Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Bilingual Developmental Services Adult Services Specialist

Hybrid

Recruitment #221123-5732EG-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - West Region - has a full-time 1st shift job opportunity for a Developmental Services Adult Services Specialist, to be located in Waterbury.

This is a full-time (75 hours/biweekly), first (1st) shift position, with a work schedule as follows: 
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Regular Days Off Saturday & Sunday).
  • Regular Days Off: Saturday & Sunday 
  • However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.
In this role, the selected candidate will function as the Self Determination/Self-Advocacy Coordinator within the Self-Determination Division, as well as:
  • Assist teams to work with DORs staff, Day Program Personnel, Private Agencies, Allied Health Staff, and other agency staff to prepare adults to live a more Self-Determined life and to improve Person-Centered Plan outcomes
  • Educate teams about self-determination, assistive technology, employment and transportation
  • Assist with the developmetn of self-directed services and work experiences for adults served by DDS
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work/life balance!
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career; 
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success; 
  • Make a difference in the public sector; and 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DDS team! 

Selection Plan

Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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.

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

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.

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Elizabeth Weston at Elizabeth.Weston@ct.gov.

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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks associated with the provision of habilitative or instructional support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

In this role, the selected candidate will function as the Self Determination/Self-Advocacy Coordinator within the Self-Determination Division, as well as:
  • Function as the Self Determination/Self-Advocacy Coordinator within the Self- Determination Division
  • Assist teams to work with DORs staff, Day Program Personnel, Private Agencies, Allied Health Staff, and other agency staff to prepare adults to live a more Self-Determined life and to improve Person-Centered Plan outcomes
  • Educate teams about self-determination, assistive technology, employment, transportation, and assists with the development of self-directed services and work experiences for adults served by the department
  • Assist with the development and coordination Self-Advocate Coordinator activities and responsibilities
  • Support Individuals /Families by participating in development of Individual Plans
  • Assist teams to develop or revise teaching strategies consistent with self-determination, and person-centered goals within the Individual Plan
  • Support agencies and private provider by assessing provider Self Determination/Self-Advocacy/Assistive Technology services through on-site visits, individual consumer feedback, case manager and family input
  • Assist providers with self- determination/employment/Self-Advocacy improvement plans
  • Coordinate as appropriate interaction and paperwork flow between agency, families, and other state, public and private agencies, and provide training and technical assistance to providers on self-determination and employment
  • Support DDS Staff by gathering self-determination, self-advocacy and employment information and shares it with appropriate DDS staff
  • Work with Case Managers and quality staff to translate adult’s needs into individualized budgets as related to self-determination, Self-Advocacy, Assistive Technology, and employment
  • Make DDS staff aware of current and future needs of individuals seeking self-direction and employment opportunities
  • Communicate and advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities with members of the business community
  • Support Inter-Agency collaboration by participating in interagency meetings, projects and/or programs with various state agencies and local government, community and private provider agencies
  • Serve as a resource to private providers on proper maintenance of Self-Determination/Self-Advocacy paperwork and other related records
  • Assist agency or provider staff with proper preparation of paperwork
  • Assist with self-determination/employment data collection activities
  • Performs related duties as required
  • More information can be found here

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of current practices and trends in services and supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions; knowledge of state agencies and community organizations and programs as they relate to services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions; knowledge of program funding; knowledge of processes and materials used in specific vocations and trades; knowledge of community job market; knowledge of relevant equipment and emergency procedures; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable skill in behavior management of individuals; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to utilize teaching and/or training techniques for individual needs; considerable ability to conduct community resources analysis and to develop resources; ability to gather data independently and prepare reports; ability to develop positive relationships with individuals; ability to work cooperatively with individuals and other staff.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of experience in providing direct service to individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training 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.
  2. Two (2) years of experience as a Developmental Services Adult Services Instructor or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience: 
  • Bilingual in Spanish, with ability to read, write and speak in Spanish
  • Experience working with Self-Advocacy groups or advocacy related projects.
  • Experience providing support to self-advocates while working in their preferred job
  • Experience reading and interpreting state and federal employment and educational law
  • Experience working in a person-centered planning facilitation
  • Experience in training divisional employees
  • Experience relaying information to public audiences and developing measurement outcomes to prove messages are understood
  • Experience working with individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Experience working with virtual platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, Google Classroom

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain CPR, PMT, Medication Administration and First Aid Certificates.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.