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Direct Support Professional

Company: VersAbility Resources
Location: Newport News
Posted on: March 12, 2023

Job Description:


Position Purpose:

The Direct Support Professional is responsible for providing rehabilitative services and supports to adults with disabilities within a multi-task environment which may include community living, day support, and pre-vocational and vocational settings.

Primary Duties:

Assists the Manager with the development and implementation of plans documenting/calculating individual with disability program data in support of their plans through plan reviews and training

Maintains accurate notes on no less than a daily schedule

Provide direct support to assigned individuals. This may include skill building, assistance with basic needs, self-advocacy training, communication assistance, vocational training and various rehabilitative services and supports

Upon successful completion of VersAbility's Medication Certification, administers medication

Directly responsible for assisting individuals in meeting personal needs, such as eating, personal hygiene (including using the toilet and cleaning themselves and their surroundings afterwards). Supervise and support individuals in doing as much as possible for themselves

Respects and supports the rights, responsibilities, privacy and dignity of individuals with disabilities

Completes written reports, as necessary. Examples are Incident, Injury, Seizure, and Vehicle Accident reports

Responsible for following behavior plans and using adult, positive behavior interventions and supports. May be required to use Non-violent Physical Crisis Intervention as a last resort when the individual's behavior endangers the safety and/or well-being of themselves or others

In emergency or medical situations, provide First Aid, CPR, and/or Non-violent Physical Crisis Intervention as needed

Maintain accurate, legally compliant daily attendance, time, and other records for assigned individuals where applicable and in strict compliance with local, state and federal law

Assure daily organization and cleanliness of area

Directly responsible for own health, safety and security and the health, safety and security of assigned Individuals and visitors

Directly responsible for maintaining all certification and training requirements

Adhere to all policies and procedures of VersAbility Resources

May be required to transport individuals and to physically assist individuals into and out of transportation

Provide support for community integration efforts and HCBS Rights Compliance

Other duties as assigned

COVID-19 Considerations: Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required for employment. Masks are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to foster positive relationships

Ability to meet medical needs of individuals

Ability to meet psychological needs of individuals

Ability to multitask

Ability to manage work/priorities

Skill with written communication

Skill with oral communication

Skill with interpersonal relationships


High School Diploma or G.E.D. Specific rehabilitative education or training beyond high school is preferred. A degree in Psychology, Rehabilitative Services or Social Services is optimal.


Three years successful work experience with people with developmental disability is preferred or a combination of education and experience.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

Accountability: Exhibits a willingness to accept responsibility and be held accountable for actions

Attention to Detail: Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved

Collaboration : Works to produce mutually beneficial outcomes. Promotes collaborative work situations

Initiative: Willing to do more than is required or expected in the job. Goes beyond expectations in the assignment task or job description without being asked

Innovation : Applies original thinking in job responsibilities and to improve processes, methods, systems, or services.

Communication: Communicates effectively in all forms

Passion for the Individuals We Serve- Exhibits through actions and words a passion for excellence for the individuals served by the organization

Professionalism : Thinks carefully about the likely effects on others of ones words, actions, appearance, and mode of behavior

Quality : Produces results or provides service that meets or exceeds company standards

Reliability : Demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job

Customer Focus: Knowing the (internal and external) customer business needs and acting; accordingly, anticipating customer needs, and giving high priority to customer satisfaction and customer service

Teamwork: Working as a productive member of a cohesive group toward a common goal, and contributing to team development and effective team dynamics


The incumbent may work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to; an industrial production setting under a variety of conditions including an office environment, and industrial production facility, warehouse, and outdoors. The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above average agility and dexterity. Must be able to lift at up to 50 lbs., bend through a full range of motion, and stand for extended periods of time.


Keywords: VersAbility Resources, Newport News , Direct Support Professional, Other , Newport News, Virginia

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