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Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Full-time *NEW Increased Sleep Rate* -

Working doesn’t have to feel like work! Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide support and and attend to daily needs of Individuals with Disabilities in Residential Group Homes in Wellsboro and Mansfield. These homes are like any other home in the neighborhood but are staffed 24/7 to make sure we are supporting those that reside there. This is a meaningful job where you can make a living while also improving the lives of others!

Starting Wage Ratee is $15.00 per hour for Day Shifts. Starting in July, Overnight “sleep” rate has increased to $15.00 per hour as well! You actually get paid while sleeping on overnight shifts!

Qualifications: Valid driver’s license. Must have a satisfactory three (3) year driving history; previous experience working in Human Services or with individuals with Intellectual disabilities preferred but not required; satisfactory background clearances and 3 year driving record check which will be conducted at time of hire.

Benefits: Employer-sponsored Health, Dental, Vision offered at 90 days with employer contribution towards costs, Paid Time Off, Holiday Pay, Life and Short-Term Disability Insurances, Employee Discounts, Employee Referral Program, Employee Assistance Program, Parental Leave.

Reasons to be a DSP:

Whether you are a college student; someone re-entering the workforce; considering a new career; or retired and seeking extra income….this is the job for you!

Becoming a DSP provides excellent real-life experience with populations that require learning skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. No experience is required to be hired, but upon hire you will receive PAID training and gain skills in becoming First Aid/CPR certified; Medication Management; and Fire Safety; to name just a few.

Further, you will gain knowledge that will benefit you in all aspects of your life, such as enhancing domestic skills while on the job. You can tune in your skills in the kitchen, trying out new recipes and techniques with the individuals in the home (both teaching and learning together!). You can develop plans for more efficient housekeeping techniques, which can help those residing in the group home and perhaps even you in your home. This job is unique in the sense that you carry out many of the same tasks you would in your home, but while supporting and enriching the lives of individuals that reside there. In this casual and relaxed environment staff assist with daily care, household routines, assist with meal planning and prep, development of healthy life skills, provide support, social opportunities, and recreation, all while building a positive rapport.

Every day is a new day and you and the individuals you support build many fun memories together. Through this process staff build special and long-lasting bonds with the individuals served. Some examples might be going out for community events, learning a new skill together, attending a play, going bowling, etc. You actually get paid to go have fun together! Staff help enrich the lives of residents by creating a healthy, engaging, and supportive home environment and community activities that promote inclusion.

You will be a part of a growing and dedicated organization whose mission is to help individuals with disabilities succeed. In the past 25 years Partners In Progress has grown to include 6 Group Homes; a variety of Supported Employment Programs including a Vocational Training Facility; Highland Chocolates Factory and Store; My Neighbor’s Closet Thrift Store; a Janitorial Crew, and various other partnerships with area groups. Many who start as a DSP may stay in their role for many years, but others may advance when opportunities arise whether in the Group Homes or any of the other Agency programs. Advancement Opportunities are advertised internally first. We value our staff and often engage in activities for team-building and morale boosting through raffles, gifts, gatherings, etc throughout the year.

Residential Group Homes are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so staff are needed for a variety of hours. During daytime and evening/awake hours, the pay rate is $15.00 per hour. Staff are permitted to sleep during their scheduled overnight hours. Sleep rate of pay has increased to $15.00 an hour while sleeping!

Schedule: 40 hours per week, varying schedule may include a combination of days, evenings, weekends, overnights (“sleep” and “awake” hours) and some holidays. Schedule will vary to meet agency and program needs. Please note: this is NOT a Day Shift Only Mon-Fri job and WILL INCLUDE a combination of varying shifts.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Assists Program Participants to attain daily living skills that allow them to become more independent and self-sufficient.

2. Maintains the physical site in a safe, secure and clean condition.

3. Completes all shift requirements prior to leaving duty.

4. Establishes and maintains strong and positive community contacts that are in the best interest of both the program individuals and the agency.

5. Employs effective work practices, utilizing time allocated to the program in the most judicious manner.

6. Submits all written documentation required for the program on or before the due date and without prompting.

7. Maintains accurate records, goals, documentation, ledgers, receipts and other materials relevant to Program Participants’ progress, health, activities and financial records.

8. Acts as an advocate for Program Participants; promotes and provides community involvement opportunities for Program Participants when they express interest as identified and authorized in the Program Participants’ ISPs.

9. Assists in the development of Individual Support Plans (ISPs), Assessments and Quarterly Reviews in cooperation with the Program Participant being served, Lead Staff, Supports Coordinators and Residential Program Specialists.

10. Reports medical issues immediately. After proper training, administers first aid as necessary. After proper training, administers medications in accordance with Department of Human Services (DHS) regulations for medication administration.

11. If eligible (must have High School Diploma or GED), performs as Supported Living Specialist, when assigned, in order to meet program needs. When performing in this capacity, attempts to educate Program Participants on the need to maintain their living space in a safe, secure and clean condition. Assists in the care and upkeep of Program Participants’ living spaces, as needed.

12. Safely transports Program Participants or supervises Program Participants during daily transportation when directed to meet program needs.

13. Completes any additional duties when requested.

Partners In Progress empowers Individuals with disabilities to succeed.

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COVID-19 considerations:
Partners In Progress follows Dept of Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our employees, program participants, and communities. At this time, covid-19 vaccination is not required; but masking, sanitation, distancing, etc occur routinely.

6/3/22

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