Resources For Human Development, Inc.
Requisition Number: PA024-DRSPP-H-08-2018-01
Job Title: Direct Support Professional
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $12.30-$14.50/hour

Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary

COSTAR (Creating Opportunities Supporting Tenacious Adults in Recovery) Residential Systems is a multi-faceted residential and family supportive services program for individuals with mental health and behavioral health challenges. CO-STAR’s person-centered programming includes life skills, social skills, and community integration in the least restrictive setting. Short-term and long-term care are combined in a therapeutic and caring environment to provide individuals with the skills that they need to lead productive lives in the community.
 
Position Summary
 
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.
 
Minimum Requirements:
  • 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 divide 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Must have evening (3pm-11pm), overnight (11pm-7am) and weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) availability.

 
Working conditions
 
The job requires a person to work in special working conditions. Special working conditions cover a range of circumstances from regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, working with challenging clients, and so forth. 
 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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.