PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of clients.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is to be used where the incumbent works alone at least 50% of the time or leads subordinate employees on a regular and continuing basis.
Works under the general supervision of a Lead Developmental Services Worker or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Developmental Services Workers and other employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Implements programs and procedures designed to achieve objectives of department in care of persons with mental retardation; provides guidance and instructions to clients in development of desirable personal habits, hygiene and social relationships; responsible for clients health and safety; implements client individual program plans; reinforces appropriate client behavior through modification techniques; participates in preparation, serving and feeding of meals to clients; performs housekeeping duties necessary to maintain a clean and healthy environment for clients; may lead and participate in social and recreational activities designed to develop client potential; may act as shift charge; may attend interdisciplinary team meetings; may evaluate performance of subordinate staff; may provide orientation and basic inservice training to subordinate staff; may participate in special programs designed to fully develop potential of clients; may administer first aid in emergency situations; may administer selected oral medications; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of fundamentals of hygiene and physical training; knowledge of safety, fire and first aid procedures; basic knowledge of interdisciplinary process for development of client programs; considerable interpersonal skills; basic oral and written communication skills; skill in behavior management of clients; ability to recognize and report behavioral change; ability to develop a positive relationship with clients; ability to lead and participate in recreational and occupational activities; ability to follow oral and written instruction.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience in the care and supervision of persons with mental retardation at the level of a Developmental Services Worker 1 (or equivalent experience in a human service field).
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and maintain Medication Administration Certification from the Department of Developmental Services.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients; may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/ abusive clients; may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Developmental Services Worker 2 class in Salary Group HN 16 approved effective July 4, 2008. (Revised to modify Special Requirements)