Residential Program Lead - Certified Nursing Assistant Lead, St. Peter, Minnesota

Created 05/19/2021
Date expired 10/19/2021
Reference 11397763
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City St. Peter
Zip 56082
Salary Competitive
Job Class: Residential Program Lead

Working Title: Residential Program Lead - Certified Nursing Assistant Lead
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 09/10/2021
  • Closing Date: 10/20/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Human Services / DHS St Peter AFSCME
  • Division/Unit: Direct Care and Treatment / Forensic Nursing Home - St Peter
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Night Shift / 10:15 p.m. - 6:15 a.m.
  • Days of Work: Varies
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $21.04 - $27.68/hourly; $43,931 - $57,795/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 204 - Health Care Non Professional/AFSCME
  • Work Area: Forensic Nursing Home - St. Peter
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This announcement will be used to fill one full time, night shift Certified Nursing Assistant Lead vancancy at the Forensic Nursing Home (FNH) in St. Peter.

The Forensic Nursing Home is a secure facility that provides nursing home level care to residents who are under court commitment or serving a sentence through the MN Department of Corrections. Residents served at this facility have physical and mental health needs, in addition to requiring assistance with daily cares. The Certified Nursing Assistant Lead (CNA Lead) is a lead-by-example member of the team, providing training, review and advises CNA staff in the Forensic Nursing Home while under general supervision of nursing staff. By taking the lead role, the CNA Lead will mentor peers and provide support for daily work. Effective communication is an important role in the work of the CNA Lead as working with a multi-disciplinary team and clients of a diverse background can require strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills as well as the ability to read, write and speak English.

As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the CNA Lead provides direct care, treatment, support, and leisure activities to residents of the Forensic Nursing Home while also providing training for the CNA staff in the Forensic Nursing Home. Day-to-day responsibilities of this position include:
  • Providing care to residents in accordance with the plan of care and under the direction of a licensed nurse while maintaining a therapeutic working relationship with residents
  • Working alongside, providing mentorship and training CNA staff in the Forensic Nursing Home
  • Providing input on operational processes and participate in process improvement initatives
  • Directly supporting residents as necessary including assisting in meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and personal care activities, emergency intervention and providing general resident supervision.
  • Addressing crisis situations that present a risk to the health and safety of residents (e.g., CPR, first aid, emergency physical intervention).
  • Using non-physical intervention strategies (e.g., negotiation, active listening, redirection) whenever possible to address behavioral crisis and potential behavioral crisis.
  • Maintaining a clean safe working environment.
  • Transporting residents, if needed.

The CNA Lead observes, interprets, and documents resident responses to their care plans; and provides direct care services and support to residents to ensure they are well fed, cared for, in good health, and included in decisions, as appropriate. The CNA Lead uses nonphysical intervention strategies, such as negotiation, redirection, etc., to control and diffuse aggressive/ violent/ inappropriate behavior. The CNA Lead has knowledge of developmental disabilities and mental illness sufficient to assist with the design and implementation of individual treatment plans and has skills in human relations sufficient to establish rapport with residents, their families and service providers. The CNA Lead demonstrates effective leadership and person centered skills with their peers and is a resources for questions and problem solving. The CNA Lead is also knowledgeable of the laws, rules, regulations and policies governing treatment of vulnerable adults and operation of licensed facilities, as well as the licensure standards that help keep clients and patients at our facilities safe while also protecting their rights.

This is a safe and secure treatment environment. In addition to a paid new employee orientation, we provide ongoing training and continuing education opportunities to keep our staff and organization on the leading edge of advancements in behavioral health care.


Minimum Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must have:
  • Six (6) months of experience providing direct care to forensic clients in a secure therapeutic environment;
  • Current Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification in the State of Minnesota;
  • A valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications
  • One (1) year experience working in a nursing home.
  • 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.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that you clearly describe your work experience in the areas listed for each job held.

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

EDUCATION VERIFICATION - Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their high school diploma at time of interview OR copies of their college transcript or college degree/diploma at time of interview. Copies of the college degree/diploma are acceptable ONLY if it clearly identifies the field in which it was earned.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

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 .

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If you have questions about the position, contact Becky Kern at .

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate with the Job ID in the subject line to Shamara Freeman at or 651-431-5051 .

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 . Please indicate what assistance you need.
Employer Minnesota Department of Human Services

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