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The Arc of Opportunity Direct Support Professional in Rutland, Massachusetts

Direct Support Professionals are responsible for providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role you will offer guidance, hands-on assistance, instruction, and implement individuals’ support plans to help program participants attain independence and integration in the community.

Position Schedule: Sunday, Tuesday (7 am - 3 pm), Wednesday (3 pm - 11 pm), Thursday (7 am - 3 pm), Friday (3 pm - 11 pm)

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist program participants with personal care and hygiene as needed, including but not limited to: toileting, transfers, change dining, showering, dressing, and grooming.

  • Provide light to medium maintenance/domestic functions associated with residential programs, including, but not limited to: cleaning, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, shoveling snow, and grounds keeping duties as assigned.

  • Maintain positive, professional relationships with individuals served, families/guardians, peers, community partners and government agencies and assists in the implementation of Individual Support

Plans based on assessments, objectives, and goals.

  • Actively advocates for individuals served and demonstrates agency mission and values in all interpersonal and professional relations.

  • Knowledgeable about community resources to better assist individuals served in achieving their goals while seeking to empower and enhance their quality of life.

  • Adhere to confidentiality requirements in all assigned duties.

  • Attend mandatory trainings and meetings, and maintain all required certifications.

  • Accurately coding and/or reporting time and services delivered for timely reimbursement from funders.

  • Respect the human dignity and uniqueness of the people you support. Recognize each person you support as valuable and help others understand their value. Affirm the human rights, civil rights and responsibilities

of the people you support.

  • Acts as a member of the integrated team, providing feedback, suggestions, etc. for program plans. Assists, as requested, in assessment and evaluation of individual’s needs and abilities.

  • Maintains a safe and sanitary environment for the individuals served and ensures timely reporting of facility, equipment maintenance, or replacement needs.

  • Meets all recordkeeping and documentation requirements providing clear and legible documentation records as required by The Arc and government agencies.

  • Operate motor vehicles as required for agency operations. Provide automobile or van transportation for individuals and/or accompany them on trips using public transportation.

  • As required, establishes and maintains controls for health needs including administering authorized and required medications. May be required to accompany participants to seek medical attention on either an

emergency or planned basis.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

    Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED is required, experience in relevant field preferred

  • A valid driver’s license is required

  • Acceptable CORI/Finger printing and driving record are required at all times during employment with The Arc of Opportunity.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.; kneel, bend and carry items; and sustain periods of walking, standing, and sitting.

  • Ability to physically assist individuals according to their needs and perform physical restraint if necessary

  • Superior communication skills, both in verbal and written English.

  • Functional and situational reasoning to follow policy, problem solve, exercise sound judgment, prioritize multiple tasks, and manage crisis.

  • Computer literacy skills

    For full time employees The Arc offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical and Dental insurance, Wellness Program, Life Insurance.

  • 401K Retirement with company match.

  • Generous paid time off program including 12 paid holidays and vacation time.

  • Company paid continuing education programs.

  • Tuition assistance and ongoing professional training.

    Location: East County, Rutland

    The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

    When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply and/or interview for a job, they may request it orally or in writing through the VP of Human Resources.

    Competencies: Support individuals with disabilities, guidance, ADL's, Personal Care, Medication Administration, Housekeeping, Individual Support Plans.

Sunday, Tuesday (7 am - 3 pm), Wednesday (3 pm - 11 pm), Thursday (7 am - 3 pm), Friday (3 pm - 11 pm)

40 hours/week

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