Requisition Number: PA024-DRSPP-H-01-2020-01
Job Title: Direct Support Professional
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $13.20 - $14.50/hr

Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary

Direct Support Professional
  
Position Summary
The Direct Support Professional for RHD's Co Star advocates for and advises people in recovery (PIR) in their home and in the community; while teaching and assisting with skills building in relationship to residential, educational, vocational, social, recreational, spiritual, and self-maintenance domains, by performing the following duties.
 
Essential Duties and Functions

  • Assists Individuals with maintaining households, such as changing bed linens, washing and ironing, laundry, and cleaning quarters.
  • Provides individuals with assistance while purchasing, preparing, and serving nutritious foods.
  • Provides assistance in following special or prescribed diets.
  • Provides assistance dressing, bathing, and grooming self.
  • Supervises the self-administration of prescribed oral medications under written prescription of Physician.
  • Supports individuals with traveling outside of the home.
  • Assists individuals with finding and involving self  in daily activities that provide meaning to his/her life
  • Explains fundamental recovery principles and renders bedside care to individuals who are ill.
  • Participates in evaluating needs of Program participants, and confers with family members, case managers, and others in Program participant’s support network to plan for continuing and additional services.
  • Performs variety of miscellaneous duties as requested, such as assisting Program participants in obtaining household supplies and other needs.
  • Maintains records of services performed and of apparent condition of PIR.
Qualifications
 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily as well as possess the ability to input daily activities onto computerized documentation. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability-required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Qualifications include:
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).  
  • At least one to two years of experience working in a MH residential setting
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to read routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of participants or employees of organization.
  • All employees must possess and maintain a current driver’s license
  • Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divides in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assists Individuals with maintaining households, such as changing bed linens, washing and ironing, laundry, and cleaning quarters.
  • Provides individuals with assistance while purchasing, preparing, and serving nutritious foods.
  • Provides assistance in following special or prescribed diets.
  • Provides assistance Dressing, bathing, and grooming self.
  • Supervises the self-administration of prescribed oral medications under written prescription of Physician.
  • Supports individuals with traveling outside of the home.
  • Assists individuals with finding and involving self in daily activities that provide meaning to his/her life
  • Explains fundamental recovery principles and renders bedside care to individuals who are ill.
  • Participates in evaluating needs of Program participants, and confers with family members, case managers, and others in Program participant’s support network to plan for continuing and additional services.
  • Performs variety of miscellaneous duties as requested, such as assisting Program participants in obtaining household supplies and other needs.
  • Maintains records of services performed and of apparent condition of PIR.

Required Experience

At least one year of experience working in a residential setting with adults with diagnosed with mental health challenges

Required Education

High School Diploma or GED

Required Qualifications


To perform this jobsuccessfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential dutysatisfactorily as well as possess the ability to input daily activities ontocomputerized documentation. The requirements listed below are representative ofthe knowledge, skill, and/or ability-required. Reasonable accommodations may bemade to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentialfunctions.


Qualifications include:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED). 
  • At least one to two years of experience working in a MH residential setting
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to read routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of participants or employees of organization.
  • All employees must possess and maintain a current driver’s license
  • Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divides in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Program Summary

COSTAR is a community living residential program forindividuals with co-occurring mental health and/or intellectual disabilitychallenges. COSTAR individuals are often older, require slight medicalattention or special care and live in two to three-person sites with staffsupport nearby. Because individuals are often older, participants do not“transition” or “graduate” to a lower level of care or independent living.Staff, including Program Coordinators, work with individuals to strive to reachtheir recovery goals and ingrate into the community. Staff utilize astrength-based, person-centered approach to encourage individuals to attendmeaningful activities in the community at organizations that COSTAR haspartnered with. For example, local community centers often host evidence-basedgroups like the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM), trauma recoverygroups, or Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) workshops at local recoverycenters. COSTAR’s goal is to address thespecial needs of the individual, build daily living skills, connect to behavioralhealth resources and wrap natural and formal supports around them to aid inrecovery.

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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.