Requisition No: 323582
Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Working Title: RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST - 67013559
Position Number: 67013559
Salary: $961.54 bi weekly
Posting Closing Date: 06/02/2021
RESIDENTIAL UNIT SPECIALIST
WORKING TITLE AS DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
APD - TACACHALE
Daily and consistently implements approved and scheduled active
treatment and skill acquisition programs for residents including,
but not limited to areas of self-care, daily living, socialization,
recreation, leisure, speech, community awareness, and
vocational/prevocational skills. Utilizing approved protocols and
training modules to ensure residents' safety and privacy. Provides
supervision and training at worksites, working with vocational
staff to maximize training and attending to residents' self-care
needs as appropriate. Adheres closely to the residents' daily
activity schedule. Reports progress or lack thereof of the
residents' goals and objectives to supervisor and suggests
improvements as appropriate.
Follows approved individualized behavior support plans utilizing
approved strategies. Follows occupational therapy, physical therapy
and speech therapy programs as prescribed.
Implements appropriate recreation and leisure activities for
residents at home, as well as away from home through center wide
activities, community outings and attending alternative leisure
Accurately documents resident information including, but not
limited to: behavioral issues, toileting, food/fluid intake, and
active treatment following each activity as required. Provides
valuable input concerning the observation of the resident and makes
suggestions for improvements in the activities under discussion.
Participates in meetings and discussions concerning residents'
needs, goals and objectives.
Transports and/or escorts residents to and from on-campus
activities, community trips and appointments, including emergency
visits to the hospital, to ensure their safety and well-being.
Provides care for residents during overnight stays in hospital
(until admitted), as directed, in accordance with the established
Performs mealtime procedures strictly following each resident's
prescribed diet and assuring appropriate use of prescribed adaptive
equipment by assisting the residents as needed. Assures that
residents do not eat too fast, food is cut to appropriate size and
residents are properly positioned at all times. Ensures that foods
are maintained at appropriate temperatures, dates and labels are
checked, and that food is properly stored and maintained to avoid
spoilage. Reviews meal program information to ensure proper
implementation of mealtime procedures.
Checks residents' clothing and personal possessions daily,
reporting any needs, concerns, and/or repairs to supervisor in a
timely manner. Ensures daily that the residents' personal
appearance is neat, clean and their clothes are well-fitted.
Completes residents' Personal Possession Inventory accurately and
on a monthly basis as assigned.
Attends to residents' injuries and illnesses by utilizing
appropriate first aid procedures and notifying the nurse/or
supervisor as the situation warrants. Accurately completes Incident
Reports, and documents illnesses and injuries in the Shift
Communication Book within one (1) hour of occurrence. Maintains
compliance with policies and procedures related to reporting
Provides and receives communication with staff on adjoining
shifts regarding significant job-related information on a daily
basis and documents such in the Shift Communication Book. Remains
on duty at the end of the shift until proper staffing is assured
for the oncoming shift, until released by supervisory or management
staff. Stays to work the next shift to ensure adequate staffing to
meet the needs of the residents, as directed by supervisory or
Attends in-service training and other staff meetings as
necessary. Attends mandatory training and/or maintains
certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation and Direct Care In-Service. Completes annual health
Performs other related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Knowledge of the methods of instructing and providing care to
Ability to understand and apply the methods and practices used
in medical, psychiatric, nursing or childcare or in working with
developmentally disabled persons.
Ability to read.
Ability to pay attention to details.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Ability to carry out instructions for implementing prescribed
treatment plans including behavior modification activities.
Ability to instruct others in basic self-care skills.
Ability to instruct others in recreational activities.
Ability to provide instruction and personal guidance and care to
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with others.
A valid Florida Driver's License. (If initially hired with an
out-of-state license the Florida resident must obtain a valid
Florida State driver's license within 30-days of hire. License
suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business
purpose/Employment/Education only license) and some types of
restricted license are not acceptable. License that have
"Corrective Lenses Restricted," are acceptable, provided the driver
wears the corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.)
One year or more experience working directly with intellectually
Tacachale is a 24/7, 365 day a year facility. Available shifts
are: 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and 10:15
p.m. to 6:15 a.m.
The successful candidate must be able to have days off other
than Saturday and Sunday.
Employees of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities are
required to demonstrate total commitment to outstanding customer
service. This includes, but not limited to, acting in a responsive,
professional, courteous manner with the employees, customers and
public we serve at all times.
This position may be required to perform essential services
before, during and after an emergency per APD OP 2-0035.
This position is critical to the safety and supervision of
residents and may require the incumbent to work beyond their normal
work schedule to maintain minimum coverage levels in the
NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position
must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic
Direct Deposit Program - As a condition of employment, a person
appointed to a position in State government is required to
participate in the Direct Deposit Program.
Background Screening requirement - It is the policy of the
Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that candidates being
considered for employment must successfully complete a State and
National criminal history check as a condition of employment before
beginning employment, and be screened in accordance with the
requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, and if applicable
Chapter 408, F.S.
Background screening shall include, but not be limited to:
Fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal and juvenile records
through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local
criminal records check through local law enforcement agencies.
Also, employees are subject to background re-screening at least
every five (5) years.
ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD COMPLETE THE ON-LINE PROFILE PROCESS. IF
ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE CALL THE
PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER AT 1-877-562-7287.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate
discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by
the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring
authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735).
Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to
allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All
employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in
accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace
VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes,
candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive
preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are
encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must
attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes
character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4)
along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7,
Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation
requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is
due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
Nearest Major Market: Gainesville