Requisition Number: PA006-LDRSP-H-08-2019-01
Job Title: Lead Direct Support Professional
City: Nazareth
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $14.50 ph

Lead Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary

The On Our Own I program, a division of RHD, in Northeast Pennsylvania, is looking for a full-time, Lead Direct Support Professional to work in homes in Allentown, PA.
The Lead Direct Support Professional (LDSP) directly supports the Site Supervisor in maintaining program operations in accordance with Chapter 6400 (Community Homes for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability) of the Public Welfare Code. In addition to providing direct-care to consumers and performing the duties of the direct support professional.  This leadership position serves as a mentor to direct support professionals via modeling effective interpersonal interactions, developing creative strategies aimed at enhancing consumers’ independent living skills, and maintaining professionalism. The LDSP will perform responsibilities assigned by the Site Supervisor to ensure that quality services and operations are maintained.
Essential Duties and Functions:

  • Provide support and supervision to consumers during direct-care shifts, focusing on the consumers’ reduction of risk and enhancement of independent living skills. Support, guide, and teach consumers everyday skills, including cooking/food preparation, shopping, budgeting, interpersonal skills, utilizing community resources, vocational skills, social and interpersonal development, etc.
  • Assist in the implementation of the consumers’ Individual Service Plans, focusing on supporting consumers in developing lifestyles conducive to goal attainment through community integration and the acquisition of independent living skills
  • Support the professional development of direct support professionals through modeling professionalism, maintaining effective interpersonal interactions, consistently adhering to program policies and procedures, and teaching effective consumer support strategies.
  • Assist in orienting and training of direct support professionals during onsite orientation, including teaching direct support professionals responsibilities, site checklists, Policies and Procedures, relevant systems, and all required documentation.
  • Complete and review all required documentation, including MARS, vehicle logs, medication logs, progress notes, behavioral tracking, sleep logs, menu plans, telephone logs, client inventories, incident reports, serious concerns, medical/dental forms, individual bank records, fire drills, property forms, individual monthly reports, 90-day psychiatric reviews. As needed, coach direct support professionals on the proper completion of all required documentation.
  • Provide regular, constructive feedback to the Site Supervisor related to operations in the home, including necessary documentation, adherence to Policies and Procedures, and the daily activities of consumers.
  • In the absence of the Site Supervisor for days off, vacation or medical will assume on-call responsibilities for the program, including covering open shifts, as needed
  • Model and provide guidance to consumers with regards to rights, independence and interpersonal skills
  • Communicate schedules and assignments as outlined by Site Supervisors for client appointments and activities (i.e. arranging transport and/or assist clients to and from appointments, coordinate funds needed, etc.)
  • Communicate with interdisciplinary team using corporate email, accessing email regularly during assigned shifts to ensure information is being shared in a timely fashion
  • Assist the Site Supervisor in ensuring licensing regulations of the site remain compliant
  • Assist the Site Supervisor in preparing for inspections
  • Communicate with co-workers, Program Specialist, and Program Leadership as necessary to ensure continuity of care
  • Attend and actively participate in all team meetings and training programs related to individuals and staff at the designated home
  • Manage appropriate usage of the ARI/RHD gas card
  • Assist Site Supervisor with maintaining company vehicles, including scheduling appointments, maintaining vehicle records, and reporting/facilitating reporting of accidents according to corporate guidelines.
  • Administer client medication as prescribed
  • Actively participate in supervision and professional development provided from Site Supervisor
  • Represent the  program in a professional manner and model leadership and boundaries  with staff and consumers at all times
  • Assist the Site Supervisor in monitoring site operations in the absence of the Site Supervisor, communicating with identified leadership
  • All other miscellaneous duties as requested or assigned by the Site Supervisor or Program Leadership
  • Maintain all trainings, certifications and qualifications outlined the qualifications section.
  •  High School diploma or equivalent at a minimum; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Two years of experience working with individuals with IDD and Mental Health issues
  • Understanding of trauma, trauma-informed care, and the creation of trauma-informed environments
  • Knowledge of and compliance with the PA 6400 Regulations and IDS Guidelines
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • State police, FBI and child abuse clearances, as indicated
  • CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration certification
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training or equivalent
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form
  • Ability to engage clients and staff in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions
  • Problem Solving, conflict resolution, organization and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain professional and therapeutic boundaries
  • Ability to physically restrain a consumer, if warranted and as formally trained
  • Ability to utilize and navigate corporate email, internet applications, Microsoft programs and applications, and maintain basic computer skills needed for Electronic Health Records
  • Knowledge of the impact of trauma on the well-being of the individuals receiving services, as well as the impact on staff well-being preferred.
The LDSP will have direct contact with individuals that have co-occurring disorders including Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  Willingness to work with and support individuals with IDD is essential for this position.  The LDSP will also be included in ratio for the majority of their shifts which includes but not limited to site coverage and/or providing 1:1 supervision/care for individuals in service attending to their specific needs.  The LDSP will be required to lift, sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time and as assist individuals in service with their daily needs.

All candidates must have a strong work ethic, good interpersonal skills, reliability, consistency, be a team player, and flexibility to cover open shifts.   Must have reliable transportation.  Must work weekends and holidays.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to receive consideration.
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must demonstrate safe driving skills in accordance to RHD standards
  • Must have  a HS Diploma/GED.
  • Competitive salary provided.
  • Comprehensive benefits plan is offered for full-time work, only.

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


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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.