Direct Support Professional

Chesterfield County, VA - Chesterfield, VA3.8

30+ days ago
Customer Experience: It's Our Business, It's Our Passion
The Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services is the single point of entry for public mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse services in Chesterfield County. The department is hiring numerous Part-Time Direct Support Professionals that will be committed to providing face-to-face support to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in a community residential environment.

What You Do and How You Do it:
You will provide direct care to adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, some with co-occurring mental illness/ and or physical disabilities. You will work with individuals living in a community group, residential setting. You will support choices, inclusion, decision making and self-directed services. You will also be responsible for supporting and teaching individuals in medication, hygiene, cooking and planning meals, cleaning and organizing, paying bills, grocery shopping, problem solving skills, socializing and developing meaningful relationships, community integration and inclusion, and implementing positive behavior supports. You will also monitor general medical care and physician ordered treatments and first aid/CPR when the need arises. It will be your priority to ensure individuals in your care remain healthy and safe by working closely with your supervisor and residential counselors to stay updated on the needs and desires of the individuals. You will complete Medicaid waiver documentation in electronic health records. Perform other work as required.

Here's what you need:
We require a high school diploma or GED and prefer that applicants have completed some college coursework in a human services field. Experience providing care to individuals with intellectual disabilities preferred; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Good driving record. Must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required. Additionally, the following is required:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills to include the ability to interact with a diverse population
• Reliable
• Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
• Assertive and confident-especially when being challenged
• Independent thinker
• Strong computer skills
• Ability to effectively deal with conflict
• Ability to manage multiple priorities

There are numerous part-time positions with varying hours to choose from. These positions are restricted to working no more than 28 hours per week and work some evenings, days, weekends, holidays. The starting rate for these positions is $12.62.

Real Talk
We'll be honest-at times you may feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. You will provide and document 1:1 supports to 4 - 5 individuals. You are in constant contact with families. Your work requires you to be able to work at a fast pace, high volume and mobile environment. Therefore, we need people who are dependable and dedicated. But, we understand that life happens, so at times the workload may be heavier. You may have to deal with some challenging behaviors from individuals, but if you are dedicated, you will see the impact on their lives. If you believe you are truly committed to making a real difference in the lives of others, we want you on our team.

Still Interested?
Click the "apply" link above to complete and submit an application online by 5pm August 23, 2018.
An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Hiring a Diverse and Bilingual Workforce.


A variety of shifts are available that will include evening, weekend, holiday and possibly overnight shifts.

Work Location:

Mental Health Support Services