Direct Support Staff - Adult Habilitation - Copy
at Sequel Youth and Family Services

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

Job Description


If so, Woodward Community Based Services has immediate openings for Full-Time and Part-Time Direct Support Staff to work with adults in our Habilitation house located in Des Moines, IA.  The shifts availble are evenings and weekends.   

Through a continuum of services, Woodward Community Based Services, a division of Sequel Youth and Family Services, provides education, counseling and supervision to individuals and families in their home community. Our professionals work in conjunction with local resources to develop a strength-based plan to support success for our consumers. 
Services include:

  • Re-entry services
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Tracking and Monitoring services
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
  • School-Based Services  
  • Wrap-Around Services
  • Individual & Group Skill Development
  • Foster Group Care
  • Adult Habilitation services

Position Overview:

The Direct Support Staff will assist clients with expanding their capabilities at the individual’s pace and provide the skills to teach, advocate, encourage, and tolerate the symptoms from their disability while educating them of options to manage their mental health behaviors. 

Job Duties Include:

  • Conducting room checks to ensure safety of clients.  
  • Respond to emegerncies per program procedures.  Give First-Aid until help arrives, if necessary.
  • Oversee and document the necessary drills.
  • Be an advocate to the client by engaging them with positive interactions, providing them with healthy options, education, learning experiences, building natural supports, and assisting them when they are unable to care for themselves.  
  • Attend and schedule client appointments as needed.
  • Document all observed interaction with clients during the shift. Complete service notes, reports, and released within requird timeframes.
  • Identify and utilize client's crisis plan, safety plan, and coping skills as needed.
  • Supervise the on-going activities and safety of the clients and their environment. Report all noticeable events to Program Supervisor.
  • Assist clients with maintaining their residence such as cooking, cleaning, and organizing.
  • Provide skill development services to clients in their home and community as outlined in the treatment plan.
  • Utilize the intervention steps to complete each goal intended.
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with clients and their families, and supports.
  • Successfully administer and document all medication.  

Job Requirements:

  • HS Diploma or GED.
  • 1-3 years' experience working with mental disabilities or a related college degree is preferred.
  • Must be capable to participate in the aid of persons with mental, intellectual, or developmental disabilities.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and sufficient liability insurance coverage on the vehicle used to transport clients. Personal vehicle may be required to provide transportation.
  • Obtain medication management certification including completion of onsite exam.


  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance after sixty days
  • Company provided Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Company provided AD&D Insurance 
  • Flexible Spending Program/Health Savings Account
  • 401K after sixty days
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Tuition Loan Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Woodward Community Based Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: 1 to 3 years
  • Date Posted: 3/15/2019

About Us

At Sequel Youth and Family Services, we work together today to build a brighter tomorrow. With a focus on providing programs for behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges, we proudly serve children and adults alike. Associates at Sequel Youth and Family Services enjoy giving back and getting more out of a career that positively impacts the community. If you’re a compassionate, motivated individual who’s looking for a truly meaningful career, we look forward to hearing from you.

Sequel Youth and Family Services is committed to offering a broad spectrum of services and options that care for our patients and families alike. Our offerings include long-term residential treatment, short-term impact programs, shelter care, therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, community-based services, in-home services, and alternative education programs. Our reach extends to clients from 37 states and territories – and we’re growing every day.

Current employment opportunities span:

  • Business Administration & Support

  • Education & Counseling

  • Residential Support Services

  • Child & Family Therapy

  • Nursing (LPN, CNA, RN, PRN)

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