Direct Care Staff – SLS/ILS

Valley Achievement Center is looking for Direct Care Staff – SLS/ILS

Employment Status: Job Title:Part time/Full time as needed – Non-exempt (hourly)
Reports To: Lead Staff
Hours: Varied, based on business needs

Job Summary: This position will provide assistance and support to clients in a home setting, via the internet, or in a facility setting. The goal of Direct Care Staff is to help clients gain independence through providing assistance with daily living and adaptive functioning skills.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coach/assist clients with daily living including personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal preparation, emergency responses, social interaction, and grocery shopping and medical appointments.
  • Follow health and safety plans and follow physician’s direction for client care.
  • Ensures/records client prescription medication.
  • Provides client transportation in an insured personal or company vehicle.
  • Ensures Individual Service Plans are followed for each client.
  • Completes and submits all paperwork as required by Valley Achievement Center.
  • Assists client with finding appropriate social activities.
  • Performs shift requirements per supervisor and client support plans.
  • Assists client with budgeting, including but limited to: cashing checks, balancing cash box, maintaining abill paying calendar.
  • Follows all policies and procedures as outlined in VAC handbook.
  • Ensure client safety at all times.
  • Maintain close proximity to client at all times.
  • Maintain the client’s binder and notify Lead Staff of any concerns regarding client programming.Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for client behavior(s).
  • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with clients, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors andother employees.
  • Protect and uphold client confidentiality at all times.
  • Collect, record, and maintain accurate data pertaining to client’s IPP/ISP goals.
  • May work with a variety of clients within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities.Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
  • Follow appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to clients, parents, VAC vendorsupervisors and other employees.
  • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
  • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promotequality.
  • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbo
  • Actively participate in community-based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in wateractivities (changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined the VAC Dress Code). Exemplifies

    VAC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Required to have a safe, reliable and insured vehicle on hand during all scheduled shifts.
  • Prior experience working with adults with developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to follow goals and objectives established for each client.
  • Ability to work any shift as required by the supervisor or the client needs.
  • Must be 18 years of age to work in the SLS Program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors andother employees.
  • Ability to work as a team, and independently without direct supervision; actively participate andcollaborate with other team members.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
  • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively inchallenging situations.
  • Flexible and adaptable to client, program, and organizational changes.
  • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all time.

Educational Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs. without assistance.
  • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending and twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing.Occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
  • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
  • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
  • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.


  • Valid Driver’s License and evidence of insurability.
  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
  • Completion of QBS Safety Care training within 3 months of employment.