This position will be located in DDS' South Region's Individual Family Support Division - in the Wallingford Office. The incumbent will act as the South Region's Respite Coordinator; will oversee supervision, operations and oversight for the South Regions 3 Family Respite Centers - Hamden, Meriden and Waterford.
This a 35-hour per week position with a schedule of Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some weekend work and occasional evenings will be required. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.
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Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current employee of the Department of Developmental Services, who has permanent state status, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Joann Castaldo at DDS.SR.Recruiting@ct.gov or (203) 294-5072.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for assisting in the supervision and implementation of programs designed for persons with mental retardation.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists in development and implementation of policies, programs, scheduling and operating procedures; directs, coordinates, evaluates and monitors performance of residential program unit including monitoring staff implementation of individual client teaching strategies; confers with staff on routine operational, disciplinary and special problems; evaluates performance of clients and employees in cooperation with assigned staff; conducts inservice training on mental retardation practices and procedures and care of clients; arranges client search parties and coordinates emergency responses; reviews reports of subordinates and prepares periodic operational reports; makes rounds to insure units are clean and safe; may attend interdisciplinary team and administrative meetings; may work with parent and community groups; may counsel clients or employees on problems; may interview candidates for position openings; may be assigned responsibility for orderly operation of facility on a shift; may notify other departments of deficiencies and assist in implementing plans of correction within units; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of mental retardation procedures and terminology; considerable knowledge of modern methods of dealing with persons with mental retardation; considerable knowledge of rehabilitative and interdisciplinary process; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to administer activities of a unit; ability to analyze and resolve day to day problems of persons with mental retardation; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience in the care and supervision of persons with mental retardation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity at the level of a Supervising Developmental Services Worker 1 or 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training, preferably in an educational, nursing or social science field, may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of two (2) years of college education equalling one (1) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.
Excellent interpersonal skills to work with all types of families as well as working with the Rspite Center staff, case managers and other support DDS staff. Cultural sensitivity to people from widely different cultural backgrounds is very desirable. Experience in working with people of all ages with different behavioral and medical needs who are living with their own families is also very desirable. Experience in successfully running a Respite Center would be a plus.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class will be required to possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.