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, North Central Louisiana Division is currently in search for part-time Direct Support Associates.
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
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
At least 21 years of age due to auto liability coverage
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
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.
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
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. Must be able to work some evenings when required.
May be required to work in a variety of settings and environments both indoors and outdoors.