Developmental Assistant I

  • Developmental Assistant I
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
4380
Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$22,536.00 – $29,160.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$939.00 – $1,215.00
Pay Grade: 
A57

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Definition

This is entry-level direct care work involving the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Observes, reports, and assists in recording changes in the physical condition, behavioral response, and emotional status of clients.

Implements planned sessions of individual or group treatment activities in physical therapy, activity therapy, education, vocational rehabilitation, and related areas under the supervision of a higher-level Developmental Assistant or other staff member.

Assists in developing client skills related to self-help, play, education, muscular development, and socialization.

Assists in providing basic health care for clients; checks vital signs, and applies simple dressings.

Maintains a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment for client care and treatment activities.

Administers oral, rectal, vaginal, optic, ophthalmic, nasal, topical, and insulin injection medications, under professional supervision, and after certification by facility officials.

Serves as lead worker in the absence of the Developmental Assistant II.

Assists in the orientation of new employees.

Prepares necessary supplies and equipment for individual and/or group treatment activities; maintains an inventory of supplies and equipment.

Serves meals to clients in the absence of food service staff; escorts clients as assigned.

Assists clients during emergency situations.

Receives close supervision from a higher-level Developmental Assistant or other staff member who reviews work through reports and direct observations.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Nursing, Medical & Dental; Social Service, Public Welfare & Mental Health

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of work experience or self-employment; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of basic treatment techniques used in nursing, physical therapy, activity therapy, education, vocational rehabilitation, and related areas.

Introductory knowledge of elementary behavior modification techniques.

Ability to administer oral, rectal, vaginal, optic, ophthalmic, nasal, topical, and insulin injection medications after certification by facility officials.

Ability to apply basic skills required in activation and learning programs.

Ability to maintain a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment for client care and treatment activities.

Ability to accurately report and record observations.

Ability to understand and follow directions.

Ability to accept and adapt to changes in assignments, methods, and policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, supervisors, and the general public.

Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in the performance of assigned duties.

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