PDS Job Description
Employment & Community Support Facilitator
This is the coolest, most rewarding job you can find! Great hours, never any weekends or nights. Dance, karaoke, picnics, hiking, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, dog walking and fun, fun, fun everyday!
People with Disabilities Succeeding (PDS) needs you to help support adults with developmental disabilities to experience all the joys that life has to offer, like working, having friends, staying healthy and fit, and participating in Marin as productive and accepted members of the community. We celebrate difference, diversity, and inclusion of all people.
Our clients have Down Syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities. They love PDS, and you will too!
We strongly promote dignity, respect, freedom and choice while also providing the compassion, nurturing and kindness that this vulnerable population deserves. Because the folks we serve are so happy, most days go smoothly and most people go home each day feeling good.
People with Disabilities Succeeding is innovative and different from other programs in our field. For instance, our staff to client ratio is just 1:2. Read on to discover other ways in which PDS is unique......
During the pandemic PDS created a beautiful social club called The Friend Zone.
This post-pandemic club house, designed after Monica's apartment in the show "Friends”, is a place where vaccinated people with and without disabilities can hang out and have fun in a totally inclusive and accepting environment.
The large building has a huge TV, leather couches, a modern kitchen, a coffee bar called “Central Perk”, as well as an art room, table tennis, dance space and 2 bathrooms with fancy bidets.
After being on Zoom for a year and a half, we are so excited to socialize, dance, sing, play games, do art and safely chill with our friends in person.
PDS does not use group transportation, like vans. You need your own car for this job because you would be picking up our clients at their homes and driving them directly to scheduled activities and employment sites. Sometimes people mistakenly assume they are applying to be a "Driver". Driving is just an incidental part of the job. Your main duty would be to support our clients throughout the day at work and their various activities, hence the job title, "Employment and Community Support Facilitator".
Detailed, written schedules are designed to ensure that staff members and all clients spend time with a large variety of people in lots of different settings, but within a consistent predictable routine. The PDS Program Coordinator creates these schedules this way so our 33 clients and our 17 full time staff members won't get bored or burnt out, but also to provide structure so everyone knows what they will be doing, and knows what is expected of them each day.
Our employees appreciate being provided with a consistent schedule of work, with break and preparation time, which does not vary from week to week and does not include evenings or weekends. We know how important it is to be able to plan your home/social life and your budget.
COVID-19 vaccination required for this position. Every PDS client and staff member you would come into contact with will also be vaccinated.
Full time staff work with clients between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:15 PM, Monday through Friday and attend a weekly staff meeting on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM (paid OT).
Experience: You don't have to be experienced in this field to do this job. It would be nice if you have some kind of relevant human service experience (i.e., babysitting, working with kids or the elderly) but we always provide 2 weeks of training to every new hire.
Expectations: Must demonstrate warmth, patience, stamina, a good work ethic, compassion, sense of humor, a desire to help others, commitment to the values and clients of PDS, and enthusiasm for our mission. Because we invest so much in new employees, we expect a one-year commitment and one month’s notice from full time employees.
Non-negotiable: Must be 21 years of age, and possess California Driver's License, car in good working order (preferably less than 10 years old) a smart phone, ability to make it to work on time by 8:00 AM and stay until 3:15 PM on weekdays (and 3:30 PM-5:00 PM on Tuesdays). No DUIs within 5 years. There is a lot of driving involved in this job and we do not compensate for bridge toll. We are looking for candidates who live within 20 miles of Marin, because they are familiar with the Bay Area, and have commutes that will not interfere with job duties.
Taxable Wages: $18.50 hourly/ $148.00 daily/ $3,346.96 monthly/$40,163.50 annually
Cell Phone Reimbursement: $4.50 daily/$97.50 monthly/ $1,170.00 annually
Auto Stipend: $26.00 daily/$563.33 monthly/$6,760.00 annually
Total Non-Taxable Compensation: $30.50 daily/$660.83 monthly/$7,930.00 annually
Total Taxable + Non-Taxable Compensation: $178.50 daily/$4,007.79 monthly/$48,093.50 annually
*Full and Part-time work available. Staff work 8:00-3:15 but are paid for 8 hours a day, to include break and prep time. Annual amounts are based on full-time, 5 days a week, including OT on staff meeting days.
At least 20 paid holidays and paid vacation days in first year for full time employees (prorated for part-timers). Delta Dental and AAA roadside membership.
Bonuses, love, appreciation and meaningful, rewarding work.
INSTRUCATIONS FOR APPLYING:
Please first do your homework on our organization.
PDS website: www.pdsmarin.org
PDS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PDSMarin/videos
PDS Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PDSMarin/
Vimeo videos of remote services: https://vimeo.com/539256404
PLEASE CUT AND PASTE THESE QUESTIONS AND ANSWER INTO YOUR EMAIL RESPONSE: email@example.com
1. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in the job. (You can be as detailed as you like here)
2. Where do you live? (First pickups at 8 AM are anywhere from Marin City to Novato in Marin County.)
3. Do you have a car in good working order with 4 seatbelts (inc. driver)? What year/make is the car?
4. Any DUI's or driver's license suspensions?
5. What do you do for work now? If you are unemployed, why/how?
6. Are you able to work Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 3:15 PM with staff meetings on Tuesdays from 3:30 PM -5:00 PM? (Hours are not negotiable)
7. Are you sure the salary meets your needs? (Salary is not negotiable.)
8. If you plan to work a second job in addition to this position, what would that job be?
9. Can you provide proof of vaccination?
10. Do you have any hobbies or skills that you could share with our clients such as dance, dog walking, hiking, exercise, cooking or art?