Specialized Direct Support Professional

General Summary:

Specialized Direct Support Professionals are responsible for providing the appropriate support and guidance as identified in the individual ISA for dual diagnosis individuals identified for higher need supports.  This may include supporting someone in their home / apartment or 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. This position will work closely with individuals to provide intensive specialized instructional and behavioral treatment and support services for emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities in order to promote healthy and adaptive social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Interacts with individuals served with respect and in a professional and dignified manner.
  • Respects individuals' choices and encourages advocacy.
  • Providing a professional and individualized support system that helps to supervise, direct, inform, and assess current and prospective needs of individual.
  • Implement behavioral management and de-escalation strategies.
  • Provide crisis management for self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation…etc., and use available supports within agency and community resources.
  • 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 ensure 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.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations appropriately.
  • Proficiency with computers, experience entering data into electronic medical records (EMR) program.
  • 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.