Assigned to Alternative Services located at 3210 Labore Road in Vadnais Heights.
Primary Duties: A Support Service Staff is needed to provide training, support, and supervision of adults with intellectual disabilities served within our Alternative Services program. These individuals are interested in community integration, a variety of therapies (including occupational, horticulture, art, music, and pet therapy) arts and crafts, social and recreational activities, sensory integration, and assistive technology
Specific duties include:
Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities while they are engaged in social, community, therapeutic, and work activities and ensuring their safety and wellbeing;
Assisting the individuals with a wide range of needs related to communication, personal cares (including eating and toileting), mobility, etc.;
Implementing a variety of person-centered planning goals; and
Documenting on service delivery, progress on goals, outcomes, and relevant events.
Qualified candidates must possess the following:
A minimum of a high school diploma or GED. A community college AA degree, technical school degree, Human Services degree, or a four year Bachelor of Arts/Science degree is preferred;
A minimum of six to 12 months of work experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities;
A sincere and passionate desire to work with persons with intellectual disabilities;
Comfortable and respectful when assisting with personal cares;
Ability to problem solve and work independently; and
Proven crisis management and de-escalation skills.
Candidates must also pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, a DOT physical, and drug screen.
This is a part-time position working Monday through Friday for a total of 27.5 hours per week (day hours), and is eligible for pro-rated PTO, but not benefits. The hourly rate of pay starts at $15.09.
Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment services have access to community inclusion activities; therapeutic experiences including animal assistance, horticulture, and music sessions; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. Clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote emotional, mental, and physical health.
With a desire to embed services within a community, Merrick opened the ADS program in downtown North St. Paul in 2012. This unique program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing environment.
Merrick strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. We use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate. Clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities. ADS facilitates group events, activities, and outings based on suggestions from the clients.
ADS provides the health, social, and nutritional services necessary to slow the loss of function, maintain socialization skills, and encourage meaningful social experiences with non-disabled peers in the general community. We offer on- and off-site social and leisure activities (e.g. animal assistance activities, arts and crafts, horticulture, music, social skills games, shopping, tours); physical therapy, and self-advocacy experiences. We promote Person-Centered Planning and choices made by the clients. The ADS program strives to be an integral part of the North St. Paul community where clients have meaningful social interactions with members of the community, contribute through acts of volunteerism; and in turn, enjoy opportunities for members of the community to share their time and talents as program volunteers.
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