Direct Support Professional
As Direct Support Professional, you will play a highly interactive and mission critical role in the lives of those receiving services from SSVA. You will have the unique ability to make a positive and lasting impact on their lives. The ideal candidate is friendly and positive, open minded and flexible, engaged in the community, and likes to be active. You will support others in finding a balance between what is important to and for them and go out of their way to help them live the best life possible.
This role has full responsibility for implementation of the Individual Support Plan of the people to whom you are assigned. This position reports to the Site Coordinator.
Commitment to SSVA Core Values: You are an ambassador for SSVA’s Core Values. You personally identify with them and your behavior is reflective – it is your way of being. You use positive practices at all times when supporting others, with team members and people in the community, and in all situations in which you represent SSVA.
Proficiency in DSP Core Competencies: You demonstrate person-centered skills, values and attitudes. You understand and follow service requirements. You demonstrate abilities that improve or maintain the health and wellness of those you support.
Documentation: You generate documentation that is accurate and in accordance with Individual Support Plans and oversight requirements. You capture information that is vital for the development and evaluation of Individual Service Plans – guides to helping others realize success .
Accountability: You work your agreed upon schedule, attend site meetings, and maintain all required trainings. You are flexible and willing to help out when and where needed. You follow SSVA time off guidelines and remain knowledgeable of and adhere to SSVA’s policies and procedures.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and /or ability required. SSVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.
- Highly motivated.
- Superior ability to communicate at all levels
- Effective time management skills.
- Ability and willingness to perform tasks with minimal direct supervision and to accept supervision and constructive feedback.
- High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
- Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks.
- Clear tuberculosis screening.
- A valid driver’s license & insured vehicle.
- Ability to pass and maintain CPR/First Aid, Medication Assistance, Medicaid Waiver Certification, and DSP Core Competencies.
- Ability to perform basic math.
- Computer and internet skills; including experience with email and Microsoft Programs.
- Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Ability to pass and maintain Medication Management Certification.
- Willingness to transport 1-6 individuals in a sedan or 10 passenger van within the community.
DSPs work in a changing environment that adjusts to the needs of the individuals receiving 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.
Team Member Benefits
SSVA offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees including three medical plan options, health savings account (HSA) match, dental insurance, employee assistance program (EAP), life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, Dream Big program, Team thisABILITY and numerous other perks.
Pay wages range from $9.25 – $10.25. Combined, these benefits add up to over 30% increase over the base wage. For example, a full- time DSP making $9.25 per hour at SSVA is the equivalent of making $12.02 at a company without such robust benefits.
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