Habilitation Specialist 1 (2 Positions)

People With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

Full Job Description

Reachable on the Civil Service List for Habilitation Specialist 1 OR

Permanent service as a Habilitation Specialist 1 OR

Eligible to 70.1 transfer to a Habilitation Specialist 1 title OR

Eligible for provisional appointment pending examination. To be eligible for provisional appointment, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human services field and have one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a clinical or direct care position providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

A degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, vocational counseling, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education.) Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling/guidance, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.

* If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title and your score must be reachable ton the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained.*


Duties Description
The incumbent’s job duties will include the following:

Develop and implement Staff Action Plan with goals identified in individual’s Person-Centered Life Plan.

Record/review/maintain Home and Community Base Service (HCBS) documentation monthly (Monthly Summary Notes and Face to Face Residential Service Checklist).

Develop/Review/Revise Safeguard Summary Plans (SSP) as needed.

Attend Annual and Semi-Annual Person-Centered Life Plan Meetings as scheduled.

Ensure all Residential Habilitation HBSC documents are filed in the individual’s records, as per OPWDD order of filling regulations and policy.

Provide ongoing training to direct support staff in all areas related to Residential Habilitation.

Provide oversight to assigned homes and bring issues/concerns to the attention of appropriate team members.

Assist individuals to develop and maintain relationships

Serve as a liaison between agency, Care Coordination Organization/Care Coordinators (CCO), and families, and establish a working relationship to foster the delivery of care.

Provide input to the House Manager or Recreation staff in the planning of community outing activities that are appropriate to each individual’s interests and abilities.

Provide transportation to and from community activities and services.

Participate in scheduled online and in-person trainings, as well as scheduled in-services.

Additional duties as assigned.

Additional Comments
Please note:

If you are employed by state government, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit www.studentAid.gov/publicservice.

Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-9689 or Email at accommodationrequests@opwdd.ny.gov to obtain information and RA forms.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.

Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.

In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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