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Relief Staff
Title:Relief Staff
Department:Portage House
Deadline:Open until filled.
Recruitment ends at 4:30 p.m. :N/A
Job Type:On Call -Casual
Hours per week:Varies
Salary Range:$10.00/hour
Class Title:             Relief Staff                                             Position No.
Department:           Health and Human Services                        Division: Portage House         
Regular Hours:         Flexible                                                  Date Duties Began:
This position provides solo weekend and evening coverage; maintains order and safety during shift; supervises and interacts with resident; and insures the house is kept clean and all rules, policies, and procedures are followed.
Receives direct supervision from the Portage House Director.
None over agency staff.
50%    A.    House Coverage and Supervision
                    1.     Maintains order and safety while typically the only staff member on duty during shift.
                    2.     Monitors residents’ activities and whereabouts.
                    3.     Insures house rules, policies, and residents’ commitments are being followed.
                    4.     Answers phone, takes messages, and communicates to other staff regarding residents’ activities and behavior.
                    5.     Remains in house for entire shift.
                    6.     Monitors visitors during shift.
                    7.     Performs first aid on residents and transports residents and transports residents to the hospital (when necessary).
40%    B.    Client Supervision
                    1.     Attends weekly staff meetings.  Attends Thursday evening meetings when necessary.
                    2.     Is available to clients during shift.  Supervise and interacts with clients, listens to their concerns, encourages positive behavior, confronts negative behavior.
                    3.     Responds to rule or policy infractions by writing disciplinary C-notes, may determine actions for minor C-notes, and records those actions.
                    4.     Participates in special house meetings while on duty.
                    5.     Records clients’ activities in log book, and writes other reports as necessary.
                    6.     Attends supervisory sessions as scheduled.
                    7.     Performs other related duties assigned by Program Coordinator or the Director.
                    8.     Performs intake and departure procedures with clients.

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 5%     C.    House Management
                    1.     Responsible for house cleanliness during shift.  Assigns and monitors residents’ house chores.
                    2.     Checks smoke alarms and conduct fire drills when needed.  Monitors residents’ activities during emergencies to insure safety and state code compliance.
                    3.     Performs other duties as assigned.
1%      D.    General Duties
  1.      Maintains client confidentiality.
4%      A.    General Duties
  1. Adjusts thermostat.
  2. Collects urine specimens for drug testing (male staff only).
  3. Reads files of clients.
  4. Walk residents to jail on occasion.
  5. Monitors maintenance and repair needs.
  6. In case of a disaster may be required to assist in disaster relief efforts.
(A)   Minimum of six (6) credits of course work in psychology, sociology, social work, or related human services filed, or comparable training or experience.
(B)   Group and/or individual counseling experience preferred.
(C)   High school diploma or equivalency required.
(D)  Ability to speak, read and write the English language.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Knowledge of individual and group counseling techniques.
Knowledge of human behavior.
Ability to relate well with others.
Ability to work with resistant or unmotivated clients.
Ability to assess client’s moods and behavior.
Ability to make decisions under pressure.
Ability to communicate clearly, verbally, and in writing.
Ability to organize and stay on top of details.     
Ability to maintain regular, consistent and reliable attendance.
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This position is in the Collateral Exposure category for blood borne pathogens and will follow all recommended training and procedures for this category.
Must be a licensed driver and have access to an insured vehicle.
Transport clients in personal vehicle as required.
Telephone, first aid equipment, photocopier, computer (included basic word processing programs), printer, and fax.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to operate, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands or arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 
Portage House is a remodeled two story home, which is typical of many CBRF's.  Thus, the work environment has limits typical of a family dwelling.  Periodically, the program assistant is on duty alone.  The program assistant must be able to negotiate stairs, up to the second floor, and down to the basement recreation room.  This is necessary in order to have contact with residents.
When on duty alone, the relief staff is responsible for the protection, health, and safety of residents.  This would include being able to take appropriate action in an emergency.
The facility has other physical limitations consistent with a two story family home.  For the most part it is not handicapped accessible.  The cost estimates to make the facility handicapped accessible are prohibitive.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.
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This position description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of the job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated on this description.
This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Portage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.