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SENIOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST- DC - 67032436

Date:  Jun 5, 2022
Location: 

GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32609


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Requisition No: 529003 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Working Title: SENIOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST- DC - 67032436

Position Number: 67032436 

Salary:  $1,160.00 - $1,940.32 bi weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2022 

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST - DC

APD TACACHALE

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

 

 

Are you motivated by helping others make positive improvements in their lives?  Is helping others achieve their full potential a worthwhile challenge?  Do you feel that independence promotes dignity and self-respect? 

 

Tacachale provides many career and promotional opportunities to make a difference in your community – Not just a living.  So, consider joining an enthusiastic team of direct care professional staff that trains and teaches life skills to promote optimal independence and self-determination.

 

Tacachale is a residential setting and home to more than 270 adults with intellectual disabilities.  We have 24 homes on campus, and between four and 16 people live in each home.   These homes are gender-specific, warm, and beautifully decorated with a family-like atmosphere.  Some facilities include staff who are trained in providing specialized services for individuals who are dually diagnosed and display intensive problem behaviors, some also provide specialized services for individuals diagnosed within the autism spectrum disorder.  We also serve individuals with medically complex issues.

 

In a typical day, our caring staff (Senior Residential Unit Specialists) provides direct hands-on care to residents, assisting them with self-care tasks, mealtime routines, home chores, leisure activities and vocational programs. 

 

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: 

 

  • State of Florida Retirement package – Pension or investment plan (3% employee contribution required)
  • (9) Paid state holidays
  • (1) Paid personal holiday
  • (13) Paid sick leave days
  • (13) Paid annual leave days
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage
  • Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you.  Employee may purchase additional coverage
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as additional dental, vision, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • State Tuition Waiver Program is available 6 credit hours per semester

 

The primary function of this position is to provide direct supports and services to residents in the implementation of their individualized active treatment plans as prescribed by their Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) while maintaining their overall safety and well-being.

 

Assists residents with completion of their routine self-care needs and daily living activities, such as, personal hygiene, dressing, meal and snack routines, house chores, care of personal items, vocational activities, leisure and social activities and community outings.  Escorts residents to medical and therapy appointments.

 

Assists IDT members with the completion of comprehensive functional assessments for prioritizing residents’ training needs and program development to reach their goals and objectives as outlined in their Individual Support Plans. 

 

Implements residents’ formalized and structured training programs to optimize their independence in self-care and daily living skills.  Implements residents’ formal and informal behavioral reduction programs and procedures; provides behavior supports to residents that are dually diagnosed and display intense problem behaviors.  Conducts residents’ formal and informal training programs in the areas of leisure and recreation, speech and language, vocation, physical and occupational therapy. Records data daily as scheduled.

 

Follows safety practices related to resident safety to include but not limited to, following incident reporting procedures; following resident accountability procedures and following residents’ Safety Plans. Utilizes appropriate first aid procedures. Notifies nursing staff or supervisor of any safety issues in a timely manner. Participates in shift change procedures communicating effectively with oncoming shift. Remains on duty at the end of the shift until proper staffing is assured for the oncoming shift. Stays to work the next shift to ensure adequate staffing to meet the needs of the residents.

 

Maintains close observation, provides follow-up, and takes corrective action to prevent problems related to health and safety for staff and residents. Complies with infection control policies and procedures. Reports issues to management timely.   

 

Attends in-service training and other meetings as assigned. Attends mandatory training and/or maintains certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Direct Care In-service. Completes annual health screening.

 

Performs other related or assigned duties, as necessary.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

Knowledge of the methods of instructing and providing care to others.

Ability to understand and apply the methods and practices used in medical, psychiatric, nursing or childcare, or in working with developmentally disabled persons.

Ability to read.

Ability to pay attention to details.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Ability to carry out instructions for implementing prescribed treatment plans including behavior modification activities.

Ability to instruct others in basic self-care skills.

Ability to instruct others in recreational activities.

Ability to provide instruction and personal guidance and care to residents.

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT(S)

 

A valid Florida Driver’s License. (If initially hired with an out-of-state license the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida State driver’s license within 30-days of hire. License suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/Employment/Education only license) and some types of restricted license are not acceptable. License that have “Corrective Lenses Restricted,” are acceptable, provided the driver wears the corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.

 

Applicants that do not possess a valid Florida Driver’s License, may be considered for employment on the 3rd shift (10:15 p.m. to 6:15 a.m.) non-driving designated position if a position is available until the employee become eligible for a driving position

 

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

 

High School Diploma or equivalent and one (1) year of experience providing care and treatment to individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

An Associate's degree in a health field, behavioral or rehabilitative sciences may substitute for the experience.

 

Employees of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities are required to demonstrate total commitment to outstanding customer service.  This includes, but not limited to, acting in a responsive, professional, courteous manner with the employees, customers and public we serve at all times.

 
** NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.
 
Direct Deposit Program – As a condition of employment, a person appointed to a position in State government is required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.
 
Background Screening requirement – It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that candidates being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, and if applicable Chapter 408, F.S.
 
Background screening shall include, but not be limited to: Fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal and juvenile records through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal records check through local law enforcement agencies.  Also, employees are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.
  
THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTIVE EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION OR VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE.

CANDIDATES REQUIRING A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, AS DEFINED BY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, MUST NOTIFY THE AGENCY HIRING AUTHORITY AND/OR PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER (1-877-562-7287).  NOTIFICATIION TO THE HIRING AUTHORITY MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO PROVIDE THE ACCOMMODATION.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE.  ALL EMPLOYEES ARE SUBJECT TO REASONABLE SUSPISION DRUG TESTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 112.0455, F.S., DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE ACT.

WE HIRE ONLY U.S. CITIZENS AND THOSE LAWFULLY AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE U.S.  WE PARTICIPATE IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-VERIFY).  E-VERIFY IS A PROGRAM THAT ELECTRONICALLY CONFIRMS AN EMPLOYEE’S ELIGIBILITY TO WORK IN THE U.S. AFTER COMPLETION OF THE EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM (I-9).

ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD COMPLETE THE ON-LINE PROFILE PROCESS.  IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE CALL THE PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER AT 1-877-562-7287. 

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Gainesville