The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region offers many full time and part-time positions. Positions include House Managers, Community Support Staff, Awake Overnight Staff, Weekend Relief Staff, Roommates, Employment Advisors, Substitutes, Family Support and Respite Care Staff.
Direct Support Staff provide assistance to people with developmental disabilities and their families. A Direct Support Staff’s main role is to assist individuals in becoming valued, active and respected members of their communities. Responsibilities include, but not are limited to assisting each individual in promoting social and emotional growth, assisting with personal care, assisting in the development of Individual Futures Plans, facilitating community participation, assisting the individual in finding active employment, advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and providing leadership to other staff.
Each applicant should have an interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and empowering them to make choices, establish meaningful relationships, and becoming active members of their community. Qualifications may vary; some positions require experience. For most positions a high school diploma/equivalent and valid driver’s license is required. In some cases Awake Overnight Staff may be hired even without a driver’s license.
The Hiring Process
Step #1 - The Screening Interview
The first step in the hiring process is the screening interview. You will spend about an hour meeting with the recruiter discussing your qualifications and filling out our application.
Step #2 - The Second Interview/Home Visit
If it is determined by the recruiter that you have all the qualifications we are seeking, your name and phone number will be given to a supervisor that would best match the people we support and the hours you are available. The supervisor will call you to set up a home visit to interview with the person(s) you will be supporting and their staff.
Step #3 - References & Background Check
While you are interviewing at the home visit, your references will be checked, your past employment will be verified, and we will conduct a criminal background check and a driver's record check.
Step #4 - You're Hired!
Okay - you have completed your home visits; your references and your background checks are complete. Now you can move on to the next step - The Job Offer. You will be contacted by Human Resources to discuss salary and a start date. You will also schedule a time to meet and fill out any personnel paperwork needed and sign up for staff training. As the final step in the hiring process you will be sent for a physical, tb test and a drug screening. That is done at the agency's expense. Once that is complete and we receive good results, you can begin work.