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Direct Support Professional Community Integration

Direct Support Professional Community Integration

Job Description


Direct Support Professional I-Community Integration

Comprehensive Services

Job Purpose: The Direct Support Professional I is responsible for providing quality services per Council Outcome measures (ensuring health and safety, enabling people to make decisions, assisting people to understand and exercise their rights, etc.) directly to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them achieve their goals.


Agency Expectations of Employee:

Adheres to Agency policies and procedures; acts as a role model within and outside the Agency; demonstrates good judgment, discretion, and confidentiality; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly and professionally with all individuals; demonstrates flexibility and efficient time management skills and ability to prioritize workload; consistently and regularly reports to work on time prepared to perform duties. This position requires flexibility in staffing. Hours will be scheduled for staff as determined by the needs of the individuals who are supported.


Essential Functions:

         Assist people to identify and achieve their personal goals through person centered planning, advocacy, support and training;

         Develop positive relationships that lead to valued community experiences to determine the person’s interests;

         Assist people to make informed decisions;

         Advocate for each person in all aspects of life by maintaining positive, professional relationships with other members of their team (family, friends, other support providers);

         Provide any support and training a person needs to be healthy and safe and to maintain their personal appearance;

         Teach skills that will increase independence, self-esteem, and participation in the life of the community; Assist people to exercise their rights and provide training and advocacy to restore any rights that have been restricted;

         Must be able to work with people with disabilities independently including making emergency decisions and developing relationships with community contacts;

         Must demonstrate high level of personal responsibility and respect for others.



Your responsibilities may include any and/or all of the following tasks in order to achieve the essential functions.


         Know the goals, interests, and needs for assistance of the individuals you support.

         Prepare a daily itinerary that matches the interests and goals of the individuals you support.

         Transport up to four individuals to community sites.

         Follow written plans (including positive behavior plans) to systematically teach people new skills and document progress according to the schedule identified in the plan (or by the supervisor).

         Identify potential sites for community training/experiences.

         Identify and look for solutions to potential obstacles to individual success at community sites.

         Serve as a liaison for the people you support and the Agency with community members.

         Provide feedback to team about quality of community sites.

         Complete all documentation required according to Agency timelines, including community events reports, medication administration records, progress notes, etc.

         Support people to complete necessary grooming/hygiene including, but not limited to, assisting in restroom, with meals, and with dressing.

         Actively participate in person centered plans, mandatory trainings, and in team meetings.

         Demonstrate performance that exemplifies the mission and purpose of the St. Louis Arc.

         Provide good customer service to everyone connected to the team.

         Other duties, as assigned.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements: This position requires seeing, hearing, standing, walking, bending, the use of stairs, lifting, carrying supplies, communicating both verbally and in written form, the ability to make sound immediate decisions in order to ensure the safety of the people we support. Regular attendance is mandatory. May need to assist individuals to transfer in/out of wheelchairs, lift supplies, and provide support in a variety of physically demanding training locations. Must be able to use own transportation and transport individuals in their community.

Experience and Education Qualifications: High school diploma/GED required. One-year experience in a human service field required. Some college coursework in human services is preferred. CPR/First Aid/Medication Certification and Missouri Class E driver’s license (or comparable out-of-state license) required.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time/Part-Time
Job Type Health Care, Nonprofit - Social Services
Education Not Specified
Experience None
Manages Others Not Specified
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services, Not for Profit - Charitable, Social Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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Direct Support Professional Community Integration

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