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Program Specialist

Raystown Developmental Services Huntingdon, PA

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Job Description: *** Starting Wage Rate from $16.00 to $20.00/hr *** *** Sign On Bonus $250 *** *** Hours are typically 8am to 4:30pm M-F *** Develop programming for adults with intellectual disabilities living in a residential setting and help them to live a more independent life! *** Submit Resumes by June 11th, 2021 *** Are you interested in working with a company that values people and has a passion for service? Do you want to become part of an organization that cares about your personal and professional growth? If you have answered YES to these questions, then you should consider working for Raystown Developmental Services! Raystown Developmental Services (RDS) has been serving the counties of Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata since 1983. RDS provides a vast array of services to Adults with intellectual disabilities. Our Residential Program serves individuals with intellectual disabilities who reside in group homes. Staff assist individuals to maximize choice, daily living skills and community integration. RDS also provides day program services at our Adult Training Facility where individuals focus on skill building and community integration. In addition, RDS facilitates Home & Community based services to help assist individuals with intellectual disabilities to help increase their independence and personal skills in their home and to access their community. SUMMARY A person is this position is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of administrative and programmatic tasks associated with the Residential Habilitation Services programs. Work assignments are varied in nature and are performed under the supervision of the Operations Director or Regional Director. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Program Specialist shall be responsible for the coordination of assessments in accordance with payer regulations. Responsible for coordination or development and review of individual program plans in coordination with team members including family members, residential providers, support coordination activities, and other stakeholders. Responsible for the coordination of training and development for consumers to maximize and/or maintain skills. Responsible for the development of planned program activities. Responsible for the participation in Individual Support Plan (ISP) meetings and ensure compliance with ISP goals and outcomes. Responsible for ensuring the implementation of individual support plans and program activities to ensure compliance with waiver requirements and ISP outcomes. Plans, organizes and supervises the activities provided to individuals in the home and community. Interprets policies and procedures to staff personnel and cooperates in the coordination of therapeutic activities services and other professional services. Supervises professional and non-professional workers through active supervision including regularly scheduled reviews of individual performance. Initiates corrective disciplinary action per chain of command reporting structures. Assists in preparation of employee performance evaluations. Identifies training needs of staff, evaluates and initiates training recommendation and appraises the effect of training on the overall performance of staff, and demonstrates more efficient work methods. Consults with the ISP team on the development of activities within the home and community. Participates in peer review processes. Reviews reports of subordinate staff and maintains necessary administrative and clinical records; provides active supervision to all residential site supervisors and direct care staff including facilitating regular staff meetings. Ensures that adequate documentation of meetings is maintained on a structured schedule with the Operations Director. Helps in writing requisitions, inspects and supervises proper maintenance of supplies and equipment needed for the implementation of activities in the home and community. Reviews and approves employee time and attendance for accuracy, ensures that any variance in scheduled hours is pre-approved and justified. Compiles, reviews and approves units of service for consumer attendance. Ensures that all unit of service reporting is complete and verified for accuracy prior to submission. Ensures that all unit of service reporting is supported with written documentation and appropriate progress notes, if needed. OTHER DUTIES Can act as a point person and certified investigator within the HCSIS system. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This position supervises a team of site supervisors and direct care staff members and serves as a coach and mentor for staff members in similar positions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS The duties of this job require fine motor skills to write neat, legible notes, read and understand program documentation, and completing keyboarding entry. The duties of this job involve physical movements such as lifting, stooping, bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, and reaching: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to fingers, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment for this position varies between an office setting and community based locations. Staff members in this position are required to work both within and outside of the office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. TRAVEL This position requires an extensive amount of personal travel; travel utilizing company-owned vehicles is required on a moderate basis. REQUIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE A Master’s Degree and one year of experience working directly with persons with Intellectual Disabilities or autism; or a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience working with persons with Intellectual Disabilities or autism; or an Associate’s Degree or 60 credit hours and four years of experience working directly with persons with Intellectual Disabilities or autism. Computer skills including ability to learn the electronic time and attendance system PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 2+ years of experience in direct provision and/or oversight of residential habilitation services CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Must be willing to obtain PA Certified Investigator certification QUALIFICATIONS Language Skills Ability to read and understand documents and instructions in English. Ability to respond effectively to inquiries. Ability to respond to sensitive inquiries. Mathematical Skills Basic mathematic ability including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Reasoning Ability Ability to read instructional bulletins and/or participate in training sessions then translate information provided into day-to-day work duties. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS Ability to develop and maintain a positive and understanding attitude toward residential participants. Ability to make sound judgments regarding the health and welfare of residential participants. Ability to respond to emergency situations appropriately. Ability to work as a member of a team cooperatively and ethically to ensure the residential home is a safe, happy, and clean environment. Ability to express oneself clearly, orally and in writing, and to follow instruction and direction in the performing of job tasks. Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, families, and others who are essential for the well-being of residential participants. Ability to learn and comprehend behavior management and program planning principles and applicable safety and health measures. Knowledge of health measures such as basic first aid, CPR, fire safety and personal safety measures. Knowledge of advanced principles and methods of staff supervision. Ability to plan, organize, train, assign, monitor, and evaluate the work of staff. Ability to analyze situations and formulate an effective course of action. Ability to secure the confidence of and develop and maintain an empathetic understanding of clients. Ability to organize and prioritize various work assignments. Ability to develop and implement individual goal plans and program activities for program participants. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county and state officials, clients and their families, and the general public. Raystown Developmental Services is committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offers the following total rewards package: Competitive Wage/Salary Paid Time Off Paid Holidays Medical, Dental, Vision including a Health Savings Account Health, Dependent and Transportation Flexible Spending Accounts Basic and Optional Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents 401k Plan Training, Development and Continuing Education Credits for licensure requirements Opportunities for advancement! As we grow, you grow with us! Raystown Developmental Services is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will rece

Raystown Developmental Services


Huntingdon, PA



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