Residential Support Associate 1:1
TITLE Residential Support Associate 1 CATEGORYDirect Care DESCRIPTION To assist individual(s) that needs support in order to access the community, to make friends, to have fun and to be as self-sufficient as possible. An RSA may provide support to people at home, in recreational settings or in the community. This support may include personal hygiene, light housekeeping where the individual(s) live(s), grocery shopping, banking, medical appointments, medication administration (if necessary), transportation or social and recreational assistance. To enhance the ability of the individual(s) to lead a self-directed life by providing the support, guidance and information necessary to build self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness, and to make decisions. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Community Living Skills & SupportsAssists individual(s) to meet his or her physical (eg, health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (eg, human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.Assists individual(s) with household management (eg, meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with transportation needs to maximize his or her skills, abilities and independence (or performs the same if the individual(s) cannot do so.Assists with and/or dispenses medication (as certified), or other prescribed medical treatments, as necessary.Supports individual(s) in the development of friendships and other relationships. Community and Service NetworkingProvides opportunities for involvement in community and leisure activities.Assists in the identification of needs for the individual(s) for community supports, working with the individual(s) informal support system and /or initiating community connections. Participant EmpowermentAssists individual(s) to plan, make informed choices, follow through on responsibilities and speak on his/her/their on behalf. CommunicationUses effective, sensitive communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of individual(s) communication styles.Learns and uses terminology appropriately, explaining as necessary to ensure individual(s) understanding. Facilitation of ServicesMaintains collaborative professional relationships with individual(s) and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (eg, confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his or her own personal limitations.Assists and/or facilitates the implementation of an individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes derived from individual(s) preferences, needs and interests. AdvocacyFacilitates, assists, and/or represents individual(s) when there are barriers to his or her service needs.Interacts with and educates community members and organizations (eg, employer, landlord, civic organization) when relevant to individual's needs or services. Crisis InterventionIdentifies crisis situations, evaluates or defuses the situation, and contacts necessary supports.Continues to monitor crisis situations, discusses the incident with authorized staff and individual(s), adjusts supports and the environment, and complies with regulations for reporting.Implements behavior plan(s) as necessary and as indicated in the plan. DocumentationMaintains accurate records and submits records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.Maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice. Organization ParticipationComplies with all agency guidelines, procedures and practices.Incorporates sensitivity to cultural, religious, racial, disability and gender issues into daily practices and interactions. Education, Training & Self-DevelopmentAttends, completes and passes all required training, initially and ongoing. ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESAccomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.Demonstrates appropriate role model behavior at all times. POSITION REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCEDemonstrated ability to read and write clearly and concisely.Possession of a high school diploma or GED JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESMust be dependable, responsible, consistent and punctual.Must be flexible and take direction.Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a team and independently.Must pass criminal background check mandated by the State of Maryland.Possesses a valid driving license with good driving record and access to a safe vehicle for transporting people receiving services.Ability and desire to create long-term, trusting and respectful relationships. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS (PHYSICAL DEMANDS)The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; use hands to hold, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENTWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is generally not exposed to weather conditions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.Required to work evenings and weekend, when scheduled. FULL-TIME/PART-TIMEPart-Time KEYWORDS POSITIONResidential Support Associate EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPTNon-Exempt REQ NUMBERDIR-17-00075 LOCATIONSt. Mary's County-264 Park Hall LD ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONFounded in 1975, The Arc of Southern Maryland is a private 501(c)(3) organization, affiliated at the state level with The Arc of Maryland and at the national level with The Arc of the United States, the world's largest grass roots organization of, and for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EOE STATEMENTWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Company Description: The Arc of Southern Maryland promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are a leading advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and have been providing a variety of supportive services since 1975.