Direct Support Professional (DSPII) - Lead

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Mora, MN 55051, USA

Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Overview: Description Responsible for the supervision and management of the residents and acts as an informal leader on the team.&nbsp; Accountable for the implementation of treatment plans and documentation of resident's functioning within the treatment environment. Providing persons with developmental or mental disabilities the assistance, service, and support they need to live in group home communities.&nbsp;<br /> <p>The Services for Persons With Special Needs (SPSN) division is dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency, independence and active community engagement for individuals with developmental disabilities of any age. Support services may be provided in the consumer's home, in their local community, or in a residential setting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin is a nonprofit health and human services organization that annually serves more than 25,000 children, adolescents and their families, older adults, students, persons with disabilities and special needs, and adults completing incarceration. Since 1896, we have helped people gain self-reliance, dignity and hope.</p>
Responsibilities: <p><strong>Essential Duties and Responsibilities: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Administration <ul> <li>Promotes and assists in the development of a wholesome, orderly, and therapeutic living environment for the resident.</li> <li>Provides and participates in recreational, educational, and social activities that meet resident's physical, intellectual, and social needs.</li> <li>Provides life skills training and management s directed by the need of the program participant (e.g. sex education, drug education, relaxation techniques, etc.)</li> <li>Plans and coordinates special activities and events for residents.</li> <li>When required, drive a program participant to events in the organization's van. Provides medication administration to program participants.</li> <li>Assists with menu planning, and grocery shopping.</li> <li>Assists with staff scheduling.</li> <li>Assists with everyday household needs.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Communication <ul> <li>Observe, report, and document as defined by program, accurate and reliable information regarding resident behaviors and actions.</li> <li>Effectively communicate and interface professionally with all members of the treatment team, program participant families and other outside professionals.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Clerical Skills <ul> <li>Assists in the planning, development and implementation of individual treatment plans and programs.</li> <li>Assures situation assessment and interpretation is responsive to individual program participant needs.</li> <li>On a routine basis, exercises good judgment regarding responding to program participant's needs.</li> <li>Participate and moderate program group meetings.</li> <li>Facilitate effective group treatment sessions with residents. Provide individual and personal counseling on as needed basis. Create a safe and therapeutic atmosphere.</li> <li>Provide a healthy and appropriate model for residents to emulate. Assures proper medical care is provided as needed by residents.</li> <li>Assists with medical appointments.</li> <li>Assists with staff training.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Crisis Intervention <ul> <li>Respond appropriately, as prescribed by program, to crisis situations as they occur. Understand and apply principles, as determined by program, of behavior management.</li> <li>Implement agency's restrictive technique program as trained.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Personal Growth &amp; Development <ul> <li>Know, understand, and follow program and organizational policies, rules and procedures</li> <li>Learn and work within the center's treatment philosophy.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Display proficiency working with staff and residents of different cultural and/or gender backgrounds.</li> <li>Assures program participant privacy is maintained by being knowledgeable and following HIPAA privacy and security regulations.</li> <li>Covering direct care shifts as needed for essential coverage which may result in possible overtime.</li> <li>Must be able to work regularly scheduled working hours, typically evenings and weekends.</li> <li>Other duties as assigned.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities: &nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <ul> <li>Works under moderate supervision.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Decision Making Authority/Self-Initiative:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <ul> <li>Decisions are not those directly related to management or general business operations</li> </ul> <p><strong>Professional relationships to be maintained:</strong></p> <p>Residents, families, center staff, school personnel, community professionals, and medical professionals</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Requirements: <p><strong>Qualification Requirements:</strong></p> <p><strong>Education/Experience: </strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>High School diploma or GED with 3 or more full time years of related work experience (6,000 hours)</li> <li>Or any diploma related to Human Services with 2 or more full time years of related work experience (4,000 hours)</li> <li>Or an AA or BA related to Human Services with 1 or more full time years of related work experience (2,000 hours)</li> <li><strong>Or a minimum of 6 months or more of exemplary performance as a VOA DSP</strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Language/Communication Skills:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.</li> <li>Ability to work with a diverse population of individuals by using tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Mathematical Skills: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Basic math skills are required for this position.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reasoning Skills: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Analytical</li> <li>Creative problem solving</li> <li>Decision making</li> <li>Independent judgment</li> <li>Negotiating/Mediating</li> </ul> <p><strong>Other Skills/Requirements: </strong></p> <ul> <li>21 years old</li> <li>Behavior management; limit setting.</li> <li>Basic medical care experience.</li> <li>Crisis intervention techniques.</li> <li>Valid driver&rsquo;s license with a good driving record.</li> <li>At all times dress in a manner that is functional, clean, and appropriate.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>