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Program Director-DDS Services

Abilities Without Boundaries – Cheshire, CT

Since 1978, Abilities Without Boundaries has helped individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead a more productive and fulfilling life. In 2011, we changed our name from Cheshire Occupational & Career Opportunities (COCO) to Abilities Without Boundaries and continued expanding our impact throughout the state. What began with a few concerned parents has blossomed into an organization with more than 50 employees, all sharing a deep and profound respect for the individuals we serve. For 40 years, we have been helping to make a difference throughout Connecticut.

Abilities Without Boundaries helps people achieve independence, self-sufficiency, community participation and personal satisfaction through employment and day support services.

Job Description

Position: Program Director of DDS Services

Supervised by: Executive Director

Schedule- Monday-Friday/8a-4p (40 hours) Exempt Salary: TBD

General Description of Position:

To manage both GSE and DSO day programs under the guidance of the Executive Director to the expectations of The Department of Developmental Services. This includes all Program Instructors, Case Managers, Program Managers, Career Services Coordinator and Vehicle and Scheduling Assistant. To be a facilitator ensuring that all the individuals served are in being integrated, dignified and respected in all environments and are receiving the necessary supports to be active in their chosen environments. These supports to the individuals will be provided with dignity and respect per their personal preferences in accordance with AWBs policies and with State/Federal mandated laws, policies and regulations. To train, teach and keep structured systems in place for all programmatic needs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a positive attitude and belief that all individuals served by AWB are responsible for quality and outcomes.
  • Strives to continually work as an active, productive team member to ensure success of the individuals and the Agency utilizing enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism.
  • Follows and demonstrates the mission of AWB.
  • Ensures individuals served live the life they want the way they want as outlined in our philosophy per DDS regulations.
  • Develops a relationship with the individuals served that is respectful, based on mutual trust and that maintains professional boundaries.
  • Represents the agency positively and professionally when interacting with individuals served, coworkers, employers, their employees, families, and other community members including DDS.
  • Communicates effectively, clearly, and positively with individuals served, families, staff, supervisors, and community members.
  • Adheres to AWB and DDS Policies and Procedures.
  • Takes responsibility for any issues noted and demonstrates the ability to actively problem solve by seeking, developing, and implementing viable solutions.
  • Ensures confidentiality as required by law and AWBs Policies & Procedures.
  • Attends, completes, and demonstrates competency in all applicable AWB training.
  • Takes responsibility for the oversite of safety hazards in all areas including, but not limited to, programs and vehicles.
  • Ensures that the individual s plan is carried out as outlined in the written plan, programs, schedules, and other documentation by overseeing case management.
  • Provides advocacy for individuals served based on their personal choices by overseeing self-advocacy committee.
  • Schedule interviews for new hire opportunities.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct new hire training (Days 1-5).
  • Ensure that all staff are trained and shadow prior to working with individuals served.
  • Attend all resource and DDS Meeting per regulatory needs.
  • Attend all AWB functions outside of business hours.

Other Related Responsibilities:

  • Attend all applicable agency meetings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate time management skills.
  • Maintain professional demeanor and act as a role model for employees.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to emergency situations and day-to-day management and supervisory issues.
  • Keep informed and implement current trends and methods of working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Get along with others- work as a team player.
  • To be able to work in a hostile environment.
  • To be able to lead the program staff to perform task to the best of their abilities.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.

Minimum Education Required: A Bachelors degree preferred in Human Services or related field and/or 5 plus years in Human Services working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Must have valid State of Connecticut Drivers License and be insurable with the agency carrier.
  • Must be able to meet physical demands of the job. These include, but are not limited to: ability to lift minimum of 50 pounds for assisting participants in personal care needs and/or the purpose of performing daily job duties, ability to twist, bend and reach immediately to address medical and behavioral incidents, ability to enter and exit agency vehicle at numerous stops for a minimum of one hour and the ability to drive agency vehicle for a minimum of 30 minutes without stops.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Additional Requirements

  • Must complete the Agencys Employee Training.
  • Certification and Training, including but not limited to: CPR, First Aid, PMT and Med Cert.


This position is full time which includes health benefits, paid time off and paid holidays.

Note: This job description covers the most significant duties but does not include other assignments, related duties or temporary assignments

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $45,000.00 to $50,000.00 /year


  • Time Management: 5 years (Required)
  • Heavy Lifting: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor s (Required)


  • Driver s License (Required)
  • First Aid Certification (Preferred)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance

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