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Direct Support Professional

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
John F. Murphy Homes INC.
Physical Address
800 Center Street
Auburn, ME 04210
Job Description

John F

John F. Murphy Homes, Inc.


Summary Job Description – Direct Support Professional


SUMMARY STATEMENT: (Purpose, objectives and functions of the position)


The whole purpose for what we do is to provide people opportunity to have a life.  We strive to create an environment for people to do things safely, on their own, and to the fullest extent possible, as we do for ourselves in our own day-to-day lives.  We do not do for, we assist with, we support and we teach in situations or activities that a person may not fully and safely be able to do things on their own.  Our ultimate mindset needs to be that the individual will do all things and gain the maximum amount of independence as is possible, which means allowing people to be included in everything from community activity, to personal care, to eating, to being part of conversation.  Allowing the people we support to fully experience life and have a life is our goal. 


The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the people they serve by providing the personal care necessary to meet their needs. The DSP assists in the development of social skills related to daily independent living, family, work, and community life. The DSP may at times be required to work independently which requires the use of acquired knowledge to make sound decisions and manage emergency situations that may arise. Many of the tasks require the DSP to drive in order to run errands and transport people to and from work, activities and appointments. The DSP performs routine daily tasks such as assisting with bathing and dressing, shoveling snow, yard upkeep, groceries, laundry, and vacuuming.




HABILITATION: Demonstrate a familiarity with each persons history, social contacts, likes and dislikes; follow the individual plan recommendations for each person; assist or supervise all aspects of daily living skills (i.e. baths, personal hygiene, grooming, toileting, eating, etc.) allowing for maximum independence. Assist in developing habilitation plans, activities, work, and behavior interaction support plans as prescribed by the Person Centered Planning (PCP) process.


BEHAVIORAL SERVICES: Responsible for consistently following the persons Behavioral Interaction Support Plan (BISP). This requires intensive and ongoing data collection, ongoing engagement of proactive programs, delivering on reinforcement components, and conducting learning opportunities as provided in the BISP. A variety of restraints may be used which must be consistently followed to ensure safety for the person, staff and others.


COMMUNITY I ACTIVITIES: Assist people in making friends and participating in all aspects of community living (e.g. volunteer groups, charitable activities, etc.). Plan, train and assist people in developing their individualized and group activity skills such as swimming, bowling, social gatherings, exercise programs, and so forth.


MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION: Administer medications and document in accordance with prescribed procedures.


TEAMWORK: Maintaining a sense of team spirit and staff cooperation in the facility is a goal for all JFM programs. The DSP is responsible for modeling and providing feedback to the team and be accountable for the quality and quantity of their work. It is important that each employee be able to work cooperatively within the team, manage change constructively, and communicate clearly.

 COMPLIANCE I REPORTING: The DSP is accountable for compliance with all JFM procedures, policies, and federal I. state / local regulations. These include, but are not limited to restriction of rights, abuse/neglect/exploitation/mistreatment reporting, behavior reporting, quality assurance reporting, and data collection / record keeping. Any knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation of a person served by JFM must immediately be reported to the Administrator or any management official. Report any changes or issues that may have impact on the safety, health, cleanliness and/or comfort of each person served by the program or their environment to the Administrator.




  1. Confidentiality: Daily contacts with sensitive issues are the norm. All activity requires conducting business with strict adherence to confidentiality.


  1. Environment / Physical Demands: The DSP is responsible for numerous tasks; daily work activity is conducted both indoor and outdoor environments. Physical activity includes assisting or lifting up to 50 pounds, walking, transferring, bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing / pulling, reaching, and handling / using cleaning products and disinfectants. Must participate in behavioral restraints using approved techniques and JFM procedures.


  1. Equipment / Machinery Used: Equipment and machinery to assist persons with disabilities and in household settings will be used on a consistent basis in the daily work activity. Kitchen utensils, microwave and conventional ovens, stoves, food processors, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, pool maintenance equipment, wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, adaptive equipment, and so forth are all used.




A. Education / Experience: High School Diploma or GED. Experience in the Human Services field highly desirable but not required. Ability to use a variety of computer software including word processing, data base, and e-mail a plus.


  1. Skills/Abilities: Familiarity with terms used in the social work arena and experience with

 DHS / DMR agencies desirable.


C. Other: Valid Maine drivers license with good driving record required.



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