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Direct Care Instructor

Company: Life Skills Centers Inc.
Location: Port Huron
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description CURRENTLY OFFERING A DIRECT CARE WORKER HOURLY PREMIUM INCREASE OF $2.25/HOUR IN ADDITION TO LISTED WAGE LASTING THROUGH 09/30/2021 Life Skills Centers, Inc. is searching for candidates to fill an Instructor (Direct Care Worker) position at our Blue Water Choices location. Life Skills serves developmentally and/or physically disabled adults providing training and assistance with skills of daily living, communication, socialization, and safety skills with a heavy focus on community integration and inclusion. This and all other positions within the company are day shifts, Monday - Friday, with no nights, weekends, or holidays required to be worked. We proudly offer a wide variety of excellent benefits that are considered to be at the top of our respective field. Please refer to the attached Instructor/Job Coach job description below for qualifications and essential job functions. To apply, please visit our website at Lifeskillscentersinc.org to fill out an application online. Qualifications 1. Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED). 2. Good physical health, to include a negative reaction to a TB skin test or chest x-ray (if necessary). 3. Must possess the physical strength and stamina necessary to safely and properly lift, transfer and position consumers. 4. Ability to communicate and document verbally and in writing. 5. Required in-service training to be successfully completed within the first 120 days of employment. 6. Must possess a valid Michigan Drivers License, be approved to drive by Life Skills Centers insurance carrier, and pass the Life Skills Centers Inc. internal driver test. 7. Negative drug screen result. 8. Preference given to individuals having experience working with developmentally disabled and/or physically disabled individuals. Seniority and/or experience shall be given preference for persons employed as Job Coach. 9. Good moral character to include a clear criminal background check. 10. Two positive character references, verbal or written. Essential Job Functions Basic duties essential to performing the job, and which cannot be modified 1. Ability to manually lift 60lbs., transfer consumer manually or mechanically, and position consumers. 2. Ability to participate in community activities which may include one or all of the following duties: load/unload wheelchairs, apply tie- downs, supervise in the community, model appropriate community behavior, drive/transport, give first aid when necessary. 3. Ability to complete necessary paperwork. 4. Ability to provide personal care as required, including toileting, changing, and necessary medical procedures. 5. Ability to properly supervise and instruct our consumers, to ensure they remain actively engaged in skill building activities in both the facility and community. 6. Ability to provide necessary first aid as required. General Summary Employees in this class perform work in the conducting of activities and training programs for developmentally disabled and/or physically handicapped adults. Employees work on an individual or group basis, in one or more areas of instruction, in center based (in-house) program or in the community. Accountability The instructor/job coach is immediately responsible to the Program Director or designated Program Manager for carrying out all job responsibilities associated within the Instructor Job Description, as well as responsibilities which may be delegated to them by the Program Director or his/her designee. Daily Job Performance 1. Implement all policies and procedures and/or legal commitments to consumers as required by the Mental Health Code of the State of Michigan, Life Skills Centers, Inc., and the Program Director. 2. Act as an advocate for all consumers. 3. Participate with all staff in developing, implementing all matters pertaining to the operation of the center based program/community based program. 4. Complete necessary progress notes as required to include, but not limited to; daily and monthly documentation of vocational and other assessments, individual service plans, special behavioral/occupational therapy, special needs documentation, community activity, transportation, and production records. 5. Assist consumers with eating, changing, toileting, tube feeding, catheterizations, hygiene, showering or other personal self care and health needs, as required. 6. Instructs consumers in vocational skills and occupational development. 7. Instructs consumers in skills necessary for independent living and community integration and assures active engagement of ALL assigned consumers, in skill building activities while attending program in the facility or in the community. 8. Stimulates consumers interests in developing recreational skills and to encourage the development of friendships. 9. Is responsible for supervision of consumers, which includes; providing activities for consumers which will assist them in addressing the challenges of daily living. 10. Actively participates in consumer events and community activities. 11. Document on proper forms all activities pertaining to the welfare of the consumer in the following areas: a. Unusual incidents involving consumers, staff, or other persons affecting the group environment. b. Severe accidents, seizures, or any other medical emergencies. c. Noticeable changes in consumers conduct, progress, or regression. 12. Provides individual assistance to consumers as required by the Director/Manager. Is an empathetic listener and responds to consumers needs. 13. Provides crisis intervention when appropriate/necessary. 14. Participates actively in staff meetings, consumer meetings, or other special meetings as required. 15. Knows and follows emergency procedures for fires, tornado, accidents, and other serious incidents involving the consumers at job sites, in the community, and at day program. 16. Is capable of and able to provide emergency first-aid and/or CPR when required. 17. Assist in supervising and transporting consumers to workshop or job sites and on community outings. 18. Assist others in understanding and implementing consumers services. 19. Help maintain the quality of the workshop environment by cleaning and making minor repairs of property or grounds. 20. Must report to the Office of Recipient Rights and Program Director, within twenty-four hours, any violations of consumer rights as dictated by the Michigan Mental Health Code. 21. Must maintain a safe environment for consumers and staff, to include membership on a safety committee. 22. Obtain agency and facility medical training to include medicine dispensing, etc. 23. Maintain a professional relationship with group home staff, agency personnel, parents, guardians, and others. 24. Assist with daily safety checks of vehicles, cleaning, and minor maintenance. Documentation of mileage and other necessary information. 25. Assist with daily safety checks of equipment, including van equipment (lifts, tie-downs). 26. To provide services to consumers where and when they are required in facility based programs, community, or job site to ensure their active engagement in skill building activities while providing such services. 27. Assure that ALL poisonous and caustic materials are safely stored (locked) at all times while not in use. 28. Decrease assistance to encourage independence. Delegated Responsibilities The Program Director or Manager may delegate responsibilities to the Instructor other than listed duties. Instructors employed as Job Coaches will be paid an hourly premium of $0.50 for each hour they act in that capacity. Terms of Employment Wage and work week to be established by the Executive Director according to the guidelines set forth in the Personnel Guidelines established by the Board of Directors. Employment or continued employment is based upon consumers needs; to include service delivery at job sites, or in the community. Evaluation Job performance of the Instructor shall be evaluated in accordance with the Personnel Guidelines established by the Board of Directors. Company Description Life Skills Centers, Inc. started in 1981 under Northwest Regional Residential Centers. In September of 1983, we incorporated with three sheltered workshops. We soon progressed to serving the severely mentally impaired and medically fragile populations after our incorporation. In 2009 we advanced to our current twelve programs in the tri-county area, covering St. Clair, Macomb, and Oakland Counties. Our primary focus is on both facility based and community based skill building. We also have a strong focus on community integration, consumer advocacy, and helping our consumers to develop full meaningful lives. All of our programs are individual centered and focused upon helping people to become as independent as possible and to become fully integrated into their community. We strongly believe that in order to become integrated into the community, people must learn how to develop friendships and socialize with members of their local community.

Keywords: Life Skills Centers Inc., Warren , Direct Care Instructor, Other , Port Huron, Michigan

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