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Program Specialist

Company: Raystown Developmental Services
Location: Lewistown
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

*** Starting Salary from $38,000 to $43,000 *** *** $750 Sign On Bonus ($250 after 90 days, $500 after 180 days) *** *** Full Time with Benefits *** *** Hours are typically 8am to 4:30pm M-F *** *** Covering Mifflin County *** Develop programming for adults with intellectual disabilities living in a residential setting and help them to live a more independent life! *** Submit Resumes by June 17th, 2022 *** Are you interested in working with a company that values people and has a passion for service? Do you want to become part of an organization that cares about your personal and professional growth? If you have answered YES to these questions, then you should consider working for Raystown Developmental Services!
Raystown Developmental Services (RDS) has been serving the counties of Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata since 1983.
RDS provides a vast array of services to Adults with intellectual disabilities. Our Residential Program serves individuals with intellectual disabilities who reside in group homes. Staff assist individuals to maximize choice, daily living skills and community integration. RDS also provides day program services at our Adult Training Facility where individuals focus on skill building and community integration. In addition, RDS facilitates Home & Community based services to help assist individuals with intellectual disabilities to help increase their independence and personal skills in their home and to access their community.
SUMMARY A Program Specialist is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of administrative and programmatic tasks associated with the Residential Habilitation Services programs. Work assignments are varied in nature and are performed under the supervision of the Operations Director or Regional Director.

  • The Program Specialist shall be responsible for the coordination of assessments in accordance with payer regulations.
  • Responsible for coordination or development and review of individual program plans in coordination with team members including family members, residential providers, support coordination activities, and other stakeholders.
  • Responsible for the coordination of training and development for consumers to maximize and/or maintain skills.
  • Responsible for the development of planned program activities.
  • Responsible for the participation in Individual Support Plan (ISP) meetings and ensure compliance with ISP goals and outcomes.
  • Responsible for ensuring the implementation of individual program plans and program activities to ensure compliance with waiver requirements and ISP outcomes.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises the therapeutic activities services provided to individuals in the training facility and community.
  • Recommends operational procedures pertinent to the conduct of the therapeutic activities program to the Operations Director for consideration and/or implementation.
  • Interprets policies and procedures to staff personnel and cooperates in the coordination of therapeutic activities services and other professional services.
  • Initiates corrective disciplinary action per chain of command reporting structures.
  • Assists in preparation of employee performance evaluations.
  • Identifies training needs of staff, evaluates and initiates training recommendation and appraises the effect of training on the overall performance of staff, and demonstrates more efficient work methods.
  • Consults with the ISP team on the development of therapeutic activities program.
  • Participates in peer review processes.
  • Ensures that adequate documentation of meetings is maintained on a structured schedule with the Operations Director.
  • Helps in writing requisitions, inspects and supervises proper maintenance of supplies and equipment needed for the implementation of therapeutic activities services.
  • Compiles, reviews and approves units of service for consumer attendance. Ensures that all unit of service reporting is complete and verified for accuracy prior to submission. Ensures that all unit of service reporting is supported with written time in/time out documentation and appropriate progress notes. OTHER DUTIES
    • Can act as a point person and certified investigator within the HCSIS system.
    • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
      • This position supervises a team of CPS direct care staff members and serves as a coach and mentor for staff members in similar positions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
        • The duties of this job require fine motor skills to write neat, legible notes, read and understand program documentation, and completing keyboarding entry.
        • The duties of this job involve physical movements such as lifting, stooping, bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, and reaching: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
        • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to fingers, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT
          • The work environment for this position varies between a facility setting and community based locations. Staff members in this position are required to work both within and outside of the facility setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
          • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. TRAVEL
            • This position requires a minimal amount of personal travel; however, travel utilizing company-owned vehicles is required on a moderate basis. REQUIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
              • A Masters Degree and one year of experience working directly with persons with Intellectual Disabilities; or Bachelors Degree and two years of experience working with persons with Intellectual Disabilities; or Associates Degree or 60 credit hours and four years of experience working directly with persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
              • Computer skills including ability to learn the electronic time and attendance system PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
                • 2+ years of experience in direct provision and/or oversight of CPS services CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
                  • Must be willing to obtain PA Certified Investigator certification QUALIFICATIONS
                    • Language Skills - Ability to read and understand documents and instructions in English. Ability to respond effectively to inquiries. Ability to respond to sensitive inquiries.
                    • Mathematical Skills - Basic mathematic ability including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
                    • Reasoning Ability - Ability to read instructional bulletins and/or participate in training sessions then translate information provided into day-to-day work duties. ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS
                      • Ability to develop and maintain a positive and understanding attitude toward CPS participants.
                      • Ability to make sound judgments regarding the health and welfare of CPS participants.
                      • Ability to respond to emergency situations appropriately.
                      • Ability to work as a member of a team cooperatively and ethically to ensure the CPS program is a safe, happy, and clean environment.
                      • Ability to express oneself clearly, orally and in writing, and to follow instruction and direction in the performing of job tasks.
                      • Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, families, and others who are essential for the well-being of CPS participants.
                      • Ability to learn and comprehend behavior management and program planning principles and applicable safety and health measures.
                      • Knowledge of health measures such as basic first aid, CPR, fire safety and personal safety measures.
                      • Knowledge of advanced principles and methods of staff supervision.
                      • Ability to plan, organize, train, assign, monitor, and evaluate the work of staff.
                      • Ability to analyze situations and formulate an effective course of action.
                      • Ability to secure the confidence of and develop and maintain an empathetic understanding of clients.
                      • Ability to organize and prioritize various work assignments.
                      • Ability to develop and implement individual goal plans and program activities for program participants.
                      • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county and state officials, clients and their families, and the general public.
                      • Knowledge of community resources and services available to CPS participants. Raystown Developmental Services is committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offers the following total rewards package:
                        • Competitive Wage/Salary
                        • Paid Time Off
                        • Paid Holidays
                        • Medical, Dental, Vision including a Health Savings Account
                        • Health, Dependent and Transportation Flexible Spending Accounts
                        • Basic and Optional Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents
                        • 401k Plan
                        • Training, Development and Continuing Education Credits for licensure requirements
                        • Opportunities for advancement! As we grow, you grow with us! Raystown Developmental Services is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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                          Job Industries
                          • Healthcare

Keywords: Raystown Developmental Services, Reading , Program Specialist, Other , Lewistown, Pennsylvania

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