Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Description

Under supervision, Direct Support Professionals (DSP) provide services to adults with Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness, and/or Chemical Dependency in the residents’ home, ensuring that programs are implemented properly to meet the individual goals of residents. The incumbent will carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and procedures, applicable to federal, state, local standards, guidelines, and regulations as directed by the House Supervisor.

Requirements

Advocacy

-Assist residents with achieving personal goals; work on behalf of residents to overcome barriers.

-Help residents participate in activities of their choice; respects resident’s personal beliefs, choices, and interests.

Health Maintenance

-Provide care and assistance to promote good health; help residents receive medical care and communicates with medical professionals.

-Administer medications according to physicians’ instructions; records information regarding health events, conditions, and status.

-Provide CPR/First Aid and seek emergency medical care when needed.


Personal Care

-Help residents with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and toileting.

-Assist residents with their mobility including lifting them from a seated or lying down position, helping them walk and maintain stability.


Living Skills Development

-Help residents develop living skills such as cooking, money management, household shopping, doing laundry, personal hygiene, etc.

-Teach work-related skills and job preparedness; support residents in job search process and maintaining job performance.

-Record progress on skill development and achievement.


Behavior Development

-Serve as role model and mentor, demonstrate the desired behaviors, and coach the residents using approved techniques and strategies.

-Use approved physical intervention techniques when necessary to protect residents and others.


Operational Support

-Maintain cleanliness of program.

-Drive company vehicle to transport residents to their activities.

-Complete tasks that are beyond the resident’s abilities.

-Follows policies and procedures for handling money.


Professional Behavior

-Act in a professional manner and communicates effectively with others.

-Complete training programs; attends required House and All Staff meetings.


Language Skills

-Ability to read, write, and comprehend English effectively.


Mathematical Skills

-Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


Reasoning Ability

-Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

-Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Requirements

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Direct Support Professional job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Direct Support Professional job. While performing the responsibilities of the Direct Support Professional job, the incumbent is required to talk and hear. The incumbent is often required to sit and use his or her hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The incumbent is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Must be able to life up to 50 pounds.


Work Environment

-The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

-The incumbent may be subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, employees, family members and the general public; maybe subject to physically aggressive residents.

-The incumbent is subject to flexible hours including split shifts and varied days and times including mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on program needs.


Required Education and Experience

-High School Diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.), or equivalent required

-Must have legal status to work in the U.S.

-Must submit and pass a background study with the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services (employer paid)


Preferred Education and Experience

-High School Diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.), or equivalent required

-1 year or more experience as a DSP, PCA, or HHA working with persons with Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness, and/or Chemical Dependency

-Valid MN Driver's License, insurable driving record and reliable transportation 


Licenses/Certifications

-Must be able to complete Olu’s Home, Inc. training programs and successfully pass associated tests to meet competency requirements to administer medication and pass CPR/First Aid Certification (employer paid)


 

Benefits 

Olu’s offers a competitive benefits package which may include (subject to eligibility): 

-Competitive Salary 

-Paid Time Off (PTO) 

-Sick and Safe Time (STT) for Part-time City of Minneapolis/Saint Paul employees 

-Paid Holidays 

-Paid "Float" Holiday 

-Health Insurance 

-Dental Insurance 

-Life Insurance (100% employer-paid) 

-Simple IRA Retirement program with an employer match 

-Leaves: Bereavement, Sick, Military, Jury Duty, Air Patrol, Crime Victims, Domestic Abuse, Election Judge, Party Officer/Delegate, Voting, School Visitation, Pregnancy/Parental, etc. 

-529 College Savings Plan 

-Day Care tuition discount at Olu's Beginnings  

-Employee Referral Program and other Bonuses 

-Training and Development 

-Employee portal/app with 24/7 access 

-Certified Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Business 

-Promote from within, growing company 

-Join an organization that makes a difference!  


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Olu’s Home, Inc./Olu’s Beginnings, LLC/Olu’s LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBT community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Documents can be made available in an accessible alternative format upon request, please contact 612-824-1142 or hr@olushome.com to make a request.  


COVID-19 considerations: 

Olu's follows all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department Of Health (MDH), Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. Olu's observes precautions such as remote interview process, personal protective equipment provided/required, plastic shields at work stations, temperature screenings, social distancing guidelines in place, virtual meetings, sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place.