Direct Support Professional

General Summary:

Direct Support Professionals are responsible for providing the appropriate support and guidance as identified in the individual ISA.  This may include supporting someone in their home / apartment, community or individual's employment site. Provide individuals with the opportunity to fully experience all facets of community and/or employment life by involving them in activities of their choosing.

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, etc.)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of individual characteristics such as physical health, mental health, psychosocial characteristics in order to address needs in a personalized manner.
  • Ensures the Safety and wellbeing of individuals served.
  • Provides the necessary support to insure that all basic needs are met, including, personal care, household management, nutrition, medication management.
  • Monitors medical and dietary needs as appropriate.
  • Provides a stimulating and positive experience in the community based on the interests and preferences of the individual.
  • Interacts with team members, community and support services appropriately to ensure continuity of services. Communicates appropriate information, issues and concerns in a timely manner to their Direct Supervisor. 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.
  • Maintains flexibility and is responsive to changes in daily routine.
  • Accommodates physical needs of individuals.
  • Document required paperwork (i.e. daily data, service logs, timesheets, mileage sheet?etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Provides transportation to individuals as necessary.
  • Participates in meetings, trainings, and supervision as scheduled.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Previous experience in developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Proficiency with computers, experience entering data into electronic medical records (EMR) program.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations appropriately.
  • 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.

Community Care Network is an equal opportunity employer.