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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
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
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,
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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