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Qualified Program Specialist (QPS)

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Development Homes, Inc. was established with the belief that people with developmental disabilities deserve to have the opportunity to live their best lives in the Grand Forks community. Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the backbone of the organization, as they play a vital role in creating a warm, caring, and inclusive environment where our amazing individuals can flourish. At DHI, our focus is on transforming lives and providing positive guidance to those we have the honor of serving as partners in their personal growth. Our goal is to work collaboratively with the Grand Forks community to learn how we can create lifelong relationships based on acceptance and mutual respect with the individuals we support.

Qualified Program Specialist

As a Qualified Program Specialist (QPS) at Development Homes, Inc., you empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their unique life goals and outcomes, ensuring they lead fulfilling lives within their homes and communities. Your primary responsibility is to support individuals in identifying, pursuing, and attaining their intended outcomes while ensuring compliance with Personal Outcome Measures (POM) and Title 19 regulations. Acting as a liaison between the individual, their family, guardians, and other support networks, you will facilitate the development and execution of comprehensive Life Plans tailored to each person's unique needs and desires.                             

Essential Responsibilities

1. Person-Centered Support

  • Support individuals in achieving their unique life goals and desires.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Personal Outcome Measures and Title 19 regulations.
  • Educate and guide other staff in understanding and implementing Personal Outcome Measures.

2. Liaison and Coordination

  • Act as a liaison between individuals, their families, guardians, and other support networks.
  • Provide leadership and coordination for the annual Life Plan and other necessary meetings.
  • Facilitate team meetings with planned agendas, ensuring all meetings are documented and filed appropriately.

3. Life Plan Development

  • Develop Life Plans based on established personal outcomes and objectives.
  • Conduct annual self-assessments and update plans throughout the year, incorporating feedback from individuals.
  • Ensure Life Plans are developed, distributed, and filed within 30 days of the meeting.

4. Monitoring and Assessment

  • Monitor the implementation of Life Plans to ensure supports are in place and effective.
  • Conduct quarterly reviews to measure progress and document outcomes, distributing findings to team members and entering them into a computer database for tracking.

5. Health and Safety

  • Ensure the basic health and safety needs of individuals are met, adhering to all work safety rules.
  • Provide personal care support as needed to ensure a comfortable, safe, and sanitary living environment.

6. Communication and Documentation

  • Communicate relevant information regarding individuals and operations both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain positive interactions with other agencies and providers.
  • Adhere to HIPAA privacy and security regulations, monitoring compliance.

7. Training and Development

  • Ensure all staff training is conducted and documented as required.
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of Competency-Based Training for caseload work sites.
  • Maintain current training certifications and attend annual in-services as required for self-improvement.

8. Personal Care and Community Integration

  • Support individuals in participating in community activities and enhancing relationships.
  • Assist and support individuals in their day-to-day routines within their home and community.

9. Responsiveness and Flexibility

  • Be flexible and responsive to the needs of your caseload, and cover shifts outside of business hours if necessary.
  • Balance team and individual responsibilities while ensuring quality and timeliness of tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Residential Services Director and/or Adult Services Coordinator.
  • Participate in rotating weekend/holiday and storm team on-call responsibilities.

10. Financial Management

  • Support individuals and Residential Managers with developing personal budgets and ensuring benefits are maintained and current.
  • Assist in the annual development of group home budgets and ISLA contract updates to address the needs of individuals.

As a QPS at Development Homes, Inc., your dedication to supporting individuals in achieving their personal goals will make a significant impact on their lives, fostering a sense of independence, fulfillment, and community integration.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Must possess a B.A. or B.S. degree in Human Services field.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a human services-related field is required.
  • Developmental Disabilities Certification from Minot State University is preferred.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Professionalism and Respect: Demonstrate a respectful and professional attitude towards individuals with disabilities and staff.
  • Effective Communication: Exhibit clear and informative written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organizational Skills: Manage multiple responsibilities and interests efficiently.
  • Problem-Solving Ability: Address challenges proactively and find effective solutions.
  • Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively with team members while maintaining individual accountability

Additional Requirements

  • Availability to work Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Must be flexible being on-call and cover shifts to assist working with individuals supported outside business hours including evenings, overnights, early mornings, holidays, and storm days if necessary.
  • Position requires successful completion of criminal background, child abuse and neglect check, credit check, and a pre-employment drug test to be eligible for employment.
  • Current and valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and insurable driving record following company guidelines.

Compensation and Benefits:

Qualified Program Specialist (QPS): Starting annual wage for this position is $47, 179 (plus applicable differentials).

We are excited to inform you that DHI offers a comprehensive benefits package that demonstrates our dedication to our employees' health and job contentment. Our package includes 100% coverage for single health and dental plans, vision care, life insurance, a 401k plan with a 4% match, paid sick and vacation leave, educational scholarships, and an Employee Assistance Program that provides a limited number of mental health counseling sessions through The Village.


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