Careers

For over 60 years, Blossom Philadelphia has been making a difference in the lives of children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Blossom Philadelphia provides vital programs and services to individuals and their families living with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome, spinal injuries, intellectual disabilities or any disability that severely limits an individual’s independent functioning. Services are designed to encourage people to live their lives without limits.

We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals who can help us continue to provide a caring environment for our clients. We welcome you to view available opportunities and look forward to hearing from you soon! Blossom Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CONTROLLER
Position Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
Job Status:  FULL TIME, EXEMPT
Direct Reports to: GL Accountant, AP Clerk, Bookkeeper, Billing Clerk and Accountant

Summary of Position

Administer financial, accounting, and reporting activities, assuring timely and accurate reporting. Supervise payroll, payables, receivables and general ledger activities. The Controller will provide financial statement analysis, budget and audit support.

Essential Responsibilities

Financial Reporting and Budgeting
  • Prepare all internal financial reports and external financial statements.
  • Prepare annual & quarterly GAAP financial statements for reporting to the Board of Directors, along with monthly budget to actual statements.
  • Oversee and review the monthly, quarterly and annual closings.
  • Prepare consolidation of subsidiaries related to all Blossom entities.
  • Oversee the completion of the annual audit and grant audits, as required.
  • Prepare the annual budget and related projections.
  • Oversee and review preparation of tax returns (990, 5500,)

General Ledger
  • Oversee all accounting and payroll functions.
  • Prepare journal entries for significant estimates.
  • Review reconciliations and other journal entries.
  • Oversee implementation & maintenance of accounting software.
  • Review payment vouchers, assuring appropriate approvals, consistency with contracts and general ledger classifications.

Cash Management
  • Oversee wire payments and receipts and maintenance of banking relationships.
  • Monitor cash flow and provide Management with cash flow reporting.
  • Grant Compliance and Reporting
  • versee compliance reporting to all grant agencies.
  • Research, and implement new accounting and reporting standards, in consultation with management.

Analysis
  • Prepare other analyses as requested, including projected operating results, cash flows, etc., as requested.

Leadership
  • Effectively train and coach staff in areas where needed.
  • Look for areas within Finance & throughout the organization for administrative and operational improvement.
  • Maintain a high level of staff motivation within the Finance Department.
  • Review and monitor accounting functions for Blossom.
  • Assist management in maintaining adequate insurance and risk management program.
  • Perform other job-related duties and special projects, as assigned.
  • Attend Board and Finance Committee meetings and present financial results.


Experience and Education

  • BS/BA in accounting or finance. CPA and / or MBA strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 4 -10 years’ experience in accounting and finance, in a management capacity. (Preferably, non-profit).
  • Ability to work independently, with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Public accounting experience preferred.


Special Skills

Communications:
  • Maintain the highest professional standards in written and oral communication.
  • Possess excellent inter-personal skills, and be an active listener.
  • Work effectively with a variety of people, including the general public, Board of Directors, senior management, and colleagues.
  • Respond to accounting and financial questions from CEO, COO and staff.

Technical:
  • Knowledgeable of GAAP for non-profit entities.
  • Tax reporting, including Form 990.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Operating Systems and Office Suites.
  • Able to remotely access accounting and other financial systems.
  • Experienced in maintaining good organization-wide internal controls.
  • Knowledge of A133 Cost Reporting preferred.
  • Knowledge of Great Plains accounting software preferred.

Analytical:
  • Possess a high degree of discretion, problem solving experience, and confidentiality.
  • Exceptional analytical ability and the capacity to compile and organize information from varying sources, make decisions and recommend strategies.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects, setting priorities and meeting deadlines, while adjusting to changing priorities.
  • CONFIDENTIALITY IS ESSENTIAL.


The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of business demands changes so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

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DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL

Summary of Position 

This Adult Services position will be responsible for supporting the emotional, physical and personal well-being of adults participating in the Blossom Philadelphia Day Activities.  This position encourages growth of individual outcomes that leads to self-directed lives without limits.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Create, organize and implement meaningful activities for program participants in collaboration with ASP’s and Program Specialist.
  • Mentor program participants in achieving personal outcomes.
  • Assist with preparing classrooms prior to each scheduled activity.
  • Ensure classroom and storage areas are clean and organized after use.
  • Introduce new experiences, encourage growth and implementation of programs.
  • Provide opportunities and supports that help participants be viewed with respect and as integral members of their communities.
  • Advocate for full participation of each person.
  • Adapt activities for all capabilities and offer suggestions to each person’s team of support.
  • Promote teamwork and a positive atmosphere.
  • Ensure quality and accurate documentation of progress notes and outcome data.
  • Actively participate in client reviews and team meetings to provide feedback on participant’s growth and progress.
  • Provide support with personal care such as feeding, toileting, transporting, etc.
  • Meet weekly with the Program Supervisors and Program Specialist.
  • Utilize resources on a regular basis (collaborate with Director of Therapeutic Activities and/or Occupational Therapist, and other appropriate staff to help plan, modify and assist with group)
  • Embrace agency changes and be a positive role model of the agency’s mission.
  • Perform any additional tasks as requested by management within the scope of the job responsibilities.


 Ethical Principles

  • Commit to person centered supports as best practice.
  • Honor the personality, preferences, culture and gifts of people who cannot speak by seeking other ways of understanding them.
  • Support participants in all activities with pride and enthusiasm.
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual responsibility.
  • Maintain competency in own profession through learning and ongoing communication with others.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for own actions and decisions.
  • Recognize the importance of modeling valued behaviors to co-workers, person receiving support and the community at-large.
  • Confidentially is essential.
  • Believes in a “Life without Limits” for everyone we support.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professional attitude and presence.
  • Committed to providing quality supports.
  • Solid interpersonal skills and strong communication skills for interacting with the clients, families, staff, volunteers and external stakeholders.
  • Efficient in organizing work time, able to set priorities, complete tasks and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with a diverse workforce and clientele.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Physically able to assist clients with transfers, toileting and other needs.


Education/Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma – a minimum requirement or GED, 2 years of college (Associates Degree is preferable).
  • Criminal history check/Child Abuse/FBI Clearance, which meet the state licensing requirements, and Drug & Alcohol Screening.
  • Must have reliable means of transportation.


Specifications

To comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, it is necessary to specify the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the essential duties of the job such as seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.  Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain.  Additional physical requirements may include frequent lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 100 pounds, pushing adult program participants in manual and/or motorize wheelchairs.

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LEAD AUTISTIC SUPPORT TEACHER
Position Reports To: Associate Director
Job Status:   NONEXEMPT, FULL TIME

Summary of Position

Under general guidance of Associate Director, assumes responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing a quality Autistic Support education program for one specific group of children and parents. Works cooperatively with classroom team to coordinate program and differentiate instruction.

Essential Responsibilities

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Designs appropriate room arrangement to support needs of classroom
  • Maintains an orderly learning environment
  • Nurtures, respects and facilitates health, safety and well-being of children
  • Supervises children at all times
  • Follows all health and safety procedures including proper body mechanics and universal precautions

To promote cognitive and physical development
  • Plans and implements activities utilizing STAR Curriculum, integrating PA Early Learning Standards and IFSP/IEP goals
  • Use curriculum and IEP guidelines to collect data on progress towards goals for each child
  • Attend and participate in IEP meetings (Annuals and Reviews)
  • Involves children in planning and implementing learning activities
To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
  • Plans and implements hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem and social skills
  • Plans and implements culturally diverse experiences
  • Uses positive guidance techniques
  • Provides a variety of creative and expressive activities
  • Establishes routines with smooth transitions
  • Communicates with children at their developmental level
  • Encourages children to be independent
To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Supports families through responsive communication orally and written
  • Relates assessment information to families
To facilitate an organized, well-run environment responsive to children’s needs
  • Submits required forms within deadlines including 6 month progress monitoring, and completion of Service Delivery Forms
  • Organizes supplies and materials prior to implementing activities
  • Acts as a role model for assistants, aides, paraprofessionals, volunteers and students, helping to orient new staff
  • Assess children’s needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis including 6 month progress monitoring,
  • Uses results of assessments to plan activities
To maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Promotes the center’s philosophy and educational objectives
  • Supports the center’s code of ethical conduct
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with associates, sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement
  • Attends agency and departmental in-service programs and meetings, including IFSP/IEP meetings
  • Sets goals with supervisor and team
  • Adheres to and facilitates Developmentally Appropriate Practice, following Keystone Stars and DPW criteria.


Experience

Minimum of one year experience working in an Autistic Support program with young children.

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Spec Ed, ECE or related field with Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Education

Special Skills

  • Must adhere to DPW guidelines; training includes CPR/First Aid, Fire Safety, Emergency Plan, Child Abuse Reporting
  • Must follow Keystone Stars criteria; 24 hours training annually;
  • Training includes knowledge of Environmental Rating Scale, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Ounce Scale, Work Sampling and  PreK Counts ; Knowledge of P.L. 94-142, P.L.99-457, writing IFSP’s/IEP’s;
  • Professional demeanor/attitude/presentation.
  • Committed to accuracy and quality.
  • Solid interpersonal and strong communication skills for interacting with, staff, families and outside agencies in setting priorities and completing tasks.
  • Ability to perform multiple assignments and consistently meet time lines.
  • Efficient in organizing time and office functions. CONFIDENTIALITY IS ESSENTIAL.


Specifications

To comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, it is necessary to specify the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the essential duties of the job such as seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.  Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain.  Additional physical requirements may include frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of business demands changes so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

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LEAD TEACHER
Position Reports To: Education Coordinator
Job Status:   NONEXEMPT, FULL TIME

Summary of Position

Under general guidance of Education Coordinator, assumes responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing a quality early childhood reverse mainstream education program for one specific group of children and parents. Works cooperatively with classroom team to coordinate program and differentiate instruction.

Essential Responsibilities

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Designs appropriate room arrangement to support needs of classroom
  • Maintains an orderly learning environment
  • Nurtures, respects and facilitates health, safety and well-being of children
  • Supervises children at all times
  • Follows all health and safety procedures including proper body mechanics and universal precautions

To promote cognitive and physical development
  • Plans and implements activities utilizing Creative Curriculum, integrating PA Early Learning Standards and IFSP/IEP goals
  • Involves children in planning and implementing learning activities
  • Makes modifications and adaptations as necessary to support children’s learning

To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
  • Plans and implements hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem and social skills
  • Plans and implements culturally diverse experiences
  • Uses positive guidance techniques
  • Provides a variety of creative and expressive activities
  • Establishes routines with smooth transitions
  • Communicates with children at their developmental level
  • Encourages children to be independent

To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Completes assessment checklists and conducts 3 conferences three times annually
  • Supports families through responsive communication orally and written
  • Relates assessment information to families

To facilitate an organized, well-run environment responsive to children’s needs
  • Submits required forms within deadlines including 6 month progress monitoring, and completion of Service Delivery Forms
  • Organizes supplies and materials prior to implementing activities
  • Acts as a role model for assistants, aides, paraprofessionals, volunteers and students, helping to orient new staff
  • Assess children’s needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis including 6 month progress monitoring,
  • Uses results of assessments to plan activities

To maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Promotes the center’s philosophy and educational objectives
  • Supports the center’s code of ethical conduct
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with associates, sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement
  • Attends agency and departmental in-service programs and meetings, including IFSP/IEP meetings
  • Sets goals with supervisor and team
  • Adheres to and facilitates Developmentally Appropriate Practice, following Keystone Stars and DPW criteria.


Experience

Minimum of one year experience in an educational facility working with infants and young children

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Spec Ed, ECE or related field with Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Education

Special Skills

  • Must adhere to DPW guidelines; training includes CPR/First Aid, Fire Safety, Emergency Plan, Child Abuse Reporting
  • Must follow Keystone Stars criteria; 24 hours training annually;
  • Training includes knowledge of Environmental Rating Scale, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Ounce Scale, Work Sampling and  PreK Counts ; Knowledge of P.L. 94-142, P.L.99-457, writing IFSP’s/IEP’s;
  • Professional demeanor/attitude/presentation.
  • Committed to accuracy and quality.
  • Solid interpersonal and strong communication skills for interacting with, staff, families and outside agencies in setting priorities and completing tasks.
  • Ability to perform multiple assignments and consistently meet time lines.
  • Efficient in organizing time and office functions. CONFIDENTIALITY IS ESSENTIAL.


Specifications

To comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, it is necessary to specify the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the essential duties of the job such as seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.  Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain.  Additional physical requirements may include frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of business demands changes so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

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TEACHING ASSISTANT

Summary of Position

Under general guidance of Education Coordinator and Lead Teacher, assumes responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing a quality early childhood reverse mainstream education program for one specific group of children and parents. Works cooperatively with classroom team to coordinate program and differentiate instruction.

Essential Responsibilities

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Designs appropriate room arrangement to support needs of classroom
  • Maintains an orderly learning environment
  • Nurtures, respects and facilitates health, safety and well-being of children
  • Supervises children at all times
  • Follows all health and safety procedures including proper body mechanics and universal precautions

To promote cognitive and physical development
  • Assists with planning and implementing activities utilizing Creative Curriculum, integrating PA Early Learning Standards and IFSP/IEP goals
  • Involves children in planning and implementing learning activities
  • To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
  • Assists in planning and implementing hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem and social skills
  • Assists in planning and implementing culturally diverse experiences
  • Uses positive guidance techniques
  • Provides a variety of creative and expressive activities
  • Establishes routines with smooth transitions
  • Communicates with children at their developmental level
  • Encourages children to be independent

To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Assists with completion of assessment checklists and conference reports  three times annually
  • Supports families through responsive communication orally and written

To facilitate an organized, well-run environment responsive to children’s needs
  • Submits required forms within deadlines including 6 month progress monitoring, and completion of Service Delivery Forms
  • Organizes supplies and materials prior to implementing activities
  •  Acts as a role model for  aides, paraprofessionals, volunteers and students, helping to orient new staff
  • Assess children’s needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis including 6 month progress monitoring.
  • Uses results of assessments to plan activities

 To maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Promotes the center’s philosophy and educational objectives
  • Supports the center’s code of ethical conduct
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with associates, sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement
  • Attends agency and departmental in-service programs and meetings, including IFSP/IEP meetings
  • Sets goals with supervisor and team
  •  Adheres to and facilitates Developmentally Appropriate Practice, following Keystone Stars and DPW criteria.


 Experience

  • Minimum of one year experience in an educational facility working with infants and young children
  • Education:  Associate’s degree in Spec Ed, ECE or related field or course work equivalent to 60 credits in early childhood development


 Special Skills

  • Ability to work with special needs children
  • Must adhere to DPW guidelines; training includes CPR/First Aid, Fire Safety, Emergency Plan, Child Abuse Reporting
  • Must follow Keystone Stars criteria; 24 hours training annually;
  • Training includes knowledge of Environmental Rating Scale, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Ounce Scale, and Work Sampling; Knowledge of P.L. 94-142, P.L.99-457, writing IFSP’s/IEP’s;
  • CONFIDENTIALITY IS ESSENTIAL.


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TEACHING ASSISTANT (AUTISTIC SUPPORT CLASSROOM)
Position Reports To: Associate Director
Job Status:   NONEXEMPT, FULL TIME

Summary of Position

Under general guidance of the Associate Director and Lead Teacher, assumes responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing a quality Autistic Support education program for one specific group of children and parents. Works cooperatively with classroom team to coordinate program and differentiate instruction.

Essential Responsibilities

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Designs appropriate room arrangement to support needs of classroom
  • Maintains an orderly learning environment
  • Nurtures, respects and facilitates health, safety and well-being of children
  • Supervises children at all times
  • Follows all health and safety procedures including proper body mechanics and universal precautions

To promote cognitive and physical development
  • Assists with planning and implementing activities utilizing Star Curriculum, integrating PA Early Learning Standards and IFSP/IEP goals
  • Involves children in planning and implementing learning activities
  • To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
  • Assists in planning and implementing hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem and social skills
  • Assists in planning and implementing culturally diverse experiences
  • Uses positive guidance techniques
  • Provides a variety of creative and expressive activities
  • Establishes routines with smooth transitions
  • Communicates with children at their developmental level
  • Encourages children to be independent

To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Assists with completion of assessment checklists and conference reports  three times annually
  • Supports families through responsive communication orally and written

To facilitate an organized, well-run environment responsive to children’s needs
  • Submits required forms within deadlines including 6 month progress monitoring, and completion of Service Delivery Forms
  • Organizes supplies and materials prior to implementing activities
  •  Acts as a role model for  aides, paraprofessionals, volunteers and students, helping to orient new staff
  • Assess children’s needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis including 6 month progress monitoring,
  • Uses results of assessments to plan activities

To maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Promotes the center’s philosophy and educational objectives
  • Supports the center’s code of ethical conduct
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with associates, sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement
  • Attends agency and departmental in-service programs and meetings, including IFSP/IEP meetings
  • Sets goals with supervisor and team
  • Adheres to and facilitates Developmentally Appropriate Practice, following Keystone Stars and DPW criteria.


Experience

  • Minimum of one year experience in an educational facility working with young children. Experience in an Autistic Support program preferred.


Education

  • Associate’s degree in Spec Ed, ECE or related field or course work equivalent to 60 credits in early childhood development


Special Skills

  • Ability to work with special needs children
  • Must adhere to DPW guidelines; training includes CPR/First Aid, Fire Safety, Emergency Plan, Child Abuse Reporting
  • Must follow Keystone Stars criteria; 24 hours training annually;
  • Training includes knowledge of Environmental Rating Scale, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Ounce Scale, and Work Sampling; Knowledge of P.L. 94-142, P.L.99-457, writing IFSP’s/IEP’s; CONFIDENTIALITY IS ESSENTIAL.


Specifications

To comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, it is necessary to specify the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the essential duties of the job such as seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.  Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Additional physical requirements may include frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of business demands changes so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

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Blossom Philadelphia offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical benefits, 403(b) with agency match, and agency-paid pension plan.

It is the policy of Blossom Philadelphia to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, disability, language spoken, or any other class protected under the law.

The job descriptions are not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands changes so, too, may the essential functions of all positions.

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