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Minimum Qualifications PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified Intellectual Disorder Professional*
*Qualified Intellectual Disorder Professional (QIDP) designation requires one year's experience working with
people with a developmental disability AND a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a human services field (including,
but not limited to: sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling or psychology).
Provisional Qualifications: Either A. a bachelor’s degree or higher in social work;
Or B. a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human service area** and one year of post-bachelor’s work experience***
**For the purpose of these examinations, degrees in the following human service areas are considered qualifying: the professional disciplines of art therapy, audiology, dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation. Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of: human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); human skills development (e.g., counseling, education, human development); or any other study of services related to basic human care needs (e.g., community mental health, rehabilitation counseling).
Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: anthropology, archeology, communication, criminal justice, fine arts, philosophy, and political science.
***For the purpose of these examinations, qualifying social work experience involves activities such as assessing individual and family needs, strengths and limitations; assisting in the development of treatment plans; providing counseling to promote mental, emotional, physical and social functioning; helping individuals and families access supportive services; coordinating and evaluating services, programs and support systems; and providing support, advocacy and referral as appropriate. Examples of non-qualifying experience include providing direct hands-on care to patients/consumers by assisting with bathing, dressing, mobility, eating, and other activities of daily living; transporting/accompanying patients/consumers to appointments or activities; planning, organizing and participating in recreational activities for patients/consumers, such as sports, games, creative arts, and/or clubs; and performing safety and/or security related functions for a facility.
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 he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-9689 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Social Worker Assistant 2 (SWA2) provides oversight of the Family Care Program. The SWA 2 assists the interdisciplinary team members to ensure that individuals’ services are coordinated under the auspices of the residential habilitation and family care guidelines.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties include, but are not limited to:
o Covering a caseload of Family Care Homes
o Responsible for ensuring that the safety and health of the individuals are maintained in the Family Care Home (FCH)
o Monitors FCHs to ensure that any safety and health issues are immediately addressed and the required follow up is completed
o Conducts family care visits
o Monitors and develops residential habilitation plans and Health and Safety Plans
o Ensures communication between the Family Care Provider (FCP) and the other members of the interdisciplinary team
o Ensures that the FCPs are adhering to the family care policies
o Ensures that all policies and procedures are adhered to as per the family care manual
o Ensures that the FC policy 10.7.4 (Family Care Home Liaison Responsibilities) are adhered to
o Other duties as assigned
Additional Comments You must have a valid driver’s license to apply as travel is a part of the duties involved in this position. This may include a state-owned vehicle, as available, or the employee’s own car. An employee who uses his/her own car will be reimbursed at current negotiated rates.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingInterested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications, a current resume, and a copy of your degree to the Taconic DDSOO Human Resources Office. Please provide your social security number for service certification and transfer eligibility determination process. Also, be sure to include the vacancy number on this announcement on your resume.
Taconic DDSO – Human Resources
25 Center Circle
Wassaic, New York 12592
Phone: 845-877-6821 ext. 3367
Please note: 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.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
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.
OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER