We want you to join our team!
Are you ready to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities, often with co-occurring mental health diagnoses? Do you have experience providing direct patient/client care? Does working in a fast-paced work environment energize you? Then, we want to hear from you!
We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ community members. The strength of our agency lies in the diversity of our workforce and the perspectives our employees bring to their work at ODHS. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
The Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), is looking to fill full-time permanent and full-time temporary Direct Support Crisis Specialist openings. You may be assigned to work shifts that are days, nights, weekends, or other various shifts.
Are you interested in working less than full-time? If so, do you have a friend who would also be interested in sharing the full-time workload with you? If this sounds interesting, both of you should apply so you can share a full-time position.
OUR AGENCY MISSION
“To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.”
Equity is foundational to our role as a human services agency, and we are committed to integrating equity into all we do. The Equity North Star has four points that explain the agency’s goals related to equity, inclusion, and racial justice.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
SACU provides 24-hour residential care and supervision to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, often with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, whose support needs exceed the supports offered or provided by other community-based residential programs. We provide training and support for the purpose of assisting individuals in safely transitioning back to their home community. We model positive attitudes while offering health and medical supports, psychological services, emotional and behavioral support, life skills training, educational supports, recreational opportunities and community integration. We are dedicated to providing the support necessary to maintain the quality of life, achieve the highest possible level of independence and promote social opportunities, which benefit the individuals and the community.
We operate over 20 residential group homes along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene.
For more information on the Stabilization and Crisis Unit please click here.
To learn about the many options for a career in the field of developmental disabilities services please visit https://impactoregon.careers/.
WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING
You will provide direct care and/or support in a 24-hour, 7 days per week residential group home to children and adults in: behavioral supports, safety, personal care, nutrition, housekeeping, health care and other daily activities within the home and the community.
You will provide direct care and support to each individual to the degree necessary in the following areas:
- Providing supports in a manner that honors the wishes and culture of the individuals supported while maintaining health and safety.
- Assisting individuals with accessing their community and encouraging participation in educational and recreational activities.
- Making observations and documenting individuals’ activities, behavior, and progress.
- Administering medications and treatments under the direction of nursing staff and medical professionals.
- Assisting individuals with activities of daily living and hygiene needs which may include personal care, bathing, toileting, and feeding.
- Documenting and tracking all aspects of care, answering phones, and maintaining confidentiality.
- Preparing meals and completing housekeeping tasks.
- You will work in a home environment, which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Expect work hours and shifts in this position to include any shift, including weekends, nights, and holidays.
- You must be able to work occasional overtime to ensure adequate staffing requirements.
- You must occasionally be transferred work shifts at other worksites.
- You will work with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- There is frequent daily lifting up to 75 pounds involving transferring, positioning and moving individuals and/or moving program supplies. You will frequently daily squat, bend, and stoop.
- You must be able to engage and maintain Oregon Intervention System (OIS) approved restraints for one (1) hour or less.
- You will be exposed to a variety of work settings both within the home and the community.
- You must have a valid license to drive and maintain an acceptable driving record.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
- Opportunity to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, often with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, ensuring they are respected and treated fairly.
- Be part of a diverse workforce that collaborates and learns from each other to improve services that support individuals we serve.
- Opportunity to share a full-time position with another person allowing both of you to work less than full-time.
- Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
- Career growth through training and committee participation opportunities.
- Medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, 10 days of vacation each year, and personal leave plus pension and retirement plans.
- Being part of the Police and Fire pension plan, which allows you to retire with full benefits after 25 years of service.
- Opportunity to earn overtime pay by working extra hours.
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO QUALIFY
To be considered for an interview, you must submit all required documents and your application materials must reflect that you meet the requirements.
Eighteen months of experience providing direct individual care or training in a related field of human services (i.e., providing assistance to supported individuals or groups with issues such as intellectual and developmental disability, mental and physical disabilities, or substance abuse).
A combination of education and experience.
An Associate or higher-level degree in a related human services field.
- Possess a valid license to drive and maintain an acceptable driving record.
- Be able to lift up to 75 pounds.
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Requested Skills (Desired Attributes):
You do not need to have all these requested skills to be considered for these openings; however, the most competitive candidates will have most of them.
- Knowledge of spoken, written and verbal English sufficient to communicate with managers, coworkers, and supported individuals, and to understand written guidelines.
- Knowledge of basic computer skills to be able to utilize software programs for documentation and communication with supervisors and coworkers.
- Skill in providing clear and concise communication and documentation.
- Skill in working in a team environment (be a team member).
- Skill working with individuals who may experience emotional, behavioral, or physical challenges.
- Skill in prioritizing a heavy and often changing workload.
- Skill in resolving conflicts in a professional and timely manner.
- Skill in following verbal and written instructions.
- Skill in communicating verbally with others such as staff members, clients, and members of the community.
- Experience following behavior and mental health supports and/or medical orders.
- Experience providing supervision of individuals who experience mental, emotional, behavior, physical or medical challenges.
- Bilingual communication skills are a plus.
Successful candidates for this position will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check. Adverse background information will be reviewed and could result in withdrawal of a conditional job offer or termination of employment.
The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamine, and other controlled substances.
Your driving record must meet the qualifications of the DHS SACU Driving Policy and will be considered unacceptable for offenses, including, but not limited to any misdemeanor or felony traffic offense in the last 24 months.
If you are offered this position, we will offer training and you must become certified during the New Employee Orientation class in the following:
American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Certification – Requiring you to complete compressions in a kneeling position.
- Oregon Intervention System Certification (OIS) – Requiring you to physically hold an individual for safety while maintaining an approved restraint on clients which may involve quick movements, changes in physical positioning, and verbal communication with coworkers.
- Medication Administration Certification – Requiring you to demonstrate competency in completing doctor’s orders, appropriate passing of medications to clients, appropriate documentation, and appropriate procedures for emergencies.