Evergreen Life Services

Direct Support Associate Ark FT

Location

Arkansas

Type

Full Time


Our mission is to serve, provide for, and champion individuals with disabilities.
 
 Evergreen Life Services (ELS) is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides a full range of professional services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Founded in the 1950s, today we are proud to serve more than 1,100 individuals with disabilities in 8 states. 

 Working at Evergreen Life Services isn’t just a job; it’s a rewarding career.  Whether you provide direct care in our adult day care or in a group home, or you serve in a support or corporate office role, you will be an important part of the Evergreen team.
If you are looking for a place where you can make a difference, at Evergreen Life Services you will change lives.   Every employee is a valuable part of the team because, at Evergreen, everyone matters.  
 

Does the idea of a desk job bore you? Do you want a job that inspires you? A job that gives back to your community?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you could be a great fit for a Direct Support Associate at Evergreen Life Services (Evergreen). As a Direct Support Associate, you will help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain life skills, build confidence and live as independently as possible. You will make a difference every time you come to work. 


Evergreen Life Services, Arkansas Division is currently in search for Direct Support Associates.
Position Description:  Direct Support Associate (DSA)
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports To:  Supervisor/Manager of Home or Day Program Supervisor
Job Summary
Responsible for maintaining a healthy, safe, and therapeutic environment for individuals served and following through on their individual plans of care.


Essential Job Functions
  • Ensure the health and welfare of the individuals served
  • Assist individuals served with medication and treatment plans as needed
  • Assist individuals served in the care and cleaning of their home, including reporting of maintenance needs
  • Assist individuals served with money management including budgeting, banking, and shopping
  • Assist individuals served with daily life activities such as: meal preparation, reading usage, use of telephone, use of community services (post office, mass transportation), housekeeping, clothing care, self-care, and personal hygiene
  • Make food and non-food purchases for the home when requested
  • Prepare meals
  • Ensure the maintenance of the home and grounds are done as requested
  • Complete all required documentation in accordance with applicable state agency(ies) and Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. policies and procedures
  • Implement behavioral and other programs as trained and requested
  • Assist individuals served with their goals as outlined in their plan of care document(s)
  • Identify potential behavior triggers and defuse or redirect as needed to ensure safety and well-being of all involved
  • Provide individuals served transportation in company or personal vehicle as requested
Qualifications/Experience/Job Knowledge
  • At least 18 years of age (non-driver) or 21 years of age (driver)
  • Effectively read, write and communicate verbally in English and must be able to read and understand instructions, perform record-keeping and write reports
  • Meet and maintain all requirements of the applicable state agency(ies), including good standing with state abuse and neglect registry
  • Ability to learn basic computer skills (i.e. turn on/off, log in/out, input data, approve timesheet)
  • Prior experience as a direct support worker preferred
  • Must have High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience in field of Human Services, IDD/Waiver or Behavioral Health.
Physical Requirements
  • Constantly moves about to coordinate work
  • Regularly moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds while assisting individuals served in home, workshop, or job site.
  • Regularly assist individuals served physically by lifting and positioning them as appropriate
  • Constantly alert and aware to consumer’s needs
  • Occasionally exposed to viruses and infectious conditions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities or a medical condition to perform the essential functions.
Special Requirements
  • Represent Evergreen in public in a fashion that would reflect credibility and professionalism on the organization.
  • Desire to work with people with disabilities and enhance their quality of life
  • Function successfully in stressful situations
  • Demonstrate high moral standards so as to be a positive role model for individuals served
  • Complete all orientation and on the job training prior to starting work
  • Work assigned shifts as required by management
  • Attend all training classes as required
Employment Variables
  • Must have a good driving record which meets the minimum requirements for Evergreen and reliable transportation. 
  • Must be able to pass drug screen and criminal background check. 
  • May be asked to work some evenings when required.
Working Environment
May be required to work in a variety of settings and environments both indoors and outdoors.

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