State of Minnesota Skills Development Specialist - Life Enrichment Coordinator in Silver Bay, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This job posting will be used tofill four identicalSkills Development Specialist positions at the Minnesota Veterans Home- Silver Bay. The shift is day/evening. Positions are insurance eligible.

The Skills Development Specialist works directly with complex residents, such as those with dementia, and is responsible for creating life engagement activities and programs to reduce out of character responses to enhance quality of life and quality of care outcomes. As part of the skills development team, this position develops and implements individualized programming, educates, coaches, and leads other interdisciplinary staff and residents’ families in carrying out individual program plans to ensure consistency in implementation.


Minimum Qualifications:

Meet one of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services-related field AND at least 1 year full-time equivalent work experience providing direct care services OR
  • Associate degree in human services-related field AND at least 2 years full-time equivalent work experience providing direct care services OR
  • An equivalent amount of education and experience (based on 1 year of full time equivalent work experience equal to 1 year of related education, transcripts may be required)

**Have knowledge of:

  • Behavior support strategies sufficient to plan and design individual resident programs
  • Training methods sufficient to ensure program delivery for staff to learn and understand the purpose and methods of implementing individual resident program plans;
  • Assessment instruments and measurement principles sufficient to develop valid, reliable measures of residents' needs and progress;
  • Basic health and safety principles and requirements sufficient to ensure safety needs of residents are met;

Have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively sufficient to ensure treatment documentation is accurate and provides the interdisciplinary team with a common understanding of goals and progress;
  • Translate behavior observations into quantifiable data
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in long term care
  • Experience in care plan development
Physical Requirements

Perform a variety of movements throughout the day such as walking, standing, sitting, bending, twisting, stooping, lifting, carrying, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

  • A Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) background check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. Finalists must pass the DHS background check.
  • Finalists will be required to pass a job-related pre-employment physical.
  • A Tuberculosis (Mantoux) screening (or chest x-ray) is required prior to employment.
  • Employment reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance and contact with the applicant's former employer(s).

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.

Located on the scenic North Shore overlooking Lake Superior, the Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay provides skilled nursing care for 83 residents in a small town environment. All staff are committed to providing high quality care and services to the residents by following a person-centered social model of care for all residents. Residents’ needs are met by our caring professional interdisciplinary staff, providing 24-hour health care. The team works together to provide residents with programs individually designed to meet their physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs. Our location is 60 miles north of Duluth, MN.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Danielle Holbeck, 218-353-8694 or Sarah Reimer,, 218-353-8693.


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.

Job Title: Skills Development Specialist - Life Enrichment Coordinator

Location: Silver Bay

Job ID: 15514

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 08/09/2017

Closing Date: 08/23/2017

Division/Unit: Rehab

Work Shift: Day / Evenings

Work Hours: Day / Evenings

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day / Evenings

Days of Work: Varies

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $18.66 -26.99 $ /hourly

Classified Status: Classified

Job Class: Skills Development Specialist

Working Title: Life Enrichment Coordinator