Director of Professional Services

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Location
Decatur, Georgia
Posted
Aug 29, 2017
Closes
Sep 28, 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Bachelors
Experience Level
Professional

Job Description:  Director of Professional Services

Qualifications:  Candidates for the position of Director of Professional Services should have a master's degree in social work, psychology, special education, or a field relating to developmental disabilities plus at least five years’ experience working with people diagnosed with developmental disabilities and two years’ supervisory experience. Candidates must speak, read, and write English fluently. Candidates must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively and to establish good working relationships with people of varying intellectual capacities and in many different positions, including the many outside professionals with whom L’Arche has contact. Candidates must be well-organized, attentive to detail, and good managers of their time. Candidates must have a respect and appreciation for the philosophy and values expressed in L’Arche’s vision statement and must aspire to live the values of mutuality, welcome, simplicity, and celebration expressed in it. Candidates preferably will have previous experience in a L'Arche community, previous experience in working with governmental agencies concerned with social services, and previous experience supervising other people.

Supervision: The Director of Professional Services reports to the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO). The Director of Professional Services will abide by all L’Arche policies and procedures and will seek to implement L’Arche's goals as described in its mandate and charter.

Role Objectives:        The Director of Professional Services shall manage the agency’s professional services delivery program to our residents (who we call Core Members). The Director of Professional Services assures that appropriate and effective programs and services are developed and implemented for our Core Members. The Director of Professional Services will be responsible for L’Arche’s training programs and will supervise House Coordinators and Assistants in programs and services for our Core Members. The Director of Professional Services will coordinate advocacy for Core Members within the community, with job and day programs, with governmental agencies, and with other organizations and professionals with whom they are involved. The Director of Professional Services will aim to assure that Core Members are affirmed, supported, and encouraged to grow with dignity and respect in all arenas of their lives. The Director of Professional Services will participate in training in the goals, values, and philosophy of L'Arche. The Director of Professional Services will work flexible hours.

Duties:

  1. Successfully complete an orientation that will include observing and participating in morning and evening routines in each household at least twice during the first three months in the role
  2. Contribute to the process of developing ISPs for Core Members and oversee L’Arche’s role in implementing the plans.
  3. Know and understand relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations and contract requirements related to Core Members and Assistants. Develop and maintain systems for ensuring that L’Arche complies with legal and contract requirements related to Core Members and Assistants, including a tracking system for time-sensitive requirements. Participate in implementing the systems as needed.
  4. Carry out, with the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO), activities of screening, interviewing potential Core Members and families, and of welcoming and completing governmental processes involved.
  5. Participate in the management of organizational funds devoted to professional services by billing for Medicaid Waiver services and updating annual Core Member finance agreements.
  6. Serve as agency primary developmental disabilities professional (DDP) and meet all relevant requirements for this role. Will begin as appropriate, after a brief time of training. This includes conducting functional assessments to support formulation of the plan for delivery of all waiver services. Assessments include HRST, SIS, Functional Behavior Analysis, Discharge Assessment, Quarterly Assessment (progress towards ISP goals and general assessment), and others as needed or required, and within required time frames.
  7. Ensure proper development and implementation of formal behavioral programs according to government requirements, in collaboration with BCBA. Develop and monitor informal behavioral strategies as needed.
  8. Convenes the Quality Improvement and Human Rights committees, overseeing the continuous quality improvement plan (CQI) and participating in quarterly, or more frequent, meetings of the committees, as needed. DDP ensures reporting of the committee activities to Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO) and/or L’Arche Board of Directors.
  9. Identify, obtain, and maintain materials, equipment, and other resources necessary for proper implementation of programs, with the approval of the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO) for purchases.
  10. Functions as liaison and advocate with outside programs, agencies, and individuals. As needed, ensure adequate participation in meetings and hearings related to Core Member programs (e.g., day programs, human rights committee, court hearings, etc.).
  11. Assist in planning, proposing, and implementing new activities and endeavors by L’Arche as requested by the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO).
  12. As necessary, coordinate finding or assist in finding new day programs, placements, or jobs for Core Members.
  13. Work closely with the House Coordinator(s) and Assistants in the home(s) for required monitoring, support and supervision.
  14. Coordinate L’Arche’s participation in, and assist with, external agency assessments and coordinate development and implementation of plans of correction.
  15. Coordinate and participate in Core Member intakes and discharges in collaboration with Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO).
  16. Interview applicants for employment as requested by the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO).
  17. Develop and coordinate trainings. Oversee orientation of new Assistants and house coordinators. Ensure that the orientation and training are documented, and maintain the records. Maintain L’Arche's library of training materials, videos, etc.
  18. Develop and maintain orientation manuals for the Assistant and Director of Professional Services positions.
  19. Share in the rotation of on-call duties as needed.
  20. With direction of BCBA, the Director of Professional Services develops, implements, and evaluates effectiveness of the L’Arche Crisis Plan and all individual crisis/safety plans.
  21. Provide direct service coverage, including transportation, in emergency situations, where Core Members’ needs warrant, when staff shortages occur, or when budget constraints necessitate.
  22. Provide oversight, supervision, and orientation to Agency RN.
  23. Oversee medication administration aspects of L’Arche Atlanta including the overseeing of the professional relationship between L’Arche Atlanta and any contracted pharmacy.
  24. Staff the board of director’s committee devoted to professional services.
  25. Oversee records management and archival system for all sensitive information related to professional services
  26. Maintain and update L’Arche policy manuals and keep current with the updates of governmental forms/documents/procedures and maintain documented history of all changes.
  27. Perform other duties assigned by the Executive Director/Community Leader (CEO).

Salary: $35,000-$45,000 (DOE) Submit cover letter and resume to Tim Moore at hr@larcheatlanta.org

Potential start date of 9/25/17

The following Professionals qualify to be a Developmental Disability Professional: Only candidates with the following professional backgrounds or degrees will be considered for the position. 

  1. Advanced Practice Nurse: A registered professional nurse licensed in the State of Georgia, who meets those educational, practice, certification requirements, OR any combination of such requirements, as specified by the Georgia Board of nursing AND includes certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric/mental health, AND others recognized by the board AND who have one year experience in treating persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities in a medical setting or a community based setting for delivery of nursing services.

  2. Behavior Specialist: A behavior specialist who has completed a Master’s degree in psychology, school psychology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation or a related field which included one course in psychometric testing and two courses in any combination of the following: behavior analysis or modification, therapeutic intervention, counseling, or psychosocial assessment, AND one year of individualized treatment programming, monitoring and observing behavior; collecting and recording behavioral observations in a treatment setting and developing and implementing behavior management plans for individuals with intellectual disabilities OR developmental disabilities OR completion of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, OR a related field which included one course in psychometric testing AND two courses in any combination of the following: behavior analysis or modification, counseling, learning theory or psychology of adjustment AND two years of individualized treatment programming, monitoring and observing behavior; collecting and recording behavioral observations in a treatment setting and developing and implementing behavior management plans for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  3. Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA): A BCBA who has completed a Master’s degree, with 225 hours of approved graduate coursework, AND 1500 hours of experience in the field with 5% of those hours being supervised by a BCBA, AND has received a passing score on the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Exam, AND maintains a prescribed number of continuing education units annually, AND has specialized training in developmental disabilities as evidenced by college coursework or practicum/internship experience OR one year of experience in providing services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  4. Behavior Consultant: A person with a Master’s Degree in psychology, special education, counseling, social work or a related field OR licensure/certification as a Psychologist, LPC, LCSW, Psychiatrist OR BCBA (certified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) AND five (5) years of experience providing positive behavioral supports (functional assessment; plan development, training, and implementation) to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

  5. Educator: An educator with a degree in education from an accredited program that includes a concentration in Special Education in college coursework OR teaching certificate in Special Education, AND one (1) year of classroom experience in teaching individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  6. Human Services Professional: A human services professional with a bachelor’s degree in social work OR a bachelor’s degree in human services field other than social work (including the study of human behavior, human development or basic human care needs) AND with specialized training OR one year of experience in providing human services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  7. Master’s or Doctoral Degree Holders: A person with a Master’s or Doctoral degree in one of the behavioral OR social sciences AND with specialized training in developmental disabilities as evidenced by college coursework OR practicum/internship experience OR one year of experience in providing services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  8. Physical or Occupational Therapist: A physical or occupational therapist licensed in the State of Georgia, who has specialized training in developmental disabilities as evidenced by college coursework OR practicum/internship experience OR one year of experience in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  9. Physician: A physician licensed in the State of Georgia to practice medicine or osteopathy AND with specialized training in developmental disabilities OR one year of experience in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  10. Physician’s Assistant: A skilled person qualified by academic and practical training to provide patients’ services not necessarily within the physical presence but under the personal direction or supervision of a physician, AND who has one year experience in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  11. Psychologist: A holder of a Doctoral degree from an accredited university or college, AND who is licensed in the State of Georgia AND who has specialized training in developmental disabilities OR one year of experience in evaluating or providing psychological services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

  12. Registered Nurse (Associate Degree or Diploma): A registered nurse who is authorized by a license to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse, who holds an associate or diploma degree in nursing, AND who has three years of experience, two of which are in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in a medical setting or a community‐based setting for delivery of nursing services.

  13. Registered Nurse (Bachelor’s Degree): A registered nurse who is authorized by license to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse AND who holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing with one year experience in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in a medical setting or a community‐based setting for delivery of nursing services.

  14. Speech Pathologist or Audiologist: A speech pathologist or audiologist licensed in the State of Georgia, who has specialized training in developmental disabilities as evidenced by college coursework or practicum/internship OR one year of experience in treating individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.