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500 Balltown Road
Minimum Qualifications Open Competitive - You must be on the current eligible list and be reachable for appointment.
Transfer Opportunity – You must be a New York State employee with one year of permanent service currently serving in this title and eligible for transfer;
you must be a New York State employee eligible for transfer via Section 70.1 of Civil Service Law. In order to qualify for Section 70.1 transfer, you must have one year of permanent status in a title approved for transfer by the Department of Civil Service.
Direct Support Assistant Trainee is a continuous recruitment examination. The minimum qualifications are High School Diploma, GED or a Direct Support Professional Certification from an accredited public or private organization and a valid Driver’s License. If you are not on the current eligible list please mail a NYS-APP#4, 20-149 & 20-150 (http://www.cs.ny.gov/extdocs/pdf/20-149&20-150.pdf) to Capital District Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office, 500 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12309 or call (518) 388-0354 to register for an upcoming examination. You can view the complete examination announcement here http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc-cr/decentralized/20-149.cfm
As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee, you would participate in a traineeship ranging from 6 to 15 months depending on your qualifications and your ability to demonstrate competency in certain critical areas of consumer care. The traineeship includes a wide range of learning experiences in the provision of care for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. You will be required to successfully complete all mandated trainings. At the successful conclusion of your traineeship, you would advance without further examination to Direct Support Assistant, Salary Grade 9.
Duties Description MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BECOME A DIRECT SUPPORT ASSISTANT.
OPWDD’s priority is the health and safety of the 128,000 individuals statewide with developmental disabilities receiving our support. As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee or Direct Support Assistant, you would help individuals with developmental disabilities lead richer lives. Under supervision, you would provide supports and services which involve advocating for, encouraging, guiding and teaching individuals in expressing personal choice, ensuring community integration, assisting individuals with personal hygiene care, toileting, lifts and transfers, dining, dressing, and meal preparation. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to carry out and record care plans and, in accordance with special instructions, you may administer medication. These positions are physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of individuals in emergency situations. You must be able to stand, bend, stretch, and lift bedridden and/or incapacitated individuals. To learn more about what direct support professionals do on the job everyday, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnK4z3KAqtE
Additional Comments As a New York State employee, you would receive an excellent benefits package, which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits; Deferred Compensation; a State retirement option; vacation leave, personal leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.
Positions are located throughout the following counties: Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselear, Warren and Washington. Full-Time or Part-Time positions may be available in these areas.
Salary range above features hiring rate of Direct Support Assistant Trainee (SG-7) and the job rate of Direct Support Assistant (SG-9).
You must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Failure to maintain a valid license may result in removal from employment.
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.
Background Investigation/Justice Center Review:
Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.
• 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.
• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
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 email@example.com.
• OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
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