developing goals, and encouraging clients and families, you’ll start to see your own friends, family, neighbors, and community in a new light. As a client works through a setback, you’ll see amazing examples of strength and commitment. This is not a job free of challenges – there are obstacles unique to each client – but it is incredibly rewarding to see the effect your effort has on the people we serve. You’ll find your own senses of respect, empowerment, and advocacy grow in proportion to your commitment to serve.

Please contact us at 602-993-5153 to find out more about employment at DEC and to ask questions about requirements and certifications.