Every staff person we hire possesses a unique potential; a potential to teach, grow, learn, and adapt. We focus on empowering you to be your best and be excited about each day through creative, quality, and ongoing training and team support. We focus on working hard and smart for the people we serve and having a REAL balance between work and life so that YOU can enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful day!— LaDella Thomas, Executive DIrector
Job Title: DSP (Direct Support Professional) Reports To: Program Supervisor/Director
As a DSP (Direct Support Professional) with our company, you assist individuals with developmental disabilities in the following areas:
· YOU guide and provide support for people in gaining the skills needed to find employment, improve health and wellness and learn essential social skills.
· YOU provide each person with the opportunity to become self-reliant and a contributing member of their community.
· YOU help to enhance social and communication skills among peers/community members and encourage individual choices and active self-advocacy that leads to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
· YOU offer a personalized schedule designed to fit the needs and interests of each person.
· YOU encourage full and healthy lifestyles and want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the life they choose–their “Best Life”!
ALL of our services are provided as “Community-based”. What does that mean to your workday?
You and your individual or group (1-4 people) will develop a schedule of activities to help each person accomplish their personal goals in real-life situations. This philosophy is our driving force: People will achieve better outcomes and enjoy the life they wish to lead if they are a part of their community!
The “Nitty-Gritty” (services you may provide individuals):
o In our community-based program, staff will assist with skills acquisition and development through learning: Etiquette, how to check out a book at the library, how to mail a letter, using money, etc.
Individual Skills Development
o We help develop more complex skills through hands-on learning how to: Cook, do laundry, grocery shop, budget, pay bills, use public transportation, etc.
o We offer assistance and teaching through participation in community activities like: Social events, clubs, recreational activities, volunteering, job exploration
o Our staff will assist with tasks that can’t be accomplished independently like: Bathing, personal care, transfers, ambulation, grooming
Our commitment to you…
• We will work with you, as a team, in your professional development–and hopefully have a great time doing it!
• We will provide you with top-level training (2 weeks skills training and certifications + hands-on training with a supervisor). It’s our #1 priority that you are treated with respect and your safety is maintained, and great training is the key!
• We will be reliable, courteous, and professional each and every day.
Here are the MUST-HAVES (no way around it):
· High School diploma or GED.
· Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks (we pay for this!)
· Must be able to obtain and maintain a Class E driver’s License (we pay for this!)
· Ability to pass and maintain required training such as CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration, and Positive Behavioral Support Training (we pay for this!)
· Proficiency with Word, Excel, Outlook, and ability to learn documentation software.
The Icing on the Cake (or, “Benefits”, as some call them!):
· Health, Vision, Dental Insurance (full-time employees)
· Simple IRA with 3% company match (full-time employees)
· Paid vacation, sick time, holidays (full-time employees)
· Cell phone reimbursement
· …and other perks being developed!