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Direct Support Professional (Caregiver), Overnights

Department: Blake Employment & Community Living
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ

General Description:

This position is responsible for a variety of direct care giving activities in the Easterseals Blake Foundation Community Living Services programs. Under daily oversight of the site lead/site supervisor and administrative supervision of the Residential Coordinator.† Performs a variety of work consisting of routine difficulty in providing services/supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. The nature of the services range from various personal care activities to activities outlined in an Individual Support Plan (ISP) and/or Behavior Treatment Plan (BTP).† Performs miscellaneous related work as required. The Direct Support Professional independently performs the following:

Essential Duties & Functions (With or Without Accommodation):

  • Provides the appropriate environment to assure the health and safety of the members supported
  • Adherence to all EBF CLS Policies and Procedures and all standardized EBF Policies and Procedures
  • Assists members in performing daily living activities, including but not limited to:† eating, showering, bathing, toileting, dressing, shaving, combing hair, shampooing, brushing teeth, cutting nails, etc.
  • Assists members with household chores (involving many physical activities, including but not limited to kneeling, reaching stretching, bending, etc. and the use of household cleaners).
  • Safe transport and/or escorts members to medical, vocational, residential, asocial activities and runs member related errands
  • Administers medications and/or assists members in the self-administration of medication including non-prescription and prescription as prescribed by licensed medical specialists.†
  • Safely and effectively monitors consumer activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Accurately and completely report time in and time out of work
  • Observes and assesses membersí behaviors to provide positive behavioral supports
  • Read and implement Behavior Treatment Plans/proactive strategies to enhance and reinforce member positive behaviors
  • Assess and provides behavior/physical management techniques in crisis situation and attains assistance if needed
  • Records and maintains records, progress notes, records daily activities in communication logs, maintains records as needed and may be require to write reports
  • Reads and implements† a members individual support plan (ISP), medical/medication directions, and formalized records concerning member behaviors and activities\Per State of Arizona Regulations
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Perform standard First Aid and Perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Perform Prevention and Supports (may require significant physical activity)
  • Fulfill Article 9 requirements (member rights)
  • Must be able to remain on shift until a replacement arrives.
  • If the consumer requires physical supports, must operate equipment to aid in the assistance/movement of the member
  • If the member uses a wheelchair, safely transfers the member in/out of the wheelchair as well as safely transports the member
  • If the member is in a home that has stairs, the member must be able to safely maneuver the stairs alone and while assisting the member.
  • Provides direct services in crisis or emergency situations
  • Provides a safe environment by communicating policies/procedures with members, advocates, and visitors
  • Communicates and interacts with members on an individual and group basis in a respectful manner
  • Encourages members to participate in social, recreational, vocational, counseling, and other activities identified in their support plans while promoting individual choice and decision making opportunities
  • Reviews and implements approved policies, standards, services and procedures
  • Takes part in developing and implementing Individuated Support Plans or person-centered plans for assigned members and encourages directives are following pursuant to State standards
  • Participates in staff and administrative meetings as well as in-service trainings
  • Reports unusual incidents on proper forms and informs appropriate staff regarding incidents involving vocational, day, social , recreational, behavioral, personal living, and community services problems within required time-frames
  • Observes and reports changes in memberís mental/physical health to enable intervention/prevention of problems
  • Performs housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, cooking, laundering, making beds, yard work, and other household chores or tasks required to support/serve the member including physical management procedures
  • Acts as an advocate in resolving problems and securing needed services for consumers as well as ensuring personal choice, freedom, responsibility, and support for consumers
  • Develops and maintain working relationships with all team members, including various operational administrative staff, family members, guardians, fiduciaries, advocates, etc.
  • Maintain positive communications and relations with employees, members, guardians, contract entities, authorities, and EBF.
  • Able to remain calm, non-defensive, and with a supportive attitude during crisis or potential crisis situations
  • Must be able to endure extreme outdoor temperatures and sudden temperature changes
  • Must be able to operate an agency transport vehicle (unless declared as a non-driver or a vehicle is not required at the site)
  • Performs other duties and assignments as required.

Knowledge and Skills (with or without accommodation):

  • Ability to communicate with the† member
  • Interacting in a support capacity with members with developmental disabilities
  • Ability to be self-directed, yet work as a collaborative member of the team
  • Ability to be sensitive to cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Safety precautions used in transportation and home health care
  • Housekeeping, basic home health functions, nutrition, and personal hygiene techniques.
  • Behavior/physical management techniques
  • Behavior treatment plans and assume the responsibility of an advocate
  • Principles and practices related to developmental disabilities
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Principles and practices of self-determination and individualized supports
  • Records keeping, writing reports, and taking notes
  • Administration of medications and awareness of possible side effects
  • Work in a fast paced environment with simultaneous performance of many different duties, responsibilities and tasks.
  • Daily priorities may change frequently and the position requires quick response time.
  • Operate desktop computer, Microsoft Office software applications, and other technology as needed.
  • Read, write and speak effectively in English
  • Must complete all in-home training within the first 14 days of hire and all other required trainings within 90 days of hire.
  • Must have a valid Arizona Driverís License, Registration and Insurance at all times
  • Must pass criminal background and maintain valid Class One Fingerprint Clearance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Age:† Must be at least 18 years of age (licensing requirement).† If driving is required for the position, must be 21 years old with no more than two (2) minor moving violations or one (1) accident within the past three (3 years)
  • Experience:† Any combination of training and experience needed to provide direct care services.
  • If position requires driving a EBF vehicle, must possess a current/valid Arizona Driverís license and be insurable under the agencyís automobile policy
  • Have access to reliable, safe transportation
  • Ability to work flexible schedules:† weekends, nights, days, evenings, partial shifts, 8/12/16 hour shifts.
  • Able to operate common office equipment and have basic computer skills, including word processing.
  • Maintain current Level One Clearance Card. (State of Arizona DES, DDD requirement)
  • Maintain current CPR, First, Aid, Article IX, and Prevention & Supports certification. (State of Arizona, DES, DDD requirement)
  • Must successfully clear a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services/Department of Children, Youth and their Families central registry check.† All newly hired employees are subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.† This position may have a risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. In these instances, Hepatitis B Vaccine will be provided.

Physical requirements:

The position provides direct caregiving and support for individuals with developmental disabilities. The position requires the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to walk, run, climb, stoop, kneel, sit, stand, reach, stretch, bend, squat, and other physical activities.
  • Must be able to move to support individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Must be able to operate a computer, wheelchair brake, vehicle lifts, etc.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs.
  • Must be able to communicate with individuals with developmental disabilities, occasionally using sign language. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Must be able to distinguish smells such as gas and other noxious fumes.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • May work in outdoor weather work conditions.

Psychological Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis situations.
  • Must be able to work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. The types of situations that may be encountered, particularly when children and vulnerable adults are involved, cause emotional stress.
  • Must be able to manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • Must be able to remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • Must be able to manage stress in a fast - paced, unpredictable, and high intensity setting.
  • Must be able to adapt to diverse cultural environments and communicate in a culturally inclusive manner.
  • Must be able to represent EBF in a professional manner in all situations.
  • Must be able to work productively for extended hours as dictated by member service needs in 24 hour settings.

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed.† I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related.† I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information.† I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background.† I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer.† The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand†that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice.† I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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