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Program Aide

SUMMARY:

This position will work up to full-time; flexible hours will be assumed. Provides client educational training, supervision and ongoing support in a variety of program areas, as needed, to individuals who are chronically mentally ill or have varying degrees of physical and developmental disabilities. The areas of instruction may be community- based services, community job sites, prevocational, and/or daily living skills.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • About 70% of time is spent providing training and supervision to clients of Green Lake County Human Services Department in the areas of community based services, daily living skills, day services, work activities, prevocational, and supported employment settings.
  • Approximately 15% of the time may be driving a morning and afternoon van/bus route.
  • Providing clients with assistance for toileting and hygienic needs consumes about 5% of time. This includes transferring clients in and out of wheelchairs and/or other special equipment.
  • 5% of time is utilized maintaining records and charting associated with client behaviors, goals, time studies and objectives.
  • 5% of time is spent in unit staff meetings, training, information sharing, and special projects.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and e-mail
  • Skill in the use of a typewriter, calculator, copy machine, computer terminal, fax machine, technical equipment, camera, measuring devices, and automobile. Various types of client lifting/ transferring equipment is used (wheelchair, prone stander, and lifts on vehicles). Hand tools: hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, shovels, brooms, etc. Food preparation equipment: ovens, food warmers, dishwashers, and mixers, etc. Pallet jack and stopwatch may be required. Hearing and eye protection are required.  Gloves are used.
  • Basic everyday living skills are necessary for this position.
  • Ability to understand and follow directions, and to read, write, add, and subtract.

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent and a current valid Wisconsin driver's license are necessary.

 

EXPERIENCE / JOB KNOWLEDGE: Experience and/or training in working with the developmentally disabled population is preferred.

  • Must be CPR and first aid certified or certifiable (training will be provided).
  • Must have CNA license or be willing/able to acquire one in first 90 days of employment.
  • Must have forklift safety certificate or be willing/able to acquire one in the first 90 days of employment

WORKING CONDITIONS:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 75% of the time requires talking, hearing, and far and near vision. About 50% of the time is spent standing with a lesser amount (25%) used in walking and low fingering (writing). Approximately 10% of the time is spent sitting, grappling (physically subduing a client), bending/twisting (to transfer clients), and reaching. Included in this 10% of time is lifting people weighing 100 lbs. or more, carrying them and involves a high degree of pushing (wheelchair). In unusual situations, stopping, kneeling, crouching, running, swimming, climbing, and pushing/pulling objects weighing 50-80 lbs

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Over 75% of time is spent inside a building. 10% of time, more or less, is spent outside supporting clients where temperatures fluctuate between hot and cold, wet and humid conditions. An additional 10% of time is used in providing personal care to clients involving exposure to blood and body fluids; and the possibility of physical attack or injury from a client can occur. In unusual situations, the aide is exposed to high noise levels, odors, dust, and poor ventilation due to workshop activities, and community based job sites.

 

Management’s assignment of essential functions is not designed to limit the manner in which duties may be accomplished. Management shall comply with all applicable workplace laws and shall communicate with any employee with a disability to determine the availability of a reasonable accommodation(s) to allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.

This is a public service position, and employee is required to be courteous, cooperative and respectful at all times with the public and clients; also establishes and maintains a courteous and cooperative and respectful working relationship with other employees, supervisors and public officials.

 

This position description has been prepared to assist in defining job responsibilities, physical demands, working conditions and needed skills. It is not intended as a complete list of job duties, responsibilities and/or essential functions. This description is not intended to limit or modify the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The county retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from, any section of this document as it deems, in its' judgment, to be proper.

 

Green Lake County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Green Lake County complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Green Lake County has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment

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By submitting an application, you certify that the answers given by you in the application are true and correct without omissions of any kind. You understand that any misleading or incorrect statements may render the application void. If you become employed by Green Lake County, and it is subsequently discovered that any answer given by you is incomplete, misleading, or incorrect, you may be terminated from employment. You agree that Green Lake County shall not be held liable in any respect if your employment is terminated because of false, incomplete, or misleading statements, answers, or omissions made by you in the application.

You also authorize pertinent companies, schools, agencies, municipalities, or persons to provide Green Lake County any information requested regarding your employment, character, experience and qualifications, and/or suitability for employment with Green Lake County, including a check of your fingerprints and police record for the suitability for hire. You hereby forever release, discharge, and covenant not to sue any person or organization for any result of providing, obtaining, or acting upon such information. You understand that such information is sought with confidentiality and will not be released to you in any form whatsoever.

In addition, a copy of application and this authorization is as valid as the original and should be recognized as such.

You further understand that you must undergo a physical examination, including substance abuse screening, prior to an appointment to a position with Green Lake County. Refusal to participate will result in the rejection of your application.

Green Lake County provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to membership in a protected classification.

If you have any questions, please contact the Green Lake County Human Resources Coordinator at 920-294-4166.

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