Gheel Autism Services: Vacancies

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In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes which are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of, their service delivery.  

We currently have a number of vacancies, both permanent and contract roles, for Autism Practitioners/Social Care Workers and Support Workers in our North Kildare Services.   This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidates to bring their skills and talents to Gheel. 

  1. Support Worker – Day Services - North Kildare (permanent whole time equivalent)

This service is based just outside Maynooth, in the countryside.You will work on a day services roster and your hours of work will be Monday - Friday.This is a very busy house with the service users enjoying a mixture of home and community-based activities.As the ideal candidate you will be proactive and imaginative when it comes to service provision.Excellent report writing skills, experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to work on your own initiative are a must, while working under the New Directions model of support.

  1. Support Worker – Day Services – Kildare Transition Team (specified purpose contract covering maternity leave)

This service is based in Celbridge, Co Kildare working on a day services roster. This service offers unique and personalised services which are based on the choices, needs and aspirations of the individual. Our day services are in process of working towards a New Directions model of service delivery. This is also to suit the individual sensory and support needs of adults with autism. Day Services are provided in smaller ‘hub’ models, where there is tailored style of support offered in local communities. Successful candidates support and promote the development of independent living skills, education, employment possibilities, and social & leisure groups. 

Specific Responsibilities:

• Actively supporting people to lead the life they want in line with their own wishes.

• This role will support the maintenance of all documentation and plans as part of key working teams.

• Working to maintain a high-quality service.

A summary of the requirements for these posts are as follows:

Essential Qualifications for this post: • Fetac Level 5 or equivalent in social care  • Willingness to undertake Fetac Level 5 or equivalent • Qualification in Health or Social Science

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Care Assistant pay scale point 2; €25,516 – point 13; € 36,680 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. There is 23 days annual leave per annum with this post.

Essential Experience for these posts:

At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
Experience working with adults with autism
Full, clean driving license

  1. Autism Practitioner/Social Care Worker – Maynooth, Residential Roster – Permanent whole time equivalent

This position is based in the vicinity of Maynooth Co. Kildare supporting adults with Autism over a number of locations within a residential setting. Support staff must have the awareness and skillset to support those who experience sensory differences, therefore, enabling them to maximise their experiences both within their own home and the community. Staff are required to promote the wellbeing of all service users across all locations ensuring that they achieve a high quality of life while working under HIQA guidelines and standards.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Actively produce, implement and evaluate practical resources and strategies to support a person with autism.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the working file/support plan and supporting tools ensuring that details collated are of value and then utilised to support and develop progress plans.

A summary of the requirements for the above posts is as follows:

Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland.
• A qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award.
• Relevant third level qualification at degree level i.e. social work, psychology, and/or allied health.
• Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 1; €30,293 – point 12; € 44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. There is 27 days annual leave per annum with this post.

Essential Experience for this post:

  • At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
  • Experience working with adults with autism
  • Full, clean driving license

To apply for this position please fully complete the job application form attached and return it to recruitment@gheel.ie. Please write Position A, Position B, or Position C in the subject line of the email.Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in the job application form.Curriculum vitaes are not required.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Friday, 22nd of March 2019 @ 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.A panel may be formed from which future vacancies arising over the next six months may be filled.

Garda vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.

Region: 

Co Kildare

Expiry date: 

22/03/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

04/03/19
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