Family & Children Services
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • 9.75 - 10.50
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Provides or oversees the basic tasks of daily living for program recipients with a serious emotional disturbance and/or a developmental disability, within a flexible schedule including weekday and weekend, overnights and daytime blocks of time for program coverage 24 hours/7 days. A DCS may not work more than 16 consecutive hours and must have a minimum of 8 hours off between shifts. Carries out a range of activities with recipients that contributes to the achievement of recipient's overall service plan goals and skill development in a home or community environment including teaching and practicing a variety of social/interpersonal skills, self-esteem, daily living skills and recreational/leisure time skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Responsibilities associated with this job will change from time to time in accordance with the agency's programmatic and business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those described below.

  • Provides and/or ensures meeting recipients basic needs including personal hygiene, nutrition, health, sleep routine and safety.
  • Teaches, supports, and reinforces skills to recipients by role modeling, sharing information, demonstrating, redirecting/directing, prompting, and behavior management, both on an individual and group basis. May need to provide crisis intervention in the home or in the community.
  • Assists in planning and implementing activities that contribute to the achievement of individual student goals and objectives.
  • Provides input on service plan goals and objectives and recipient progress to the overall treatment team which requires completion of case notes and reports as required.
  • Completes required written documentation.
  • Completes household tasks which maintain a safe, orderly and clean environment for recipients and other staff, including meal planning, shopping, and meal preparation.
  • May provide transportation to recipients.
  • This position will be knowledgeable about and actively support 1) culturally competent, recovery-based practices; 2) person-centered planning as a shared decision making process with the individual, who defines his/her own life goals and is assisted in developing a unique path toward those goals; and 3) a trauma informed culture to aid individuals in their recovery process.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

High school degree/(GED) required; two years related experience/ training or relevant college course work preferred.
Lived experience with behavioral health issues is desired.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports.
Ability to speak effectively to groups of customers or employees.

Ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Mandt, C.P.R., first aid certification or the ability to become certified/trained.
Acceptable driving record in compliance with agency procedure.
Must possess a valid Michigan Driver License, use of a personal vehicle for transportation with automobile insurance which designates the employee as an insured driver. May utilize Agency vehicles if available.

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.
Ability to provide negative TB test results.
Ability to implement physical assistance as needed.
Ability to regularly provide out-of- office services in unstructured, unpredictable situations.
Pre-employment health screening clearance confirming employee is capable of performing job without risk to the health or safety of themselves, their colleagues or recipients.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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