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Direct Support Specialist

Company: East Bay Innovations
Location: Livermore
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Job Description:

East Bay Innovations- Supported Living Specialist

About Our Organization:

Established in 1994, East Bay Innovations (EBI) is a nonprofit human services organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, and cerebral palsy. Our person centered services support people to live in their own homes, make choices about how they live, work in jobs of their choosing, and enjoy being part of their communities. We seek to further the human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities, and hire people who care about social justice and want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Named the #1 caregiving company to work for in the Bay Area by Localwise!

About the Position: Supported Living Specialist

As a Supported Living Specialist, you would provide one on one support for adults with developmental disabilities as they interact with their communities. Your goal would be to provide respectful, personal, and motivating services that enable our clients to participate in all aspects of their community, and lead meaningful lives centered around independence and empowerment. You would assist our Supported Living management team in providing the day-to-day support of our clients. Ensuring client shifts are filled and support staff are trained in their duties, while advocating for and supporting clients in accessing the community.

In this role, you would also have the opportunity to become an emergency cell phone responder. This role includes using your organizational and critical thinking skills to answer our emergency cell phone, arrange staff coverage and directly respond to cover shifts.

  • During the Shelter In Place, we are supporting EBI clients to limit the amount of exposure to the virus. As an agency we are working to decrease the amount of time our clients go into the community and finding more activities to do in the client's home.

    Work Schedule:

    This is a full-time position working 5 days per week at 40 hours.You would provide coverage for open shifts and for staff absences. The shifts worked would vary according to the support needs of our clients: day time, evening, overnights and weekends will be included. The Specialist schedule will change every 2 weeks based upon department needs and will consist of two weekends a month, evening shifts, and potential overnights.

    Salary: $20.08 per hour

    You would get to spend your day supporting clients with:

  • Accessing community activities, such as volunteering, classes, etc
  • Making plans with friends and families
  • Emotional support and companionship
  • Planning and cooking meals
  • Grocery shopping and other errands
  • Light cleaning
  • Personal/intimate care
  • Wheelchair transfers

    This job might be for you if:

    • You believe that all people should be in the driver's seat of their own life
    • You enjoy supporting and helping people, no task is too small!
    • You enjoy working with people with many different lifestyles and backgrounds
    • You are comfortable responding to unexpected challenges; you are cool under pressure and think quickly on your feet
    • You like working independently but communicate with your team and supervisor
    • You like to learn new things and can learn quickly; when things change, you can roll with the punches
    • You follow through with commitments
    • You have your own reliable vehicle with insurance and a valid Driver's License and are willing to drive clients around to accomplish their goals
    • You enjoy a dynamic schedule that changes week to week
      Health & Wellness Benefits:

      • Medical coverage for those working 30 hours a week or more, with three different health plans for you to choose from
      • Dental and vision coverage for both full-time and part-time staff
      • Free mental health counseling sessions for you and members of your household
      • Annual health & wellness fair with free massage, cooking demonstration, wellness seminar, and wellness gift raffles
      • Semi-monthly yoga classes at our office - paid time!
        Pre-Tax Benefits:

        • Flexible Spending Account so you can use pre-tax dollars to cover your medical expenses
        • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, allowing you to use pre-tax dollars to cover childcare expenses
        • Commuter benefits, allowing you to save big on BART and bus with pre-tax dollars loaded onto your clipper card
          Investing in Your Future Benefits:

          • 403(b) retirement plan so you can invest in your future
          • Free financial coaching from an expert advisor to help answer any financial questions you may have
          • Education Assistance Fund, providing reimbursement for tuition, fees, and supplies for education and self-enrichment courses
            Career Advancement Benefits:

            • Membership in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, helping you advocate for employment terms that work for you
            • Ability to view and apply for supervisory position openings before they are advertised to the general public - we love to promote from within!
            • Many opportunities for training so you can feel confident in the work you do and prepare for future career opportunities
              Other Benefits:

              • Paid sick leave for all employees, and paid vacation for full-time employees
              • Paid holidays for all
              • Mileage reimbursement for on-the-job driving at 58 cents per mile
              • Free legal consultation for any legal concerns you may have outside of work
              • Staff appreciation month with a BBQ, a party, daily raffles, and more, to celebrate you and the important work that you do

                East Bay Innovations is an equal opportunity employer. We will consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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