Requisition Number: MO006-DRSPP-H-09-2020-02
Job Title: Direct Support Professional
City: St. Charles
State: MO

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 0
Salary Range: $12.00-$12.00/hour

Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary


Blank Canvas Studios is an arts-based day program for individuals with developmental disabilities located in Saint Charles, Missouri. We provide people with various levels of ability the opportunity to create and be celebrated for their own unique and individual style of art. We allow our artists the opportunity to create uninhibited art to the best of their ability, by providing them with support and guidance from a team of staff made up of local artists. The artists we support are encouraged to explore a variety of art mediums, including but not limited to: painting, sculpting, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, drawing, dance, theater, film, photography, video and music, jewelry, and fibers.

Being a Direct Support Professionals at Blank Canvas Studios is more than just a job, it's a rewarding opportunity to work in a creative environment by assisting people with special needs to explore the arts and express themselves. A DSP art staff is a creative and responsible individual able to facilitate meaningful days for the artists of Blank Canvas Studios. 

Blank Canvas Studios is in need of part-time supports to an individual in the natural home.  We are looking for a Direct Support Professional to work in this individual's home 2-3 days per week from 6:30am to 2:30pm. The ideal candidate will provide art-based supports as listed above to their best ability in the individual's home environment. 


  • Facilitate an individual with disabilities in creating art with various art mediums.
  • Able to exercise good judgment, positive modeling and initiative in providing services and supports to the individual.
  • Provide direct assistance/support to the individual as needed to perform the tasks of daily living and daily routines such as personal hygiene, dining skills and other associated tasks
  • Assist with individual’s mobility as needed for those whose walk is unsteady and/or they rely on a wheelchair.
  • Assist/support individual during mealtimes. Use this time to teach and promote social skills.
  • Complete any and all data collection, MAR's, observation notes and daily reports as instructed
  • Ensure individual receives their medications as prescribed by their physician and documented on the Medication Administration Record (MAR). Specifically, make certain the correct medication(s), dosage, route and time have been given to the individual and documented appropriately on the MAR.
  • Access to vehicle in good working order and maintaining current license, registration, and insurance.
  • Use open, positive, encouraging interactions with the individual that reflect dignity and respect while promoting their independence, ability to choose, rights and responsibilities.
  • Possess or acquire through staff training the ability to express and perform job duties that reflect a working knowledge of individuals rights, abuse and neglect, person-centered services, including personal Support Plans and goals of integrating persons with disabilities into the community

Required Experience


  • Good Organizational Skills.Good Oral and Written Communication Skills.Positive, supportive and encouraging personal interaction skills.Team PlayerAbility to remain calm in stressful situations.Some previous experience in supporting/assisting persons with developmental disabilities is preferred.

Required Education

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent. 

Required Qualifications

  • Valid Missouri Driver’s License, a good driving record, and up to date vehicle insurance.
  • Satisfactory completion of criminal background check as required by federal and/or state laws and any other post-offer pre-employment screenings as mandated by a governing agency or RHD.

Program Summary

As a program of Resources for Human Development, Blank Canvas Studios has been providing arts-based services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities since 2009 in Saint Charles, Missouri. Clients at BCS work directly with a team of staff made up of local artists, and are given the opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork in the local community. BCS Artists  are encouraged to explore a variety of art mediums, including: painting, sculpting, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, drawing, dance, theater, film, photography, video and music, jewelry, and fiber arts.

Resources for Human Development – Missouri


Resources for Human Development is a national human services non-profit founded in 1970, specializing in creating innovative, quality services that support people of all abilities and challenges wherever the need exists. We support more than 160 programs across 14 states, serving tens of thousands of people of all abilities every year. RHD maintains a corporate office in Philadelphia, which provides fiscal supervision, management oversight, support and encouragement, and technical assistance to its programs. RHD prides itself on its history of innovation, not only in the services we offer but also in our management approach rooted in RHD’s Values. RHD is committed to the fundamental value of dignity and respect for all human beings, to the empowerment of our consumers and staff, and to the flexibility to meet the changing needs of all our partners and those we serve.


RHD’s mission is to provide caring, effective, and innovative services that empower people of all abilities as they work to achieve the highest level of independence possible and build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.


Resources for Human Development has been delivering trauma-informed, person-centered services to people with intellectual disabilities in Missouri since 2008. RHD Missouri’s Residential Program meets people’s needs in a way that treats people with respect and dignity and places a premium on their quality of life. We provide residential services and community integration, as well as arts based day programs in St. Louis County, Saint Charles, and Kansas City.


At RHD Missouri, you can build a career you’re proud of, with RHD you’re a partner. We work together to help people to build successful lives - both client and caregiver. RHD Missouri’s day and residential programs strive to give individuals the opportunity and ability to create their own services and to be able to offer a support that fits their needs and preferences. We believe that RHD demonstrates its commitment to employees by listening and responding to employee concerns and inviting an ongoing dialogue to improve culture.

Together We Are Better, Together We Are RHD.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.