Director of CounterPoint Autism Program

The position of Director of CounterPoint is a responsible professional program-planning and management-and-supervisory position for community programs in various sizes and configurations in The Arc of the Ozarks.

The Director of CounterPoint functions as the Qualified Developmentally Disabled Professional (QDDP) with overall responsibility for the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of individual habilitation plans adapted to the needs of residents in group home and other residential facilities and, when assigned, assumes the responsibility of the Vice-President of Program Services in the absence of the Vice-President of Program Services.  Work includes supervision and direction of the group homes and other residential facilities and programs operated by The Arc of the Ozarks.  Additional responsibilities include the development and monitoring of individualized habilitation plans for individuals residing in group homes and other residential facilities operated by The Arc of the Ozarks; the design, evaluation, and monitoring strategies for the delivery of effective programs, assuring that standards for licensure, certification and/or accreditation are met and maintained; and supervising assigned staff, QDDP's and facility managers and the Manager of Substitutes, in implementing active treatment programs.  The employee consults with administrative officials, program staff, and other facility employees and outside agencies in coordinating and implementing The Arc of the Ozarks Quality Assurance Program.  General supervision is received from the Vice-President of Program Services or other designated superior; however, the employee is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative within the limit of established guidelines and procedures.

Minimum Experience and Training Qualifications

Six years of professional experience (two of which must be in a management capacity) in working with persons with Autism which must have been involved in the provision of community-based programs for persons with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree with major specialization (minimum of 24 semester hours) in elementary or secondary education, special education, early childhood education, psychology, social work, sociology, counseling, recreation (including specialty areas, such as art, dance, music, or physical education), speech-and-language pathology or audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, or other specialties in the field of human services may be substituted for the years of experience.  (Under federal standards a baccalaureate degree with appropriate course work at the undergraduate or graduate level is required with no substitution allowed, except that experience as a registered nurse may substitute on a year‑for‑year basis for deficiencies in the required education.

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