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Manager of Safety Operations and OPWDD Compliance

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms is seeking for a Manager of Safety Operations and OPWDD Compliance that would be responsible for the overall adherence of the Department to physical plant and life safety codes as stipulated by OPWDD, HCBS, Department of Health and Sheltering Arms.   

The Manager of DDS Community Operations will ensure that:

  • The site has an acceptable fire evacuation plan (for ICF’s) a more comprehensive Evacuation Plan).
  • The Evacuation Plan is practiced through drills with the frequency specified by OPWDD.
  • All fire and evacuation drills or events MUST be documented on the standardized drill report form developed by OPWDD.
  • Evacuation drills are conducted in a manner to effectively train and assess participants, per OPWDD requirements.
  • The effectiveness of the fire evacuation plan is monitored frequently for compliance and accuracy.
  • Evaluation of drills results in identifying concerns (when demonstrated) and implementation of needed corrective actions (if applicable).
  • Facility staff can describe fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures.
  • There is fire alarm and detection equipment in the facility as required by regulation and/or LSC.
  • Heat detectors are present in the residence as required by OPWDD.
  • Fire alarm and notification systems are operational and effective.
  • Fire alarm, smoke detection and sprinkler systems are inspected and maintained at the frequency required for each specific system.
  • At least one functional Class‐1‐A‐5BC, 2.5 pound fire extinguisher is located in an accessible place on each floor.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm is appropriately located in all new and existing residences on sleeping levels, per requirements.
  • The facility, at the time of the inspection, was free from other observed fire safety hazards not otherwise indicated in another standard.
  • Administrative and overnight drills are pulled specific to OPWDD requirements.
  • Provide training on the Evacuation Plans and How to Conduct Fire Drills along with proper documentation.
  • Review weekly walk-through reports submitted by program management and confirm with Facilities that work orders were submitted
  • Work with managers to conduct monthly walkthroughs for all 8 sites.  Ensure findings are submitted to Facilities.
  • Be present during internal and state audit walkthroughs.
  • Review Print outs of work orders for ALL sites and ensure work is completed, in process, or is scheduled.
  • Be the liaison between Facilities and Program Managers.
  • Participate in Management meetings.
  • Ensure all DDS DSP’s take Driver’s safety training and track the need for annual training.
  • Review van logs to ensure staffs are documenting trips to include when individuals are being
  • Address speeding and idling issues with Program Management and DSP’s. 
  • Provide training in Evacuation Plan, Fire Drill Procedure, Fire Drill Documentation and Driver’s Safety


  • Must have Bachelor’s degree. 
  • At least 2 years’ experience with DDS population and facilities preferred. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Must be able to travel and have some flexibility in schedule. 
  • Must have a Driver’s License in good standing. 


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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