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Direct Support Professional

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Job Summary:
The Direct Support Professional works under the direct supervision of the House Manger. The primary responsibility of the Direct Support Professional is to teach skills and behaviors to maximize independence in activities of daily living for individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and other special needs.

Essential Duties:
Teaching individuals skills in various areas of daily living (self-care, household tasks, communication, community activities, etc) according to Individual Support Plan to increase independence.
Teaching individuals appropriate behaviors by implementing approved behavior management procedures to reduce maladaptive behaviors.
Teaching individuals health care, hygiene and grooming techniques according to plans to maintain proper health and positive personal presentation.
Administering all medications for all individuals at appropriate times according to stated policies and procedures once certified through Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). As well as, completing proper documentation noting such.
Accurate and timely documenting of care and assistance provided, including behavior management, community outings, personal assistance, medication administration, etc. in compliance with various health and active treatment standards.
Providing active treatment by continually engaging persons served in age-appropriate, functional activities and implementing community access activities and components of the Teaching Family Model (self-government, family-style meals, etc).
Ensuring notification of appropriate parties when any unusual incident occurs.
Maintaining knowledge of the whereabouts of the individuals in your care.
Maintaining proper staffing ratios as outlined by the Staffing Plan and Levels of Need.
Assist with all household cleaning and cooking duties as assigned by the House Manager.
Follow all operating policies and procedures of WTFS, including emergency procedures, notifications, etc.

Additional Duties:
Special Projects assigned by House Manager or Program Director.
Participate in the planning process by attending various staff and team meetings with other members of the team and other special project/committee meetings.
Assist in orientating substitutes and new Teaching Counselors working in the home.
Any additional responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications:
High School diploma or equivalency required.
One – Two (1-2) years of prior experience in a position of similar scope, preferred.
Ability to lift at least one-fourth of own body weight unassisted and ability to perform unassisted transfers of disabled adults with adaptive equipment (lift belts, Hoyer lifts, etc.).
Knowledge of Teaching Family Model components and techniques preferred.\
The ability to handle all aspects of personal care with sensitivity, respect, and care.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Operation of a motor vehicle is required which includes proof of a valid driver’s license and an ability to qualify as a driver under WTFS insurance guidelines.
Completion of WTFS and DIDD training curriculum within specified time frame.
Flexibility with shift hours if needed to stay over and/or come in early or on your off day for a meeting or training.

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