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Direct Support Professional (Day Program)

Tucson, AZ | Full Time
5 Days Ago

Job Description

Description

General Position Description:


This position is responsible for a variety of direct supports and activities in the Blake Employment and Community Living

programs. This position will provide supports to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the

community, a person’s home or program-based setting assisting them to develop a sense of identity, self-worth and

independence. The Direct Support Professional independently performs the following in all BECL programs:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides the appropriate environment to assure the health and safety of the members supported
  • Adherence to all EBF BECL Policies and Procedures and all standardized EBF Policies and Procedures
  • Develop and support a variety of community activities and experiences, encourage members to participate in social, recreational, vocational, counseling, and other activities identified in their support plans while promoting individual choice and decision-making opportunities
  • Assist supervisor in writing planning document objectives/skill plans for each member. Follow skill plans and document progress on each objective
  • Assist individuals with personal care and hygiene needs. This includes assistance in the restroom, assistance with eating, and demonstrating proper carrying and lifting techniques (using one-person, two-person, and mechanical lift transfers.)
  • Administers medications and/or assists members in the self-administration of medication including nonprescription and prescription as prescribed by licensed medical specialists
  • Accurately and completely report time in and time out of work
  • Keep program running efficiently and follow daily schedule and actively participate in creating daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.
  • Provide safe transportation to members
  • Keep individual file on each person up-to-date. Records and maintains records, progress notes, records daily activities in communication logs, maintains records as needed and may be required to write reports
  • Reads and implements members individual support plan (ISP), medical/medication directions, and formalized records concerning member behaviors and activities\Per State of Arizona Regulations
  • Provides a safe environment by communicating policies/procedures with members, advocates, and visitors
  • Communicates and interacts with members on an individual and group basis in a respectful manner
  • Reviews and implements approved policies, standards, services and procedures
  • Takes part in developing and implementing Individuated Support Plans or person-centered plans for assigned members
  • Participates in staff and administrative meetings as well as in-service trainings
  • Reports incidents on proper forms and informs appropriate staff regarding incidents involving vocational, day, social, recreational, behavioral, personal living, and community services problems within required time-frames
  • Observes and reports changes in member’s mental/physical health to enable intervention/prevention of problems
  • Encourage and maintain active teamwork. Maintain positive communications and relations with employees, members, guardians, contract entities, authorities, and EBF. Deal with problem solving in a professional, nonhostile manner. Offer options and solutions, and give feedback in a constructive manner. Report any concerns to Program Coordinator or Lead Staff.
  • Utilize work hours efficiently, including time to clean up work area and complete daily chores, complete paperwork, attend in-services/trainings, and prepare for the next day's activities. Perform duties within the specified hours of the work day, unless prior permission has been given by supervisor.
  • Read and implement Behavior Treatment Plans/proactive strategies to enhance and reinforce member positive behaviors
  • Acts as an advocate in resolving problems and securing needed services for consumers as well as ensuring personal choice, freedom, responsibility, and support for consumers
  • Assess and provides behavior/physical management techniques in crisis situation and attains assistance if needed
  • Perform standard First Aid and Perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Perform Prevention and Supports (may require significant physical activity)
  • Fulfill Article 9 requirements (member rights)
  • If the consumer requires physical supports, must operate equipment to aid in the assistance/movement of the member
  • If the member uses a wheelchair, safely transfers the member in/out of the wheelchair as well as safely transports the member
  • Performs other duties and assignments as required

Employment Supports: 

  • Provide on-the-job training tailored to the needs of the member and support them to adjust to their chosen work environment.
  • Discover member’s motivation and help develop their skills.
  • Present and teach job searching skills and techniques.
  • Counsel members on fine-tuning work habits/skills in preparation for competitive employment.
  • Recognize opportunities to fade support when applicable.
  • Provide input into job development and additional/alternative job duties.

In-Home Supports:

  • Performs housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, cooking, laundering, making beds, yard work, and other household chores or tasks required to support/serve the member including physical management procedures
  • Assist individuals with the following areas including but not limited to: meal prep, grocery shopping, bill pay, transportation, social gatherings, eating, showering, bathing, toileting, dressing, shaving, combing hair, shampooing, brushing teeth, cutting nails, etc.
  • Safe transport and/or escorts members to medical, vocational, residential, asocial activities and runs member related errands
  • Clock in and out through EVV – Electronic Visit Verification
  • Must be able to remain on shift until a replacement arrives

Requirements

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate with the member
  • Interacting in a support capacity with members with developmental disabilities
  • Ability to be self-directed, yet work as a collaborative member of the team
  • Ability to be sensitive to cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Safety precautions used in transportation and home health care
  • Housekeeping, basic home health functions, nutrition, and personal hygiene techniques
  • Behavior/physical management techniques
  • Behavior treatment plans and assume the responsibility of an advocate
  • Principles and practices related to developmental disabilities
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Principles and practices of self-determination and individualized supports
  • Records keeping, writing reports, and taking notes
  • Administration of medications and awareness of possible side effects
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with simultaneous performance of many different duties, responsibilities and tasks
  • Daily priorities may change frequently and the position requires quick response time

Minimum Requirements:

  • Clean criminal background check and the ability to obtain and maintain a level one clearance card.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Meet the minimum combination of education and experience required by the funding source.
  • Operate desktop computer, agency cell phone and other technology as required
  • Read, write and speak effectively in English
  • Must complete all required trainings within 90 days of hire
  • Valid, unrestricted Arizona driver’s license and the willingness to use personal vehicle in the course of employment. Must meet minimum requirements of agency insurance carrier.
  • Age: If driving is required for the position, must be 21 years old with no more than two (2) minor moving violations or one (1) accident within the past three (3 years)
  • Ability to work flexible schedules; In home - weekends, nights, days, evenings, partial shifts, 8/12/16 hour shifts
  • Maintain current CPR, First, Aid, Article IX, and Prevention & Supports certification. (State of Arizona, DES, DDD requirement)
  • Must successfully clear a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services/Department of Children, Youth and their Families central registry check.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to Overnight positions: MUST remain AWAKE throughout entire shift
  • Must be able to:
  • utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • remain in a stationary position.
  • work in outdoor weather work conditions.
  • lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
  • operate a computer, phone, and other office equipment.
  • Walk, run, climb, kneel, sit, stand, stoop, squat, reach, stretch, ascend, and descend stairs.
  • operate a wheelchair brake, vehicle lifts, etc.
  • communicate with individuals with disabilities.
  • distinguish smells such as gas and other noxious fumes.
  • typing and writing extended periods of time.

**Although classified as In-office, this position may have periodic meetings in the community setting and may

even work from home from time to time, but this is not the norm.


Psychological Requirements:


  • Must be able to:
  • remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis
  • situations.
  • work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional
  • demands.
  • manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • manage stress in a fast-paced, unpredictable, intense setting.
  • adapt to diverse cultural environments and communicate in a culturally inclusive manner.
  • represent Easterseals Blake Foundation in a professional manner in all situations.
  • requires individual to be highly engaged to perform the daily activities.

Working Conditions:


May require working in various community employment sites.


Additional Information:


This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, responsibilities and/or qualifications.

Other duties, responsibilities and/or qualifications may be assigned to this position.


Easterseals Blake Foundation is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disabled Employer

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