Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through providing services to support them? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.
The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Direct Support Profession 3. DDD provides individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member driven. These services provide individuals with opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities of independent decision-making and engagement in the community. This position is responsible for:
• Works with persons with developmental disabilities in structured daily activities designed to teach them applicable daily living skills.
• Participates in the implementation of the member's behavioral treatment programs; facilitates social interactions and activities and helps implement the member's Individual Support Plan (ISP).
• Attends ISP meetings, provides basic care and program reviews for the member; assists members with motion exercises under the direction of a professional therapist; makes and attends medical appointments; ensures the member's health, safety and quality of life is in his/her environment.
• Responsible for maintenance of living environment; planning and implementing excursion and activities, dispensing medications, planning and preparing meals.
• Assists in implementing behavior building plans with members who may have challenging behaviors including aggression
• Provides support in administrative tasks, such as vehicle reports, adaptive aid equipment tracking and member book audits.
• In the absence of the supervisor, this position works as the lead or in-charge person; monitors and directs staff; provides staff training, ensures there is adequate staff coverage and compliance with required regulations.
• Flexibility in schedule (i.e., work different shift, overtime and change work locations) as these are 24-hour residential settings. Most schedules work nights, weekends and holidays. Requires lifting/carrying at least 50 lbs. and pushing/pulling at least 50 lbs.
• Knowledge of basic member rights
• Knowledge in supervisory techniques
• Proper lifting techniques and proper body mechanics to enable proper lifting techniques
• Member intervention and injury prevention
• Behavior treatment plan and principles
• First aid and CPR
• Emergency plans
• Medication administration
• Reading and writing
• Individual Support Plan process
• Data collection and documentation
• Problem solving techniques
• Skills in leadership
• Communication, both verbal and nonverbal (sign language)
• Skills in training and teaching
• Time and work management skills
• Problem solving skills
• Planning activities designed to meet specific needs of individual members
• Organization and interaction
• Providing routine medical treatment, (e.g., taking temperatures, applying dressings, etc.)
• Proper sanitation techniques to eliminate cross contamination
• Ability to understand and teach daily living skills
• Care to and act compassionately while maintaining member's rights
• Ability to remain calm and composed during emergency situations
• Maintain therapy equipment
• Attend staff training and apply the basic principles of program training and data collection designed to meet the specific needs of members
• Collect data in accordance with Federal, State, and Agency standards and Individual Support Plans (ISPs)
• Learn state rules, policies, and regulations
• Applicant must be 18 years of age to apply and read and write English. Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, overtime, and change work locations, when necessary. The ideal/preferred candidate will possess a High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
• Employees shall have a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
• Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
• Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• In-state travel is required. This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.
We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis
* Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend
This position may be eligible to receive a temporary stipend of 10% in addition to base pay beginning in December 2021. If eligible, the temporary stipend amount will be calculated using the employee's base rate of pay and will be reflected in each paycheck. It is anticipated that this temporary stipend will be available through June 24, 2022.
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.
For questions about this career opportunity, please contact Jared Dechantigny at 480-486-8723 or JDechantigny@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as sign language interpreter or alternative format by contacting 480-486-8723 or JDechantigny@azdes.gov.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.