Direct Support Professional - Royce Street

General Summary:

Royce Street Residential Facility is a residential home for four individuals with developmental disabilities. Direct Support Professionals assists individuals in a variety of day-to-day tasks, such as but not limited to: transportation, medical management, dietary needs, personal care and more. This position will assist in planning and carrying out individuals programs as well as implementing goals identified by the Individualized Service Agreement (ISA). The atmosphere at this facility is rewarding and very warm.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Interacts with individuals served with respect and in a professional and dignified manner.
  • Respects individuals' choices and encourages advocacy.
  • Performs personal care duties as required (i.e. toileting, personal hygiene, skin assessments, etc.).
  • Updating Consulting Nurse of changes to individual's health.
  • Possess knowledge of infection control practices and demonstrates knowledge effectively.
  • Following special care procedures under the supervision of RN (i.e. dysphagia).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of individual characteristics such as physical health, mental health, and psychosocial characteristics in order to address needs in a personalized manner.
  • Ensures the Safety and wellbeing of individuals served.
  • Provides the necessary support to ensure that all basic needs are met, including, personal care, household management, nutrition, and medication management. Household management includes, preparing foods, cooking, blending and cleaning the kitchen each shift. Household duties as outlined in the shift duties lists.  Household maintenance including changing light bulbs, batteries and maintaining clear, safe walkways via shoveling of snow.
  • Monitors medical and dietary needs as appropriate.
  • Provides a stimulating and positive experience within the home and in the community based on the interests and preferences of the individual.
  • Provides support at doctors' offices or hospitals when required.
  • Speaks with individuals in a natural, positive and person centered manner.
  • Interacts with team members, community and support services appropriately to ensure continuity of services.
  • Keeps supervisor informed in a timely manner.
  • Maintains confidentiality according to agency policy and state law.
  • Reports abuse and or neglect as a mandated reporter to the supervisor and other appropriate reporting entities.
  • Demonstrates willingness and ability to work with and for others in a respectful manner.
  • Assist with training and shadowing as necessary.
  • Participates in planning and carries out individual programs.
  • Maintains flexibility and is responsive to changes in daily routine.
  • Accommodates physical needs of individuals.
  • Responds appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Implements the goals identified in the ISA.
  • Documents required paperwork (i.e. daily data, graphs, narratives, case notes, and timesheets) in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for using agency communication tools, such as E3, company email?etc. in a timely manner.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Carries out suggestions as agreed upon with supervisor.
  • Communicates appropriate information which would affect ability to carry out job function.
  • Communicates issues and concerns regarding individual in a timely manner to the Supervisor.
  • Provides transportation to individuals as necessary.
  • Participates in meetings, trainings, in-services and supervision as scheduled. 
  • Maintains safe, attractive program areas and reports any unsafe conditions.
  • Maintains flexibility in scheduling and being able to work with different individuals as needed due to potential staff shortages, emergencies, etc.
  • Works flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of the individuals served.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Previous experience in developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to work with others in a positive, responsible manner.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills in order to receive and convey information in efficient and effective manner. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Flexibility, dependability, and ability to work independently.
  • Commitment to community inclusion and individual choice.
  • Able to flex schedule as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation with personal automobile liability insurance coverage at or above the levels mandated by the State of Vermont.
  • *Successful completion of a criminal history background check after hire. 

CCN is an equal opportunity employer