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Careers with SCDDB

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: Direct Support Professional (Day Services)
Reports To: Program Director

Job Title: Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Reports To: Program Supervisor/Director


Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work with individuals who have developmental disabilities in the community-based day program. DSPs assist person served to become more integrated into their communities by maximizing individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The aim is for the person served to direct their own activities that create a meaningful life including contributing to the community and developing relationships. Support may occur in a variety of settings and may include providing personal care, assistance with daily living activities, job coaching, teaching/developing skills, advocating with persons served, assisting in communication and self-expression, and ultimately supporting the person in meeting his or her own goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Achieving outcomes that characterize a high quality of life.

· Listen carefully and communicate respectfully and clearly with the persons served that you support.

· Support individual choice, understanding and learning new skills.

· Understand, follow through, and document support plans, goals, activities, progress, etc.

· Support person served with daily living skills and individual support needs.

· Facilitate activities that provide person served with social capital and connections to the community.

· Assist in planning and structuring activities.

Engage in respectful communication.

· Use person-first or preferred language.

· Maintain confidentiality, privacy, and integrity.

· Talk with person served and include them in all aspects of their lives.

Encourage healthy behaviors (both physical and mental).

· Understand and follow supports for optimal health.

· Administer medications accurately and reliably.

· Ensure that person served are free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

· Complete needed reporting and documentation.

Provide safeguards and appropriate leadership skills in challenging situations.

· Use positive behavioral techniques to avoid challenging situations and promote respect and dignity.

· Be a safe and conscientious driver.

· Know the proper techniques and be able to respond to emergencies such as accidents, fires, tornados, or other situations.

Representing SCDDB in a positive manner

· Uphold agency values.

· Understand and follow agency systems and protocols.

· Follow agency policies and procedures.

· Communicate positively and clearly with your supervisor and coworkers.

· Meet and maintain established timelines and deadlines.

· Maintain satisfactory attendance, staff meetings, and other assigned agency functions.

· Complete needed trainings within established timeline.

· Complete duties assigned by supervisor or designee.


· High School diploma or GED

· Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks.

· Must be able to obtain and maintain a Class E driver’s License.

· Ability to pass and maintain required trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration and Positive Behavioral Support Training

· Excellent verbal and written communication

· Ability to perform each essential duty and responsibility.

· Exceptional teamwork and problem-solving ability.

Working Conditions:

DSPs work in a changing environment that adjusts to the needs of the persons served in program services. The environment may be fast-paced with interruptions, distractions, and deadlines. DSPs need to be flexible and be able to adjust to changing needs or activities. Depending on the needs of the individuals, the work can be physically demanding including transferring or supporting people with mobility needs, lifting, or moving items up to 50 lbs., walking or standing for extended periods of time, or providing support through CPR/First Aid, behavioral support, and other interventions.