Join the S.P.A.C.S. Team

We select compassionate staff that has numerous years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Our staff receives ongoing training from attending workshops, seminars, etc. to increase their levels of competency. Their avid interest and extensive knowledge brings a rare excitement to the learning process. When our staff, board members, and specialty consultants’ comes together, they form a team of professionals dedicated to each consumer’s need. All are trained in behavior management techniques. Our team prides themselves with developing strong bonds with all of our consumers.

The Smart Place

Volunteer/Intern Program

Activities

  • The Smart Place is interested in partnering with other like minded individuals to enhance our creative and progressive atmosphere for the individuals we serve. While offering our daily programming, SPACS is expanding our service base by incorporating the skills of volunteers and interns! During our general and summer program for mentally and physically challenged individuals in the State of Georgia,
  • The volunteer program will offer tutorial sessions such as arts and crafts, computer activities, dance and exercise, discovery classroom activities, Adult Daily Living Skill classes, swimming and equestrian programs, weekly trips, daily walks, picnics and cook outs!
  • Our volunteers program will offer skilled services to enhance our enrichment and seasonal activities, by targeting social and emotional development.

Hours

Programming hours for our participants is are from 9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday -Friday.
Volunteers and intern weekly commitment time will be mandated as per assignment and will stay in effect for 6 months

Services

Our current 5-day structured program offers our participants the choice of becoming involved in various activities, such as:

Exercise and Dance

Arts & Crafts
Organized Enrichment
Computer classes
Recreational Clubs
Music Activities
Sensory Activities
Volunteering

Cultural Arts
Community Socialization Activities
Aquatics and Equestrian Programs
Special Olympics of Georgia
Behavioral intervention
Media

Counselor/student ratio is approximately 1:10. Volunteers serve as floaters providing invaluable assistance by simply providing a few hours of instruction in their field of interest .

The main requirement for volunteer service with SPACS is the inert love for human beings and the desire to see others smile!

For more information, call the Consumer Relations or Human Resources Dept. at (770) 469-4418

Participant Enrollment Checklist

  1. Photo of participant
  2. Insurance/ Medicaid info
  3. Medical History
  4. Signed transportation form (found in participant application)
  5. Annual physical (found in participant application)

The Smart Place

Careers

If you would also like to submit your resume, please send it to info@thesmartplace.com.  Please note: to be considered for an interview, all applicants must also complete the employment application.  

We prefer not to receive phone calls inquiring about job opportunities.

Agency applications for employment may also be obtained at:

The Smart Place
1916 Glenfair Rd.
Decatur, GA 30035

Prospective Applicants for Employment

It is recommended that individuals desiring consideration for employment come to the agency and complete an application for employment. While individuals are encouraged to submit resumes in support of their application, it should be noted that resumes are accepted and considered ONLY with a completed agency application for employment. Applications may be mailed upon request, but since positions are vacant until filled, interested applicants may want to personally submit completed applications as soon as possible in order to be considered before a position is filled. Applications submitted are considered only for a current vacancy and must be resubmitted for consideration for future vacancies. Applicants will be screened to determine who should become candidates for a position. Applicants will be generally considered in the order of categories from highly to moderately to minimally qualified.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap, marital status, or status as a disabled veteran.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

In order to qualify for employment all applicants will be subject to pre-employment drug screening and all job offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of this drug test. Refusal to test or a positive test result will cause denial of employment. Following an employment offer and prior to being considered an active employee, successful applicants will be screened for drugs as part of the pre-employment evaluation. Applicants will be requested to sign a consent/release form acknowledging and understanding the procedure, authorization of the procedure to be performed and consent to release the test results to the agency’s Medical Review Officer. Applicants who refuse to sign the consent/release form, or refuse to undergo the drug testing procedure will automatically be denied employment.

Georgia Department of Community Health Rule 290-5-54-.09(3)(a)1

Rule 290-5-54-.09(3)(a)1 requires a written statement to be obtained at the time of application that an individual has never been shown by credible evidence (e.g. a court or jury, a department investigation or other reliable evidence) to have abused, neglected, sexually assaulted, exploited or deprived any person or to have subjected any person to serious injury as a result of intentional or grossly negligent misconduct. Applicant’s signature on employment application serves as acknowledgement of this rule and as a personal attestation and statement that applicant has never been shown by credible evidence any of the aforementioned.

At-Will Employment Policy Statement

It is the policy of this agency to provide that all employment and compensation with this agency is “at-will.” This means that employment can be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either The Smart Place or the employee. It is important that all applicants acknowledge and understand that any and all employment with this agency is “at-will” and of indefinite duration without regard to the position classification. An employee or this agency may terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and for any reason. No agreement to the contrary will be recognized unless such an agreement is in writing and approved by the agency’s Board.

Certification And Acknowledgment

In applying for employment, applicants will be requested to certify that their answers and all other information provided are true, complete and correct. Applicants must understand that any misrepresentation or omission of facts on their part will be justification for separation, if employed. Applicants should also understand and acknowledge that employment is contingent upon receipt of any necessary or required documents. These documents include establishing identity and employment eligibility, an acceptable criminal records background investigation, an acceptable motor vehicle report, a satisfactory tuberculin (TB) screening test, copies of diplomas and licenses if applicable and any other requirements or pertinent information as may be required or established by The Smart Place, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or other regulatory authority.

Recruitment And Promotions

It is the policy of this agency to fill all position vacancies with qualified applicants. Preference is given to qualified persons from within this agency when possible. Preference may be given to internal candidates over external candidates when both are equally qualified. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply whenever they meet the minimum qualifications specified in a job posting. However, internal candidates are not guaranteed the positions for which they apply and job performance shall be taken into consideration.

Job Descriptions

Title: Direct Care Driver

Department(s): Direct Care Transportation
Minimum Requirements
Must be at least 25 years of age
Must have graduated High School or GED equivalent
Post-secondary training in education, special education or in a related, helping profession field, or significant related work experience.
Knowledge of basic principles of child and/or adolescent psychology, and of learning theory.
Must pass background check
Must have at least 2 years experience with MR/MH clients
Must have valid CPR, First Aid Cards
Must have a valid drivers license
Training and/or experience in one of the following:

  • Behaviorally disordered participants;
  • Implementing a behavior management program.
  • Caring for handicapped persons with mobility, dressing, eating, taking medication, caring for personal hygiene and safety needs.

Conflict resolution training.
Working knowledge of computers.

Title: Direct Care Driver Assistant

Department(s): Direct Care Transportation
Minimum Requirements
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must have graduated High School or GED equivalent
Knowledge of basic principles of child and/or adolescent psychology, and of learning theory.
Must pass background check
Must have at least 2 years’ experience with MR/MH clients
Must have valid CPR, First Aid Cards
Must have a valid drivers license
Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions
Ability to communicate verbally
Must have writing and arithmetic skills to complete forms and reports
Must have empathy for challenged Individuals
Able to read and interpret schedules and forms
Ability to read and use a map
Training and/or experience in one of the following:

  • Behaviorally disordered participants;
  • Implementing a behavior management program.
  • Caring for handicapped persons with mobility, dressing, eating, taking medication, caring for personal hygiene and safety needs.

Conflict resolution training.
Working knowledge of computers.

Title: Direct Care Staff

Department(s): Direct Care Operations
Minimum Requirements
CNA’S WELCOME
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must have graduated High School or GED equivalent
Post-secondary training in education, special education or in a related, helping profession field, or significant related work experience.
Knowledge of basic principles of child and/or adolescent psychology, and of learning theory.
Must pass background check
Must have at least 3 years’ experience with MR/MH clients
Must have valid CPR, First Aid Cards
Must have a valid drivers license
Training and/or experience in one of the following:

  • Behaviorally disordered participant;
  • Implementing a behavior management program.
  • Caring for handicapped persons with mobility, dressing, eating, and administering medication, caring for personal hygiene and safety needs.

Conflict resolution training. Working knowledge of computers.

ADDRESS
1916 Glenfair Rd.
Decatur, GA 30035

PHONE
770.469.4418

EMAIL
info@thesmartplace.org

FAX
770.469.4438