Residential Counselor, Live-In

Location: Rockvlle, MD

Department: Personal supports

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Company Overview

Jubilee Association provides support services to people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities, helping them live in settings of their choosing and pursue their goals.

Job Summary

Experienced direct support professional needed to live with and help three men manage their home in Derwood, Maryland. This is a live-in position with free rent.

Working as a lead staff with the other staff, the counselor is responsible for helping the men run their household.  ensuring that people’s needs are met, making sure the men get out and have an active and fun social life,  ensuring customer service,  implementing the IP and documenting services, communicating with families and other entities.

The core schedule is Monday through Friday, 7-9 a.m. and Monday through Thursday, 3-11 p.m., with sleeping overnight Sunday evening through Thursday*. Some day hours are required for meetings, training, doctor appointments for the residents, etc. On the weekends, you are free to stay at the house or go elsewhere. Live-in quarters include one bedroom and a bathroom that is occasionally/rarely used by other staff.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Operation of the home: Facilitate systems and routines for grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, maintenance, house finances, etc., and ensure these tasks are completed.
  • Teaching:  Help develop Individual Plans (IPs) by filling out and gathering assessment materials.  Recommend goal areas;  implement and document outcomes according to the IP.
  • Community Connections:  Assist people to have full, active social lives and to spend time with people who are important to them.  Facilitate participation in their faith community, activity groups, civic associations, and informal community connections.  Promote contact with and serve as a liaison with families and place of employment.  Teach social and personal relationship skills, e.g. making introductions, staying in touch with loved ones, remembering birthdays, making a date with friends.  Assist in accessing recreational and leisure facilities in the community.
  • Direct care of  nutrition, dressing appropriately, personal hygiene, medical needs and follow-up, transportation, recreational and leisure activities, social or other special services needed. 
  • Documentation (online and on paper).
  • Counseling advising, advocating, encouraging self-advocacy.
  • Communicating with family members of the men and ensuring excellent customer service.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of a high school diploma.
  • Intermediate computer skills, excellent organizational skills and follow-through, good interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Two+ years of full-time experience providing community-based supports for people who have developmental disabilities, preferably including some experience with dementia.
  • Clean driving record (2 or fewer minor moving violations in the last 3 years)  and at least three years driving experience.

Benefits and Perks

  • This is a full-time position that starts at 12.20/hour. Some overtime can be expected on a fairly regular basis.
  • Health insurance starts the first day of the second month.
  • Two weeks paid annual leave the first year, three weeks the second year and increasing to four weeks by year six.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement, FSA.
  • $500 vacation reimbursement at 2, 5, 10 years. 
  • Wellness plan and EAP.
  • AFLAC available.

*sleeping overnight is not paid, per Maryland Wage & Hour. This location has staff who are paid to work the overnight shift, so barring an emergency, the live-in staff can expect to sleep through the night.

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