Vocational Services Specialist

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$47,460.14 - $65,035.62 Annually
Posted
May 21, 2022
Closes
Jun 06, 2022
Ref
2022-00313
Hours
Full Time
Vocational Services Specialist

Day Support Supervisor

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Vocational Services Specialist position.

An Overview

The Vocational Services Specialist assists in directing, coordinating and supervising the DCHS ID Vocational Services Program (Day Support Program, Workshop, Enclave, and Supported Competitive Employment) designed to provide employment options and community inclusion to developmentally disabled adults. The incumbent participates in implementing program policies and plans; performs a limited amount of direct support; conducting research to identify new program opportunities; making presentations to private industry, government agencies and the community to solicit contract work or program participation; designing assessment tools; planning, assigning, reviewing work of on-site supervisors; designing jobs based on task analysis; serving as liaison between the City and participating companies/agencies; resolving operating, administrative, and client problems; negotiating contracts and agreements; developing and monitoring participants behavior and employment plans; and training and counseling participants and their families or care providers. Work is performed with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment under the general supervision of the Director of Vocational Services.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate should have comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques applicable to Vocational/employment programs, Medicaid Waiver and DRS service delivery systems, and community organizations that provide assistance for individuals with Intellectual disabilities; good knowledge of supported employment and program development and implementation strategies; good knowledge of marketing techniques; ability to supervise and evaluate the work performance of others; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, workers with disabilities, professional groups, regulatory/involved agencies, company/agency officials and employees and members of the business community.

The Opportunity
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, and reviews work of Direct Support Technicians;
  • Participates in the hiring, supervising, and training of all Direct Support Technicians staff;
  • Acts for the Vocational Services Coordinator in the event of his/her absence or position vacancy;
  • Oversees and participates in job design, task analysis, development of time standards, and development of methods for tracking worker outcomes;
  • Monitors the results of time studies which determine piece rate and prorated hourly wages to be paid to workers with disabilities to ensure compliance with Department of Labor and program requirements;
  • Assists with the Development of program policies and procedures and monitors staff compliance where applicable;
  • Facilitates and coordinates interactive working relationships with a wide range of City, local, regional, state and federal organizations/agencies which provide services for or influence positively the overall success of individuals with developmental disabilities and the programs in which they are employed;
  • Ensures program compliance with established standards, City requirements, and regulatory agency requirements;
  • Provides assistance to program staff to facilitate worker employment within competitive jobs, enclaves, and crews
  • Designs, or participates in the design, of assessment tools and screens and evaluates potential workers;
  • Refers individuals to other programs as needed;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relations with contractor/employer/host company as well as with federal, state and local agencies to ensure smooth operation of the program and adequate provision of services to clients;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department

The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-Year College Degree; three years of experience working in vocational or other programs with individuals with severe/profound disabilities; some of which shall have involved working in a supervisory and administrative capacity; and completion of college-level courses in psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, education, special education, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Non-resident employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence. Virginia residents must possess a valid Virginia driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience managing a program with Individuals with an Intellectual disability, and/or Prior experience working in either a Supported Employment program or a Day Support Program. Non-resident employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence. Virginia residents must possess a valid Virginia driver's license.

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