Developmental Disability Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$48,364.37 - $80,606.45 Annually
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 29, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

The primary responsibility is to carry out the philosophy and objectives of the group home while on duty in order to support individuals with a primary diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability. Provides intensive supports to include education/training, role modeling, and physical assistance to enable individuals to perform activities of daily living, enhance communication and socialization skills, learn community awareness and safety, and monitor and attend to health and mobility issues. Involved in the implementation of behavior programs and teaching appropriate patterns of behavior which may include implementing restrictive techniques as specified in the individual's plan or as an emergency response to deal with dangerous behaviors. Some individuals also require specialized supervision because of Alzheimer's or dementia, seizure disorder, cervical instability of the spine, sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, hearing or visual impairments, being nonverbal or nonambulatory or other medical concerns. Individuals may also be experiencing problems with drug and alcohol abuse and inappropriate social or sexual behaviors. Ongoing training and counseling will occur throughout the day in a natural and home like atmosphere. Individuals learn to participate as fully as possible in their daily routines with staff providing whatever physical assistance is needed for the upkeep and management of the home as well as the implementation of individual service plans. Group home assignments may shift per the needs of the program.

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Illustrative Duties

  • Performs direct support work of individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability in their place of supported residence;
  • Conducts or co-leads recreational, instructional or social skills groups;
  • Maintains protocols pertaining to work shifts, medical care plans, and financial controls;
  • Provides liaison with assigned individual's physicians or therapists;
  • Ensures that program participants are assisted in personal financial management;
  • Performs the functions of a Certified Medication Handler Disburses medication under proper medical supervision.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques related to treatment of individuals with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities;
  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
  • Knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques;
  • Knowledge of case management principles;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as issues relevant to human rights, mandated reporting, and skill in applying this knowledge to a variety of situations;
  • Knowledge of program services;
  • Knowledge of community resources, including relevant public and private organizations;
  • Ability to successfully participate and/or facilitate interdisciplinary team meetings;
  • Ability to recommend alternatives to allow for individual choice in services
  • Ability to recognize external behavioral symptoms of developmentally disabled individuals who may concurrently exhibit signs of mental illness or substance abuse;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with individuals;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or a related field.

  • Driver's license required upon hire
  • MANDT Certification required within 3 month of hire and annually thereafter
  • CPR required within 3 months of hire and annually thereafter
  • Medication Administration Assistance (VA) required within 3 months of hire
  • Qualified Intellectual Disability Residential Specialist (QIDRS) required within 1 month of hire

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • A bachelor's degree in psychology, social work or human services administration.
  • At least one year of experience working in a residential setting with individuals who have a developmental disability.
  • Possession of a direct support professional Medicaid waiver certification.
Must be able to drive a county vehicle to transport individuals to various destinations. Ability to physically manage and support ambulatory and non-ambulatory individuals based on their physical management needs to include, but not limited to, transferring, positioning, and proper use of physical management equipment. All duties are perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and includes written exercise.

Effective July 6, 2019, compensation plans will be increased by 2.1% (market rate adjustment.) Information here .

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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