Requisition Number: MO006-DRSPP-H-11-2019-01
Job Title: Direct Support Professional
City: St. Charles
State: MO

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 0
Salary Range: $11.00-$11.00/hour

Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary

NOW SEEKING DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS with ART SKILLS!

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. 

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Able to exercise good judgment and initiative in providing services and supports to the individuals.
  • Assist/support individuals in training programs as specified in their Individual Support Plans.
  • Provide direct assistance/support to the individuals as needed to perform the tasks of daily living and daily routines such as personal hygiene, dining skills, keeping space clean, etc.
  • Facilitate daily activities and routines with the individuals on assigned shift,
  • Assist with individual’s mobility as needed for those whose walk is unsteady and/or they rely on a wheelchair.
  • Assist/support individuals during mealtimes to include meal preparation, family style dining, and clean-up. Use this time to teach and promote social skills.
  • Attend and satisfactorily complete all scheduled mandatory orientation training, annual in-service and all other training as required and mandatory by governing standards and/or RHD.
  • Complete any and all data collection, MAR’s, observation notes and daily reports as instructed.
  • Ensure individuals receive 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’s.
  • Must be willing to drive company vehicles for outing opportunities in the arts and entertainment.
  • Assess the individual’s abilities, interests, changes in health status, etc. on an on-going basis and document/report to the Manager.
  • Participate in all staff meetings
  • Monitor individual’s activities and assure all safety and health care practices are observed. Ensure universal precautions are observed.
  • Use open, positive, encouraging interactions with the individuals that reflect dignity and respect while promoting their independence, ability to choose, rights and responsibilities.
  • Must maintain a good attendance record for reporting to work on time as scheduled.
  • 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.
  • Maintain positive communications/relationships with the individuals, Support Coordinators, families, friends and other agencies involved with the individuals residing in the home.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

Required Experience

IN ORDER TO PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE TO OUR INDIVIDUALS, AN IDEAL DSP CANDIDATE WILL POSESS:

  • Good Organizational Skills.
  • Good Oral and Written Communication Skills.
  • Positive, supportive and encouraging personal interaction skills.
  • Team Player
  • Ability 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

WHO WE ARE

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.

OUR MISSION

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.

WHAT WE DO LOCALLY

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.

WORK WITH US

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.