620 Westfall Road
Minimum Qualifications Open Competitive Minimum Qualifications (Open to the Public)
• You must be on the current eligible list and be reachable for appointment.
• You must have a High School Diploma, GED or a Direct Support Professional Certification from an accredited public or private organization and a valid Driver’s License. If you are not on the current eligible list please mail a NYS-APP#4, 20-149 & 20-150 (http://www.cs.ny.gov/extdocs/pdf/20-149&20-150.pdf) to register for an upcoming examination. You can view the complete examination announcement here: http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc-cr/decentralized/20-149.cfm
Or for Transfer Opportunity
• Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Direct Support Assistant and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law. To qualify for Section 70.1 transfer, you must have one year of permanent service in a title approved for transfer by the Department of Civil Service.
Duties Description The Direct Support Assistant duties may include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Provide direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of programs (residential, day program, work environments, community outings) attending to their personal daily living needs such as personal hygiene, bathing, dental care and meal preparation;
• Taking care of the home individuals reside in ensuring cleanliness and safety, including the individuals in these tasks as much as possible in a teaching/assistive manner;
• Support people with goals whether it be habilitative and/or employment related. Planning and assisting people with participation in social events within their communities. Assisting with money management and shopping. Building and maintain relationships with friends and family;
• Ensure community integration;
• Encourage, guide and teach individuals in expressing personal choice;
• Administer medication and basic treatments not required by a licensed nursing staff. Monitor and report any significant health care changes or concerns;
• Help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs;
• Coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills;
• Provide a clean, safe and comfortable environment;
• Work with other staff to carry out and record care plans.
To learn more about what direct professionals do on the job every day, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEy3WHIj4ek&t=7s
Additional Comments Please note:
• This position may also be filled at the Direct Support Assistant Trainee (DSAT) level. Candidates hired at the entry-level title (DSAT) may be advanced to the full-performance level (DSA) following satisfactory completion of a 6-15 month traineeship, depending on your qualifications and your ability to demonstrate competency in certain critical areas of consumer care. To be eligible for appointment to DSAT, candidates must possess a High School Diploma, GED or a Direct Support Professional Certification from an accredited public or private organization, have a valid Driver’s License AND have a score that is reachable for appointment on the DSAT eligible list. The hiring rate for DSAT in this location is $32,972.
• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• 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.
• 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 he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-9689 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
• OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
• Please note that the filling of this position is pending fiscal approval and authorization.
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