Community Care Advisor/ Direct Support Professional

Business Name: Volunteers of America Northern New England
Date Posted: 6/30/2017 12:00:00 AM
Contact: Maria Cameron
Address: 27 Kennebec Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone: 207-907-7898
Email: maria.cameron@voanne.org
Web Site: www.voanne.org

Description

Volunteers of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable rebuild their lives. Our programs and services focus on meeting basic needs and promoting self sufficiency by giving the families, children, seniors and disabled adults we serve the tools and resources needed to be healthy and successful. Volunteers of America Northern New England serves the people of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We are 250+ staff and hundreds of volunteers strong and continue to grow! We hope you choose to join us as we continue to reach out and uplift the people we serve in Northern New England.

Position Title: Community Care Advisor

Department: Behavioral Heath

Supervisor: Residential Assistant

Position Overview: The Community Care Advisor provides direct support to individuals in an IDD residential setting. This position is responsible to support the Residential Assistants by ensuring that the individuals served are integrated into their community and with their housemates. This position promotes a safe and healthy living environment and increases the capabilities of clients within the policies and procedures of the agency while ensuring the protection of individual rights. Our new Parish House in Bar Harbor has 7 openings for Community Care Advisors with various shifts available. $12-$14/hour depending on experience and training.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Support the infrastructure provided for the personal growth of the individuals in the program.
  • Provide for the care and supervision of clients while assisting and supervising activities of daily living (e.g. cooking, personal hygiene, transportation). This may include hands-on personal care.
  • Advocate for consumer’s rights with an overall goal of community inclusion.
  • Support engagement with both the broader community where the individuals live, as well as amongst the community within the house.
  • Support individuals in community and group functions.
  • Provide creative options for daily and weekly activities and support individuals to engage.
  • Assist individuals in accessing community events.
  • Support individuals in all aspects of wellness, with a daily goal of improving their mental and physical health.
  • Participate in program plan implementation and provide continuous instruction, supervision, training, and encouragement as outlined in individual person-centered plans.
  • Complete all documentation of treatment goals, reports, and other areas of program compliance in a timely manner.
  • Maintain the facility in a safe and clean condition, as needed, and report repair needs in a timely manner.
  • Advise the supervisor of any special needs or emergencies and recommend follow-up.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with consumers, families, and other agencies.
  • Complete initial and on-going training requirements.
  • Participate in and contribute to other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications :

  • High School diploma required; college education in relevant discipline or experience working within the human services field preferred;
  • DSP certification is required, or must be obtained upon hire;
  • A minimum of one year experience working with people with intellectual disabilities/autism spectrum disorder is preferred;
  • Knowledge of basic homemaking skills, understanding of community resources, implementation of individual service plans, and documentation of care preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening, written, oral and record-keeping skills;
  • Ability to self-motivate and initiate work independently;
  • Solid relationship building skills, with the ability to exhibit compassion and patience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Valid Maine driver’s license and good driving record is required.

Qualifications

Education, Experience, and Qualifications :

  • High School diploma required; college education in relevant discipline or experience working within the human services field preferred;
  • DSP certification is required, or must be obtained upon hire;
  • A minimum of one year experience working with people with intellectual disabilities/autism spectrum disorder is preferred;
  • Knowledge of basic homemaking skills, understanding of community resources, implementation of individual service plans, and documentation of care preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening, written, oral and record-keeping skills;
  • Ability to self-motivate and initiate work independently;
  • Solid relationship building skills, with the ability to exhibit compassion and patience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Valid Maine driver’s license and good driving record is required.

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