Become an Assistant

Job Opportunity: Assistant (Direct Support Professional)

To Apply

  • Read the assistant role description below
  • Read the awake overnight assistant role description below
  • Download the Assistant Application and email it to Crisely Melecio-Zambrano at join@larche-gwdc.org
  • Learn about Daily Life Membership

Role Description

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 14 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the “core people” of the community).

Role Summary: Assistants provide skilled direct care supports to core people, ensure their safety and well-being, and support their integrated participation in all aspects of daily life. Assistants will learn how to serve and how to relate to others in this unique and vibrant environment.

Reports To: Service Team Leader

Responsibilities

  • Build a relationship of mutual care and support with persons with disabilities
  • Observe the rights and personal dignity of others
  • Foster a home life of unity, mutual respect, and participation by all household members
  • Learn and follow the policies and procedures of L’Arche
  • Complete all required training in a timely manner
  • Perform a variety of tasks, duties, and responsibilities aimed at helping and empowering core people with the various tasks of daily life, including:
  • Assisting core people with such activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, hygiene, preparing for work, preparing to sleep at night, and using the restroom
  • Administering medications to core people
  • Assisting core people to achieve their Individualized Support Plan (“ISP”) goals—objectives generated by the core people with their supporting team of friends, family, and professionals—which may include, for example, participating in physical exercises, planning a vacation, pursuing a hobby, and/or performing personal tasks with a certain level of independence
  • Assisting core people with cooking, eating, and packing lunches for work
  • Assisting core people with cleaning—floors, dishes, trash, recycling, loading/unloading dishwasher, toilets, showers
  • Assisting core people with laundry
  • Assisting core people with tracking and organizing their personal finances
  • Transport core people to and from their jobs or day programs
  • Support core people in various settings as assigned by the Service Team
  • Leader, including during medical appointments, social activities, work closures, and sick days
  • Communicate and advocate effectively with doctors and other professionals
  • Support core people during the night and/or assist the Overnight Awake
  • Assistant as assigned by the Service Team Leader
  • Complete documentation and paperwork regarding ISP goals, medication administration, and other activities in a timely manner
  • Participate in a variety of meetings, including: (1) House Service Team Meetings; (2) Training Meetings for learning relevant skills and renewing existing or obtaining additional certifications; (3) Supervision Meetings; (4)
  • Team Accompaniment Meetings; and (5) other staff meetings called for various administrative purposes
  • Collaborate with other assistants and leaders to ensure a positive environment for all present and appropriate care for core people
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Service Team Leader

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • 20 years of age or older
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills
  • College education preferred
  • Desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities
  • Desire to work in the context of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community and to respect beliefs and spiritual journeys of people from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds (L’Arche GWDC welcomes assistants from all faith traditions and those who do not have a faith affiliation)
  • Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time
  • Maturity as demonstrated by the ability to share responsibility for managing a home, work cooperatively as part of a team, take responsibility for health and safety of others, and work with diverse individuals
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive comfortably in the city
  • Ability to learn about intellectual disabilities, mental health, health disorders, simple nursing care, behavior management strategies, personal hygiene, etc.
  • Ability to commit for minimum of one year
  • Spanish proficiency highly desirable

 

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability, with reasonable accommodation, to fulfill role responsibilities, including ability to transfer adults from wheelchairs to vehicles, beds, etc. and to lift wheelchairs into and out of vehicles
  • Satisfactory health certificate in accordance with regulatory requirements

 

L’Arche welcomes applications from people of all ages, races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientations. To apply, download the Assistant Application, complete and return it to Crisely Melecio-Zambrano at join@larche-gwdc.org.

Role Description

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 14 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the “core people” of the community).

Role Summary:  Awake Overnight Assistants provide skilled direct care supports and ensure the safety and well-being core people during the nighttime hours.

Reports To:  Service Team Leader

Responsibilities

Build a relationship of mutual care and support with persons with disabilities
Observe the rights and personal dignity of others
Foster a home life of unity, mutual respect, and participation by all household members
Learn and follow the policies and procedures of L’Arche
Complete all required training in a timely manner
Communicate and advocate effectively for core people as needed
Perform a variety of tasks, duties, and responsibilities aimed at helping and empowering core people with the various tasks of daily life, including bathing, dressing, hygiene, preparing for work, preparing to sleep at night, and using the restroom
Ensure the safety of all core people during the night time hours, including helping with bathroom use and other duties as assigned
Complete household cleaning, maintenance, cooking, and other duties as assigned
Complete all required documentation and paperwork in a timely manner
Participate in meetings as requested, including (1) House Service Team Meetings; (2) Training Meetings for learning relevant skills and renewing existing or obtaining additional certifications; (3) Supervision Meetings; and (4) other staff meetings called for various administrative purposes
Collaborate with other assistants and leaders to ensure a positive environment for all present and appropriate care for core people
Assist with evening and morning supports as assigned by the Service Team Leader
Support core people on vacations and other trips away from home as assigned by the Service Team Leader
Undertake other duties as assigned by the Service Team Leader

Qualifications and Skills

20 years of age or older
Strong verbal and written English communication skills
College education preferred
Desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities
Desire to work in the context of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community and to respect beliefs and spiritual journeys of people from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds (L’Arche GWDC welcomes assistants from all faith traditions and those who do not have a faith affiliation)
Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time
Maturity as demonstrated by the ability to share responsibility for managing a home, work cooperatively as part of a team, take responsibility for health and safety of others, and work with diverse individuals
Ability to commit for minimum of one year
Ability to learn about intellectual disabilities, mental health, health disorders, simple nursing care, behavior management strategies, personal hygiene, etc.
Spanish proficiency highly desirable

Physical Requirements

Physical ability, with reasonable accommodation, to fulfill role responsibilities, including ability to transfer adults from wheelchairs to vehicles, beds, etc. and to lift wheelchairs into and out of vehicles
Satisfactory health certificate in accordance with regulatory requirements

L’Arche welcomes applications from people of all ages, races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientationsSubmit a completed Assistant Application to Crisely Melecio-Zambrano at join@larche-gwdc.org.