Direct Support Professional – Community Based

Posted by MERT Enterprises, Inc.
Bangor, ME
November 23, 2022

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MERT’s success for 30 years is because we remained a small agency putting our consumers and employees 1st and keeping the work environment family friendly. We want our employees to enjoy their MERT experience while feeling appreciated and doing a job that is personally rewarding. We pride ourselves on hiring pleasant, knowledgeable people who want to make a difference while having a reliable and steady work schedule every week!

Instead of just having a ‘job’, why not start a ‘career’ that is in high demand, provides you with ongoing training and provides you with a regular, part-time schedule so you have time for your classes? MERT Enterprises, Inc. has openings for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Greater Bangor, for part-time Community-Based positions providing you with a fixed-shift each week. Hours are primarily from 2:00pm-10:00pm on weekdays and the weekend and there are no overnights. You work with one adult consumer who has 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 one consumer which could include 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 Community-Based schedule every week while providing support to the same consumer. 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 consumer’s safety and care and follow recommendations and goals of their PCP (Person Centered Plan).

Employment at MERT Enterprises, Inc. is contingent upon having a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applicants must be able to furnish proof of the highest level of education completed. Only applicants who are fully COVID-vaccinated will be considered. Applicants will also need 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. Personal vehicle use is required as-needed to transport our consumers – your vehicle must seat four people comfortably and vehicle should be available 24/7. Additionally, applicant should have good, legible handwriting skills and strong reading comprehension skills to document daily information. Verbal communication skills are essential to provide information to others. Applicants should also understand they will be responsible for administering daily medications to our consumers.

Our Entry Level Pay Rate with no prior experience is $16.00/hr. MERT provides a “Weekend Shift Differential” of $1.00/hr. on top of your regular pay rate for any hours worked on Saturday or Sunday. Mileage is reimbursed for personal vehicle use, tolls, etc. Earned Paid Leave begins accruing on your first day of employment. 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.

Apply using our online Employment Application at: https://www.mertenterprises.org/careers/
Or stop by our office & fill out application Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm at MERT Enterprises, Inc. 233 Bomarc Road in Bangor. You can also call our office for us to mail you an Employment Application at 207-942-4585, fax a resume to us at 207-942-1574, or email your resume to: Scott.Lynskey@mertenterprises.org
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