Are you a current Department of Developmental Services (DDS) employee looking to further your career in a role where you can make a real difference? If so, we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services currently has two full-time job opportunity for a Developmental Services Supported Living Worker based out of the South Region's Individual and Family Support (IFS)Division, New Haven.
This is a 35 hour per week position with work schedules as follows:
- Saturday thru Wednesday, 1:30pm - 9:00pm.
- Thursday thru Sunday 1:30pm - 9:00pm.
- However, must be flexible with approval to meet the needs of individuals and families, including occasional evening and weekend hours.
In this role, you would be empowered to lead and transport our individuals in our IFS division to group activities. You would lead fun outings to activities such as bowling, the movies, and trips to the park. Additionally, we would entrust you to:
Participate in and assists individuals with activities of daily living.
Act as a liaison to individuals and their families or community agencies and organizations.
Other duties as assigned.
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!
All state hospital employees or employees working in a long-term care setting or prospective state hospital employee or prospective employee working in a long-term care setting shall follow Special Act 22-1.
In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- Must have a valid CT driver's license.
- Will be required to travel.
- Will be required to obtain an F-Endorsement on their driver’s license by the completion of the working test period.
- May be required to work nights and weekends.
If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or Jennifer.Borenski@ct.gov.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
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- At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Elizabeth Weston at Elizabeth.Weston@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number.
- Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services, within a regional Supported Living Program/Individual Supports, this class is accountable for implementing programs, providing care, guidance, training and supervision of individuals living in the community.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Implements programs and monitors an assigned caseload of individuals living in a community setting; functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team and participates in service delivery plan process for individuals; provides guidance and support for individuals to develop independent living skills; participates in and assists individuals with activities of daily living; assists individuals in accessing goods, services and supports required for independent living without 24 hour supports; reinforces appropriate individual behavior through modification techniques; responsible for individuals health and safety; observes and reports individual behavior; serves as advocate for government subsidies and redetermination hearings; transports individuals; acts as liaison to individuals and their families or various community agencies or organizations; provides concise and accurate reports and documentation; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may administer and track medications with appropriate certification; may administer first aid in emergency situations; may schedule and attend appointments with individuals; may maintain individuals financial records; may restrain individuals; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of modern methods of working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and other related conditions; knowledge of safety, hygiene and health practices and procedures; knowledge of state and federal assistance programs; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and procedures; some knowledge of medication administration and effects of medication; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to recognize and report behavioral changes; ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively with individuals, groups and families; ability to work independently and make decisions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience in direct residential support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and other related conditions at the level of a Developmental Services Worker 1 (or equivalent experience in a human service field).
- CPR Certification.
- Experience with or coursework in Psychological Management Techniques (PMT).
- Experience working with DS Case Managers and other support DDS staff.
- Experience working with diverse populations.
- Experience working with people of all ages with different behavioral and medical needs who are living with their own families.
- Experience working autonomously serving individuals in community settings.
- Experience with or coursework in Microsoft Office apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc).
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be certified in medicine administration.
Incumbents in this class may need to possess and maintain a public service endorsement.
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 individuals; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.