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Mainstream Living Inc Activity Coordinator in Ames, Iowa


Mainstream Living provides services designed to enhance opportunities, create success and fulfill dreams. The purpose of this position is to provide day habilitation services, transportation, and supports in community settings to persons with intellectual disabilities. All personnel are expected to promote a safe and welcoming environment that inspires hope and supports members with their individual goals and aspirations.


Education: Prefer High School Diploma or Equivalency/HiSet/GED

Experience: Human Service Experience is preferred but not required.

Driving: This position requires possession of valid Driver’s License, legal driving privileges and ability in the State of Iowa and qualification with Mainstream Living’s underwriter as an insurable driver. Exception to this may be made for select shifts, e.g., overnight shifts.

Other Certification: n/a

Computer: Basic data entry skills required.

Post hire: Must demonstrate competencies to complete internal training, including training to pass medication.

General: All employees must work diligently to incorporate the spirit and intent of the Mainstream Living's mission, vision and values. This includes respectful communication to all others at all times. Employees must be able to establish a rapport and develop positive relationships with others while conducting self in line with the Mainstream Living's Code of Ethics. Employees must also: demonstrate consistent professional conduct and establish and maintain appropriate boundaries with others; take accountability for own work while demonstrating a willingness to accept responsibility and offer constructive recommendations; demonstrate dependability and flexibility when shift times or duties of the day change; apply common sense to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form; and ensure that the best interest of the members are a top priority at all times.


This position is considered an essential health care worker position and in the event of an emergency may be required to work one-on-one with members to ensure their safety.

Direct Service Duties :

  • Assist in identifying members’ skills, needs, and interests.

  • Incorporate members’ service plan into daily routine by providing support, supervision and encouragement according to their established supports and individualized goals.

  • Facilitate and conduct activities in the community for members’ leisure, medical and other needs.

  • Identify, monitor, educate and correct physical or environmental barriers and hazards in members’ environment.

  • Monitor and address member’s well being and health needs.

  • Respectfully communicate with members in a manner appropriate to each individual.

  • Honor members’ rights, including but not limited to choice, privacy and confidentiality.

  • Complete member service documentation in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner required to meet billing and productivity requirements.

  • Maintain a clean environment by facilitating and completing tasks required to maintain a clean and safe working environment, including deep cleaning and light maintenance tasks.

  • Plan meaningful activities and volunteer opportunities.

  • Be an appropriate role model for members served.

  • Have an interest in wanting to provide high quality services.

  • Ability to plan and organize activities and outings for members for up to 60 people.

  • Ensure proper medical treatments and or medications are being administered per the member’s service plan and needs.

  • Be able to coordinate with a large team daily to include being able to communicate effectively, efficiently and appropriately with all team members.

    Adherence to Policies and Procedures :

    All employees will adhere to Mainstream Living's policies and procedures including but not limited to:

  • Personnel Policies and Policy manuals.

  • Attendance is an essential function. Employees are required to work shifts as scheduled. Adhere to Mainstream Living's Attendance Policies for time off, on-call and attendance to training/staff meetings.

  • Follow medication and medical policy and procedures to include: administration, record keeping, identification of medication, purpose, therapeutic intent and adverse reactions, and self-administration of medication.

  • Follow documentation procedures to include accurate, honest and timely completion.

  • Follow health and safety practices per Mainstream Living's policies including participation in emergency procedures, drills, proper infection control, accident/injury prevention, etc.

  • Follow vehicle policies for safe operation of Mainstream Living's vehicles and safe transport of members/others if in driving position.

  • Keep supervisor informed of critical and non-routine events. Communication is constructive, effective, and timely.


    The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to enable employees with a disability to perform the essential functions .

    Physical Demands: While performing this job, employees must be able to meet the physical demands required to complete essential functions of this position and meet member needs in their home environment. Employees will be required to lift 15-25 pounds on a frequent basis. Depending on member needs and in some work locations, employees may be required to assist with ambulation, lifting and transferring of members, generally with the use of adaptive equipment such as gait belts, walkers, wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, etc. Thus, there may be times the employee must lift up to 50lbs and rarely up to 100lbs if working in sites with members requiring ambulation assistance.


    This position is considered a Classification I in regard to jobs in which required tasks routinely involve a potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, tissues or potential spills or splashes. Additionally, there is possible exposure to cleaning chemicals. Use of appropriate measures is required for every health care provider.

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm