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Direct Support Professional II

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1. Job Identification

  • Job Title: Direct Support Professional II
  • Reports to: Administrators
  • Hourly Rate: $14.00-$16.00

2. Job Summary

The Direct Support Professional II supports individuals with developmental disabilities to have quality of life. The Direct Support Professional II promotes the health, safety and well-being of residents. A Direct Support Professional II serves as an advocate for our clients.

3. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, Regional Center,Department of Developmental Services, and of Title 17 and 22.
  • Knowledge of dual diagnosis, Individual Program Plans, client service needs, medication protocol, emergency disaster protocol, abuse reporting protocol, and behavior plans.
  • Organization skills, time management skills, analytical skills, good written and verbal communication skills,
  • Interpersonal skills, multi-tasking skills, critical thinking, active listening, reading comprehension, teamwork, interpretation, and problem-solving,
  • Teaching, comparing, basic mathematical skills, classifying, analyzing, coordinating, innovating, and strategizing.
  • Active listening, ability to interact effectively with management, social perceptiveness, maintain confidentiality, detail-oriented, flexibility, and adaptability

4. Education and Experience 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Direct Support Professional I and Direct Support Professional II certificates (No DSP certifications, starting pay rate is $14.00/hr.,  increase to $16.00/hr. after successful completion of DSP I & II certifications).
  • One year experience in a related field working with adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Must have 5 years of continuous driving experience.

5. Essential Functions

  • Attend to the needs of each resident, including assisting them with grooming, bathing, hygiene, toileting, feeding and communicating other individual needs they may have
  • Administer medications to individual(s) and follow the five rights for verification purposes
  • Maintain a safe environment for the residents by cleaning the homes, informing the Administrator about any broken/inoperable items, locking up medicines and chemicals and reporting any problems that can cause injuries
  • Complete and continually update client notes system and information about the residents and any changes in behavior
  • Report any incidents or evidence of abuse or violation of residents’ rights to Administrator and appropriate agencies
  • Complete all electronic training system requirements and required training and courses in a timely manner
  • Attend Individual Program Plan Meetings for the residents and act as an advocate
  • Check all fire alarms and fire extinguisher(s) to make sure they are updated and functioning
  • Support the needs and goals of each resident such as taking them to medical appointments, visiting families and friends, taking them to participate in leisure activities, and encouraging them to socialize with peers
  • Change clients’ under garments and/or clothing as needed
  • Dress according to dress code and safety purposes
  • Attend regular staff meetings and participate in continuing education and trainings
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required.

6. Career Path

Career pathing can differ with each individual’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. Lateral moves are sometimes beneficial to attaining one’s ultimate desired position.

Residential Director - Area Manager - Administrator - House Manager - Direct Support Professional II

7. Physical Requirements
The Direct Support Professional works in an indoor setting and occasionally in an outdoor setting. Frequent lifting and/or carrying objects/individuals up to 50 plus pounds is required. Constant hearing, seeing, and speaking is required. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, keying, repetitive hand, finger movement, walking, pushing, pulling, twisting neck, twisting waist, driving, feeling, and crouching. Occasional running, climbing, kneeling, traveling, squatting, sitting, and balancing is required.

8. Other Requirements

This position will require a valid California ID or Driver’s License. Candidate must successfully pass all pre-employment requirements, including but not limited to background check, physical etc. If required to drive, candidate must possess proof of valid insurance and registration. Must be at least 21 years of age to drive for People's Care.

At People's Care, our most valuable resource is the extraordinary people who make up our support staff. Do you have a passion for providing quality support to individuals with special needs? Do you thrive on helping others build/reach their goals in a positive, life-enriching environment?

If so, we want to hear from you!

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