Direct Support Professional (N. Kensington) in Arlington, VA at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas, Inc.

Date Posted: 9/16/2020

Career Snapshot

Career Description

This position will assist in developing community support opportunities for persons with disabilities. Under supervision of the Residential Coordinator, the DSP I will be responsible for providing direct care and support to the individuals living in individually and or in residences. Provides support to individuals to learn skills that enable them to live in less supervised environments and become active members in their community. Maintains the individual’s safety and wellbeing in accordance with Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s policies and procedures. Communicates with individuals based on their developmental needs. Participates or co-leads in the daily activities of the individual’s programs. Documents notes for each shift worked for assigned individuals. Position requires candidate to visit the residence of the client.

Qualifications

Minimum of a high school diploma or GED and one (1) year of experience in a residential program for individuals with intellectual disabilities; or a Bachelor’s degree in a human services field. Experience in a residential setting with other types of special needs populations may be considered (i.e. cerebral palsy, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, mental health). Must have reliable transportation to transport clients, if needed. Must maintain vehicle insurance at all times.

Medication Administration Certification in the State of Virginia is a plus.

NOTE: A bona fide occupational exception may be established for this position based upon sex/gender when it is necessary to ensure that at least one female and one male are on duty during each shift.

Preferred selection may be given to persons who have:

  • Experience in a residential setting serving people with intellectual/developmental disabilities or with other types of special needs populations (rehabilitation settings, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, other behavioral health settings, etc.); 
  • Experience in working with people who are medically fragile and/or have physical limitations;
  • Experience in working with Evans Class Monitors, Quality Trust, HRLA, PCR, DDS, DDA in the District of Columbia; and/or
  • A current Trained Medication Employee (TME) license for positions in Waiver and Residential Habilitation environments.

*Note:  All employees must maintain all on-going training, certifications, and be otherwise compliant and in good standing with all program requirements as a condition of continued employment.

PRINCIPLE ACTIVITIES:

  • Provides support for people as necessary to ensure needs as identified by the Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) are met.
  • Communicates with families, members of the IDT, the person’s day program and other providers of services and supports as necessary and appropriate.
  • Instructs, supports and participates in performing household tasks with people such as cleaning, preparing meals, food shopping, etc. as identified in the ISP.
  • Assists people in developing daily living skills by identifying and meeting social, environmental and health care needs.
  • Assists people in their daily grooming and personal care routines.
  • Implements Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention responses as trained and specified in the person’s Behavior Support Plan and ISP. 
  • Responds, as trained and instructed in emergency medical situations.
  • Performs crisis intervention as trained and provides assistance as needed.
  • Actively plans, coordinates and participates with people in social activities including frequent community outings.
  • Participates in assessment processes and serves on the IDT as appropriate.
  • Transports people and/or provides mobility training to assist people to go on appointments, community rehabilitation programs, grocery shopping, etc.
  • Documents activities and behaviors of people in files as designated, on data sheets, in log books, and various other forms as required.  (This may also include the use of electronic records.)
  • Prepares food according to developed menus, menu protocols, peoples’ likes and dislikes and prescribed diet.
  • Attends staff meetings, training in-services, house and program meetings as directed.
  • Ensures compliance with VOAC program requirements, environment-specific rules as well as those regulations from all monitoring entities.
  • Inspects the home/program environments and reports repairs and maintenance as needed.
  • Ensures fire and other safety procedures are carried out as directed -- including participation in routine fire drills and emergency drills.
  • Checks for proper sanitation and security conditions within the home/program environment.
  • Notifies supervisor and monitors activities of visitors to the home/program environment.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of VOAC policies and procedures.
  • Understands role as a mandated reporter of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

EFFECT ON END RESULT:

  • To ensure needs of persons served as identified by the IDT are met and satisfaction of the person is achieved.
  • To ensure that the program is operated in compliance with the Scope of Work, VOAC policies and procedures and licensing and all Medicaid (ICF, Waiver, and other) regulations.
  • To ensure needs of client as identified by the Person Centered Planning Team are met and client satisfaction is achieved.
  • To ensure that the program is operated in compliance with the Scope of Work, Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s policies and procedures and licensing and Medicaid waiver regulations.
  • Individuals will be supported in being participatory members of their community according to their interests.