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  1. Direct Support Professional (DSP) – 2 1/2 Day

     

    2½ DAY DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS

    By working MERT’s 2½ day shift, you can tell your friends you have a four-day weekend or are semi-retired?  MERT Enterprises, Inc. has openings for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the Greater Bangor area for our 2½ Day live-in positions.  These are full-time, 40 hour per week positions living and working with adult consumers who have a variety of Intellectual, Physical and Mental Health disabilities and Autism.  Our DSPs provide a supportive environment to our consumers to live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities by teaching and role modeling in a casual work environment. Typical DSP duties include providing support to two consumers with issues like toileting, bathing, dressing, assisting with preparing and serving meals, administering medications, household cleaning, money use, grocery shopping and driving the consumer to and from their job or day program, taking them to doctor appointments, attending recreational and social activities in the Bangor area and supporting them with their participation in Special Olympics practices and events locally and statewide.

    You will have the same 2½ day, 40-hour, full-time work schedule every week while providing support to the same two adult consumers. Background experience working with people with Intellectual, Physical and Mental Health disabilities & Autism is preferred but not required. Must be willing to monitor and support the two consumer’s safety and care, and follow recommendations and goals of their PCP (Person Centered Plan).

    Employment at MERT Enterprises, Inc. is contingent upon being able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, driving record (DMV) check, APS (Adult Protective Services), CPS (Child Protective Services) check and professional reference check. Applicants will also be required to furnish proof of the highest level of education completed. Applicants need to have a flexible work schedule before the beginning of their shift and after the usual ending of their shift. Personal vehicle use is required as-needed to transport our consumers – your vehicle must seat four people comfortably, have working seat belts, your name listed on the current auto liability insurance and vehicle should be available 24/7. Additionally, applicant should have good, legible handwriting skills to document consumer information, keep accurate and detailed staff notes and duty logs, monthly reports, incident reports and seizure reports. Strong reading comprehension skills are needed to understand medical information and consumer’s personal information being passed-on regularly, and to promote staff development. Verbal communication is essential to convey information to other team members, supervisors and visitors or family members of the consumer. Applicants should also understand they will be responsible for administering daily medications to the two consumers.

    Applicants need to have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applicants will also be required to furnish proof of the highest level of education completed. Must also be at least 18 years of age and provide proof that you are authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer. Driver’s license must be in good standing, your vehicle must seat four people comfortably, have working seat belts, automobile liability insurance and be available to you 24/7 – personal vehicle is used to transport consumers locally.

    Our Entry Level Pay Rate with no prior experience is $17.00/hr.  With prior related experience and certifications you may start at a higher pay rate. Mileage is reimbursed for personal vehicle use, tolls, etc. Vacation and time off is accrued according to length of service. CRMA and DSP certification is required in the first year of employment and is fully-paid by MERT. Applicants already having prior DSP work experience and CRMA, DSP, First Aid/CPR or Safety-Care certifications may have their starting pay rate adjusted upward based on related work experience and current certifications. AA/EOE

    To apply for this employment opportunity please print out the MERT Enterprises Employment Application Form. Once completed send it in to:

    MERT Enterprises
    Attention: Scott Lynskey
    PO Box 1234
    Bangor, ME 04402-1234

    or drop it off in person at:

    MERT Enterprises
    233 Bomarc Road
    Bangor, Maine 04401

    You may also contact our HR Manager, Scott Lynskey by calling 207-942-4585 or by email: Scott.Lynskey@mertenterprises.org