Every person needs the support of others. North Metro is looking for incredible people to support adults and individuals with disabilities; people with emotional, behavioral or medical complexities. As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) with North Metro Community Services you can be one of those incredible people.
DSP's are a direct link to the community for those we serve. For some, the DSP may be the voice of those unable to speak, or the eyes for those who can't see. For others, they are a friend, a mentor and subtle support on the path to one's true potential.
The DSP also happens to be one of the best places to start in our company with many career options to move up and across the organization. We have many success stories from people at all levels that started out in one of our DSP roles.
North Metro Community Services is seeking Direct Support Professionals to provide assistance to adults in Day Program settings. DSP's provide assistance with daily activities such as meal preparation and planning, medication administration, and personal care. All DSP's also facilitate community involvement by accompanying individuals on outings in the community or providing transportation to work or other activities. In addition, DSP's support therapeutic and behavioral plans in partnership with a team of nurses, supervisors and administrators to enhance the quality of life for those we support.
• Ensure access to community resources based on interests, preferences and input of people in services
• Demonstrates positive communication with and is respectful towards team members, people in services and community members
• Safely transports people to work and recreation activities using a passenger van or other assigned vehicle
• Assist people, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities, with entering, seating, and exiting a vehicle/passenger van
• Loads backpacks with supplies for daily activity
• Observes and assists people in services with activities of daily living, including eating, toileting, and daily hygiene
• Participates in daily activities, including games, swimming, art projects, music, gardening, dance, volunteering, and exercise
• Monitors social behaviors and instructs and models acceptable alternatives
• Assists in the preparation of lunches and snacks
• Cleans and organizes activity area, van, and other areas used throughout the day
• Accurately documents ISSP goals, care plans, contact notes, health notes, and incident reports
• Attend team meetings
• Participates in training courses and maintains certification as required by agency
• Accurately distributes medications to individuals and provides assistance, as needed
• Administers G-tube and J-tube protocols, as needed
• Follow agency policies and procedures
• Reliable and regular attendance
• Utilizes agency approved physical crisis intervention techniques as trained to do to manage behavioral episodes of people in services
• Provides medical care in accordance with established protocols, including First Aid/CPR when needed.
• Assists people with mobility, including people who use wheelchairs, walkers or need stand-by physical assistance. This includes transfers from a wheelchair to various positions and locations.
• May assist with changing oxygen tanks
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and a general understanding of the impact on activities of daily living skills
• Verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with people with disabilities, co-workers, community members, and families
• Computer skills sufficient to complete reports, respond to email, and track activity-related information
• Ability to work with limited supervision in the completion of job duties
• Skill in dealing in a positive manner with varied personalities
• Time management and flexibility skills required in the management of the activities
• Ability and willingness to drive a passenger van to transport individuals
• Ability to assist people with mobility as needed
• Ability to transfer people from a wheelchair to various positions and locations.
• High school diploma or equivalent preferred
• Previous experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is preferred
• The incumbent works in both indoor and outdoor locations, depending on the work situation and the job tasks completed, and may include contact with toileting waste and sanitizing chemicals
Tools and Equipment
The incumbent works with wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and other mobility assistance devices, a passenger van equipped with a hydraulic lift, and standard office equipment
Regular sitting, standing, walking, and driving required, with occasional stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting, pushing, and reaching
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. May perform other duties as assigned
North Metro Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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