LEAD DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
Job Summary: Directly responsible to
Program Manager for providing direct support activities and
supervision of the persons served to help them achieve their
personal goals. Directs day-to-day activities of Direct Support
Professionals. Completes required documentation and assists with
information gathering for Personal Outcome Measures and
assessments. Acts as a team leader and resource person for Direct
Support Professionals. Assists in staff scheduling. Manages client
resources, appointments, and activity schedules. Manages house
expenses and debit/credit card usage. Assists in maintaining health
and safety standards for individuals supported and support sites.
Supports Bethesda's Mission, Vision, and Core Values, ensuring that
individuals are assisted in practicing their faith and are treated
with the utmost respect.
Essential Job Functions:
•Provide direct support to individuals
with disabilities by assuring the following: relationships,
spiritual activities, community involvement and integration, power
and choice, health and safety, status, and competence.
•Implement person-centered plans to
assist people in achieving their personal goals and meet their
needs and desires.
•Assist in establishing routines that
meet all individuals needs and desires and to ensure compliance
with licensing regulations, agency policies and practices and
protection of individual rights.
•Ensure opportunities to access to the
community are scheduled and staffed; provide transportation to
activities as needed.
•Schedule cleaning and home
maintenance activities to provide for the health and well-being of
•Guide and monitor the work of DSPs
and mentor them in their professional development.
•Ensure all required documentation is
complete, accurate and professional; assist with information
gathering to identify personal outcomes desired and effect of
•Maintains and expands skills and
knowledge relevant to providing high quality supports and
•Ensure that all home, vehicle, and
personal property maintenance needs are addressed in a timely
•Schedule and attend as needed
medical, health, and dental appointments to ensure best possible
health and safety. Supervise the administration of medication
•Ensure fiscal responsibility by
protecting agency and individual funds from misuse.
•Complete all paperwork thoroughly,
correctly and on a timely basis.
•Complete audits as required.
•Work assigned schedule and arrive to
scheduled shift on time. Change work schedule as needed to meet
individual and program needs.
•Assist program managers in preparing
staff schedules, resolving schedule conflicts, and calling in off
duty employees when needed.
•Maintain a Christian atmosphere in
the home, including daily devotions, mealtime prayers, church
attendance, and participation in special church-related
Minimum Job Qualifications:
Educations and/or Experience: High
school diploma or equivalent required. One year of experience as a
direct support professional or related job working with persons
with developmental disabilities. Must be at least 18 years of
Certificates, Licenses or
Registrations: Must have valid drivers license and clear driving
record; must have cleared and approved criminal record check; must
have legal status in the U.S.; must hold First Aid/CPR
Physical Demands: Must be able to
assist with a two-person lift of an adult; must be able to do
frequent bending and lifting; and must be able to stand for eight
(8) hours at a time.
Other Competencies (skills, abilities,
•Must possess a commitment to the
belief that all people have the right to dignity, respect,
opportunity and full community inclusion.
•Must have a philosophy that is
consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the
•Must be able to read, write, and
comprehend English effectively; must have a philosophy that is
committed to the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the
•Ability to maintain
•Must be a positive team player and
maintain a positive attitude; skills in planning, organizing,
problem solving, and conflict resolution.