Ad ID 10596398 Date 11/09/2007 Time 9:07 AM Ad shown is not actual print size BEDFORD COUNTY VIRGINIA Director of Nursing The Recruitment Package provides background information on the Bedford County community and local government, and outlines the qualification factors identified as necessary and desirable of candidates for the position of Director of Nursing. This package will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing specific criteria by which candidates will be screened and selected for final interview and appointment consideration. All inquiries relating to the recruitment and selection process for the Director of Nursing are to be directed to the attention of: Cheryl Dean Human Resources Manager Bedford County 122 E. Main Street, Suite 202 Bedford, VA 24523 Telephone: 540-586-7601 Fax: 540-586-1291 Email: Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org EEO/AA Employer BEDFORD COUNTY NURSING conjunction with the domiciliary. In HOME 1850 the County directed the In August 1832 Bedford County construction of 4 new cabins at a cost purchased an 83-acre tract from of $1400. One of these buildings, now James Jopling off what is now Falling called the “Little Red House”, still Creek Road (Rt. 714) just south of the exists on the site. In 1852 additional town of Liberty to provide a place for buildings were authorized and built. the construction of a new county What these buildings were for and “Poorhouse”. Court records suggest where they were located is not known, that the County even prior to this time but the existing structure known, as maintained a Poorhouse, or the “Smokehouse” is likely one of Almshouse. The Court record suggests these buildings. Both the “Little Red the construction of 4 log houses on the House” and the “Smokehouse” are site. The locations of these buildings interesting examples of the solid, are not known, but court records functional building design and reference 20 people housed in the construction of the period and are still Almshouse in 1838. utilized as storage buildings. After the Revolutionary War, Bedford A number of years later, a two-story, County citizens elected Overseers of brick building was constructed for the Poor whose responsibility it was to housing on the property. What provide assistance to those citizens became of the 3 brick cabins that are who were unable to maintain unaccounted for is not known. The themselves and appealed for aid. two-story structure was a large, During the early post-Revolution handsome building with big windows years, this aid was the largest and porches off both floors. A 1937 expenditure made by Bedford County. article in the Bedford Democrat tells of As the responsibilities of County 43 persons living in the Almshouse – government grew the percentage of 29 adults and 14 children. total County expenditures provided for aid to the needy decreased but The red barn on the property, a local remained at least a third of County landmark in the area, was constructed costs up to the Civil War. Most people in 1936 at a cost of $5000 and was receiving such aid were provided considered a modern, “model” assistance in private homes, but for structure. As both a working farm and those who could not be maintained in the Almshouse, the County Home had that manner, housing and care was an important role in the economy of available at the County Almshouse. Bedford and still does as the current By 1859, 46 persons were cared for at County Nursing Home. Ledger records the Almshouse. Reports indicate that from the 1870’s and early twentieth the Bedford Overseers of the Poor century record the transactions of an were competent, sensitive, and active enterprise. Livestock was responsible in their duties and were raised, sold, and boarded from many respected citizens of the community. area family farms; cereal grains sold; significant purchases made from local In 1844 land adjacent to the businesses; and numerous persons Almshouse property was purchased in were on the payroll. order to maintain a working farm in The County Almshouse, and later rates favorable, the school system County Farm Home, was overseen by excellent and the quality of life a Superintendent. The house behind outstanding. Government policies in the current Nursing Home building is the Bedford area are directed toward estimated to have been built at the economic and social development and turn of the century and provided the governmental attitude toward housing for the Superintendent and business and industry is one of family until the 1980’s. cooperation and support. Bedford has been designated as a Certified In 1960 the former Nursing Home Business Location by the Virginia building was completed and the old Department of Economic two-story structure torn down. At the Development. time, the new facility was praised by state officials as one of the nicest in Strategically located between the Virginia. With the completion of the metropolitan areas of Lynchburg and subsequent east-wing addition the Roanoke, Bedford is part of the Bedford County Nursing Home could Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical accommodate 56 residents. In 1969 a Area. Chapel was added by the Bedford County Ministerial Association under Bedford County was formed in 1754 Rev. J. Marshall Walker, Rev. Van E. and named for the Fourth Duke of Cash, and Rev. Richard Norris assisted Bedford, a British Government official. by Rev. James Campbell, Rev. C.H. In 1839, the Town of Liberty (now the Frazier. The use of the term City of Bedford) was established. “poorhouse” was officially ended with Originally an agricultural economy, the opening of the building in 1960. Bedford’s industrial development Over time, Route 714 had become began in 1880, and since that time, known as Poorhouse Road, but was industrial growth has been consistent renamed Falling Creek Road in 1995. and often fostered by the involvement of local citizens. It is remarkable that the Bedford County Nursing Home represents the Bedford County consists of 764 square dedication and commitment of the miles in the west-central portion of people of Bedford, unbroken for over Virginia’s central plateau. Its 170 years, to the superior care of our boundaries include the Blue Ridge elderly who cannot remain in their Mountains on the west, the James homes or with family. River on the north, and Smith Mountain Lake on the south. The area COMMUNITY BACKGROUND has a rolling to hilly terrain with BEDFORD COUNTY elevations varying from 800 feet to 4,200 feet about sea level. Bedford County is one of the fastest growing areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A good mix of industry, The Bedford area offers a wide range commerce and agriculture ensures a of recreation and leisure activities. strong, diversified economy and a The Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic positive business climate. Bedford’s highway extending 470 miles along political atmosphere is stable, the tax the crest of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, attracts thousands of In addition to the Board of visitors each year. The Parkway offers Supervisors, other elected County a “natural” vacation with breathtaking officials include the Clerk of the Circuit scenery, hiking on the historic Court, Commissioner of the Revenue, Appalachian Trail, camping and picnic Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer facilities. The Jefferson National and Sheriff. The Clerk of the Circuit Forest provides a wilderness area Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney and along with hunting, fishing, horseback the Sheriff are elected by citizens of and hiking trails. Smith Mountain both the City and the County. Lake, a 23,000-acre lake with more than 500 miles of shoreline offers unlimited water sports. Smith Mountain Lake State Park provides a public beach, boat ramps, camping, hiking and picnic facilities. Bedford enjoys a rich historic heritage and hundreds visit the area to view its many historic sites. One of the most famous is Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, a retreat home designed and built by Jefferson. Bedford is home to the D-Day Memorial honoring those who fought and died during the Normandy invasion. GOVERNMENT BACKGROUND Bedford County is organized under the traditional form of county government. Under this form, the locality is directed by a seven-member Board of Supervisors who are elected from within election districts. The Board has overall administrative and legislative responsibilities including levying county taxes, appropriating funds, approving and enforcing the County’s Comprehensive Plan which governs land use, making and enforcing ordinances, and establishing policies and procedures for the operation of the County. Day-to-day operations and long term planning are the responsibility of the County Administrator, who is appointed by the Board. COMPENSATION & BENEFITS participate in the health insurance. Bedford County offers Wellness • Annual Salary - The annual salary initiatives such as a health fair each for the Director of Nursing is year. competitive DOQ. LEADERSHIP STYLE & • Retirement & Life Insurance - PERSONALITY TRAITS Bedford County participates in the Virginia Retirement System. The following attributes, capabilities, Retirement and life insurance and demonstrated skills are essential benefits are fully funded by the for the Director of Nursing: County. Additional coverage is available at the employee’s 1. Be a proven self-starter with strong expense. initiative and a proactive style needing little direction. • Medical Plan - The County offers various medical insurance plans. 2. Willing to take the initiative while The County provides variable maintaining excellent funding based on an employee’s communication with involved selected dependent coverage. Two parties. dental plans are available to participating full-time employees at 3. Demonstrate team skills and an employee cost. The County does energetic personality with a “can not participate in the funding of the do” attitude. dental plan. 4. Able to establish and maintain • 457 Deferred Compensation - Pre- cordial, positive, and productive tax salary reduction up to $8,000 relationships with residents, or 25% of gross salary whichever is families, volunteers, and less. Plan participants may choose employees. from a variety of investment choices. 5. Person of high moral character, with proven integrity, honesty and • Flexible Spending Account loyalty and have the ability to think clearly in difficult situations. • Holidays and Vacation Leave - The County observes 11 paid holidays 6. Exhibit personal and professional each year. The vacation policy is commitment to those behaviors based on length of service, ranging and leadership style, which will from 1 day per month at hire to 1 motivate others and set standards ½ days per month after 10 years. for high performance effectiveness. • Other Benefits - Bedford County’s sick leave policy allows full-time 7. Willing and able to communicate employees to accrue sick leave at openly with all staff members, the rate of 1 day per month. The taking time to share information County offers a 10% discount at and to review matters of interest as the Bedford YMCA for those who well as concerns that promote harmony, teamwork, ownership and which relate to the accomplishment of County goals. 8. Able to deal firmly and understandingly with difficult people and possess negotiating skills for settling differences with both internal and external groups by winning concessions without damaging relationships. 9. Exhibit a willingness and ability to provide strong visible and strategic business development and leadership through effective articulation and communication of programs, activities, and results among all members of the community. 11. Knowledge of the importance of regular training and ongoing career development for departmental employees, including the need for coaching to encourage the attainment of small successes toward achieving goals. RECRUITMENT PROCESS 1. Interested applicants should submit a County application, cover letter with resume and 3 references to the Human Resources Department. 2. Selected applicant(s) will be requested to visit Bedford County and participate in the interview process with a selection committee. 3. It is hoped that the successful applicant will be able to start work by January or soon thereafter.
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