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Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Awake Overnight Position

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS – AWAKE OVERNIGHTS

Awake Overnight shifts are typically from 11:00PM-7:00AM, and you will work as part of a team responsible for providing support for adult consumers, who have Intellectual, Physical and Mental Health disabilities and Autism during the overnight hours.  You must be able to remain awake and alert at all times during the scheduled work hours to ensure consumer(s) care and safety are your first priority, and assist with any mobility, health or emergency issues which may arise.  Ensure you are well-rested during the day prior to working an Awake Overnight shift, so you are able to be awake and alert during entire overnight shift.  Through visual observation, you must be able to accurately and thoroughly document by hand any interaction with the adult consumer(s) which may occur during the overnight hours to communicate the issue to other team members.  Assist consumer(s) with personal health or hygiene issues such as toileting or incontinence, to ensure their bedding and clothing are clean and laundered promptly; re-prioritize other duties to prevent health or hygiene issues from waiting until morning.  Perform a variety of light housekeeping duties such as doing laundry, mopping and sweeping floors and cleaning bathroom before the end of the Awake Overnight shift.

You will have the same Awake Overnight work schedule every week while providing support to one or two of our consumers. Background experience working with people with Intellectual, Physical and Mental Health disabilities & Autism is preferred.  Must be willing to monitor and support the 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. Weekend differential pay is $1.00 per hour in addition to regular pay rate for hours worked any time from Saturdays from 7:00am- Mondays at 7:00am. 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