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At Area Residential Care, we believe that every individual has the opportunity to live, work, and participate in a supportive and accessible community. To achieve our vision, we work as a team to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life.
We are currently hiring for several Instructor positions to provide support in our Day Habilitation, Life Choices, Vocational, Apartment and Community Living homes. Homes are located in residential neighborhoods throughout Dubuque and Dyersville.
An Instructor for Area Residential Care will carry out the rewarding work of supporting individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in their daily skill building activities. This person is dedicated to making an impact by helping individuals achieve their highest quality of life.

Common Tasks for Instructors


    • Assisting individuals to complete food purchasing and preparation, do laundry, complete household duties, and complete hygiene activities including showering/bathing, toileting, and oral hygiene.
    • Attend community events such as bowling, movies, ‘boot scootin’ , farmers Market, etc
    • Guide and instruct individuals during day programming and vocational work
    • Ensure data is recorded promptly and accurately in regards to contact notes, incidents, etc.
    • Advocate for and teach individuals served on how to exercise their rights and on how to be safe.
    • Constantly monitor the safety of each individual served and maintain a clean environment
    • Use a variety of techniques to modify behavior, including physical restraint if necessary.
    • Pass medications to individuals served following all policies and procedures after completing agency sponsored training.

Minimum Qualifications for Instructors


    • High School Diploma/ G.E.D
    • No direct-care experience required- We will train!
    • Minimum of six months of consistent general work experience
    • Ability to lift 20lbs and occasionally lift up to 50lbs
    • Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served if necessary
    • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record for most positions
    • Requires certification for passing medications upon completion of agency sponsored training
    • Ability to comprehend basic medical and life-skill programs
    • Successful clearance of criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen

 

First Shift hours range from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Second Shift hours range from 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.  Third Shift hours range from 10:00 p.m.-8:00 a.m.

Current Openings

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Weekend Instructor


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ability to comprehend basic medical and life-skill programs
    • Ability to observe others working
    • Ability to read instructions and behavior plans
    • Ability to write legibly to clearly document contact notes and incident reports
    • Basic computer ability to input consumer data
    • Mathematically able to budget and balance a checkbook
    • Ability to lift / transfer 20lbs regularly and occasional lift up to 50lbs
    • Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
    • Ability to walk unsupported and stand unsupported to assist individuals with disabilities
    • Completion of agency sponsored training to obtain certification for passing medication after 6 months

    Job Summary:
    The Instructor carries out the rewarding work of supporting individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in their daily activities. This person is dedicated to making an impact by helping individuals achieve their highest quality of life.

    Primary Job Duties:

    • Trains, instructs, and supervises individuals served in the skills, behaviors, and activities of daily living necessary to live in natural home, vocational, and community settings.
    • Consistently ensures that active treatment (programming) is regularly completed for each person served during all times of day to support individual growth
    • Assists individuals as assigned with personal money management and in learning the skills to manage their money independently. This may include assisting them to balance their checkbooks, monitor their resources, and to access public assistance for housing, food, utilities, rent reimbursement, tax preparation, etc.
    • Constantly ensures that individuals practice personal rights.
    • Completes overall cleaning and general care of the home, including care of floors, bathrooms, appliances according to cleaning lists.

    Leadership and Team Building:

    • Actively mentors and trains new team members
    • Manages the stress associated with training and working with individuals who may occasionally exhibit aggressive and/or non-compliant behaviors.
    • Remains positive and in control; follows through in emergency situations without the presence of supervision.
    • Attends departmental and agency meetings and training as requested by his/her supervisor.
    • Remains productive with minimal supervision.

    Health and Safety:

    • Constantly monitors health and safety conditions in each individual’s environment and trains him/her in healthy/safe practices.
    • Uses a variety of techniques to modify behavior within the home, including physical restraint if necessary.
    • Completes emergency drills and environmental safety inspections according to agency timelines.
    • Passes medications to individuals served following all policies and procedures after completing agency sponsored training.

    Verbal and Written Communication:

    • Maintains positive, professional relationships and effective communication with individuals served, agency staff, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
    • Provides documentation (logs/contact notes, program data, incident reports, etc.) on the activities of people living in the home or at each location according to established timelines.
    • Prepares assessments and other paperwork for team planning meetings and participates in those meetings as assigned.
    • Completes work orders, drill logs, menus, grocery lists and more as appropriate to maintain an operational home environment
    • Keeps supervisor informed and up to date of schedule changes, consumer and environmental concerns

    Accountability:

    • Is flexible to adjust schedule to accommodate individuals’ concerns and needs as well as staffing requirements of the home(s) or assigned location
    • Stays up to date on required training
    • Assures data is recorded promptly and accurately.
    • Uses work time efficiently
    • Maintains good attendance and timeliness
    • Follows all agency policies, procedures, and work rules

    Working Relationships:

    • Reports directly to a Supervisor. May receive direction from a Lead Instructor, IPC, or QIDP
    • Positions that report to the Instructor: None
    • At any time, may work alone or with other Instructor and/or a Lead Instructor
    • Interacts regularly with other agency members which may include: nursing, facilities, bookkeeping
    • Serves as a member of each individual’s team, participating in individual program planning meetings.

    Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:
    Weekend Instructors may work any open hours between Friday at 12pm through Monday at 8am. Must commit to a minimum 16 hours every-other weekend. Work is in a community living home and involves activities in the community.

    Equipment Used to Perform the Job:
    Adaptive equipment for individuals served (wheelchairs, communication devices, prosthetic equipment, mealtime equipment, etc.); miscellaneous cleaning equipment and supplies such as mops, brooms, and cleaning agents; all major household appliances such as stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, other small household appliances; whirlpool; miscellaneous office equipment such as telephone, answering machine, and calculator; and agency vehicles.

Day Hab and ICF/ID Instructors - First Shift


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ability to comprehend basic medical and life-skill programs
    • Ability to observe others working
    • Ability to read instructions and behavior plans
    • Ability to write legibly to clearly document contact notes and incident reports
    • Basic computer ability to input consumer data
    • Mathematically able to budget and balance a checkbook
    • Ability to lift / transfer 20lbs regularly and occasional lift up to 50lbs
    • Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
    • Ability to walk unsupported and stand unsupported to assist individuals with disabilities
    • Completion of agency sponsored training to obtain certification for passing medication after 6 months

    Job Summary:

    The Instructor carries out the rewarding work of supporting individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in their daily activities. This person is dedicated to making an impact by helping individuals achieve their highest quality of life.

    Primary Job Duties:

    • Trains, instructs, and supervises individuals served in the skills, behaviors, and activities of daily living necessary to live in natural home, vocational, and community settings.
    • Consistently ensures that active treatment (programming) is regularly completed for each person served during all times of day to support individual growth
    • Assists individuals with making and/or being present at medical/dental appointments as necessary.
    • Assists individuals as assigned with personal money management and in learning the skills to manage their money independently. This may include assisting them to balance their checkbooks, monitor their resources, and to access public assistance for housing, food, utilities, rent reimbursement, tax preparation, etc.
    • Constantly ensures that individuals practice personal rights.
    • Completes overall cleaning and general care of the home, including care of floors, bathrooms, appliances according to cleaning lists.

    Leadership and Team Building:

    • Actively mentors and trains new team members
    • Manages the stress associated with training and working with individuals who may occasionally exhibit aggressive and/or non-compliant behaviors.
    • Remains positive and in control; follows through in emergency situations without the presence of supervision.
    • Attends departmental and agency meetings and training as requested by his/her supervisor.
    • Remains productive with minimal supervision.

    Health and Safety:

    • Constantly monitors health and safety conditions in each individual’s environment and trains him/her in healthy/safe practices.
    • Uses a variety of techniques to modify behavior within the home, including physical restraint if necessary.
    • Completes emergency drills and environmental safety inspections according to agency timelines.
    • Passes medications to individuals served following all policies and procedures after completing agency sponsored training.

    Verbal and Written Communication:

    • Maintains positive, professional relationships and effective communication with individuals served, agency staff, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
    • Provides documentation (logs/contact notes, program data, incident reports, etc.) on the activities of people living in the home or at each location according to established timelines.
    • Prepares assessments and other paperwork for team planning meetings and participates in those meetings as assigned.
    • Completes work orders, drill logs, menus, grocery lists and more as appropriate to maintain an operational home environment
    • Keeps supervisor informed and up to date of schedule changes, consumer and environmental concerns

    Accountability:

    • Is flexible to adjust schedule to accommodate individuals’ concerns and needs as well as staffing requirements of the home(s) or assigned location
    • Stays up to date on required training
    • Assures data is recorded promptly and accurately.
    • Uses work time efficiently
    • Maintains good attendance and timeliness
    • Follows all agency policies, procedures, and work rules

    Working Relationships:

    • Reports directly to a Supervisor. May receive direction from a Lead Instructor, IPC, or QIDP
    • Positions that report to the Instructor: None
    • At any time, may work alone or with other Instructors and/or a Lead Instructor
    • Interacts regularly with other agency members which may include: nursing, facilities, bookkeeping
    • Serves as a member of each individual’s team, participating in individual program planning meetings.

    Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:

    First, second, or third shift hours. Most positions include weekend shifts, the hours and frequency of which vary by location. Work is in a community living home and involves activities in the community.

    Equipment Used to Perform the Job:

    Adaptive equipment for individuals served (wheelchairs, communication devices, prosthetic equipment, mealtime equipment, etc.); miscellaneous cleaning equipment and supplies such as mops, brooms, and cleaning agents; all major household appliances such as stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, other small household appliances; whirlpool; miscellaneous office equipment such as telephone, answering machine, and calculator; and agency vehicles. A variety of production tools and job jigs, and equipment such as a prime mover, sealer, weigh scales, and pallets depending upon contract work.

Community Living Instructor - Second & Third Shift


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ability to comprehend basic medical and life-skill programs
    • Ability to observe others working
    • Ability to read instructions and behavior plans
    • Ability to write legibly to clearly document contact notes and incident reports
    • Basic computer ability to input consumer data
    • Mathematically able to budget and balance a checkbook
    • Ability to lift / transfer 20lbs regularly and occasional lift up to 50lbs
    • Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
    • Ability to walk unsupported and stand unsupported to assist individuals with disabilities
    • Completion of agency sponsored training to obtain certification for passing medication after 6 months

    Job Summary:

    The Instructor carries out the rewarding work of supporting individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in their daily activities. This person is dedicated to making an impact by helping individuals achieve their highest quality of life.

    Primary Job Duties:

    • Trains, instructs, and supervises individuals served in the skills, behaviors, and activities of daily living necessary to live in natural home, vocational, and community settings.
    • Consistently ensures that active treatment (programming) is regularly completed for each person served during all times of day to support individual growth
    • Assists individuals with making and/or being present at medical/dental appointments as necessary.
    • Assists individuals as assigned with personal money management and in learning the skills to manage their money independently. This may include assisting them to balance their checkbooks, monitor their resources, and to access public assistance for housing, food, utilities, rent reimbursement, tax preparation, etc.
    • Constantly ensures that individuals practice personal rights.
    • Completes overall cleaning and general care of the home, including care of floors, bathrooms, appliances according to cleaning lists.

    Leadership and Team Building:

    • Actively mentors and trains new team members
    • Manages the stress associated with training and working with individuals who may occasionally exhibit aggressive and/or non-compliant behaviors.
    • Remains positive and in control; follows through in emergency situations without the presence of supervision.
    • Attends departmental and agency meetings and training as requested by his/her supervisor.
    • Remains productive with minimal supervision.

    Health and Safety:

    • Constantly monitors health and safety conditions in each individual’s environment and trains him/her in healthy/safe practices.
    • Uses a variety of techniques to modify behavior within the home, including physical restraint if necessary.
    • Completes emergency drills and environmental safety inspections according to agency timelines.
    • Passes medications to individuals served following all policies and procedures after completing agency sponsored training.

    Verbal and Written Communication:

    • Maintains positive, professional relationships and effective communication with individuals served, agency staff, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
    • Provides documentation (logs/contact notes, program data, incident reports, etc.) on the activities of people living in the home or at each location according to established timelines.
    • Prepares assessments and other paperwork for team planning meetings and participates in those meetings as assigned.
    • Completes work orders, drill logs, menus, grocery lists and more as appropriate to maintain an operational home environment
    • Keeps supervisor informed and up to date of schedule changes, consumer and environmental concerns

    Accountability:

    • Is flexible to adjust schedule to accommodate individuals’ concerns and needs as well as staffing requirements of the home(s) or assigned location
    • Stays up to date on required training
    • Assures data is recorded promptly and accurately.
    • Uses work time efficiently
    • Maintains good attendance and timeliness
    • Follows all agency policies, procedures, and work rules

    Working Relationships:

    • Reports directly to a Supervisor. May receive direction from a Lead Instructor, IPC, or QIDP
    • Positions that report to the Instructor: None
    • At any time, may work alone or with other Instructors and/or a Lead Instructor
    • Interacts regularly with other agency members which may include: nursing, facilities, bookkeeping
    • Serves as a member of each individual’s team, participating in individual program planning meetings.

    Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:

    First, second, or third shift hours. Most positions include weekend shifts, the hours and frequency of which vary by location. Work is in a community living home and involves activities in the community.

    Equipment Used to Perform the Job:

    Adaptive equipment for individuals served (wheelchairs, communication devices, prosthetic equipment, mealtime equipment, etc.); miscellaneous cleaning equipment and supplies such as mops, brooms, and cleaning agents; all major household appliances such as stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, other small household appliances; whirlpool; miscellaneous office equipment such as telephone, answering machine, and calculator; and agency vehicles. A variety of production tools and job jigs, and equipment such as a prime mover, sealer, weigh scales, and pallets depending upon contract work.

Summer Temporary Staff


    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ability to comprehend basic medical and life-skill programs
    • Ability to observe others working
    • Ability to read instructions and behavior plans
    • Ability to write legibly to clearly document contact notes and incident reports
    • Basic computer ability to input consumer data
    • Mathematically able to budget and balance a checkbook
    • Ability to lift / transfer 20lbs regularly and occasional lift up to 50lbs
    • Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
    • Ability to walk unsupported and stand unsupported to assist individuals with disabilities
    • Completion of agency sponsored training to obtain certification for passing medication after 6 months

    Job Summary:
    The Instructor carries out the rewarding work of supporting individuals with intellectual and sometimes physical disabilities in their daily activities. This person is dedicated to making an impact by helping individuals achieve their highest quality of life.

    Primary Job Duties:

    • Trains, instructs, and supervises individuals served in the skills, behaviors, and activities of daily living necessary to live in natural home, vocational, and community settings.
    • Consistently ensures that active treatment (programming) is regularly completed for each person served during all times of day to support individual growth.
    • Assists individuals as assigned with personal money management and in learning the skills to manage their money independently. This may include assisting them to balance their checkbooks, monitor their resources, and to access public assistance for housing, food, utilities, rent reimbursement, tax preparation, etc.
    • Constantly ensures that individuals practice personal rights.
    • Completes overall cleaning and general care of the home, including care of floors, bathrooms, appliances according to cleaning lists.

    Leadership and Team Building:

    • Actively mentors and trains new team members
    • Manages the stress associated with training and working with individuals who may occasionally exhibit aggressive and/or non-compliant behaviors.
    • Remains positive and in control; follows through in emergency situations without the presence of supervision.
    • Attends departmental and agency meetings and training as requested by his/her supervisor.
    • Remains productive with minimal supervision.

    Health and Safety:

    • Constantly monitors health and safety conditions in each individual’s environment and trains him/her in healthy/safe practices.
    • Uses a variety of techniques to modify behavior within the home, including physical restraint if necessary.
    • Completes emergency drills and environmental safety inspections according to agency timelines.
    • Passes medications to individuals served following all policies and procedures after completing agency sponsored training.

    Verbal and Written Communication:

    • Maintains positive, professional relationships and effective communication with individuals served, agency staff, members of the community, service providers, and participants.
    • Provides documentation (logs/contact notes, program data, incident reports, etc.) on the activities of people living in the home or at each location according to established timelines.
    • Prepares assessments and other paperwork for team planning meetings and participates in those meetings as assigned.
    • Completes work orders, drill logs, menus, grocery lists and more as appropriate to maintain an operational home environment.
    • Keeps supervisor informed and up to date of schedule changes, consumer and environmental concerns.

    Accountability:

    • Is flexible to adjust schedule to accommodate individuals’ concerns and needs as well as staffing requirements of the home(s) or assigned location.
    • Stays up to date on required training.
    • Assures data is recorded promptly and accurately.
    • Uses work time efficiently.
    • Maintains good attendance and timeliness.
    • Follows all agency policies, procedures, and work rules.

    Working Relationships:

    • Reports directly to a Supervisor. May receive direction from a Lead Instructor, IPC, or QIDP.
    • Positions that report to the Instructor: None.
    • At any time, may work alone or with other Instructors and/or a Lead Instructor.
    • Interacts regularly with other agency members which may include: nursing, facilities, bookkeeping.
    • Serves as a member of each individual’s team, participating in individual program planning meetings.

    Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:
    Summer Temp staff must work a minimum of 24hours per week, with at least 16 hours per pay period worked on weekend hours (Fri-Sun) during the designated summer timeframe. May pick up open hours on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift in any qualified location. Must work a minimum of every-other weekend. See contract for more details on scheduling of hours.

    Equipment Used to Perform the Job:

    Adaptive equipment for individuals served (wheelchairs, communication devices, prosthetic equipment, mealtime equipment, etc.); miscellaneous cleaning equipment and supplies such as mops, brooms, and cleaning agents; all major household appliances such as stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, other small household appliances; whirlpool; miscellaneous office equipment such as telephone, answering machine, and calculator; and agency vehicles.

Groundskeeper


    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • High school diploma/G.E.D./H.S.E.D.
    • Six months of consistent work experience
    • 12th grade level of reading, math, and writing skills
    • Ability to work independently or in a group with co-workers
    • Ability to lift/transfer 20lbs and occasionally lift up to 75 pounds
    • Requires a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets agency authorized driver criteria
    • Ability to use mowers, weed trimmers, and other equipment for grounds maintenance
    • Experience driving a pickup truck with equipment trailer is preferred   

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ability to read and comprehend instructions
    • Ability to write legibly
    • Ability to lift 20 pounds and occasional lift up to 75 pounds
    • Communication skills that enable the groundskeeper to interact with individuals served and co-workers
    • Ability to work independently or in a group with co-workers

    Job Summary:

    • Responsible for maintaining agency grounds by using equipment owned by the agency on a regular, weather dependent schedule.
    • Knows how to use various lawn equipment, maintenance tools, and supplies and is aware of the possible hazards in using them.
    • Perform routine and preventative maintenance and repair on agency owned grounds equipment.
    • Mowing, trimming, raking, pruning, mulching, fertilizing, yard waste disposal, watering, etc. as needed.
    • Maintains records & reports and completes work requests as assigned.
    • Assist other maintenance staff as needed.   
    • Maintain positive, appropriate, cooperative relationships with individuals served (as well as their guardians as appropriate) and agency staff while promoting a positive image of Area Residential Care in the community at-large.

    Working Relationships:

    • Reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor and/or Facility Operations Director
    • Positions that report to the Groundskeeper I: None
    • May work alone or with other maintenance staff.
    • This position has impact on all agency departments through the maintenance and upkeep of facility grounds.
    • Maintains communication and coordinates all activities with the Maintenance Supervisor and/or Facility Operations Director.

    Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:

    Typically 1st shift between 6:30/8:00 A.M. to 3:00/4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday scheduled as needed, weather permitting. Available on weekends and evenings for possible emergency call in, if required. Works primarily outdoors at all of our locations: main office, community living homes, and apartments.

    Equipment Used to Perform the Job:

    A variety of lawn care equipment and products as well as maintenance tools, including but not limited to: riding lawn mowers, push mowers, weed trimmers, shovels, pruning shears, rakes, wheel barrows, and assorted power and hand tools needed to maintain the lawn care equipment.

On-Call Instructors positions also available – 8-29 hours/week as needed, Dubuque & Dyersville

 

Area Residential Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
To apply contact:
Area Residential Care – HR
3355 Kennedy Circle
Dubuque, IA 52002
(563) 557-4748
careers@arearesidentialcare.org
EOE/Pre-employment drug testing required
Entry Level Position:High School diploma/G.E.D.