• Valley Achievement Center
  • $93,856.67 -90,140.00/year*
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Caregiving/Babysitting
  • Full-Time
  • 1609 28th St

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Job Summary: This position will provide assistance and support to clients in a home setting. The goal of Direct Care Staff is to help clients gain independence through providing assistance with daily living skills.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coach/ assist clients with daily living including personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal preparation, emergency responses, social interaction, grocery shopping, and medical appointments.
  • Follow SLS health, saftey plans, and follow physician's direction for client care.
  • Ensures/records client is taking vitamins, or prescription medication.
  • Provides client transportation in an insured personal or company vehicle.
  • Ensures Individual Service Plans are followed for each client.
  • Completes and submits all required paperwork as required by Valley Adult Services and Valley Achievement Center.
  • Assists client with finding appropriate social activities.
  • Preforms shift requirements per supervisor and client support plans.
  • Assists client with budgeting, including but limited to: cashing checks, balancing cash box, maintaining a bill paying calendar.
  • Follow all policies and procedures as outlined in VAC handbook.
  • Ensure client safety at all times.
  • Maintain close proximity to client at all times.
  • Maintain the client's house binder and notify Lead Staff of any concerns regarding client programming.
  • Implement VAC techniques and approved methods of intervention for client behavior(s).
  • Maintain a professional and objective relationship with clients, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Protect and uphold client confidentiality at all times.
  • Collect, record and maintain accurate data pertaining to client's IPP/ISP goals.
  • May work with a Variety of clients within the Autism Spectrum or with other Developmental Disabilities.
  • Complete daily assigned job responsibilities at the beginning or end of shift.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate behavior modification techniques when necessary.
  • Follow appropriate chain of command when faced with concerns related to clients, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Attends, and actively participates in, all required employee meetings.
  • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness, and personal accountability; looks for ways to improve or promote quality.
  • Adheres to all VAC policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Actively participate in community based instruction throughout the year, and actively participate in water activities ( changing into appropriate swim attire is required, as outlined in VAC Dress Code).
  • Exemplifies VAC's Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Required to have a safe, reliable and insured vehicle on hand during all scheduled shifts.
  • Prior experience working with adults with developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to follow goals and objectives established for each client.
  • Ability to work any shift as required by the supervisor or the client needs.
  • Must be 18 years of age to work in the SLS Program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with students, parents, VAC vendors, supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to work as a team, and independently without direct supervision; actively participate and collaborate with other team members.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques preferred.
  • Ability to maintain composure, remain objective, demonstrate sound judgment and react effectively in challenging situations.
  • Flexible and adaptable to clients, program, and organizational changes.
  • Exhibits a positive, solution oriented and motivating demeanor at all times.


Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required (all programs).

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs. without assistance.
  • Frequent squatting, sitting, walking, standing, bending, twisting, kneeling, crawling, climbing, occasional running, pushing and pulling, reaching above and below shoulder level.
  • Regular exposure to excessive noise levels.
  • Walking and running on uneven surfaces.
  • Regular exposure to outside elements, including excessive heat, direct sunlight, cold, wind or rain.


  • Valid Driver's License and evidence of insurability.
  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred.
  • Completion of QBS Safety Care Training within 3 months of employment.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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