Job Description:

Essential Requirements: 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,23,24,25

Position Definition:
This position is responsible for the day to day operation of the residence with on-call phone for all
residential group homes on rotation. This involves supervisory functions and direct care as needed to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Major Responsibilities:
1. Administer residential consumer admissions for group home.
2. Develop residential schedules while meeting APD staff requirements.
3. Provide monthly Group Home Staff meetings to monitor goals/programming and consumer needs/concerns.
4. Facilitate the group home to remain within budgeted expenses and revenues. Audit to ensure that the agency and consumer resources (such as money, van use, stamps, clothing, foods, cleaning supplies, paper supplies, belongings, etc.) are kept safe, maintained, used appropriately and adequately documented in accordance with policy and procedures.
5. Attend support plan meetings of residents.
6. Assist the case manager with the development of individualized implementation program plans and annual summaries.
7. Maintain or coordinate consistent communication with other programs concerning absences, doctor appointments, etc., of all residents.
8. Act as the liaison between the group home and Special STARS or other activities. Actively assist in at least one activity per year.
9. Assist with maintaining consumer accounts within the allowable limits while also providing consumer shopping list(s) and money transfers. Audit to maintain current and accurate records of resident's monies.
10. Audit to ensure that nutritious, varied and tasteful meals are available with the consideration of special diet needs of the residents.
11. Audit systems for: procuring, storing, administering, and disposing of medications. Also includes: medication counts, shift-to-shift counts of controlled medication, etc. Provide supervision and oversight with medication administration and accurate documentation. Coordinate cycle medication delivery from pharmacy to include: review of all medication delivered, MAR accuracy, label accuracy, etc.
12. Audit to ensure that adequate food, household supplies, client medication, and emergency supplies are available.
13. Audit to ensure that the facility is clean and safe at all times. Cleaning will be done by all staff and by the consumers (according to their abilities).
14. Audit all documentation including quarterly progress notes, support plan, implementation documentation, data collection, consumer shopping lists, medical/dental forms, mental health consultations, etc. for accuracy and timeliness.
15. Audit to ensure that the residence operates in a safe, efficient and orderly manner in accordance with the principles of normalization, agency policies and capabilities of the consumers.
16. Audit to ensure that all records and client files at the residence are up-to-date, orderly, and that appropriate confidentiality is maintained.
17. Audit to ensure that consumer's physical needs are adequately and promptly provided for. Examples: food, warmth, medical care, hygiene and clothing.
18. Complete sporadic visits to group home through all shifts to oversight the functioning of the house when he/she is not usually scheduled.
19. Facilitate the organization of each group home while maintaining a home-like appearance and also continuity across homes (i.e. staff offices, memos, important phone numbers, etc.).
20. Maintain the office in an organized manner so that the office looks clean and attractive. Keep organized and information on hand in case of absence for supervisor or staff to be able to fill in as needed.
21. Supervise completion of the house log for documentation and follow up necessary.
22. Attend and participate in scheduled behavioral meetings on all consumers displaying inappropriate behaviors. Follow behavior plans as required through documentation; including deceleration and acceleration procedures.
23. Supervise training activities that promote independent life skills, providing training in age appropriate, functional, and meaningful activities. Training can include but are not limited to: personal hygiene & grooming, shopping, food preparation, and maintenance of living areas, social skills, personal safety, self-care, recreation and leisure, and communication skills.
24. Supervise accurate documentation including quarterly progress notes, support plan, implementation documentation, data collection, and consumer attendance.
25. Facilitate recreational activities at the group home and in the community.
26. Audit monthly fire drills including safe evacuation. Resolve any potential hazards that may arise.
27. Transport assigned individuals to assigned community sites while driving Arc vehicle.
28. Review all accident/injury/exposure reports for consumers and staff for corrective actions.
29. Maintain open communication with the Director of Residential Services concerning progress and/or problems in the group home.
30. Maintain certification in Advanced Alternatives for Behavioral Crisis (ABC).
31. Respond to emergency situations.
32. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
33. Recruit, interview, hire, train, supervise, motivate and evaluate (rewarding or disciplining as necessary) staff members under supervision and most importantly develop a strong, well-trained, motivated team of employees to meet the mission of the Arc.

34. Ensure the program meets the established guidelines and/or regulations of Department of Children & Families (DC&F), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Highlands County School Board (HCSB), Health Department and any other grantee or regulatory agency.

35. Maintain regular formal communication with each directly supervised staff member.

37. Give positive and constructive feedback as needed on the spot. Do so with a positive manner, working on the problem, not the person. Seek input from appropriate people when doing evaluations. Involve staff in making goals for their evaluations using improvement areas as guidelines. Complete evaluations fairly using examples, not generalities and in a timely manner.
38. Coach staff with performance problems to improve job skills. Establish reachable goals to help meet Ridge Area Arc, Inc.'s mission statement and vision.
39. Share information with staff to meet job needs, seek ideas/input from employees. Do not contribute to gossip as a method of communications. Share vision/goals with staff, assuring everyone knows and understands their role in the mission.
40. Review and approve employee time off (including green slips) and travel reimbursement requests and timekeeping system (for OT or under-utilization).

General Responsibilities:
41. Follow rules, regulations, policies and procedures of Ridge Area Arc, Inc. and the department as defined in the Arc policy and procedure manual (i.e. work time recognition program, reimbursement,
leave requests, etc.)
42. Maintain open and positive communications with consumers, staff: parents, support coordinators, regulatory agencies, the community and other organizations.
43. Will successfully complete training when required both at the beginning of employment and during employment to include but is not limited to First Aid, CPR, HIV/AIDS, HAZCOM, Safety.
44. Be reliable by being to work as scheduled and on time. When not available for work due to illness or emergency, report to your supervisor in a timely manner, following up with a doctor's release if needed.
45. Present yourself well as an employee of Ridge Area Arc, Inc. by being a good role model for our consumers (i.e. hygiene, attire, acting with integrity).
46. Contact the Department's Central Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96ABUSE immediately for any knowledge of or having reasonable cause to suspect that a consumer has been or is abused, neglected or exploited.
47. Handle routine situations and complete job functions in making decisions with unplanned obstacles I situations. Gather information and use good judgment to make decisions.
48. Hold information obtained through employment regarding Arc business, Arc consumers I customers and employees in strict confidence.
49. Be a member of the Arc Safety Team by ensuring the Arc's facilities and programs meet health and safety standards. (a) Report all incidents, injuries and exposures to your supervisor. (b) Identify, report and correct if possible unsafe conditions and actions.
50. Work a flexible schedule as needed and contribute to a positive atmosphere in the program.
51. Maintain formal communication with Supervisor.
52. Provide necessary information to Human Resources to include: automobile registration, current insurance card, insurance declaration sheet and personal information changes timely or upon request.
53. Show initiative by seeking training opportunities and / or presenting ideas to improve services at the Arc.
54. Will perform specific duties as assigned by Supervisor, i.e. attending meetings, serving on committees, providing / attending in-service and off-site trainings, etc.

Controls over the Position:
The incumbent performs day-to-day duties with a minimum of supervision. Work is reviewed through reports and meetings with supervisor for adherence to goals and objectives, policies and procedures.

Supervisory Duties:
Residential Assistants Qualifications:
I. Bachelor's Degree in social service field (medical, psychiatric, nursing or child care setting or working with persons who have a developmental disability); or Associates Degree in social service field (medical, psychiatric, nursing or child care setting or working with persons who have a developmental disability) and 1year experience; or High School Diploma/GED and 3 years of relevant experience in social service field (medical psychiatric, nursing or child care setting or working with persons who have a developmental disability). (Per Chapter 650-2, F.AC.)
2. Employer will conduct a level 2 background screening upon employment, as described in Chapter 435, F.S. including local criminal screening, drug testing, and fingerprinting.
3. Must possess clean driving record (5 years) as supported by a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).
4. Must be a legal driver in the state of Florida as supported by providing copies of driver's license, registration and proof of insurance on private vehicle showing evidence of required insurance coverage as expressed by the current Arc insurance carrier.

Minimum Training Requirements:
1. Completion of the Company new Employee Orientation
2. Prefer current CPR, First Aid, IDV/AIDS certification, Advanced ABC Certification. If not upon hiring, must acquire certification within 30 days.
3. Annual Inservice training

Please refer to Employ Florida JO# 10813823 for more Skills associated with this occupation.

Minimum Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent

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