Under the direction of the SLC Program Manager and Manager, the Direct Support Specialist (DSS) is responsible for providing care management and skill instruction to persons with developmental disabilities, including persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, or multiple functional and/or medical limitations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*
Demonstrates commitment to the mission of the agency with a strong understanding and respect for the goals of agency activities.
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.
Develops and plans daily activities depending upon the
individual needs and desires
Provides small group and one-on-one instruction according to established care plans, agency, and program policies and procedures, and generally accepted standards of care.
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,
Demonstrates commitment to teaching for independence for consumers and movement towards the least restrictive settings.
Demonstrates ability and willingness to implement positive behavior interventions.
Uses personal or agency vehicle as may be required for consumer transportation, outreach in the community, home visits, and/or agency related business.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing, establishes positive public relations and interacts effectively with a diverse array of professionals and consumers.
Maintains appropriate boundaries and displays respect and courtesy to all internal and external customers.
Demonstrates patience, caring, compassion, and sensitivity toward consumers.
Completes and submits required documentation in a timely manner and according to policies and procedures.
Participates in training to maintain or enhance job skills.
Ensures that confidentiality is maintained at all times in accordance with federal, state, and agency standards.
Adheres to the agency Exposure Control, Risk Management and Safety Management Programs.
Adheres to the agency's Organizational Standards for Performance (see attached).
Functions in a cost-effective manner with regard to the utilization of time, supplies and other agency resources.
Attends meetings and supervisions as required and necessary for the position.
Promotes and fosters effective relations, both inside and outside of the agency.
May perform other related duties as required.
For Activity Services Program:
Knowledge of speech, physical, occupational, and communication therapy.
Ability to develop age appropriate activities.
For Social Activity Services Program:
Knowledge of the normal aging process.
For Work Activity Services Program:
Knowledge of sheltered employment or work activity.
Knowledge of support skill training curriculum.
For Recreation Coordinator:
Responsible for coordination, development, and supervision of activities for Le Club Bon Amis, a social recreational club for adults with developmental disabilities.
Plans and supervises regular Friday night social gatherings.
Organizes special community outings.
For Relief or Per Diem Staff (all SLC Programs):
Availability: must be available for work on an as-needed basis.
Additional responsibilities vary by program, as listed above.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
High School diploma or equivalent required. 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.
Must possess either a DSP or equivalent certification at time of employment, or be eligible to subsequently complete and actively maintain all requirements of the certification within initial six (6) months of employment.
Must possess a valid State of Maine driver's license.
Detail-oriented with good organizational and time management skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks, and consistently meet deadlines.
Ability to demonstrate good problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Proficient with the use of a computer and job-specific software applications.
Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to assess situations for personal and consumer safety.
Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.
Ability to assist with transfer, lifting, positioning, and personal care of consumers.
Willingness to perform personal care.
Depending on the program assignment, duties may also require the following: Knowledge of speech, physical, occupational and communication therapy; ability to develop age-appropriate activities; knowledge of the normal aging process; knowledge of sheltered employment or work activity; knowledge of support skill training curriculum.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.; may also be subjected to unpredictable environments with extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Occasional use of computer keyboards, telephone and operating office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity
Required to bend at the waist, pivot, and lift using upper body strength
Required to pull, push, and lift while in a standing or kneeling position
Requires pulling, tugging, and twisting at the waist
Requires ability to recognize and assist consumers who are choking, screaming, bolting from the building, or engaging in other dangerous activity
May be asked to operate a motor vehicle in all types of weather
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.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.