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Direct Support Professional III

Company: Becoming Independent
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Becoming Independent Job Description

POSITION: Direct Support Professional III

PROGRAM: Employment Services

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position assists individuals in exploring, obtaining and retaining job, volunteer, and educational opportunities and/or instruction and support with daily living skills, with adults who live independently or in a family home. All services are provided in-person and/or virtually.

SALARY: $20/hour

STATUS: Non-exempt

Critical Job Functions

Possesses the professional skills and abilities specific to the technical aspects of the position.


  • Assist individuals in advocating for their needs while providing assistance and support in various tasks vital to living and working in the community.
  • Identify barriers to employment; assist individuals in resolving and mitigating barriers; offer potential solutions and supportive services,
  • Coordinate instruction and support to facilitate acquisition of independent living skills.
  • Research opportunities that support the person's interests in work, recreation, post-secondary education and community and facilitate participation in activities of their choosing.
  • Provide services related to post-secondary education including exploration, facilitating the enrollment and financial aid processes, and other educational related supports.

    • Conduct interviews and assessments in preparation for service plan development.
    • Participate in developing and implementing instructional and support plans based on the person's objectives.
    • Maintain progress records, ensuring accuracy; write and submit reports as per established procedures.

      • Transport individuals as needed which may include assistance with public and/or para transportation services.

        • Develop and maintain effective relationships with persons served, peers, supervisors and other staff, affiliated agency staff and members of the community.
        • Assist in establishing and maintaining the individual's circle of support, with a focus on reducing relationships with paid supports, as requested by the individual.
        • Schedule, coordinate and participate in team planning meetings, trainings and staff meetings.

          • Provide support as a Direct Support Professional working in any BI program including but not limited to, providing in-home care, transportation and in-community services for persons served.
          • Executes position specific job duties and other duties as assigned at the discretion of BI.

            Candidate Should Possess The Following Skills

            Organized: Able to perform job duties with efficiency and accuracy

            Dependable: Can be relied upon; trustworthy, responsible, punctual

            Good Judgement: Chooses courses of action that result in beneficial outcomes to the agency and the community

            Positive Attitude: Has an overall positive, open and supportive attitude

            Interpersonal Relations: Is able to relate well to others

            Communication: Is an effective listener, communicates well both verbally and in writing

            Initiative: Is a self-starter

            Philosophical Commitment: Demonstrates commitment to BI's established culture of dignity and respect

            Qualifications & Requirements


            High school diploma or equivalent is required; College coursework in Special Education, Rehabilitation, Psychology or a closely related field is preferred.


            Experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities is desirable. Good customer service skills and an interest in helping others pursue and achieve their best life is required.

            COVID-19 VACCINATION:

            Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical or religious exemption is required as a condition for employment. Individuals who are in the vaccination process ie; are only partially vaccinated/have only received the first dose in a two-dose series or are awaiting the 14-day post-vaccine waiting period for full vaccination status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing until considered fully vaccinated. Individuals with a valid medical or religious exemption must also undergo a weekly COVID-19 testing.

            SPECIAL SKILLS:

            The ability to provide job training, supervision, and interpersonal skills to assist individuals to rely on natural support in the workplaces. Ability to negotiate and coordinate work-related issues with employers.

            • A physical condition that will permit frequent bending, turning, and lifting without injury.
            • Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time.
            • Ability to assist individuals in wheelchairs.
            • Lift at least 40 pounds.
            • Clearance of pre-employment Functional Capacity Evaluation with no restrictions that cannot be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship.

              MAY REQUIRE ONE OR ALL:
              • Valid California driver's license
              • Insured, dependable vehicle
              • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical or religious exemption
              • First Aid and CPR certification
              • Criminal Record Clearance
              • Flexible work schedule: occasional evenings, weekends and holidays may be required

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