Direct Support Professional - Lewiston (223)

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Responsible for providing care management and skill instruction to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, or multiple functional and/or medical limitations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*

  • Participates as a team member in the evaluation and assessment of the support needs of consumers.
  • Develops a written Person Centered Plan with the Program Plan Coordinator and in conjunction with Social Learning Center team members, the consumers, their family members and significant others (guardians, representatives, correspondents) where appropriate in accordance with the needs of the consumers and in compliance with established procedures.
  • Plan and provide daily activities depending upon the individual/group needs and desires of consumers.
  • Provides program supports for one to ten consumers, including but not limited to: orienting the consumers to the Center and the agency; advocating whenever necessary on behalf of the consumers; assuring the appropriateness of Person Centered Plan implementation; and coordinating all aspects of the semi-annual review according to established policies and procedures.
  • Assesses changes in the functioning of the consumers and modifies the plan of care, as appropriate, in conjunction with the consumers and all other interested parties and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Refers consumers to other professionals or services as appropriate to ensure optimal service.
  • Makes accurate and legible entries in the permanent health record of the consumers according to established policies and procedures, including the writing of progress notes, incident reports, and daily recordings, and gives input into the writing of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Assists consumers with many levels of their care, including transfers, personal care, pushing or pulling wheelchairs, dressing and undressing, mobility training, and feeding.
  • Uses personal or agency vehicle as may be required for consumer transportation, outreach in the community, home visits, and/or agency related business.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

High School diploma or equivalent required. 

DSP or equivalent certification or willing and eligible to complete the requirements of the certification within 6 months of employment. 

Must possess a valid State of Maine driver's license.

Related experience working with persons with acute and severe intellectual and developmental disabilities or experience in adult day programming, health care or social service setting preferred.

Some of the many benefits of working for Tri-County...

  1. Generous Paid Time Off - full-time employees earn 23 days per year to start (pro-rated for part-time positions of 20 hours/week or more).
  2. Health, Dental - health benefits eligibility starting at 24 hours/week.
  3. Agency paid life insurance policy
  4. 403(b) Retirement Plan - with employer match.
  5. 9 Paid Holidays
  6. Opportunities for agency paid trainings and Professional Development
  7. Friendly Neighbor discounts such as Verizon, Sullivan tire, and Governor's Restaurant 
  8. Gym membership reimbursement
  9. A work culture focused on employee wellness and inclusivity
  10. Market rate salaries
  11. Quality Supervision and a friendly and supportive atmosphere

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.