76 Fireman's Way
Minimum Qualifications Contingent Permanent/Provisional
*Posted Hiring Salary includes the sum of statutory hiring rate ($49,202) and Mid-Hudson Adjustment ($1,513). The Mid-Hudson Adjustment ($1,513) is also added to job rate ($62,806).
Reachable on the Civil Service Eligible List for Habilitation Specialist 1
Have permanent service as a Habilitation Specialist 1
Eligible for 70.1 transfer to a Habilitation Specialist 1 title
Eligible for provisional appointment pending examination. To be eligible for provisional appointment, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field.
*A degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, vocational counseling, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education.) Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling/guidance, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.
* If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled civil service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained *.
A Qualified Intellectual Disorder Professional - 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).
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Habilitation Specialist 1 is needed to ensure continuation of day habilitation services for all individuals participating in their assigned program and is essential for providing opportunities for socialization to special populations and high behavior needs individuals who cannot be served by voluntary agency programs. This position has a current caseload of 15 with a capacity for 25.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Writing and updating Staff Action Plans for individuals at least semi-annually to reflect current Lifeplan goals and needed services.
• Maintaining records on said plans, as well as updating progress of the individuals’ development in skill areas.
• Ensuring service delivery compliance, data collection forms, monthly summary notes, and billing documentation are all completed in a timely manner and within standards.
• Provides habilitation services to assigned persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in a manner reflecting the stated values of OPWDD: Compassion, Dignity, Diversity, Excellence and Honesty.
• Works with individuals with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis to assist them in learning the skills to better help them in gaining independence and enriching their lives.
• Instructs in developing basic learning and self-help skills, focusing on the three domains of vocational, habilitation and academic enhancement.
• Implements some of the individual’s goals and completes appropriate documentation
• Ensures direct care staff understand how to implement goals appropriately.
• Attends all treatment related and team level meetings including, but not limited to Lifeplan reviews and Special ITT meetings.
• Research community opportunities and organize/transport individuals to community activities as necessary.
• Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
NOTE: 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 bachelor’s 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.
OPWDD Taconic– Human Resources
25 Center Circle
Wassaic, New York 12592
Phone: 845-877-6821 ext. 3367
• 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 (518) 473-4785 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
• 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
• OPWDD is committed 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.