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Client Services Manager
Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California
Date Posted 12/28/2020
Admin-Disability Services
Salary $55,000 - $65,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Creative Growth Art Center is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and members of other historically excluded groups to apply. We are committed to providing a culturally safe workplace, and recognize that this looks different for everyone. We will work with existing staff and new hires to identify and ensure respect for cultural safety needs. Creative Growth is actively working on increasing fluency in equity issues, and is participating in ongoing organization-wide training in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Opportunity

The Client Services Manager is an individual contributor role that sits on the management team. A full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director, the Client Services Manager is responsible for serving as Creative Growth’s liaison with regulatory and licensing agencies governing programs that provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), ensuring Creative Growth’s compliance with related rules and regulations, and supporting the well-being of 140-160 individuals with intellectual and developmental and concurrent disabilities.

The Organization

Creative Growth Art Center is the oldest and largest nonprofit art studio for artists with I/DD and concurrent disabilities. Since 1974, Creative Growth has played a significant role in increasing public interest in the artistic capabilities and achievements of people with disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic
development and gallery exhibition and representation. Founded in 1974 on the idea that all people are capable of producing works of high artistic merit and that the act of creating can be transformative, Creative Growth now serves 140–160 artists with disabilities (primarily adults, with an ancillary youth program) and positions their work within the contemporary art world. At Creative Growth, the process of creating is honored and celebrated, and the impact of that recognition and appreciation transforms the lives of the artists. Creative Growth’s studio provides professional-grade art-making classes in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, woodwork, printmaking, textiles, and digital media. Most Creative Growth artists receive funding to attend Creative Growth's programs through the California
Regional Center system, and all artists receive 50% of the net proceeds from sales of their work. At the heart of the program is a team of working artists/instructors who support and encourage individual creativity by fostering an open, adaptive environment with few rules and no judgment—a space where a community of creators work side by side inspiring, encouraging, and celebrating one another.

Duties and Responsibilities

Agency Liaison/Compliance
● Serve as primary liaison to and manage working relationships with agencies that govern programs providing services to the I/DD community, including the State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), affiliated Regional Centers (currently Regional Center of the East Bay [RCEB] and Golden Gate Regional Center [GGRC]), and Community Care Licensing (CCL), as well as federal agencies governing Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
● Ensure that all significant activities on behalf of clients and families are properly and comprehensively documented and otherwise ensure compliance with requirements of all governing agencies and applicable laws and regulations, including the HCBS Final Rule mandating person-centered planning and thinking 1
● Gather relevant information and write Individual Service Plans (ISPs) establishing goals and reporting progress, as well as semi-annual reviews and annual updates, of all client artists
● Schedule and facilitate meetings with case managers, artists, families, care providers, and relevant Creative Growth staff, as needed
● Review new client artist referrals and applications, and recruit, evaluate, provide tours to, enroll, and orient new client artists
● Oversee Regional Center/DDS vendorization, client artist Purchase of Service (POS) authorizations, client artist engagement reporting, and Regional Center billing
● Assist with research, data tracking, and reporting as needed to support fulfillment of grant deliverables
● Maintain knowledge of current social work/service coordination practices as well as the laws and regulations applicable to the field of developmental disabilities
● Serve as liaison with the Provider/Vendor Advisory Committee of the Regional Center of the East Bay (PVAC), PVAC Day Program Providers Subcommittee, Oakland Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities, California Developmental Disabilities Council, and disabilities community in general, and attend community/council meetings when possible

Client Artist Well-Being
● In collaboration with the Studio Client Care team, monitor clients’ needs and contact case managers and care providers regarding those needs, including creating and updating documentation such as Individual Service Plans (ISPs) and medical records, etc., and advocating for improved care/service when necessary
● Regularly meet with and advise the Studio Director, Studio instructors, Client Care team, and care providers regarding client artists and their goals, needs, and development
● Ensure that information in client artist files, spreadsheets, and databases is accurate and current
● Ensure that families, care providers, and case managers receive regular communication regarding client artist progress/issues
● Facilitate meetings to resolve problems that interfere with client artist participation
● Monitor attendance and contact case managers if client artists’ attendance diminishes and help find solutions to address underlying issues
● Maintain timely correspondence with and/or regarding: client artists and their families and care providers; program enrollment, attendance, and billing; and client artist transportation
● Help to promote a positive and inclusive culture throughout Creative Growth, with a client artist-led, person-centered approach
● Maintain confidentiality regarding clients and families in compliance with HIPAA regulations and DDS/Regional Center/CCL policies

● Serve on Creative Growth’s management and Studio teams, including attending weekly/regular meetings, to advise and inform other departments of client artist needs and other Client Services issues as they arise, and to learn about and support organizational needs, priorities, and activities
● Collaborate closely with the Studio Director, Studio instructors, and Client Care team to ensure smooth functioning of the Studio and an optimal experience for client artists in the Creative Growth program
● Check in with instructors regarding available spaces and enroll client artists in classes in alignment with ISP goals
● Coordinate with Gallery & Exhibitions staff to support and document client artists’ professional and artistic development
● Collaborate with Client Care Coordinator to manage participation of clients and their families in Creative Growth events, such as fundraising and community engagement events 2


You are an ideal candidate if you:
● Are enthusiastically committed to the vision, mission, and core values of Creative Growth and possess compassion and respect for all client artists and their families
● Enjoy working in a diverse, creative, collaborative, and fast-paced environment
● Share with us a respect for diverse backgrounds and voices and a commitment to inclusion, accessibility, and equity
● Have a minimum of three years’ management experience in client services for individuals with intellectual/developmental and other disabilities, or equivalent
● Have familiarity/experience working with the California Regional Center system, especially RCEB and GGRC
● Are fluent in one of the primary languages of Creative Growth artists, including Spanish, American Sign Language, Cantonese, Mandarin, and/or Dari
● Have strong team-building, management, and collaboration skills
● Have the ability to take initiative and step forward to work with others to identify organizational and client artist needs and address them proactively and collaboratively
● Have the ability to navigate smoothly and calmly through emotionally complex, high-pressure situations and medical emergencies
● Have adaptable multi-tasking skills, with the ability to control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously, including switching priorities as required without losing momentum
● Have computer skills sufficient to meet the demands of the job, including familiarity with software in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
● Have a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, special education, speech, education, applied behavior analysis, or related field from an accredited institution
● Have a current First Aid and CPR certification
● Have an appreciation for and understanding of contemporary art

● Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, special education, speech, education, applied behavior analysis, or related field from an accredited institution, or equivalent work experience
● At least two years’ experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
● Strong written and verbal communication and meeting facilitation skills
● Familiarity with the laws and regulations governing services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; especially including the Lanterman Act and related regulations
● Ability to attend occasional events on evenings and weekends, such as gallery openings, lectures, and fundraisers, to support client artists and their families
● Successful completion of the following background checks and clearances, as mandated by the State of California, California Care Licensing (CCL), for all employees of licensed facilities such as Creative Growth: record of criminal history obtained from California Department of Justice, i.e., clearance to work in a licensed facility; record of health screening, including negative TB test results; and current First Aid and CPR certification (Creative Growth will provide necessary training and cover the cost of acquiring these certifications) 3

Special Environmental Factors

● The Creative Growth Studio is currently closed due to COVID-19 shelter in place orders, and staff and client artists are primarily working remotely. This position requires frequent meetings and other communication/engagement with current and potential new artists, artist families and care providers, Regional Center case managers, Creative Growth staff, and external professional groups, which are held online from an off-site location of the employee’s choice via Zoom, Google Meet, and/or telephone call.
● When the Studio is open:
o The Studio is a busy, active, open, and sometimes loud environment, with an average of 75
client artists with disabilities working on artistic projects each day.
o The Studio is equipped with heavy machinery in the woodshop, which occasionally makes loud
noise and generates dust.
o While Creative Growth has made great efforts to minimize toxic fumes and to ask staff,
volunteers, and artists to refrain from wearing perfumed products, the Studio contains art
supplies that may trigger chemical sensitivities.
o Several of the administrative offices and meeting areas are on the second floor, accessible by
two sets of stairs and one elevator. Weekly management team meetings and other occasional
meetings also take place on the second floor.

This position reports to: Executive Director
The Client Services Manager is a full-time exempt position; the salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000
a year. Creative Growth’s operational hours are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional
programs and events on evenings and weekends. Creative Growth is unable to provide housing or travel

Creative Growth offers a robust benefits package, including:

● 100%-premium coverage for medical/dental/vision insurance
● Medical and dependent care FSA
● Commuter benefits plan
● Life insurance
● Chiropractor and acupuncture benefits
● Long-term disability
● Generous paid time off (vacation/sick time): 22-32 days (154-224 hours) per year, based on length of
employment with Creative Growth, with a maximum accrual of 224 hours
● 11 paid holidays (including birthday)
● Employee Assistance Program (counseling, financial, and legal services, training through an outside

Please submit cover letter and résumé in PDF format via email to (with
“Client Services Manager” in the subject header). Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be
invited to interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.

*Please mention to employers when applying for this job*
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