Merrick, Inc., will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27,
in observation of Thanksgiving. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 30.

Direct Support Professional — Alternative Services

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 6 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, and drug screen. A DOT physical is preferred but not required.

The position is full-time (40 hours per week, M-F 7:15am – 3:15pm, is benefit eligible) with the hourly rate of pay starting at $15.09. Position includes paid time off and paid holidays.