PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as a working lead or as a backup to the Supervising Developmental Services Worker in the shift supervision of a work location.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is used to provide lead responsibility in any work location which meets all of the following criteria:
1. The work location is a functional unit or building.
2. The Lead Developmental Services Worker must lead and work with 3 or more Developmental Services Workers, on a regular basis, during his or her majority of actual hours of work.
3. There is not more than one (1) Supervising Developmental Services Worker assigned to the work location.
Receives general direction from a Supervising Developmental Services Worker or other employee of higher grade.
Leads Developmental Services Workers and other employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Leads Developmental Services Workers on an assigned shift in implementation of residential living program for individuals in a cottage, wing or other living quarter; oversees and may participate in general care of assigned living quarters and care, feeding, clothing and treatment of individuals; directs and advises staff on implementation of individuals daily teaching strategies; assists in evaluating performance of residential program within living quarters; confers daily with staff on routine operational, disciplinary and special problems; implements policies, programs and operational procedures in accordance with state and federal regulations and with regard to needs of individuals; participates in caring for and instruction of individuals in their activities of daily living; confers with parents concerning individuals status; may administer selected oral medications with appropriate training; may complete a variety of reports, notes, logs, requisitions, etc.; may design and write residential living programs; may provide orientation and in-service training to subordinate staff; may order, secure and distribute supplies and equipment for program functioning and individuals personal needs; may attend interdisciplinary team meetings; may arrange for appropriate support services such as housekeeping, maintenance and laundry; may administer first aid in emergency situations; may drive individuals to necessary appointments/outings; may serve as backup for Supervising Developmental Services Worker; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of modern methods of working with individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities; knowledge of rehabilitative and interdisciplinary process; knowledge of goals, policies and organization of a residential living unit; knowledge of safety, fire and first aid procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to implement policies and operational procedures; ability to lead staff.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience working with individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities at the level of Developmental Services Worker 2.
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 possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties. Applicants may be required to take a physical examination.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals and may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Lead Developmental Services Worker (35 Hour) in Salary Group HN 18 approved effective July 5, 2019. (Revised to update language) Action No. 19-018