Direct Support

  • Position Direct Support
    Program Residential
    Location Merrimack Valley: Amesbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury
    North Shore: Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Middleton, Peabody, Salem, Topsfield
    Schedule Full or Part Time (8 hours to 40 hours per week)
    Responsibilities

    Provide daily living support for developmentally disabled adults for personal hygiene care, community activities, transportation, household chores, cooking, shopping and banking.

    We are proud to announce our new compensation plans which provides increased pay for all Residential positions
    Education/Experience Requirements
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Prior experience/training in American Sign Language (ASL) or interest and commitment to learning
    • Preferred, but not required:
      Completion of human service certificate program Six months to one year of work experience as a Direct Support staff, PCA, HHA or CNA is preferred, but not required
    Essential Skills
    • Ensure the safety, well-being and human rights of the individual(s) supported
    • Relate successfully, provide care and further the skills development of the individual’s supported
    • Engage positively with individuals, their families/guardians, other staff and providers
    • Good listening/observation skills, able to display patience and derives sense of satisfaction helping others
    • Verbally communicate in a polite, courteous and professional manner at all times
    • Read, write, speak and comprehend work assignment in English
    • Basic math skills
    • Dependable, team oriented and committed to providing highest level of quality care to the individuals supported
    Physical Demands
    • Must have the physical ability to stand frequently during the day, engage in repeated stooping or bending at the waist
    • Ability to go up and down stairs several times during the shift
    • Must be able to safely support, pivot, physically move or assist a person weighing up to 100+ lbs., during daily living activities, with or without assistance
    • Must be able to physically ensure the safety of all individuals in the program by participating in established behavioral interventions, as required
    • Ability to drive 4-6 passenger van for transportation of individuals to day programs, community activities and other engagements, as required
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