The Direct Support Professional (DSP) for The Arc of the Piedmont is responsible for the implementation of person-centered plans through teaching and assisting the people we support in a community based residential setting, or in one of our Adult Activity Program settings. DSP’s maintain required documentation and reporting, assist with personal care as needed, foster a warm and caring home environment and initiate in-home and community based recreation activities. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and, as always, we seek creative innovative individuals with an eye towards providing the greatest quality of life possible for the people we support. We currently have the following DSP positions available:
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: developmental disabilities; concepts and principles of barrier-free environments, person-centered principles, self-direction, interpersonal competence, community resources, health and safety needs, independent living needs of persons with disabilities
Skills: safe operation of passenger vehicles as evidenced by a valid Virginia driving license and acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle driving record, CPR/First Aid procedures, crisis prevention, positive behavioral supports, intervention and emergency responses, documentation
Abilities: to lift and transfer at least 50 pounds and, for transfers of the people we support, utilize appropriate equipment (i.e. Hoyer Lift) to prevent personal injury or injury to the client, work independently; follow directions; communicate verbally and in writing, interact effectively and courteously with a variety of people, teach effectively, provide personal assistance
The Arc provides paid training such as Medication Administration, CPR and First Aid, all of which are required for employment. We are always interested in hearing from candidates interested in direct support work. Starting pay dependent upon experience and education. Relief positions are also available, working on an as needed basis.
Please be aware that our agency has implemented mandatory Covid vaccinations for all staff. In order to come on board with us, a new hire must be fully vaccinated and also provide us with proof of vaccination.
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Preferred dress code
Casual (come as you are, but please be presentable)
About The Arc of the Piedmont
Ensuring full community inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the provision of services and advocacy.
The principles that govern our behavior and the way we do business are:
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