Must be at least 25 years of age, hold a current valid Texas Driver License, and have no exclusions for insurance.
Must possess good communication skills and professional manner when relating to staff, residents, vendors and families.
Must be organized and have ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
Must demonstrate exceptional problem solving and customer service skills, be able to communicate, read, speak and write the English language, and perform simple math calculations.
Must be able to complete all training including medication training within 30 days or hire.
Must be able to maintain current CPR qualification.
Duties and Responsibilities of Direct Support Professionals include the following:
Primarily responsible for the direct care, training, and/or assistance of the folks in their home and ensures that the physical and emotional needs of each of the folks are met.
Participates in delivering therapeutic and individualized training per the individual’s active treatment program, and documents individual progress.
DSP is also responsible for the proper care and maintenance of the home and should be aware and deal with any possible job hazards (i.e. aggressive individuals, contagious diseases, etc.)
Provides behavior intervention by following the recommended behavior intervention techniques to ensure that persons served are protected from harm or injury due to abuse/neglect, sexual incidents, serious injuries, or other sources of immediate danger and provides emergency care as needed.
Overseeing the incorporation of DRI’s mission statement in the folks’ daily lives.
Being knowledgeable of and understanding of each folk’s abilities, disabilities and interests in order to supervise and care for them effectively.
Being knowledgeable of and maintaining strict adherence to all DRI policies and procedures
Ensuring compliance with all appropriate State and Federal standards.
Completing all relevant data collection forms and submits and or files all required data on time, according to DRI requirements.
Communicating and interacting effectively and respectfully with all DRI folks, employees, supervisors, customers and constituents.
Ensuring all household rules and procedures are adhered to as per house manager instructions.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
All other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to physically perform CPR.
Applicants must pass a criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct. All employees are subject to random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
Employee can be promoted to Direct Support Professional II by acquiring and maintain the knowledge and skills of the position for a minimum of 6 months.