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Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Montgomery County, NY
Look no further. This is the place for you! Liberty ARC offers you the chance to have a fulfilling career with numerous opportunities to make a REAL difference in the lives of those we support. Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, supports individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. If you’re looking for an inspiring profession with many life-long rewards and want to be a part of something special, we want YOU!

Direct Support Professional (DSP) - $13.50 / hr. + experience
Location: Amsterdam, NY                                             
Reports To: Residential Manager/Family Support Manager/Habilitation Coordinator                   
Physical Requirements: Lifting: Ability to lift and transfer consumers, lift 50lbs, walking, climbing, bending, reaching, kneeling, squatting, twisting
Hours of Work: Dependent upon assigned residence
Job Qualifications:
  • Valid NY State driver’s license
  • All candidates must be fluent in English able to read and write the English language
  • Travel is required, employee must have reliable transportation available
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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Provide Individual Support- ensure that supports are provided with consideration of each person’s individualized routines and procedures 
  • Provide individual support in all areas of daily living
  • Conduct review of the ISP and Res Hab plans to remain current with all necessary change.

Financial- assist individual’s with purchases including choice, expense, responsibility, and planning
  • Report any and all losses immediately to direct supervisor
  • Manage and account for all money at all times
  • Have an understanding of purchases and responsibilities prior to an outing, and ensure proper follow up upon returning
  • Submit receipts the day immediately following a shift
Health and Nutrition- ensure that medical needs are arranged for the consumer with as much independence from the consumer as possible
  • Provide medical needs for the consumer by completing the following:
  • Compliance with dietary orders
  • Maintain current medication administration certificate
  • Pass medication certification course, and re-certification annually
  • Follow policy and procedure for administering medications and treatment
Regulatory- ensure continuity and security for each consumer
  • Follow agency, state, and federal regulations in order to maintain compliance
  • Written reports and documentation are to be maintained and submitted on a timely basis – log sheets handed in bi-weekly with timesheets and no later than monthly.
  • Report all incidents, including allegations of abuse and neglect and Serious incidents, to the Manager immediately upon discovery
Training/Programmatic- support and train individuals in respect to fire evacuation and incidents of abuse through natural teaching moments 
  • Attend as scheduled, mandatory agency training plus house specific in-services.
  • Programs will be followed as written, and appropriate documentation recorded as required
  • Complete in-service training as necessary.
  • Review evacuation process and above prevention with consumers during drills and naturally as occasions arise
Community Relations- consumers participate in the life of the community
  • Serve as a role model to person’s with disabilities and community members
  • Abide by agency dress code
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner when in public and in the home at all times
  • Maintain person’s confidentiality at all times
  • Facilitate inclusion of consumers in their community, especially with activities and organizations each consumer is interested in
  • Provide experiences in the community to broaden people’s base of knowledge and familiarity
  • Encourage interaction between the consumer and people in their community. Support continued contact with hairdressers, pharmacists, waitresses, and others important to each person.
Professionalism- uphold agency Values
  • Use positive approach when handling difficult situations
  • Be flexible, adapt to change
  • Be positive on focus and commentary at all times while at work. Personal discussions of a negative nature must not take place at work. The atmosphere needs to be pleasant and supportive to both staff and consumers​
Environmental- provide a safe, secure, and comfortable home atmosphere
  • Report safety hazards immediately to direct supervisor
  • Conduct daily vehicle safety checks
  • Report maintenance needs such as trip hazards or faulty equipment, and emergency or evacuation concerns
  • Report all safety concerns relative to a person’s program plans to your supervisor immediately

Scheduled Hours- hours are determined based on individual needs to ensure necessary supports are in place
  • Regular scheduled hours are defined by Manager, based on the needs of the individual/program, and may be adjusted accordingly 
  • Attend Residential Staff meetings as scheduled on a monthly basis
  • Attend training and individual specific in-services as necessary
  • Benefit time is approved with consideration given to timeliness of request, seniority, history of time taken, and needs of the individual. No more than one staff off per shift, unless otherwise specified by a Manager or Coordinator
  • When necessary, follow procedures for calling out 
  • Staff are at no time to leave an individual without proper coverage or relief, or in an unsafe condition due to staffing needs 
Personal Outcome Measures- each residence is a consumer’s home. The home should be pleasant, conversations should occur naturally and consistently with individual’s who live there. Activities to encourage home ownership such as answering the telephone, opening the door, and planning routines are to be practiced    
  • Become an advocate for an individual
  • Ensure that desires of the individual are made known to the Residence Manager and Service Coordinator
  • Understand supports we have provided relative to the 25 Personal Outcome Measures
  • Ensure/provide supports for outcomes not met
  • Identify “roadblocks” and ways to correct or improve supports
  • Assist with development of programs to encourage personal growth and attainment of Personal Outcomes
  • Ensure outcome of the month or desired outcome for the individual is observed. Supporting activities are to be implemented for the person you advocate for
  • Report status of supports in place or needed for the individual you advocate for to the Manager
  • Suggest systemic changes to support people with their desired outcomes
This task list is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.
Disclaimer – The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Liberty reserves the right at its sole discretion to amend its policies, programs and/or guidelines, including the contents of this job description, at any time without prior notice.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program Employer, Minority/Female/ Disabled/Veteran. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment physicals and substance abuse testing.
Liberty was founded in 1957 by parents of children with developmental disabilities who wished to establish special education programs in the local community. Celebrating 60 years of quality services in 2017, the organization offers vocational, residential, day, family support and health-related services. We are headquartered in Amsterdam, NY with sites located throughout Montgomery County.
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