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Behavior / Vocational Specialist 2 New Full-time

at State of Oregon in Oregon (Published at 04-01-2019)

$41,928 - $61,008 a year

We Are Hiring
Stabilization and Crisis Unit
SACU, which is a program of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), is seeking compassionate and dedicated individuals for a rewarding career opportunity assisting direct care residents living in local Residential Homes. The program has 21 homes located in five Oregon counties supporting over 100 individuals in the program. Each individual residing in the program has an Individual Support Plan (ISP) that emphasizes community integration, independence, and productivity, has daily implementation goals, and is monitored by county case management.
The Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), which is part of The Department of Human Services, is seeking to fill ONE (1) Behavior Vocational Specialist 2 position. This position is full time, permanent and located in Portland (2736 Williams Ave).

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Behavior Support Plan Development, Planning & Implementation / Behavior Support Plan
Leads the team process of assessing the individual's behavior support needs and developing the Blended Plan as part of the ISP planning process by following the sequence outlined below:
  • Coordinates the process of identifying behavioral risk with relevant team members or outside consultants by completing the Risk Tracking Record.
  • Creates the Blended Plan per state regulations and agency policies 30 calendar days prior to the annual ISP by conducting face-to-face interview with staff, guardians, family, outside consultants and others who are important to the individual AND Consolidating interview information into one final document and making behavioral support recommendations.
  • Creates or revises the Blended Plan as needed and per state regulations and agency policies.
  • Ensures the Blended Plan is accurate and complete by: (A) Addressing all supports. (B) Including all behavioral protocols (e.g., transportation, community/house supervision, reinforcement, and others specific to the individual).
  • Presents the Blended plan to the team at the annual ISP, completes necessary revisions, and ensures team sign off on the final copy.
Program Planning / Implementation
  • Participates in team meetings to develop plans,
  • Provide objective feedback to staff and team members
  • Participate at least annually and as changes occur in the Risk Identification Tool (RIT). Review to help identify an individual's risks and to develop supports around those risks for the home, school, worksite, or while the individual is in the community.
  • Observe and report barriers, situation(s), or event(s) that may impede an individual's progress.
Treatment Planning
  • Participates in meetings to develop plans and provides objective feedback to consulting psychologist, psychiatrists and other service providers.
  • Assists with miscellaneous interviews and makes observations of interactions with staff, families, etc., as requested by the team.
  • Observes client behavior and staff implementation of the prescribed behavioral supports, draws conclusions and makes recommendations to the team, and conducts any necessary changes to the Blended Plan.
  • Provides one-on-one and group training of required documents.
  • Trains and prepares staff on the following topics:
  • Site specific new employee orientation / training of required documents.
  • Core Competencies (immediate / 30 day / 90 day / transfer).
  • Complete expanded and annual training (per guidelines).
  • Complete and submit quarterly and annual training records.
  • Monthly Oregon Intervention System (OIS) reviews for each employee.
  • SACU and DHS policies and procedures.
  • Other house specifics as assigned by Site Manager.
  • Attends in-services and classes as requested or scheduled.
Timely completion of written documentation
Sets up and maintains a system of documentation of staff training by following SACU staff training records policy.
Support for Individuals living in assigned home
  • Make recommendations to the team for consultant services based on observations, behavior data, or other concerns.
  • Participates in appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists, or other service providers as requested.
  • Completes documents required before and after psychiatric appointments.
  • Implement, monitor, analyze and summarize behavior data and information for each individual.
  • Prepares raw behavior data sheets to ensure they are current.
  • Ensure incentive programs are specific and available for staff use. Work with Site Manager and staff.
  • Review raw Data Sheets, T-Log Notes, and GERs. Provides review of all generated behavioral GER's.
  • Collect and summarize all behavior data for review.
Complete Monthly Summary information:
  • Psychiatric/psychologist recommendation(s) for team review
  • Psychotropic medication changes
  • Lab work data
  • Restraint usage summary including types of restraints, length, frequency, etc.
  • Analysis and recommend possible changes to the plan.
  • Follow up on assigned Action Plans.
Other Duties As Assigned
Working Conditions
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds. Frequent, daily squatting, bending, and stooping.
  • Must be able to engage and maintain Oregon Invention System (OIS) approved restraints for one (1) hour or less.
  • Regular flexible schedule to include all three shifts for purposes of staff training, observation, support, etc.
  • Exposure to a variety of work settings in the home, public schools and community.
  • Occasional exposure to inclement weather.
  • Work overtime as assigned to provide necessary staffing 7 days week/24 hours a day.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record.
  • Transport individuals via state van or car.
  • Frequent contact with the public, employers, and other DHS personnel and occasional contact with individuals' families, guardians, and advocates
  • Work with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive and developmentally disabled children or adults who may be a danger to themselves and others on a daily basis
  • Professional work attire.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

Your application materials, including your answers to the 'Supplemental Questions' will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and how you meet the requested skills of this position. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in the written work history portion of your application.

Minimum Qualifications
Your application must show:
Eighteen months of experience in the following:
Basic behavior intervention strategies for clients with developmental disabilities (which included behavior theory and writing Functional Assessment / Behavior Support Plans) and reviewing, analyzing and interpreting information related to human services.
One year of college courses in a Human Services field AND six months of experience in the following areas a) group and individual staff training; b) basic behavior intervention strategies (which included functional assessments, writing behavior support plans, or theory) or c) reviewing, analyzing and interpreting human services information.
An Associate's degree in a Human Services related field.
Requested Skills
  • Ability to train staff on techniques, protocols, policies and procedures;
  • Ability to communicate and present ideas as a team member;
  • Ability to write extensive and complex reports and documentation; and
  • Ability to assist clients in complex situations.

A background check of the following will be done for all applicants offered a position: abuse history, criminal history check (this includes fingerprints if needed) and driver's license.
The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamines, Marijuana and other controlled substances. SACU receives funds from the Federal Government and though recreational Marijuana is currently legal in Oregon, federally funded programs cannot permit the use of Marijuana.
A valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Additional Information

The State of Oregon is implementing a new Human Resource Information System (HRIS), Workday. Workday will provide the latest technology in the areas of recruitment and retention.
Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support
This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.
E-Recruit technical support: support@governmentjobs.com
Information on Veterans' Preference points
Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:
Cari Stuckart, Workforce Recruitment Consultant
DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.
DHS has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.
If you need an alternate format of the application or assistance to participate in the hiring
process please contact our ADA Office at, ADA.DHS@dhsoha.state.or.us
If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance
Retirement benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs
**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits
  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation
  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments
  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year
  • Ten paid holidays a year
The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.
Optional benefits
  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents
  • Long-term and short-term disability
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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