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Direct Support Professional 


Job Title: Direct Support Professionals                         Department: All

Reports to: Program Coordinator/Supervisor               FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Classification: Part-time/Full-Time                                Date: 1/13/2018


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

1.  A primary function of all DSPs is to assist individuals receiving services in
   leading self-directed lives and to participate fully in their local communities.

2. Responsible for supporting the emotional, physical, and personal well-being of
    the individuals receiving support while being attentive and energetic in
    reducing their risk of harm. Monitor and assess each individual’s ability to self-
    preserve and their awareness of and ability to respond to harm or danger.

3. Respect the confidentiality and privacy of individuals receiving services while
    recognizing that confidentiality agreements with individuals are subject to state
    and agency regulations and such agreements are to be broken if there is
    imminent harm to the individual or others.

4. Promote and ensure the human and civil rights of the individuals receiving
    services. Assist individuals in understanding and expressing their rights and

5. Recognize that each individual receiving services is a valued member of society
    and help others to understand their value through advocacy, inclusion and full
    community participation. Explain information, answer questions and teach
    individuals receiving services in communications that are both age and
    developmentally appropriate.

6. Ensure all services and supports are delivered in accordance with the agency’s
    policies and procedures while adhering to OPWDD and all other State and
    Federal regulations and guidelines.

7. Identify, intervene and report any and all instances of suspected neglect or
   abuse of any individual receiving services. If requested, fully participate in any
   and all investigations involving suspected and reported incidents.

8. Be knowledgeable of everyone’s Habilitation plan, valued outcomes and
    personal goals.

9. Implement each individual’s Hab plan as written, document required data via
    the agency’s electronic medical record system, assess and monitor progress
    while recognizing that each individual has potential for lifelong learning and

10. Provide a therapeutic and professional environment for all individuals
      receiving services. Display professional behavior, conduct and presentation

11.  As directed by the Program Supervisor, ensure adequate and appropriate
     communications is maintained with family members, service coordinators and
     other pertinent members of the individual’s life.

12. Provide the appropriate level of support and supervision to individuals
      receiving services while actively engaging them in the program, community
      and/or volunteer site

13. As needed, supervise, support and/or assist individuals in all areas of daily
      living including but not limited to eating, toileting, dressing, personal hygiene,
      grooming, etc.

14. Participate in all scheduled or required meetings and trainings as requested by
      the Agency or Supervisor.

15. As requested, travel with individuals to and from agency approved activities
     using public transportation.

16. Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

17. As needed to perform any of the activities, be able to ascend/descend stairs,
     lift at least 50 pounds, walk, crouch, bend, crawl, squat, stand, sit, etc.


- HS diploma and experience working with individuals with ID/DD
- Excellent written and oral communications skills
- Flexibility in scheduled work hours as needed
- Eager to learn and hone skills to be a professional in the field.
- Able to work with a diverse group of people and be a team player

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