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SENIOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST - F/C - 67053675 APD/DDDP

Date: Jun 4, 2020

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Requisition No: 168642 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Working Title: SENIOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST - F/C - 67053675 APD/DDDP

Position Number: 67053675 

Salary:  $1,096.16 BIWEEKLY 

Posting Closing Date: 06/09/2020 

Continuous advertisement, filling vacancies on all shifts and facilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for the custody, personal care, safety, security and well-being of residents ordered by the Court to the custody of the Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program.  Functions as a senior member of the resident care team monitoring behavioral modification programs and consulting with the treatment team to ensure that behavioral programs designed for individual residents are consistent with the Contingency Manual. Functions as a role model for residents to reinforce the behavioral and social skills required to be successful in integrating into community and/or residential environments.

•             Monitors/evaluates the behaviors of individual residents and provides feedback to the treatment team to ensure that behavioral programs and CVM’s are implemented in a consistent manner.  Provides consultation and feedback to the treatment team with respect to recommendations for modifications to the CVM’s based on interaction, observation and communication with the resident.

•             Functions as a team leader in the absence of the Behavioral Program Supervisor and takes a leadership role in mentoring new employees.  Assists the Behavioral Program Supervisors in training staff in the deployment of new policies, procedures and/or protocols.  Serves as a mentor to staff that require additional training and or instruction to enhance skill sets or improve levels of performance.

•             Implements and deploys Behavioral Programs designed for each resident in an appropriate, fair and impartial manner.  This includes but is not limited to adhering to all policies, maintaining on going updates of all program changes and collecting and recording required data in a timely and accurate manner.

•             Ensures that all activities associated with the resident are documented in chronological order in accordance with agency protocol, with all relevant facts which includes, who, what, when, where and why.  Immediately notifies supervisor of any issues associated with the resident which are unusual and/or may require additional follow-up and investigation.  Files associated documents in the appropriate resident chart.

•             Prepares assignment sheets and assumes a leadership role in providing personal care, supervision, escort, training and treatment for residents.

•             Performs 1 to 1 Specials in accordance with agency protocols, ensures that appropriate and required documentation is completed in a timely and accurate manner and works with individual residents as assigned or required.

•             Provides assistance to the treatment team in deploying training, instruction, recreational and other therapeutic interventions to the residents as assigned and/or required.

•             Informs the supervisor of current operating conditions on ward/unit through reports and conferences.

•             Consults with other departments in the solution or treatment of residents' problems.

 

•             Makes daily rounds of the assigned wards or units informing supervisors on the well-being of residents and condition of facility.

•             Monitors unit/ward for safety and/or sanitation issues and reports findings to supervisor/management.

•             Ensures that all essential documents are completed and submitted to the supervisor in a timely and accurate manner.

•             Completes all required training. Maintain agency approved crisis prevention and intervention program certification as required.

•             Maintain timesheet, ensuring accuracy and submit timely in accordance with policy and procedure.

•             Perform other related duties as required.

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

•             Knowledge of appropriate business practices and protocols used in treatment of developmentally disabled persons.

•             Ability to assist professionals in implementing prescribed treatment and rehabilitation programs.

•             Ability to observe residents and identify and document changes and/or unusual events which could result in safety and well-being issues.

•             Ability to maintain and update resident records and charts.

•             Ability to perform various administrative functions related to the operation of resident wards or units.

•             Ability to supervise a group or individual residents.

•             Ability to work in a team environment and establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents and staff.

•             Ability to effectively and timely communicate and interact with residents and staff.

•             Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

•             Ability to maintain the required certification in the agency approved crisis prevention and intervention program.

•             Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • An associate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science and two years of experience involving the application of behavior modification principles; or
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science.
  • Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
  • A valid driver’s license. License suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/ Employment/Education only license) and some types of restricted license are not acceptable. Licenses that have “Corrective Lenses Restricted,” are acceptable, provided the driver wears the corrective lenses while operating the vehicle. 

   

Other job-related requirements for this position:

•             An associate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science and two years of experience involving the application of behavior modification principles; or

•             A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science.

•             Maintain agency approved crisis prevention and intervention program certification as required.

•             Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

•             Certification in the agency approved crisis prevention and intervention program at the Advanced level is required unless the incumbent requests a reasonable accommodation supported by an annual medical certification.  Incumbent is required to submit to pre-employment TB screening and on an annual on-going basis as prescribed by DDDP.

•             Maintain confidentiality of employee and/or resident information.  This specific standard is mission critical as the Agency is entrusted with information about employees and residents which is protected by HIPAA and other federal and state laws.  The Agency’s ability to maintain and protect confidential information has a direct relationship on our ability to gain and sustain the public trust.

•             Based on the duties and essential functions of this position, incumbents will be required to spend a minimum of 75% of work time performing duties which involves direct contact with residents in a secure forensic facility.  This position requires lifting, pulling and squatting.

•             Employees of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities are required to demonstrate total commitment to outstanding customer service.  This includes, but not limited to, acting in a responsive, professional, courteous manner with the employees, customers and public we serve at all times.

 

***FLORIDA STATE HOSPITAL IS A TOBACCO FREE FACILITY***   

     

 WORK SCHEDULE     

This position is located at a 24-hour facility.  Staff members must be agreeable to working a shift schedule; regular, evening, or night. Days Off: Varies.    

Employees may be required to work additional days/hours based upon the needs of the facility and center.  This includes, but is not limited to ensuring facility coverage, activities, holidays, and emergency situations. This position is critical to the safety and supervision of residents and may require the incumbent to work beyond their normal work schedule to maintain minimum coverage levels in the facility.

 

** NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.    

Direct Deposit Program – As a condition of employment, a person appointed to a position in State government is required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.    

  

Recruiting Contact:  

Jodi NeSmith  

Recruitment Coordinator- Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program 

Agency for Persons with Disabilities  

Telephone: (850) 663-7738  

Email: jodi.nesmith@apdcares.org 

   

BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT:    

It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that applicants for employment undergo Level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer.    

No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the Level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Agency.    

Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.    

THIS POSITION REQUIRES A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION INCLUDING FINGERPRINTING, PURSUANT TO S. 110.1127(1), FLORIDA STATUTES.    

WE HIRE ONLY U.S. CITIZENS AND THOSE LAWFULLY AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE U.S.  APD PARTICIPATES IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-VERIFY). E-VERIFY IS A PROGRAM THAT ELECTRONICALLY CONFIRMS AN EMPLOYEE’S ELIGIBILITY TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER COMPLETION OF THE EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM (I-9).    

ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD COMPLETE THE ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCESS.  IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE CALL THE PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER AT 1-877-562-7287. RESPONSES TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. ANSWERS TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS MUST BE VERIFIABLE BASED ON YOUR SUBMITTED APPLICATION.    

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.    

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.    

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.    

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.     

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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