Advocates

Direct Support Staff - Developmental Services

US-MA-Blackstone
Job ID
2017-3802
Type
Regular Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
30

Overview

Advocates is seeking enthusiastic, motivated team players to provide valuable care to individuals in a residential setting!

 

Advocates promotes a healthy work-life balance and offers many generous perks of employment and room for advancement.  We are a strong-knit community that values the ideas and contributions from our staff.

 

The Direct Support Staff is responsible to supervise the daily activities of individuals, providing ongoing support, guidance, and role modeling on a consistent basis. Facilitate individual growth in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, and community living skills. Promote community inclusion and self-advocacy.

 

Are you ready to make a difference?

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Report to shift on time ready to spend at least 95 percent of working hours in personal contact with individuals.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of daily activity schedule and daily routine.
  • Support individuals in their home and help individuals to become an active member of their community by actively seeking out integrated activities.
  • Assist individuals in Self-Advocacy, decision-making and empowerment.
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance and role modeling for individuals.
  • Assist individuals with home maintenance and perform cleaning duties as assigned.
  • Assist individuals to identify and develop person centered goals and plans to address any concerns, wants or needs they have.
  • Prepare summaries of interaction and objective behavioral observations of clients at the end of shift; clinical notes and data collection using Microsoft Outlook.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED. Experience with the program population is preferred.
  • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • High energy level and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the individuals we support  
  • Commitment to providing a homelike environment for the individuals.
  • Must hold a valid drivers' license.  Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals.
  • Ability to operate agency vehicles
  • Basic computer knowledge 
  • Flexibility to work throughout the division

Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.

 

 

Why Should I Consider a Career in Human Services?

Our Team members are dedicated to engaging and empowering individuals by forming lasting relationships, collaboratively achieving personal goals, offering creative solutions to everyday and complex situations, and actively listening.  We exercise independent judgement and contribute to the overall success and benefit of the Team.

 

Is Human Services a Fit for Me?

Successful Team members are open-minded, eager and compassionate, and will exercise solid, independent judgement while fostering trustworthy relationships with the individuals that we serve.  We put the individual first.

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