Lead Direct Support Professional (DSP) - Kirkland, WA
Job Title: Lead Direct Support Professional
Reports To: Residential Administrator
Job Area: Kirkland, WA
Working Schedule: Monday - Friday 7a-3p
The Lead Direct Support Professional provides personalized supports to ensure supported clients’ safety and health is maintained and they can experience the nature and quality of life of their choice based on their needs, preferences, aspirations and decisions.
The Lead Direct Support Professional provides service provisions focused on maintaining or enhancing the clients’ dignity, well-being, autonomy, personal choice, self-esteem and teaching functional skills that are alternatives to maladaptive behaviors.
The Lead Direct Support Professional provides supervision, protection and care of clients individually and in-groups at all times. Documentation of their progress; identification of the possible need for professional services; and communication of such findings to the Administrator.
Compensation & Benefits:
- $21 - $23 per hour
- Voluntary Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance
- Voluntary Short-term and Long-term Disability
- Voluntary Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Company Paid Basic Life Insurance & ADD plus Voluntary Life Insurance
- Accrued Paid Time Off (PTO Vacation & Sick Time)
- Unlimited Peer Referral Program
- Payday on demand through Dayforce Wallet
- Working Advantage employee discount program
- Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
- Capella University Discount
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: May include but are not limited to the following:
- Responsible for the Care, Health, Safety, and Supervision of clients, this is the number one priority
- Must have a willingness to move programs as directed by supervisor as needed and/or without notice.
- In charge of keeping facility in compliance.
- Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, stimulating living environment. Perform normal household cleaning, including vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, scrubbing, washing dishes, laundry and keeping closets/drawers organized and neat.
- Assist residents with all household chores. Maintain the house neat and clean at all times. Responsible for the overall cleanliness of the home.
- Monitor or provide assistance and/or instruction to individual with dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, eating and sleeping habits as needed.
- Assist with wheelchair use, including pushing, folding/unfolding, and loading into autos.
- Support Supervisors in creating menus, shopping, and safe food storage for client.
- Prepare, provide instruction and/or assist in preparing nutritious meal that reflect individual preferences.
- Will follow the direction of the Supervisor to implement the program plan.
- Review documentation and discuss items with staff.
- Will assist in keeping accurate data on the residents’ progress towards their individual goals.
- Engage the residents on all tasks, training and community integration activities.
- Report all incidents and occurrences to Supervisor including all incidents of possible abuse or neglect.
- Report to Supervisor any resident’s needs that implies to be requested to the agencies.
- Will always present yourself appropriately, and as a role model for clients and other Direct Care Staff at home and in the community. Follow dress code.
- Will attend any meeting and training per Supervisor request.
- Will dispense or supervise dispensing of medication to clients.
- Support Supervisors by coordinating staff for medical appointments and activities.
- Assist Supervisors in the creation of the Activity Calendar with the staff and clients’ input.
- Follow activities scheduled, keep residents active and always give them a choice.
- Provide transportation to clients.
- Follow established formal behavior support plans and guidelines for positive behavior support programs as outlined.
- Assist in developing positive behavior supports by providing feedback about clients’ preferences.
- Support client’s participation in cultural, recreational, and educational activities both at home and in the community.
- Follow established emergency plan and procedures.
- Will document all occurrences and observations on their proper forms every shift.
- Provides leadership by displaying positive conduct and demonstrates initiative to enhance program.
- Resolves routine problems that arise and contact Supervisor if serious problems arise (behavioral crisis, medical crisis, etc.)
- Ensures proper maintenance and care of existing supplies, furnishings and equipment.
- Receive receipts and documents for client finances.
- Maintains clients’ confidentiality whenever appropriate. Refers sensitive communications to FOS. Maintains Confidentiality Regs.
- FOLLOW ALL COMPANY RULES AND PROCEDURES.
- Prior experience supporting people with wheelchairs and Hoyer lifts.
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty assigned, satisfactorily.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Must be at least 18 years old and have at least one-year experience working with people with behavioral challenges and developmental disabilities.
- All staff are required to possess the following prior to employment:
- No DUIs or dangerous driving,
- Be an insured, licensed driver
- Staff will be assessed for their patience and capacity to work with very difficult behaviors and their overall people skills.
- All staff will be evaluated annually or as needed to assess if they are appropriate for the position and if they should continue employment
- Pass a state background check
- Be Vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved exemption
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:
Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before representatives from various agencies, Residents and co-workers.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds, and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be available to participate in restraining of a Resident, upon need. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and risk of electrical shock typical of a residential setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
SPECIAL SKILLS NEEDED:
· -Must be patient and have a capacity to work with very difficult behaviors.
-Must have good overall people skills
-Be able to speak, read and write in English in a comprehensible level to satisfactorily carry out all the duties included in this job description.
SSAILS Washington is a part of the Redwood Family Care Network and we take our mission to heart. Our mission is to provide world-class, person-centered services that promote choice, independence, and the opportunity for growth. This is achieved through working partnerships and integrated care coordination. For more information, or to learn about other opportunities with Sails Washington, please visit our parent company's website @ https://www.redwoodfcn.com/careers/