Direct Support Professional II Durango

Direct Support Professional II

Full Time • Durango
Are you looking to make a positive impact on the lives of others in our community while feeling great about the work you do? Our staff act as ambassadors, mentors, and teachers while supporting people to be seen as valued members of our community. We help people build a plan for their lives on their terms, be empowered leaders, and support them to live, work and play in our community. Our staff have fun supporting people’s hobbies and interests, which often include things like getting paid to hike and bike, live music, shopping downtown, swimming, dance and much more!  
Here’s what our clients have to say about the impact your work can have on their lives:
“My staff taught me what true friendship is. They are great at helping me find cool new things to do. They introduced me to billiards and taught me not to be too hard on myself. They are the best friend I have ever had. They helped me better understand myself and help me like and love myself.”
“My staff have helped me cook and shop, run errands and go to Dr. appointments, which has helped me to learn how to budget. They helped me be successful living in my own home for the first time and it feels great to have that independence!”
“My staff helps me volunteer with meals on wheels. I really like to help other people and have done it for a long time. My staff is really funny and helps me advocate for my choices.”
“My staff has an amazing imagination. He’s a super nice, kind guy. I love that about him! They listen, hear me, and help me.”

Community Connections is seeking passionate and caring individuals who are the core of our mission to create opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives in our community. 
Community Connections does more than simply provide services- we are dedicated to changing the status quo. For too long, people with disabilities have been denied access to our broader society and have endured decades of explicit and implicit segregation. Community Connections is dedicated to building equity, autonomy, and access to live truly fulfilling and integrated lives, and we need passionate people to further this cause. If you are an advocate, have lived experience, or have a passion for justice, we want to hear from you! 
Title:   Direct Support Professional II 
Reports To: Adult Services Program Manager 
FLSA:  Hourly/Non-Exempt  Full Time 
Job Description: To provide individualized care and assistance that will help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reinforce skills at a base site program; in the community; and/or in residential setting.      Services and Supports include assistance with acquisition, retention or improvement in life skills, self-help, socialization and adaptive skills. Activities and environments are designed to foster the acquisition of skills, appropriate behavior, greater independence, and personal choice. Services that fall under this category:  Specialized Habilitation; Supported Community Connection; Supported Living Services; Residential and/or Vocational.  
  • Adherence to State regulations and service definitions;  
  • Insure policies and procedures for CCI are followed;
  • Understand and implement the Service Plan of persons receiving services. Participate in the assessment of individuals as requested;
  • Understand and implement all Individual Service & Support Plans (ISSP) as identified in the service plan;
  • Understand and follow any client specific protocols, rights suspensions or safety control procedures;
  • Assist in personal care when needed.  This may include, but is not limited to bathing, toileting, changing adult diapers, dressing, etc.; 
  • Recognize potential health and safety hazards for all participants and other staff during activities and take the necessary steps to avoid them. Understand emergency protocols for communication and response to emergencies for all service locations in the community, at the day program base site, and while in the residential setting; 
  • Provide opportunity for community involvement and promote independence;   
  • Transport individuals to activities as needed using company owned vehicles or staff owned vehicles.  Follow proper procedures to record information for company owned vehicles utilizing the provided checklist or informing your supervisor; 
  • Complete necessary housekeeping tasks each shift;   
  • Complete required trainings within 90-day period;
  • Administer medications appropriately and accurately once Medication Certified; 
  • Attend meetings when required; 
  • Maintain appropriate paperwork assuring proper documentation is completed by the end of every shift;
  • Encourage individuals to participate in community;
  •  Complete all required paperwork in a timely manner;
  • Turn in completed timesheet and mileage sheets accurately and timely;
  • Maintain communication with Supervisor and administrative staff; 
  • Work with others in a positive manner in a team oriented environment;
  • Work with minimal supervision and to recognize situations where assistance is needed; 
  • Perform duties and conduct interactions with agency staff, persons served, and the public in a manner consistent with CCI values;
  • Deal with stress and stressful situations in an effective, productive manner; 
  • Promote and maintain appropriate professional and ethical relationships; 
  • Must accommodate any shift needs as they change, according to availability from application;
  • Complete other tasks as delegated;
  • Any and all reasonable duties as assigned. 

    Core Competencies: 
  • Compassion
  • Command skills 
  • Composure 
  • Dealing with paradox 
  • Integrity and trust 
  • Listening 
  • Motivating Others 
  • Patience 
  • Use of resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good organizational and writing skills
  • Knowledge of community activities
  • Computer skills 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Flexible and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to commute for business, when needed. If driving, must possess a drivers’ license in the state they reside and current auto insurance. 
  • Satisfactory completion of all background checks and references, including Motor Vehicle Record is required.***
       Minimum Qualifications:   High School Diploma or GED
       Physical Demands of the Job:  These essential tasks may be performed with or without accommodations, or with assistive technology. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be stationary, move indoors and within the community, position self, use objects, communicate verbally, in writing, and via in-person, computer and phone, and observe.  The employee may be required to lift heavy weights up to and over 50 lbs. such as assisting and transferring individuals independently, two man, or with adaptive equipment from wheelchairs, beds, showers, etc.  The employee may be required to travel independently or with passengers to meetings, training, and other community activities.
***Please consult Human Resources for questions regarding specific criminal convictions and/or traffic violations that may preclude employment or continued employment.         

Comprehensive on-the-job training. Accepting online applications until filled. EOE                                
Compensation: $16.28 per hour

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