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Developmental Disability Specialist I

Posted on Nov 11, 2018 by Fairfax County Government

Virginia, VA
Public Sector & Government
6 Nov 2018
Annual Salary
Supports individuals residing in group homes and apartment settings throughout Fairfax County. Assist individuals with their person centered plan which is critical in developing skills to further their independence. Participates in meetings to discuss any issue related to the overall care of the individuals supported by this agency. Enters information into the individuals' electronic health care record. Applicant will be required to author the annual Person Centered Plan and quarterly reports. Monitoring their health care is a vital component of this position and includes escorting individuals to various medical appointments and any follow-up visits.

Note: This advertisement may be used to fill multiple positions and various locations throughout Fairfax County

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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.
  • Participates in the implementation and review of individual service plans;
  • Participates in meetings related to services and needs;
  • Provides or coordinates individual transportation to appointments, meetings, and community activities;
  • Provides crisis intervention in emergency situations and collaborates with supervisor regarding the need for intervention by external sources, as necessary;
  • Links clients with appropriate community resources;
  • Provides continuous review and evaluation of individual's progress towards established goals;
  • Represents program in the community;
  • Maintains ongoing communication with families, county programs and agencies, and state agencies.
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 counseling and interviewing techniques;
  • 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;
  • 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.
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
CPR required within 3 months
Medication Administration Assistance (VA) required within 3 months
Qualified Intellectual Disability Residential Specialist (QIDRS) required within 1 month of hire

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.
First Aid and CPR certification within the required timeframe after appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
Medication Administration Assistance Certification within required timeframe after appointment.

A bachelor's degree in psychology, social work or human services administration and 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. Must be able to physically assist non-ambulatory clients as needed (transfer and positioning). All duties are perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include written exercise.

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 for assistance. TTY . EEO/AA/TTY.

Reference: 568606617