The Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Department of Health (DOH) Structured Day Program provides person-centered support to participants enrolled in the structured day program. The DSP will assist each participant in reaching his or her maximum level of independence and power of potential by promoting a sense of self-worth, acceptance, achievement, citizenship, personal growth and personal choice.
- Provide direct assessment, training, assistance and guidance in all areas of the participant’s detailed plan.
- Implement the detailed plan through exposing participants to a wide variety of community volunteer, cultural, social, and recreational activities, as well as enhancing learning of new skills in a community setting. Staff must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Work with participants to develop the necessary skills to meet the needs and expectations of volunteer site or employer (including role modeling/demonstration, shadowing/emotional support, systematic fading, and monitoring/evaluation of work performance.)
- Maintain regular and ongoing communication with participants, their natural supports, businesses in which they volunteer/work, AIM staff, etc… Communicate program design to members of support team, parents, residential staff and other advocates. Respond to questions and concerns from families, participants, regulatory agencies, and/or members of the business community in a professional manner. Advocate for participants to ensure their needs are expressed and rights are not violated. Effectively present updates on the status/progress of the day hab to Leadership, families, advocates, etc…
- Attend Team Meetings as needed.
- Attend and participate in mandatory training as scheduled.
- Comply with all state, federal and agency policies, procedures, regulations as indicated by DOH.
- Transport program participants with agency vehicles, in compliance with agency policies, procedures, and traffic laws. Follow the program schedule as outlined, while being flexible to meet the wants and needs of the participants served.
Program: Department of Health
Location: Fort Edward, NY
Type: Non-exempt, flexibility of schedule required to ensure participant care and program implementation.
How To Get Started
- Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Certification; required.
- High School Diploma/GED
- Valid NYS Driver’s License
- Meet all background check requirements.
- Ability to exhibit and maintain a professional, kind, courteous, and patient manner at all times.
- Demonstrated interest and ability to make possible the personal outcomes of participants receiving services.
- Ability to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification (training is provided)
- Ability to obtain Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) Certification (training is provided)
- Bending/reaching/pushing/pulling as needed in the workplace. Ability to safely lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
- Exposure/ability to safely use household chemicals.