Requisition Number: OURWA-PRGSO-H-11-2019-01
Job Title: Program Specialist
City: Nazareth
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: B - 2 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 4
Salary Range: $19.23 to $20.67

Program Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

Description/Job Summary

Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD) is recruiting for a Program Specialist for our Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Community Residential Homes in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
 
This is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk) with Monday to Friday hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  This position requires the ability to work flexible hours, which includes evenings and weekends, to meet individual and programmatic needs.  This position requires on-call responsibilities.
 
The Program Specialist position holds the responsibility of supporting health, safety, and growth of the individuals in the program; including medical requirements, programmatic concerns, individual finances, and incident reporting protocols.  The Program Specialist is responsible for the completion and coordination of the individual’s assessment, for the development, review, update and revision of the ISP, and for the implementation of goal plans.  This position requires well developed communication and writing skills.
 
 Essential Duties and Functions:

  • Create an environment that empowers individuals through the development of skills and coordination of resources and supportive services
  • Oversee the quality of programmatic, health and facilitative services by insuring that the needs of individuals served are met and necessary services and supports are provided
  • Advocate for consumer needs
  • Meet with consumer’s team to identify service needs and goals to ensure that such goals are accurately documented in the ISP
  • Schedule, chair and document ISP meetings and consumer reviews along with SC. Monitor annual ISP progress for all consumers, along with SC’s and other members of the consumer’s team.  Ensure all ISP’s are accurate and person-centered
  • Create, review and implement individual goals and data sheets based on assessment and ISP to monitor consumer progress
  • Write instructional plans for the implementation of goals, objectives, and outcomes to implement consumer long and short-term goals and train all staff in the implementation of ISPs annually
  • Provide staff training as it relates to service delivery requirements and expectations as outlines in each consumers ISP.
  • Update staff in a timely manner every time service expectations change to ensure that all staff are properly trained and up to date on consumer plans.
  • Attend and actively participate in all team meetings
  • Assist in the planning, writing and presenting of consumer case conferences and restrictive procedure plans
  • Maintain a minimum of 40-hours of in-service trainings per calendar year
  • Organize, maintain and update consumer files in accordance with the DPW 6400 regulations
  • Be an active participant in all program audits completed by the Program Director and/or Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Participate and coordinate licensing preparations and provider monitoring paperwork
  • Complete and review annual assessments and progress summaries for all consumers, all monthly and quarterly progress notes and lifetime medical histories
  • Ensure that all consumers’ medical, dental, psychiatric, and psychological services are scheduled in accordance with 6400 regulations and doctor recommendations
  • Attend consumer medical and psychiatric appointments in the absence of Site Supervisor
  • Ensure that all service delivery forms, individual goal sheets and data sheets and other forms as requires by the regulations, RHD, Division or program are completed in a timely manner and accurately reflect the consumer’s individual needs.
  • Check PROMISe eligibility on a monthly basis by the 5th of the month, and notify the Director and Quality Assurance Director of any issues that could affect funding and billing
  • Along with the Director, monitor a consumer’s utilization of units, and address the need for additional units or need for a decrease in units in order to assist the consumer in maintaining at least a 90% utilization at the end of the fiscal year
  • Maintain open communication with individuals, family members, day programs, Behavior Consultants, SC’s and all other outside entities
  • Coordinate and attend all monitoring visits of SC’s and other outside monitors
  • Accompany licensors to the sites during annual inspections along with Unit Director
  • Coordinate and distribute all consumer financial matters such as SSI, food stamps, rep-payee-ship, burial accounts, taxes, SSA Monthly Wage Reports, Room and Board contracts, renewal of annual stipends etc. with Fadmin
  • Coordinate all communication for the consumers with the Social Security Administration, Medical Insurance Companies, and other outside entities
  • Develop and implement a continuous quality improvement plan implementation and data collection in conjunction with management team and Division leaders
  • Develop and maintain a catalog of community resources/activities
  • Attend house meetings at the sites on a quarterly basis
  • Conduct regular unannounced visits of all sites and share any necessary documentation
  • Communicate any programmatic issues to Unit Director on a weekly basis
  • Serve as incident management point person, certified investigator, Medication Administration Trainer
  • Assist with opening new homes and transitioning consumers into, within and out of the program
  • Complete all documentation necessary as related to programmatic changes properly
  • Utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point to complete reporting requirements and submit necessary data within a timely fashion
  • Represent the  program in a professional manner and model leadership and boundaries with staff and consumers at all times
  • Complete all other miscellaneous duties as requested or assigned

Qualifications

Education:
Master’s Degree in human services field plus 1 year experience working directly with individuals with Autism/MH/IDD,or
Bachelor’s Degree in human services field plus 2 years’ experience working directly with individuals with Autism/MH/IDD,or
Associates Degree, or a minimum of 60 credits in the human services field plus 4 years’ experience working directly with Autism/MH/IDD.

Skills/Knowledge:
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of DPW 6400 regulations
  • Demonstrate good communication, organizational, leadership and time management skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form
  • Ability to engage clients and staff in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions
  • Ability to utilize and navigate Microsoft programs and applications
  • Possess a valid PA driver’s license
The Program Specialist will have direct contact with individuals that have co-occurring disorders including Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), autism, mental health and/or behavioral disorders.  The Program Specialist will also be responsible to assist in the daily operations of each specific program as needed or necessary. The Program Specialist will be required to sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time and as necessary assist individuals in service with their daily needs.
 
 Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.
  





Responsibilities/Duties

  • Create an environment that empowers individuals through the development of skills and coordination of resources and supportive services
  • Oversee the quality of programmatic, health and facilitative services by insuring that the needs of individuals served are met and necessary services and supports are provided
  • Advocate for consumer needs
  • Meet with consumer’s team to identify service needs and goals to ensure that such goals are accurately documented in the ISP
  • Schedule, chair and document ISP meetings and consumer reviews along with SC. Monitor annual ISP progress for all consumers, along with SC’s and other members of the consumer’s team.  Ensure all ISP’s are accurate and person-centered
  • Create, review and implement individual goals and data sheets based on assessment and ISP to monitor consumer progress
  • Write instructional plans for the implementation of goals, objectives, and outcomes to implement consumer long and short-term goals and train all staff in the implementation of ISPs annually
  • Provide staff training as it relates to service delivery requirements and expectations as outlines in each consumers ISP.
  • Update staff in a timely manner every time service expectations change to ensure that all staff are properly trained and up to date on consumer plans.
  • Attend and actively participate in all team meetings
  • Assist in the planning, writing and presenting of consumer case conferences and restrictive procedure plans
  • Maintain a minimum of 40-hours of in-service trainings per calendar year
  • Organize, maintain and update consumer files in accordance with the DPW 6400 regulations
  • Be an active participant in all program audits completed by the Program Director and/or Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Participate and coordinate licensing preparations and provider monitoring paperwork
  • Complete and review annual assessments and progress summaries for all consumers, all monthly and quarterly progress notes and lifetime medical histories
  • Ensure that all consumers’ medical, dental, psychiatric, and psychological services are scheduled in accordance with 6400 regulations and doctor recommendations
  • Attend consumer medical and psychiatric appointments in the absence of Site Supervisor
  • Ensure that all service delivery forms, individual goal sheets and data sheets and other forms as requires by the regulations, RHD, Division or program are completed in a timely manner and accurately reflect the consumer’s individual needs.
  • Required Experience

    Skills/Knowledge:
    • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of DPW 6400 regulations
    • Demonstrate good communication, organizational, leadership and time management skills
    • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
    • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form
    • Ability to engage clients and staff in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions
    • Ability to utilize and navigate Microsoft programs and applications
    • Possess a valid PA driver’s license

    Required Education

    Education:
    Master’s Degree in human services field plus 1 year experience working directly with individuals with Autism/MH/IDD,or
    Bachelor’s Degree in human services field plus 2 years’ experience working directly with individuals with Autism/MH/IDD,or
    Associates Degree, or a minimum of 60 credits in the human services field plus 4 years’ experience working directly with Autism/MH/IDD.

    Required Qualifications

    The Program Specialist will have direct contact with individuals that have co-occurring disorders including Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), autism, mental health and/or behavioral disorders.  The Program Specialist will also be responsible to assist in the daily operations of each specific program as needed or necessary. The Program Specialist will be required to sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time and as necessary assist individuals in service with their daily needs.

    Program Summary

     Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD) is recruiting for a Program Specialist for our Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Community Residential Homes in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
     
    This is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk) with Monday to Friday hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  This position requires the ability to work flexible hours, which includes evenings and weekends, to meet individual and programmatic needs.  This position requires on-call responsibilities.
     
    The Program Specialist position holds the responsibility of supporting health, safety, and growth of the individuals in the program; including medical requirements, programmatic concerns, individual finances, and incident reporting protocols.  The Program Specialist is responsible for the completion and coordination of the individual’s assessment, for the development, review, update and revision of the ISP, and for the implementation of goal plans.  This position requires well developed communication and writing skills.

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    Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.