Direct Support Professionals work as part of an interdisciplinary team (MSC, Clinical staff, families, advocates, etc. providing services to adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to help our individuals live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Depending on the needs of the individuals, Direct Support Professionals provide assistance with living skills development, health maintenance and medication administration, personal care, and behavioral development.
Direct Support Professionals work in a residential setting and can provide Day Habilitation or Pre-Vocational services in home.
Working under the direction of a Supervisor, Direct Support Professionals work to provide services that enrich the lives of our individuals. Emphasis is placed on creating a family- environment that encourages the individuals to self-direct and experience their life to the fullest. Direct Support Professionals assist the individuals in participating in daily and weekly activities of their choice or as needed such as shopping, going to movies, enjoying hobbies, etc. Direct Support Professionals also assist, advocate and support individuals to be fully integrated into their communities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Some of the duties and responsibilities vary in intensity and frequency (from daily total care to frequent or occasional verbal and emotional support depending on the assignment.)
-Advocacy Assists individuals with achieving personal outcomes
-Health Maintenance helps individuals receive medical care and communicates with medical professionals
-Personal Care Helps individuals with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and toileting;
-Living Skills Development Helps individuals develop daily living skills
-Mentor Serves as role model, demonstrating the desired behaviors, and coaches the individuals using approved techniques and strategies
-Operational Support completes tasks that are beyond the individuals abilities
-Perform other duties as assigned
Education or Experience:
-Three to four years of experience with related population or
-Associates Degree with minimum of two years experience with related population or
-Bachelors Degree with minimum of one years experience with related population or
-Bachelors Degree in related field with some experience
-Internal candidates must have two to three years demonstrated ability in working with the specific population
- Bilingual English and Spanish speaking a plus
Access offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage; an array of voluntary benefits (term life, whole life, identity theft protection and pet insurance); Healthcare and Daycare Flexible Spending Accounts; employer paid Short Term Disability, LTD and AD&D; a matching 403(b) retirement plan, generous paid time off, paid holidays, accelerated holiday pay and tuition assistance.