State of Massachusetts Direct Care Worker II in Amherst, Massachusetts
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seeks a caring and compassionate applicant for the role of DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER II (DSW II). The DSW II position is a shift supervisor position that provides oversight and direct services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The position is an excellent opportunity, including for potential candidates who are interested in furthering their career within the Department of Developmental Services, as it affords valuable work experience to build one’s foundation for professional development and advancement.
_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_
Assist individuals in meeting his/her personal care and nutritional needs;
Assist and support individuals in making choices in his/her life;
Maintain individuals’ rights by complying with applicable laws and regulations;
Provide leisure activities; may drive individuals to work, appointments, and to recreational activities;
Provide daily supervision and training to Developmental Services Worker I staff to ensure that they are acting as advocates for the individuals and demonstrate; respect and positive regard for individuals with developmental disabilities;
Oversee, as the shift supervisor, the health and safety of the individuals by administering medications;
Communicate with appropriate medical and health care providers regarding health concerns and accompany individuals to various appointments as necessary.
Knowledge of practices and procedures necessary to assure the health and safety of individuals, including evacuation procedures.
Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the activities of others.
Ability to give written or oral instructions in a clear and understandable manner.
*Special Requirements: *
- Must possess current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
This position is located in Amherst, Massachusetts
Shift: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Days Off: Friday/Saturday
This is a 24 hour/ 7 days a week staff position. The Department of Developmental Services requires employees in this position to be able to perform mandatory overtime when circumstances dictate the need.
_About the Agency:_
The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and https://www.mass.gov/lists/dds-fingerprint-background-checks
Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.
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This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have (A) at least one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience in providing direct support services to persons with developmental/ intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
- An Associate’s degree or higher with a major in a human services field, including sociology, special education, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other related field may be substituted for the required experience.
Incumbents are required to possess a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job: *Direct Care
Organization: *Department of Developmental Services
Title: Direct Care Worker II
Location: Massachusetts-Amherst - Res 6058
Requisition ID: 210000I1