Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
- Direct Support Professional – Apply for this position
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Direct Support Professionals must have the ability to be physically active, which includes – but is not limited to: lifting, standing, pushing, pulling, squatting, bending, sitting and walking.
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age, for insurance requirements.
- Be able to effectively read, write and communicate verbally in English and must be able to read and understand instructions, perform record-keeping and write reports.
- Must currently have and provide copies of – driver’s license, auto liability insurance, social security card and GED or high school diploma. These items are to be turned in with the application.
Core Competencies of a Direct Support Professional:
- Communication: The DSP builds trust and productive relationships with people s/he supports, co-workers and others through respectful and clear verbal and written communication.
- Person-Centered Practices: The DSP uses person-centered practices, assisting individuals to make choices and plan goals, and provides services to help individuals achieve their goals.
- Evaluation and Observation: The DSP closely monitors an individual’s physical and emotional health, gathers information about the individual, and communicates observations to guide services.
- Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The DSP identifies risk and behaviors that that can lead to a crisis, and uses effective strategies to prevent or intervene in the crisis in collaboration with others.
- Safety: The DSP is attentive to signs of abuse, neglect or exploitation and follows procedures to protect an individual from such harm. S/he helps people to avoid unsafe situations and uses appropriate procedures to assure safety during emergency situations.
- Professionalism and Ethics: The DSP works in a professional and ethical manner, maintaining confidentiality and respecting individual and family rights.
- Empowerment& Advocacy: The DSP provides advocacy, and empowers and assists individuals to advocate for what they need.
- Health and Wellness: The DSP plays a vital role in helping individuals’ to achieve and maintain good physical and emotional health essential to their well-being.
- Community Living Skills and Supports: The DSP helps individuals to manage the personal, financial and household tasks that are necessary on a day-to-day basis to pursue an independent, community-based lifestyle.
- Community Inclusion and Networking: The DSP helps individuals to be a part of the community through valued roles and relationships, and assists individuals with major transitions that occur in community life.
- Cultural Competency: The DSP respects cultural differences, and provides services and supports that fit with an individual’s preferences.
- Education, Training and Self-Development: The DSP obtains and maintains necessary certifications, and seeks opportunities to improve their skills and work practices through further education and training.
Applicants that are retained as new employees must:
- Successfully complete all requirements of employment, such as: TB skin test, drug screen.
- Successfully complete all training classes with a score of 80 or higher. These classes also must be attended as scheduled to maintain employment.
- Pass a criminal background check performed in accordance with Title 33.
- Must not be listed on the TN Abuse Registry, the TN Sexual Offender Registry or the TN Felony Offender List.
To download an Employment Application please click here.