Minimum Qualifications Non-Competitive
5 years of professional experience in a human services program providing employment/vocational guidance to youth or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Experience supervising people with developmental disabilities enrolled in employment/vocational programs. This experience should include the following functions: recruitment of participants, assessment and selection of candidates, development of community job opportunities, networking with businesses, job training, classroom instruction, job coaching, counseling and community advocacy for employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), is seeking a Youth Program Supervisor to coordinate the Employment Training Program (ETP), provided through supported employment (SEMP). This program is designed to provide people with individuals with developmental disabilities with training and an on-the-job work experience that will lead to competitive employment.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a Youth Program Supervisor, the responsibilities of the incumbent may include but are not limited to the following:
• Evaluate individual application packets for ETP acceptance and eligibility. Packets include Psychological or Psycho-Social Reports, Life Plans, Work History, Behavioral Plans, recommendations, and other information.
• Interview applicants and prepare interview summary, determine the applicant’s work readiness.
• Coordinate with care managers, SEMP Provider Agencies, schools and residential staff to determine eligibility for ETP.
• Provide orientation and prepare the required employment documents for the applicant to become an OPWDD employee.
• Provide an ETP orientation to the accepted individuals outlining program requirements.
• Meet with participants to discuss and outline a career plan for the individual. Determine employment expectations and provide a clear outline of the qualifications needed in a chosen field.
• Monitor provider agencies and schools for the quality and quantity of services provided in ETP. Monitor job development and discovery services to assure timely completion and determine if these SEMP activities are benefiting the individual and advancing their employment goals.
• Review and approve the Discovery Report completed by Provider Agencies. Evaluate the information in the discovery report to determine work readiness and approve job development or recommend another service.
• Evaluate the worksite placements developed by providers and schools to assure that the position matches the skills and abilities of the individual.
• Prepare and submit payroll by collecting time sheets and calculating the total hours worked.
• Visit jobsites and meet with employers to determine if the person is meeting the expectations of the business.
• Conduct regular Job Readiness Classes with the curriculum provided. Add resources as needed.
• Schedule quarterly meetings with providers and schools to review services. Facilitate these calls and highlight challenges and programmatic concerns.
• Identify need for technical assistance and liaison with OPWDD staff.
• Support Central Office staff with reports, information and regular communication to assure data collection for statewide reporting.
• Work closely with school districts to assist in the transition of students from high school to OPWDD adult employment services. Meetings and regular communication with school district transition coordinators and teachers.
• Complete regular Progress Reports for new interns and trainees to determine their vocational progress and additional programmatic needs.
• Assist with the development of ETP practices and provide input for quality improvement.
• Present to self-advocates, schools, families, provider agencies, CCO`s regionally as requested.
• Recommend/approve additional SEMP hours for a participant based on need.
• Utilize the statewide ETP database and assure that the status of each person in their program is
• Continually recruit and serve people with intellectual developmental disabilities who would like to obtain employment.
Additional Comments NOTE: Up to 50% travel, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
(Some evenings, weekends and holidays required).
Valid driver’s license required.
• If you are currently a New York State employee serving in a permanent competitive qualifying title and eligible for a transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law, you may be appointed to this title as a permanent competitive employee.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• The assignment of PS&T employees will be made in accordance with any agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding between PEF and the local DDSO regarding the posting of job vacancies
• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
• If you are employed by state government, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit www.studentAid.gov/publicservice.
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information and RA forms.
NYS offers Incredible Benefits!
• Savings programs such as the U.S. Savings Bond and the College Savings Plan.
• Voluntary pre-tax savings programs such as Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account offer employees options to pay for uncovered health care expenses or dependent care expenses.
• Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) an assessment and referral service that connects employees with local service providers and support services to address their personal needs.
• Life insurance and Disability insurance.
• The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary retirement plan that offers employees the option to invest a part of their salaries for retirement on a tax-deferred basis.
Paid Holidays and Leave
• Thirteen (13) paid holidays each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid vacation leave initially.
• Five (5) days paid personal leave each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid sick leave each year (PEF/CSEA), which may carry over from year to year.
• Up to three (3) days professional leave each year to participate in professional development events.
Health Care Coverage
Employees and their eligible dependents can choose from a variety of affordable health insurance programs. Employees are provided family dental and vision plans at no extra cost.
Participate in The NYS Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), which is recognized as one of the best-managed and best-funded public retirement systems in the nation.
Professional Development and Education and Training
NYS offers training programs and tuition assistance to eligible employees to maintain and increase their professional skills and prepare them for promotional opportunities. For more information, please visit https://goer.ny.gov/training-and-professional-development.
Additionally, the Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP) offers certain professional training opportunities for PEF represented and M/C designated employees that may grant continuing education credits towards maintaining professional licensure. For more information, please visit https://oer.ny.gov/public-service-workshops-program-pswp.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas, and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.
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