Saint Dominic's Home DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL (Orange) in United States

Job Summary:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned to meet the needs of the individuals and the program.

  • Execute agency and program policy and procedure.
  • Implement and maintain the Developmental Disabilities Department’s mission of Person Centered Planning.
  • Attend and participate in all mandatory trainings in the required timeframes as well as any other required in-service training.
  • Successfully complete AMAP Certification and administer medications as prescribed by a Doctor(s) to the individuals.
  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, interdisciplinary team meetings, and individual supervision to provide pertinent information to meet the needs of the individuals(s) and the home.
  • Advocate for the rights of the individuals.
  • Maintain consumer specific information in a confidential manner.
  • Supervise individuals (based on their level o supervision) at all times and provide for their safety.
  • Conduct half hour bed checks or as required based on individuals need.
  • Assist individuals with their Adult Daily Living Skills (ADLS), i.e. bathing, dressing, brushing teeth, washing hair, cut nails, shaving.
  • Follow and document behavior modification programs and body checks.
  • Assist in the development of Individual Habilitation Plans.
  • Complete all Res Hab as well as all other required documentation (ex. Incident tracker, ABC, etc) on a daily basis prior to the end of the shift.
  • Comply with health, safety and sanitation codes.
  • Assist with meal planning, preparation and clean up, i.e. clean kitchen, discard garbage, mop floor, wipe tables.
  • Assist in providing a clean, safe and homelike environment in the residence, i.e. sweep, mop, dust, vacuum, clean bathrooms, make beds, clean windows, organize closets and cabinets, laundry, etc.
  • Assist individuals to select, launder, mend and prepare appropriate clothing specific to weather, occasion, etc.
  • Assist individuals in and out of van and/or automobiles and driving individuals to recreational or community outings. activities, and medical appointments. In addition, provide needed information to medical personnel and relay all information to the appropriate staff in the residence/agency.
  • Travel to the five boroughs and the tri-state area, if necessary.
  • Minimal shoveling of snow to clear pathways, spreading salt and sand.
  • Assist in the dressing and undressing of individuals, including the tying of shoes.
  • Assist individuals in and out of the bathtub/shower, as well as bathing or assist with the bathing using hand-over-hand washing.
  • Transfer individuals in and out of wheelchairs using mechanical lifts and assist them in their use of physical adaptive equipment such as walkers, standers, and braces (where applicable).
  • Escort individuals, with arm to elbow support, up and down exterior and interior stairs and while walking in the community
  • Assist or full support in toileting and use of diapers,adult briefs, and feminine hygiene needs.
  • Assist individuals when they are ill. I.e. colds flu, vomiting, diarrhea, performs basic first aid, Heimlich maneuver if necessary.
  • Stay with individuals while in the emergency room or when admitted (if required) to the hospital.
  • Communicate in a dignified manner and interact in meaningful activities with the individuals throughout your entire shift.
  • Assist individuals to meet their religious obligations.
  • Cooperate with staff in other Developmental Disabilities Program services.
  • Use crisis intervention and calming techniques as needed.
  • Rotation through different shifts and residences/apartments is mandatory.

Education & Experience

JOB SPECIFICATIONS (Skills, Knowledge, Ability)

CULTURAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS: Ability to interact with and complete assignments in a manner sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics


  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to peers, consumers, families and other employees of the agency.

  • Ability to add and subtract. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE High School diploma and a valid, non-restricted driver’s license a must. Related work experience preferred but not required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Direct Support Professionals must be awake during the entire shift. Sleeping on the job is prohibited.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate clearly and effectively with staff and individuals.

  • All SCIP-R physical interventions (Perform Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention as necessary for physical restraint and control of individuals exhibiting aggressive behaviors including one-person escort, standing wrap, seated wrap, and one-person take down onto side).

  • Must be able to travel stairs to the 2nd floor bedrooms, 3.6 times a day at a minimum.

SPECIAL DEMANDS: Direct Support Professionals should use lifts provided for all lifting. They also need to be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds. On occasion, it may be necessary to lift a greater weight, in which case the Direct Support Professional needs to be able to identify whether or not to ask for assistance.


Posted Date: 1/10/2017

Full Time/Part Time: None Specified