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State of Massachusetts Human Rights Specialist in Springfield, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. To learn more about our agency, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/departmentof- developmental-services. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is seeking a qualified Human Rights Specialist. The Office of Human Rights at the Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to affirming, protecting and promoting the human rights of individuals served by DDS. The Office works with service recipients, guardians, care givers, providers, DDS area, regional and central office staff to identify and clarify regulations which affect the human rights of individuals served. Job Responsibilities: (The duties and responsibilities stated are general summary and not all inclusive.) - Serve as a Human Rights Specialist for the Central West Region - Provide training, consultation, technical support and advocacy. The advocacy role includes an ombudsperson function to assist with review and resolution of conflicts regarding human rights issues. - Oversee the activities of provider agencies' Human Rights Officers, Human Rights Coordinators and and their Human Rights Committee. - Utilize the Departments's Home and Community Information System (HCSIS) to monitor the implementation of all restraints which were performed by service providers in the assigned region. - Promote and support self-advocates in their involvement in human rights committees, human rights officer role, training activities where appropriate and in policy discussions of the office and the Department. _Total Compensation_: As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Offer Process_:* * A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html. Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 Ext. #2. * Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the Compliance Officer III position* /_ Pre-Hire Process:_/ A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in investigatory, law enforcement or regulatory administration work, or (B) and equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: A Bachelor's or higher degree may be substituted for a maximum of the two years of the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Compliance and Certification *Organization: Department of Developmental Services *Title: *Human Rights Specialist Location: Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St Requisition ID: 210003MB

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