Academy Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Waukegan, IL Living
Job Type
  • Knowledge and implementation of Personal Plan and Implementation Plans, Clinical Plans, and health directives.
  • Engage people in meaningful activities and implement Lesson Plans; may need to develop Lesson Plans as needed with Facilitator’s oversight.
  • Work on behalf of people in groups or one on one to overcome any barriers keeping them from achieving success.
  • Monitor people for effective dress and hygiene; provide supportive actions, as needed.
  • Provide assistance as needed during transition times (pick-up and drop-off, break and lunch, class rotation and outings).
  • Keep Facilitator and other needed team members informed of success, struggles, risks, etc. that involve the person (follow through if requested).
  • Provide First Aid/CPR with current certification and seek emergency medical care when needed.
  • Provide approved crisis prevention/intervention including de-escalation and physical intervention techniques when necessary to protect the person and others.
  • Complete all required and applicable documentation according to training, policy, and procedure before the end of shift.
  • Accurately and timely complete all charting and data collection tools (goal tracking, clinical tracking, attendance, communication log, etc.).
  • Attend all meetings as required.
  • Review and respond to all Aspire emails within current shift.
  • Maintain neat upkeep of environment and prompt reporting to facilitator or supervisor of needed repairs or environmental risks.
  • Maintain outstanding hospitality, professionalism, and customer service for all.
  • Honor people’s rights and ability to make choices.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times and communication with the facilitator, supervisor, Work/Life Consultant, and Clinical team who need to know information for continuity and quality of services.
  • Expand skills and knowledge relevant to providing high quality services; actively participate in required certification and agency training and apply information.
  • Transport people safely; following the rules of the road.
  • Uphold the Aspire spirit, vision, culture, and work expectations.
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary and within scope of the job as assigned.


  • High School Diploma
  • Experience following lesson plans and creating activities to follow lesson plans preferred.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License with good driving record.
  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to write reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to deal tactfully, engaging, and courteously with people, team members at all levels, families, and the public.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days, including some holidays, according to any academy needs/emergency coverage.
  • Ability to use technology to include email, computers, copy machines, etc.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the team member is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; bend or stoop; walk and climb stairs; reach with hands and arms, push, pull; talk, hear, and observe.
  • Work requires heavy physical exertion and may include lifting 75 pounds.
  • Duties are performed primarily in persons’ classrooms, agency office, and the community. Work areas are restricted to      non-smoking.
  • Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Ability to interact positively with people who are verbally/physically aggressive.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize work.


Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

· 1 year of experience working with adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities preferred.



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