NATURE OF WORK
A Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor is one of two supervisory levels of work providing residential services for developmentally disabled clients. Employees in this classification are responsible for scheduling, monitoring and coordinating the prescribed treatments and services required for clients’ individual treatment plans and the overall twenty-four hours operation of a cottage or living unit in a residential facility. Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Developmental Disabilities Associates and Direct Care Assistants.
Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Developmental Disabilities Associate Manager or other designated healthcare administrator. Employees usually work during the day shift but may be required to work during any shift and on weekends and holidays. Employees may be subject to call-in and over time based on staffing needs. Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and spread of disease. Employees may be required to physically restrain clients displaying violent and aggressive behavior and lift and move patients and equipment.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.
The Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor is differentiated from the Developmental Disabilities Associate in that the Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for lower-level Developmental Disabilities Associates. The Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor is differentiated from the Developmental Disabilities Shift Coordinator in that the Developmental Disabilities Shift Coordinator supervises lower-level Developmental Disabilities Associates and Direct Care Assistants in several cottages or living units on the evening or night shift. The Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor is differentiated from the Developmental Disabilities Associate Assistant Manager in that the Developmental Disabilities Associate Assistant Manager supervises Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisors.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of the Developmental Disabilities Associates and Direct Care Assistants;
Trains Developmental Disabilities Associates and Direct Care Assistants;
Develops and implements twenty-four hour work schedule for Direct Care Assistants and Developmental Disability Associates in order to ensure that adequate staff coverage is provided for the cottage;
Observes clients and staff activities to ensure that they are consistent with prescribed treatment plans and are in the clients’ best interest;
Consults with medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals on the proper methods to administer clients’ treatment plans;
Ensures that all cottage support services are provided in an efficient and hygienic manner;
Assesses developmentally disabled clients’ skills and abilities to determine appropriate training techniques and to establish goals;
Prepares reports on the progress of individual clients on the accomplishment of tasks and the effectiveness of the individual treatment plan;
Assists an interdisciplinary team in devising a plan for developing each client’s physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities;
Assists Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professionals by obtaining materials and support services required for the implementation of the individual treatment plan;
Reviews data collected in monitoring the individual treatment plan to ensure that data is accurate and in accordance with facility regulations;
Performs other related duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of developmental disabilities and the limitations and capabilities of developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the methods of disciplines used to treat the developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the medications administered to developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the symptoms associated with developmental disabilities;
Knowledge of the rights of developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the federal and State procedures and guidelines concerning the care and treatment of the developmentally disabled;
Skill in motivating, directing and controlling developmentally disabled clients;
Skill in observing the behavior of developmentally disabled clients to recognize symptoms or the achievement of treatment goals;
Skill in assessing the limitations and capabilities of developmentally disabled clients;
Ability to plan, review and evaluate the work of Developmental Disabilities Associates and Direct Care Assistants;
Ability to work as an effective member of a team of health care providers;
Ability to plan and schedule the activities of an individual treatment plan;
Ability to carry out emergency and routine procedures for the protection and safety of clients, staff and the public;
Ability to lift and position clients.
Education: Completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 credit hours in health or human services, education or the behavioral sciences.
Experience: Three years of experience providing residential services in a developmental disability or similar behavior modification setting.
Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute an Associate of Arts degree
from an accredited college or university with a specialization in the treatment of developmental disabilities in a mental health or closely related curriculum to include a supervised clinical practicum in a developmental disability or similar behavior modification setting for the required education and two years of experience.
2. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited
college or university with a specialization in the treatment of
developmental disabilities in a mental health or closely related
curriculum to include a supervised clinical practicum in a
developmental disability or similar behavior modification setting for
the required education and experience.
3. Candidates may substitute additional experience providing
rehabilitation services in a developmental disability setting at the rate of one year of experience for 30 credit hours of education.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current certificate as a Nursing Assistant from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.
2. Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete
training and maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Employees in this classification are subject to call 24 hours a day and, therefore,
will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number
where they can be reached.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
Director, Division of Classification and Salary