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