Home Supports Lead (103)

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the Manager of the Social Learning Center, the Home Supports Lead is responsible for the oversight of support and skill instruction to persons with intellectual and developmental challenges, including persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, autism, or multiple functional and/or medical limitations.

SOME BENEFITS OF WORKING AT TCMHS:

  • Generous Paid Time Off - full-time employees earn 23 days per year to start (pro-rated for part-time positions of 20 hours/week or more).
  • Health, Dental - health benefits eligibility starting at 24 hours/week.
  • Agency paid life insurance policy
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan - with employer match.
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Opportunities for agency paid trainings and Professional Development
  • Friendly Neighbor discounts such as Verizon, Sullivan tire, and Governor's Restaurant
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • A work culture focused on employee wellness and inclusivity
  • Quality Supervision and a friendly and supportive atmosphere

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*

  • Serves as a role model and leader for staff by providing direction and making daily decisions regarding programming, scheduling, staffing and consumer needs.
  • Coordinates admission, individual evaluation, orientation, discharge and referral for consumers in the program.
  • Coordinates the development of a Person Centered Plan for all consumers in the program in accordance with the needs of the consumers and in compliance with established regulatory and agency procedures.
  • Assesses changes in the functioning of the consumers and modifies the plan of care, as appropriate, in conjunction with the consumers and all other interested parties and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ensures daily program operation, rearranges schedules to accommodate consumers, canceling if necessary and working with office staff to assist in problem solving of programmatic scheduling issues.
  • Respectfully responds to problem solving and issues in an appropriate manner.  Gives home support staff directives to maximize programming that is responsive to the identified needs and desires of consumers in the program.
  • Coordinates small group and one-on-one instruction according to established care plans, agency, and program policies and procedures, and generally accepted standards of care.
  • Provides training to staff and consumers and maintains required instructor certifications.
  • Oversees entries in the health record of the consumers according to established policies and procedures, including the writing of progress notes, incident reports, and daily recordings, and gives input into the writing of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Coordinates program supports for consumers, including but not limited to:  orienting the consumers to the Center and the agency; advocating whenever necessary on behalf of the consumers; assuring the appropriateness of Person Centered Plan implementation; and coordinating all aspects of the semi-annual review according to established policies and procedures.
  • Refers consumers to other professionals or services as appropriate to ensure optimal service.
  • Assists consumers with many levels of their care, including transfers, personal care, pushing or pulling wheelchairs, dressing and undressing, mobility training, and feeding.
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching for independence for consumers and movement towards the least restrictive settings.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to implement positive behavior interventions.
  • Uses personal or agency vehicle as may be required for consumer transportation, outreach in the community, home visits, and/or agency related business. 
  • Meets established productivity standards and ensures the same from staff.
  • Conducts weekly staff meetings, training, and in-services, as needed.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team and Person Centered planning meetings.
  • Participates in long range program and center planning.
  • Generates program management reports and provides other program-specific data as requested by the Manager of the Social Learning Center.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/TRAINING REQUIRED:

  • Must possess either a DSP or equivalent certification at time of employment, or be eligible to subsequently complete and actively maintain all requirements of the certification within initial twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Must possess a valid State of Maine driver's license.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.