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IDD Assessor
Ref No.: 18-11277
Location: Albany and Surrounding Areas, New York
CAS Assessor
Albany and Surrounding Areas
Contract Length: Open Ended


CAS Assessor positions are full-time positions that require scheduling flexibility and weekend work (availability for 1-2 weekends per month is expected / required). These are not traditional 9-5 weekday positions.
Mileage is not reimbursed monthly but can be claimed at the end of the year on taxes


Position Description
CAS Assessor positions are full-time positions that require scheduling flexibility and weekend work (availability for 1-2 weekends per month is expected / required). These are not traditional 9-5 weekday positions.

Assessments can take place on any day of the week. Weekends are not excluded. When an assessment is scheduled, the Assessor travels to the individual's home or other agreed-upon location in the community, conducts the assessment and then must complete and finalize the assessment within 3 calendar days. Even if an assessment did not take place on a Saturday or Sunday, weekend work can be required in order to complete assessments by deadline. Management frequently works with Assessors over the weekend to provide input in order to meet deadlines.

Job Responsibilities
  1. Schedule and coordinate the assessment process with individuals, families and providers in the home and/or community.
  2. Must be willing to travel throughout the assigned region.
  3. Must be willing to accommodate varying schedules and hours; flexible on weekends.
  4. Contact the individual and/or family/caregiver to schedule the appointment at a time and location most convenient to that person. This will include nights and weekends at the person's request.
  5. Work with Operations Support to arrange formal interpreter services as needed
  6. Identify if the individual is capable of participating in an interview (full or partial) and if there is a need for an observation. More than one visit may be required.
  7. Conduct the interview/observation in person. Assessment cannot be complete without the person being interviewed or observed.
  8. Utilize a person-centered interview process (e.g. conversational style that starts with the person).
  9. Interview a knowledgeable person(s) as defined by protocol; someone who has known the person for at least 3 months, sees the person on a weekly basis and has seen the person within the assessment time frames (e.g. within the last 3 days).
  10. Identify and interview additional knowledgeable person(s) to verify information as needed.
  11. Review records available as needed for coding.
  12. Code the assessment accurately based on training.
  13. Utilize multiple sources (e.g. the individual, knowledgeable person, records review) to confirm and verify coding as needed.
  14. Use records review to code specific items (e.g. verification of physical)
  15. Complete all assessments utilizing the provided software.
  16. Ensure coding is within the prescribed timeframes of the assessments.
  17. Ensure completeness and accuracy of the assessment.
  18. Maintain set productivity standards
  19. Meet or exceed established monthly productivity standard.
  20. All assessments must meet quality standards (e.g. assessment fully completed, individual participated in the assessment, time frames of assessment maintained, etc.) in order to be included in expected productivity count.

Required Education:
Bachelor's degree in a human services field *see list below

Required Experience:
Minimum of one (1) year post-educational experience working directly with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. *preferably with adults

Preferred Experience:
Minimum of one year conducting assessments with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities; Experience in adapting interviewing skills to elicit information from individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and staff, and various clinicians.

Required Skills:
Strong analytical skills; detail and solution oriented; ability to work independently; excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills; and ability to use spreadsheet or database software; Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, the ability use the following on a daily basis: Web-based applications, Email, Microsoft Word. Must possess a valid NYS Driver's License or NYS ID card.

Bilingual: English/Spanish may be required for some positions / regions

General Requirements for Assessor Candidates
  • All CAS Assessors must meet position requirements (education and experience). Degrees are non-transferable. If you don't have the required degree to be an Assessor, inquire about other great opportunities with the project.
  • CAS Assessors must have a minimum of one (1) year post-educational experience working directly with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in a setting that primarily serves the developmentally disabled,
AND
  • A completed Bachelor's degree in one of the 30 following disciplines is required (work experience cannot replace the degree requirement). A copy of each candidate's diploma / proof of completion is required.
Anthropology Criminal Justice Nursing/Medicine Rehabilitation Counseling
Art/Dance Therapy Divinity/Religion/Theology Nutrition Social Work
Audiology Drama Therapy Occupational Therapy Sociology
Behavioral Science (conditional on Mgmt review) Education Pastoral Counseling Special Education
Child Development / Family Relations Gerontology Physical Therapy Speech Pathology
Community Mental Health Health Administration Psychology Vocational Counseling
Chemical Dependence Admin. Health Education Recreation and Leisure Studies (conditional on Mgmt review)  
Counseling/Guidance Music Therapy Recreational Therapy