Educational and guidance duties with children referred from the Division of Mental Health Services with home and school adjustments problems. An employee in this class is responsible for establishing liaison between the community schools, homes and the Mental Health program. This includes locating behavioral and adjustment problems, as well as the needs of exceptional or handicapped children and slow learners; and recommending ways of meeting their problems and needs. Work is performed in accordance with professional standards and procedures, and under supervision of a Psychiatrist or the Director of Mental Health Services, but an employee is allowed considerable latitude in applying acquired training and experience to assigned duties. Work is reviewed primarily through conferences and review of reports for compliance with departmental policies, and for adherence to standards and accepted techniques and procedures of the profession.Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepares course objectives and outlines for course of study following the curriculum and guidelines and requirement of the territory and school;
- Prepares materials and classroom for class activities;
- Keeps attendance records and maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, district policies and administrative regulation;
- Completes IEP progress reports for each student;
- Maintains discipline in classroom and enforces all administration policies and rules governing students;
- Meets with parents/ guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities and resource needs for their children;
- Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet student's varying needs and interests;
- Selects, stores, orders, issues, and inventories classroom equipment, materials and supplies;
- Attends staff meetings and serves on committees as required;
- Administers educational tests to children and adults; scores and analyzes such tests, and reports to supervisors on the results;
- Gives instruction and supervision to teachers in the area of education of the exceptional child;
- Provides special instructions for handicapped children as one method of relieving emotional stress;
- Leads discussion groups for professional and laypersons on various child guidance subjects;
- Conducts study groups for parents of exceptional children;
- Interviews clients, interprets, and reports results to the mental health team;
- Serves as educational consultant to the mental health division and to other community agencies upon request;
- Serves as consultant to the Courts and other community agencies concerned with developing methods and techniques for the prevention of juvenile delinquency;
- Performs task and assumes duties as required by the school principal or designee.
- Bachelor's degree, inclusive of thirty (30) semester credits in Education, and a minimum of thirty (30) semester credits in Special Education;or
- Master's degree, inclusive of thirty (30) credits in Education and a minimum of thirty (30) semester credits in Special Education;
- Virgin Islands Board of Education certification eligible.
FACTOR I: SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
- Works under the direct supervision or assignment of a Principal, Assistant Principal, or designee assigned by the principal;
- Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation of a supervisor;
- Work is reviewed through class visits, reports and achievement of objectives.
FACTOR II: GUIDELINES
- Federal safety and privacy laws, including HIPPA and Departmental policies, guidelines and procedures must be followed.
FACTOR III: COMPLEXITY
- Work requires advanced judgment and ingenuity: Plans and performs complex work whack involves new or changing conditions; Involved in strategic planning to carry out Department policies, objectives and programs for teaching and learning. Makes decisions that involve a great deal of responsibility.
FACTOR IV: SCOPE AND EFFECT
- Is responsible for the planning and implementation of instructional programs so that students achieve individual maximum potential to redound to benefit of the student and community.
FACTOR V, VI: PERSONAL CONTACTS AND PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
- Personal contact is made with students, fellow employees, supervisors, administrators, and parents/guardians for the purpose of obtaining, clarifying, or giving facts or information to aid in accomplishing daily tasks and long term objectives for students and the Department.
FACTOR VII: PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing duties of the job, the employee is required to:
- Stand for long periods of time with intermittent walking, standing, sitting, and bending;
- Talk and hear with normal range;
- Reach with hands and arms;
- See to read fine print;
- Lift/push/pull up to 70 pounds.
FACTOR VIII: WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Requires performing regular job functions in a typical classroom environment.
The Government of the Virgin Islands aspires to provide the highest level of comprehensive benefits, services and programs to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents which:
- Meet and anticipate their individual needs;
- Assure the GVI's competitiveness with other employers to attract and retain employees;
- Maximize cost effectiveness; and,
- Assure optimal health and productivity of employees.
To achieve this goal, from time to time, the carrier for the GVI's insurance may change. Please contact the Group Health Insurance Office of the Division of Personnel in St. Thomas and St. Croix at [email protected] for more information regarding carriers.
Medical and Dental Coverage
The Virgin Islands government offers to full-time employees and their eligible dependents, a group health and dental insurance plan.
Full-time employees must enroll within thirty-one (31) days of hire unless they can provide proof of medical coverage from another source. An employee who does not enroll within 31 days of employment will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan with single coverage.
If an employee fails to enroll dependents within the initial eligibility period he/she must wait until a period of "open enrollment" is announced or have a qualifying event as determined by the health insurance carrier to enroll dependents or make changes to their coverage.
Effective Date of Coverage
If enrollment forms are received on or before the 6th of the month, coverage will be effective on the first day of the first month following the receipt of enrollment forms. If enrollment forms received on the 7th of the month or later, coverage will be effective on the first day of the second month following the receipt of the enrollment forms.
Date Forms Received May 1st May 8th January 6th February 7th
Coverage Effective Date June 1st July 1st February 1st April 1st
Dependents of eligible employees may participate in the Group Health and Dental Insurance Program according to the terms and conditions imposed by the Health Insurance Board of Trustees and/or the carrier. Eligible dependents are the employee's:
- Legal spouse;
- Natural children;
- Adopted children; and
- Step children.
When a new dependent is acquired, you must enroll them within thirty-one (31) days after acquiring such dependent. When enrolling a dependent at any time, the following may be required:
- Birth certificate;
- Marriage certificate;
- Adoption papers; and/or
- Legal papers of appointment.
Various other documents may be required to determine the eligibility of the dependents.
Cost of Coverage
The GVI contributes toward the cost of Health Insurance for each employee enrolled under the Group Health Insurance Program. The GVI reserves the right to change the amount of the employee contribution when necessary for financial or other reasons.
Waiver or Discontinuation of Benefits
An employee may opt to decline coverage, or discontinue coverage under the Group Health and Dental Insurance Plan at any time. An employee who waives coverage upon employment, or who drops out of the program must provide proof of medical coverage and will be subject to the eligibility requirements imposed by the carrier in order to re-enroll in the program. This provision also applies to dependents that are dropped from the plan.
Coverage discontinues on the last day of the month following a qualifying event or on the date of an employee's separation.
After separation, an employee or dependent may be eligible to convert their group policy to an individual policy within 30 days, depending on the insurance carrier. If an employee would like to convert their policy to an individual policy a notice of conversion must be sent to the insurance carrier. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation (COBRA) coverage is not available in the Virgin Islands after loss of coverage.
As a condition of participation, all employees must enroll in medical coverage to qualify for Dental Insurance.
Leave without Pay
The GVI will maintain group health insurance plan coverage for employees on leave without pay. This coverage will remain at the level and under the conditions for which coverage would have been provided if the employee had continued employment continuously for the duration of the leave. However, employees on leave must arrange to pay into the Group Health Insurance Fund the employee's share of their health insurance premium to maintain coverage.
Retired employees and their dependents are eligible to continue to participate in the Group Health and Dental Insurance Program. Retirees must provide updated contact information to the Group Health Insurance Division to maintain coverage.
The government provides a complementary basic non-contributory $10,000 basic life insurance benefit. In order for the benefit to be effective, an enrollment form must be forwarded to the Group Insurance Office at the Division. The enrollment form must be signed, dated and must indicate a designated beneficiary.
Employees may also select additional life insurance in either 1x, 2x, 3x or 4x base salary or $10,000, $15,000, $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000 or $150,000 amounts as supplemental contributory coverage. The employee pays the cost of this additional insurance, and may be required to submit evidence of insurability when increasing coverage after initial enrollment. Insurance enrollment forms and booklets explaining in detail the plan of benefits, as well as claim forms and a schedule of costs may be obtained from the Group Health Insurance Office.
Upon retirement life insurance benefits may be reduced.
Upon death the designated beneficiary will be eligible to receive the life insurance proceeds of the insurance participant, the Division must be notified of the death in order to initiate the claim process. Life insurance benefits are payable by the contracted insurance company and a subject to the limitations established by the insurance company.
The GVI has several supplemental insurance plans that provide for coverage over and above the regular medical, dental and life insurance coverage.
These plans are voluntary and are not contributed to by the GVI. A list of the current supplemental insurance plans is available through the Group Health Insurance Office. An employee who does not wish to enroll in medical coverage is eligible to enroll in supplemental insurance.
Moving and Relocation Allowance
It is the policy of the GVI to provide a reasonable relocation allowance inclusive of airfare, to eligible employees, based on their employment contract, to help defray the costs associated with relocation from outside the Virgin Islands to accept employment with the GVI. This allowance is made in lieu of any and all claims for reimbursement of relocation and moving expenses.
This policy applies to new employees recruited from off-island and who are approved by the Department Head to receive the benefit of a relocation allowance for moving and relocation expenses.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The GVI will provideconfidential and voluntaryassistance through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all employees and their family members who may be faced with dynamic challenges of financial concerns, legal issues, alcohol or drug problems, marital problems, illness of a family member, emotional worries, child care problems, etc. For the welfare of employees as well as effective business operations, the GVI encourages its employees to take advantage of this valuable benefit of employment with GVI.
Employees and their family members can refer themselves to the EAP. The program may be reached 24 hours a day on weekdays and weekends.
EAP counselors are available to meet with employees or family members to assess a problem and develop a plan for resolution. The counselors may suggest a referral to an outside resource, such as a therapist, Departmental resource, physician, treatment facility or other professional that would be appropriate to assist in resolving the problem or situation. Where an employee may be in need of information, a referral or suggestion may be made over the telephone. There is no charge for employees or their families to use the services of the EAP.
Participation in the EAP Program does not jeopardize job security or promotional opportunities. However, it does not excuse the employee from following GVI policies and procedures or meeting required standards for satisfactory job performance except where specific accommodations are required by law.
Time Away from Work
Employees who want to visit the EAP during regular work hours must use sick, vacation or personal time after their first meeting. If illness is involved, compensatory, sick, and/or annual leave may be used for treatment or rehabilitation on the same basis that it is granted for other health problems.
Mandatory EAP meetings will be completed using administrative leave.
The EAP counselors will make every effort to coordinate referral for ongoing treatment with the employee's health insurance coverage as well as his/her ability to pay.
When an employee's job performance or attendance is unsatisfactory or there appears to be signs of other problems during the work day, the supervisor should counsel the employee in consultation with the human resources officer or designee. If the employee appears to be unable or unwilling to correct the situation, the employee may be referred to the EAP to assist in the resolution of the problem. Depending on the situation, the employee may accept or refuse participation in the EAP. However, there may be situations where continued employment with the GVI may be contingent upon the employee calling the EAP for assistance.
REMINDER:All contact between an employee and the EAP is held strictly confidential. In cases where an employee's continued employment is contingent upon calling the EAP, the EAP counselor will only verify whether or not the employee has contacted the EAP, if ongoing treatment is necessary, and that the employee is following through on the treatment.
Government Employees Retirement System (GERS)
All full-time employees on regular appointments are eligible to participate in the Government Employees Retirement System.
The appropriate enrollment application forms should be completed at the time of orientation and will remain on file in the Departmental Human Resources Office. Contribution will begin on the next available payroll period following enrollment in the retirement program.
Contribution rates to GERS are established and amended according to the Virgin Islands Code.
Members become vested in the retirement system after ten (10) years of credited service.
The Virgin Islands Government Employees Retirement System is a defined benefit retirement program to which both the GVI and the employee contribute. The benefit at time of retirement is based upon the employee's age, years of service and salary history.
Employees with forty (40) years of service may retire at any age at full annuity. A member who is fifty (50) years old with ten (10) years credited service may retire at a reduced annuity. Members who have thirty (30) years of service may retire at any age.
Final Average Salary
The Final Average Salary is the average of highest annual salary up to a maximum of $65,000 during any consecutive five (5) year period in the last ten (10) years. Total maximum benefit may not exceed 100% of maximum salary which may not exceed $65,000.
Vested participants should contact GERS for detailed retirement benefit information at least one year but no later than six months prior to the retirement date.
Military Service Credit
Qualified members may receive military service credit toward retirement. Vested participants should contact GERS for details.
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