Designated Coordinator - Skills Development Specialist, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Created 11/24/2022
Reference 11433859
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Fergus Falls
Zip 56537
Salary Competitive
When all employees are embraced, respected and heard, we will build a collaborative, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist culture where everyone thrives.

Working Title: Designated Coordinator
Job Class: Skills Development Specialist
Agency: Human Services Dept
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 11/23/2022
  • Closing Date: 12/01/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / DHS MAPE State Operated Svcs
  • Division/Unit: Direct Care & Treatment / Community Based Services / Minnesota State Operated Community Services Residential Northeast FC Fir Ave - Fergus Falls
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Rotating Shift; (Generally shifts are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.); hours and days of work may vary depending on needs of the program.
  • Days of Work: Varies; May work weekends and holidays.
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $21.43 - $31.00 / hourly; $44,745 - $64,728 / annually
  • Job Class Option: Designated Coordinator
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: No
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

Applicants may be eligible for a hiring incentive of up to $2,500!

This is a full - time, rotating shift position with some weekend and holiday shifts, and located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The hours of work are generally 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Days of work and hours vary depending on site needs.

The Designated Coordinator is the lead worker at the program and plays a key role in overseeing programs, activities, and scheduling, under the direction of the supervisor. In this role, the Designated Coordinator will split their time between direct care responsibilities and program responsibilities. Program responsibilities include designing, implementing and evaluating behavioral support strategies for individuals at the site. Hours will vary, candidates must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed. This is a great position for a candidate who has experience with individuals who have high behavioral needs.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
  • Participating in the development, refinement and implementation of individualized program plans that will help individuals safely achieve their goals.
  • Providing work direction, guidance, training and feedback to staff to ensure the highest standards of service delivery are provided to the individuals.
  • Providing direct care to individuals such as bathing, toileting, hygiene, medication/treatment administration, providing escorts and mobile supports and behavior interventions.
  • Contributing to the safety and security of the site, individuals served and co-workers.


Minimum Qualifications

Must meet the qualifications to be a Designated Coordinator:
  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to human services, and one year of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; OR
  • Associate's degree in a field related to human services, and two years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; OR
  • A diploma in a field related to human services from an accredited postsecondary institution and three years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; OR
  • A minimum of 50 hours of education and training related to human services and disabilities; and four years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 or older under the supervision of a staff person who meets the qualifications in one of the categories above.

Candidates must also minimally meet these required qualifications:
  • Must have a valid Driver's License

Ability to:
  • Develop person-centered support plans that use Positive Support principles and practices, including Person-Centered Thinking and Planning, Positive Behavior Support, and recovery-oriented mental health supports.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to promote among team members a shared understanding of support goals and implementation of methods.
  • Develop a schedule of activities to ensure that resources are used effectively in implementing programs according to plans.
  • Apply consistent principles in assessing individuals' interfering behavior, skill development needs, and progress toward achieving individual goals.
  • Work rotating or irregular hours as needed, or directed.
  • Provide direct care as needed.

Knowledge of:
  • Coaching principles sufficient to motivate and guide employees.
  • Support principles and techniques sufficient to plan, design, and implement individual program strategies for assigned individuals.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Lead work experience in a direct care setting.
  • Experience writing, modifying, or evaluating program plans.
  • Experience with financial management of home or individual accounts.

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact Jacqueline Jensen at or 651-431-6875 .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Jacqueline Jensen at .

About Human Services Dept

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

Why Work for Us

DHS operates a highly specialized behavioral health care system that serves people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. This includes psychiatric hospitals and other inpatient mental health treatment facilities; inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities; dental clinics, group homes, vocational sites, and sex offender treatment facilities.

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.
Employer Minnesota Department of Human Services

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