This is an entry-level direct care position assigned to community residences. Incumbents are assigned to shifts to ensure the provision of 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week coverage. Workers in this job category perform a wide variety of tasks related to the care, nurturing, treatment, education, socialization, habilitation, recovery/healing, safety, security, and support of adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorder. These tasks focus on supporting, instructing, and assisting recipients of services to develop the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe, clean environment. In addition, workers also advocate for clients and support families or other caregivers in their efforts to assist these individuals.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate or GED plus one year of related human services experience. Specialized training or education in human services may be substituted for experience. NYS driver’s license may be required of some assignments.