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07/28/2017 08/11/2017
COOLIDGE 0.00-23,796.00


Arizona Department of Economic Security


Direct Support Professional (Direct Care)

2800 N. Hwy 87 - Coolidge, AZ 85128  

Openings: 3


Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) works with families, community organizations, advocates, and State and Federal partners to realize our collective mission to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need. To learn more about DES visit DES Overview and visit our careers page to see current job opportunities. Join the DES Team!



The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is seeking highly motivated individual to join our team as a Direct Support Professional (Direct Care). This position requires a caring individual to assist members who have Developmental Disabilities (i.e., autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or epilepsy) ranging from moderate to severe. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Encourages and involves members with developmental disabilities in recreational activities available at home or in the community during leisure time

- Communicating (verbal and/or written), reads, writes and follows directions.  Implements ISP programs and strategies, collects and records data 

- Administering, ordering and storing medications of members according to doctor's orders

- Prepares, cooks, sets up, serves and assists members with developmental disabilities in eating meals;  encourages member participation in meal-time process and ensures nutritional requirements are met

- Completes general housekeeping duties as assigned



- Must be 18 years of age to apply

- Read and write English

- Possess an active and valid driver’s license with 5 or fewer points on driving record - In-state travel is required

- Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions

- Theories of teaching daily living or vocational career skills, basic principles of normalization

- Knowledge of Individual Program Plans and the application

- Planning activities designed to meet specific needs of individual members

- Act compassionately with respect of the rights of the member

- Attend staff training

- Willing to work weekends, holidays, overtime, and change work locations, when necessary



DES promotes career development by offering a learning environment, team oriented culture. Our new hires enjoy several other benefits such as paid holidays, vacation days, sick leave, medical, dental, and vision benefits, tuition reimbursement, and participation in the Arizona State Retirement Plan. Click here to learn more about benefits.


Staffing Disclosure

Applicants will be required to:

- Have a current, valid state issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employee is subject to driver’s license record checks and must maintain an acceptable driving record, valid motor vehicle insurance and registration, and must complete any required training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

- Apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card that meets Level One requirements

- Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees

- Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459  

- Successfully pass background and reference checks. Employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions


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DES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply Fair and Equal Employment Opportunity Practices: DES does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or military service.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: During all stages of the recruitment process, persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation which includes but are not limited to a sign language interpreter or an alternative format of documents. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact DES Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

If you experience technical issues while applying for this position, please dial 602-542-4700 or email [email protected]


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