Requisition Number: PA066-DRSPP-H-01-2020-02
Job Title: Residential Counselor - DSP
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: 12.00-12.75

Residential Counselor - DSP

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Description/Job Summary

JOB TITLE: Direct Support Professional (DSP)   REPORTS TO: Site Supervisor

STATUS: Nonexempt                                             

 POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Direct Service Professional (DSP) is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and ongoing supervision of Consumers receiving residential and/or day service supports in community homes.


The DSP is responsible for assisting consumers in the fulfillment of their ISP outcomes and supporting the health, safety and the personal growth of the Consumer.  A commitment to the RHD values should be demonstrated as job duties are performed.

Responsibilities/Duties

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Read and assist in the implementation and development and of the ISP.
  • Provide residential supports to consumers according to the assessment and ISP.
  • Assist consumers in the completion of their outcomes and residential goals.
  • Implement supports developed from plans written by the therapists.
  • Remain familiar with diagnoses of consumers within the home.
  • Assist consumers with the development of a healthy and respectful culture.
  • Assist the consumer to effectively engage in therapeutic/healthy relationships.
  • Enter and submit work-time in Lawson on a regular basis and before deadline
  • Communicate with staff at shift change about the status of the consumers and in a timely matter.
  • Check and communicate via RHD email as directed.
  • Supervise/assist in menu planning and meal preparation.
  • Complete household cleaning tasks as assigned by Site Supervisor.
  • Assist/supervise the consumers when they are completing home maintenance tasks.
  • Transport consumers to all appointments, activities and community events.
  • Provide access to recreational and leisure activities in the home and community as well as encourage participation in activities.
  • Write thorough and effective communication, progress reports and complete data sheets.
  • Administer medications to consumers as prescribed (after completing approved training).
  • Provide medical emergency procedures as needed.                                                                                                            
  • Identify and report any residential environmental deficiencies ASAP to the Site Supervisor.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and drive safely in all environments.
  • Respect consumer’s culture and life choices.
  • Perform crisis intervention techniques when necessary.
  • Assist/support resident in maintaining good hygiene (i.e. tooth brushing and hair care).
  • Identify and report incidents to Site Supervisor immediately; write and submit incident report the same day that the incident is identified.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with all regulatory guidelines (i.e. Pa Chapter 6400 regulations).
  • Attend all mandatory site staff meetings.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Required Experience

At least 1 year expeience working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Required Education

H.S. diploma or equivalent

Required Qualifications

Must be at least eighteen years of age,

Have a high school diploma or eqivalency.

24 hours of humanservices trainingeach year

Successful compltetion of CPR and First Aid required

Subject to Criminal background check

Successful completion of bi-annual physical with TB.

Prior experience with working with Indivduals with Developmental Disabilities

valid driver license reuired.

Program Summary

RHD Genesis is a community based residential program designed to provide a home/familylike enviroment for intellectual individual withdisabilties.


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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.