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Dear Employees of CLO,
After year of advocating for better wages and recognition for direct care staff, the State of Michigan, along with Integrated Services of Kalamazoo are taking steps that recognize the value that direct care professionals bring to the greater community. CLO as well as many other providers have been struggling to recruit a caring and competent workforce to serve our most vulnerable citizens.
It is my great pleasure to announce that CLO will be increasing the base wage to $15.60 an hour. All current direct care employees will receive an additional $2.00 an hour. This, along with the current $2.25 that you are receiving from the State of Michigan will result in a $4.25 increase. This will become effective August 1, 2021. If you have any questions please email Karen Burpee, HR Director; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your loyalty to CLO and those we serve!
What are some benefits of working for CLO?
- Paid training
- A rewarding work environment
- Flexible schedules
- A great resume-builder for those entering the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, and Education.
How Do You Train Staff?
Once employed, all CLO program support staff are required to complete the following trainings:
Within 30 days of hire
- Adult CPR (Expires after 1 year) & First Aid (Expires after 3 years)
- Module 7-Recipient Rights (required annually)
- HIPAA (required annually)
- Blood Borne Pathogens (required annually)
Within 60 days of hire
- Person Centered Planning (required annually)
- Limited English Proficiency (required annually)
Within 90 days of hire
- Module 1-Your Role As Direct Care Staff (no recert required)
- Module 3-Health (no recert required)
- Module 5-Medications (no recert required)
- Module 6-Environmental Emergencies (no recert required)
- Mandt Basic & Intermediate (required Annually)
- Working With People (no recert required)
- Cultural Diversity Training (required Annually)
- Nutrition (no recert required)
- Staff Orientation Checklist (no recert required)
How Do You Screen Staff?
As part of the hiring process, Community Living Options checks the criminal and driving records of all new employees. As of April 1st, 2006 this background check includes an exhaustive FBI Fingerprint Background Check. We also check with the local Office of Recipient Rights to confirm that an individual does not have any substantiated abuse or neglect charges. Upon hire, each staff is also required to agree to complete a drug screen, a physical, and a TB test. All direct care staff must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
Community Living Options is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants receive equal consideration for job openings. No staff member will be discriminated against because of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, former substance abuse history or against disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era unless a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification is demonstrated.
This policy applies to all policies governing recruitment, placement, selection, promotion, training, transfer, rates of pay, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Discrimination in any of the above mentioned is prohibited in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.