Direct Support Professional

Job Description

Council of Churches of the Ozarks is seeking a responsible and hospitable candidate to provide support to people with disabilities or elderly in a day center and community setting. Supports are provided so that the client served may achieve their highest level of independence.

The ideal candidate will provide training and supports to the assigned program participants promoting positive social interactions, planning daily activities, safety and self-help skills, cooking, personal hygiene and general daily life skills and safe transportation. Staff is to assist with providing ideas for activities and assembling supplies needed or make contact with community organizations or businesses for group outings and possible volunteer sites. Individuals have personal support or care plans in which staff are to be familiar and contribute to a therapeutic environment. Additionally, staff is to establish effective interpersonal relationships with each client, their parents and /or guardians, and other members of the support team and community. Staff is expected to positively receive and follow the direction of supervisors and positively reflect the mission of the Council of Churches.

The mission of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks is to improve the quality of life in our region through compassionate service and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors, by doing together what can best be done together in the name of Jesus Christ.

Work involves responsibility for observing and reporting information concerning the physical, mental and behavioral condition of clients served and progress on desired “outcomes.” Close supervision and direction is received from the Medical Director, Operations Manager and Director of Daybreak.

Essential Job Duties :

  • Provides support to program participants in activity planning, personal hygiene, safety and self-help skills, cooking, personal hygiene and general daily life skills. Personal care does include transferring and lifting people by utilizing a patient lift (often referred to as a Hoyer Lift). A patient lift should be used when lifting anyone who exceeds 30% of the employee’s personal body weight or 50 lbs. If a patient lift is not available 2 staff members will lift the client using proper technique and only after receiving training.
  • Implement and record progress on outcomes outlined in personal and care plans for clients.
  • Record observations concerning client’s activities and overall wellbeing in daily logs.
  • Ensures that special diets are followed and assists those with physical support needs in eating in a dignified and hygienic manner.
  • Provides support to client in maintaining a safe and clean environment. Each staff is responsible for ensuring their group area is cleaned and sanitized daily.
  • Provides supports to client in becoming an active member of the community and in participating in varied meaningful vocational, domestic, and leisure activities in the community of their choosing.
  • Assists in orientation of new employees modeling correct procedure/protocols for job tasks.
  • Takes appropriate action in case of fire and/or disaster. Encourages the development and maintenance of a safe environment including being familiar with and following evacuation plans, training program participants where to take shelter for tornado drills, etc.
  • Assists in maintaining inventory of supplies.
  • Ensures clients are treated with dignity and respect and reports any suspected abuse or neglect of clients to the Daybreak Director and completes appropriate forms including event reports or incident/injury report forms.
  • Transports program participants by safely driving a lift equipped van. The DSP is to abide by all highway safety laws, posted speed limits etc. and follow practices outlined in the class E or CDL licensure manual (CDL is not required by all DSPs). Uses safe practice in loading and unloading vehicles, tying down wheel chairs and utilizing proper seat belt restraints as per training.
  • Communicates to fellow team members in a positive and appropriate manner avoiding behavior that could be considered as sexual harassment or discriminatory harassment as outlined in the employee handbook. With this in mind, employees are expected to avoid sexually explicit or mean spirited conversation in all work related settings including on-site, in the community, internet websites, email, etc.
  • Acts in the best interest of the mission, services and reputation of the Council of Churches and Daybreak services to customers and fellow staff members in a positive manner. Customers include: program participants, guardians, community members, service coordinators and service professionals.
  • Complete other duties as required.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma from an accredited high school or equivalent (GED).
  • Ability to assess naturally occurring daily life situations and problem solve in a manner consistent with good judgement and discretion.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds individually and will seek assistance if lifting more than 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work with and respect people with disabilities and the elderly. Exercise patience when communicating with individuals who may require having repetitive questions answered, requires physical assistance completing a task, etc.
  • Ability to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Ability to apply calm rational judgement in times of crisis.
  • Has completed CPR(Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) & 1st Aid certification or capable of successfully completing certification course.
  • Successfully complete OSHA regulations on Health and Safety including blood borne pathogens.
  • Attend workplace Harassment Training annually.
  • Attend proper lift training.
  • Successfully complete Vehicle Safety training including safe driving large vehicle, seat belts, lifts and tie downs.
  • Has Class “E” driver’s license or agrees to obtain the license within 30 days of hire.
  • Has a clean driver’s record and valid Missouri driver’s license.
  • Ability to successfully complete Abuse/Neglect training.
  • Has the ability to observe and write objective, detailed description of observations.
  • Must have a “clean” background check consistent with DMH & DHSS regulations.

Application Procedure: This is a non-exempt, full-time position with competitive pay. Submit letter of interest and resume to the Human Resources Department, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 3947, Springfield, MO 65808 No phone calls please.

*The Council of Churches of the Ozarks is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability status of qualified individuals.

*Applicant must successfully complete a drug screen and background investigation.

Job Type: Full-time