Direct Support Professional

  • $14.00 - $25.00/hour
  • Cares for groups of students under supervision of Supervisor and Unit Director, by performing the following duties. 

    *Associates Degree in field related to human services; or 6 months experience working in the field of human services with a minimum of Certificate of Achievement from public high school in Massachusetts, documentation of home schooling equivalent to a high school diploma, GED, or High School Diploma. 

    *Specialized training or specific skills; student intern experience or volunteer work may be credited toward experience.

     *Requires a current valid driver’s license from state of residence. 

    Essential Functions 
    *Ensures that all essential student needs are met on the unit each shift, according to guidelines. *Instructs students regarding desirable behavioral, health, hygiene, and personal habits as they apply to Stetson School policy and procedure.

     *Demonstrates, through actions, support for the program’s ACORN approach to treatment, and the attendant focus on awareness of the impact of trauma, developing social competencies, healthy attachment, self regulation, and the student rehabilitation process.

     *Facilitates scheduled student visits, and treats family and visitors with dignity and respect.

     *Ensures telephone and mail contact between family or other identified supportive adults in accordance with the individual service plan and program rules and standards.

     *Demonstrates care giver qualities that treat all students with dignity and respect.

     *Prevents interactions that are not sanctioned within the rules, practices, and policies of Stetson School. Prevents actions and disparaging comments that may be considered horseplay, roughhousing, and/or derogatory comments and demeaning gestures.

     *Maintains appropriate staff to student interactions including professional boundaries.

     *Acts as a role model and reinforces pro-social behaviors.

     *Maintains constant visual and auditory supervision of students.

     *Follows all rules noted in A Guide to Supervision of Students at Stetson School. 

    *Transitions students to designated program activities in accordance with program procedures. *Randomly conducts room checks of students at intervals no longer than 10 minutes, performing such tasks as checking to visually verify that each student is in the appropriate bedroom. 
    Additional Responsibilities 

    *Implements established daily shift structure and routine.

     *Transports students to appointments or other functions as authorized and assigned. *Carries out all student special programs according to relevant procedures. *Ensures that the daily structure and routines are carried out as scheduled. 

    Physical Requirements 
    *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 talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is required to sit. The employee must perform activities required to participate in physical restraint in relation to the appropriate size of staff and student. Specific vision abilities required by this job include peripheral vision, and depth perception. The employee is required to remain awake and alert while on duty. 

    *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.

     *The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

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