In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in Day Services including teaching strategies, providing direct support to individuals with an intellectual disability, or performing duties related to development and implementation of in-service programs.
Works under the general supervision of a Developmental Services Adult Services Supervisor, Director of Staff Development, or other designated employee of a higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Develops teaching strategies consistent with goals of Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPS)/ Follow Along Plan (FAP);
Provides individual supports for individual specific needs as they relate to employment (individual job, group, sheltered) or habilitation;
Participates in person centered planning such as career planning, individual designs, Individual Plan (IP), transitional meetings and futures planning;
Consults with individuals (consumer, supporter and/or families) regarding program plans, futures plans and desired outcomes;
Assesses job compatibility for individuals;
Identifies and develops natural supports;
Assists with adaptation of materials (tools and equipment) to individuals ability;
Identifies and develops community resources and matches with individual interests;
Participates in intra-regional and intra-facility committees and work groups;
Administers medication, CPR and first aid;
Utilizes Physical/Psychological Management Training (PMT);
May conduct, with supervision, individual assessments using standardized instruments for evaluation;
Performs related duties as required.
Develop, prepare and conduct in-service training programs, to agency staff, including but not limited to physical/psychological management training, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and abuse and neglect prevention;
Track employee registration, attendance and course completion using a web based learning management system;
Conduct new employee orientation which may include the use of web-based College of Direct Support;
Conducts various presentations using multi-media equipment or computer based presentation software;
Schedules training sessions and attendees;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
current practices and trends in services and supports for individuals with an intellectual disability;
principles and techniques of in-service training;
education methods and techniques including computer based training and related equipment;
state agencies and community organizations and supports as they relate to services for individuals with an intellectual disability;
processes and material used in specific vocations and trades;
relevant equipment and emergency procedures;
interdisciplinary process for development of individual supports;
oral and written communication skills;
behavior management of individuals skills;
Skill in manual and machine operations of relevant vocations or trades;
work cooperatively with individual and other staff;
gather data independently and prepare reports;
develop positive relationships with individuals;
utilize teaching and/or training techniques for individual needs;
support individuals and participate in recreational and occupational activities;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience in providing direct service to individuals with an intellectual disability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in special education, vocational rehabilitation, social work, mental health fields or behavioral sciences may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
NOTE: For state employees three (3) years of experience as a Developmental Services Worker 2 or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain CPR, PMT, Medication Administration and First Aid certificates.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift individuals and/or use behavioral or physical intervention and may be exposed to risk of injury or exposure to occupational disease.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(14)-EDUCATION B (P-3B)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Developmental Services Adult Services Instructor (35 Hour) in Salary Group IN 01 approved effective April 27, 2023. (Revised to update terminology) Final No. 23-212