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Mary Cariola Children's Center Direct Support Professional II - Staff Support Specialist in Webster, Town of, New York


Duties and Responsibilities:

Remain alert and responsive while on scheduled shift(s).

Facilitates active participation of the residents by implementing their individual program plan in their home and out in their community. Completion of this responsibility occurs while working closely with fellow staff, as well as, working one-on-one with a resident in an isolated environment within the house or out in the community. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, engaging in necessary lifting, moving and positioning tasks; facilitating improved gross motor, fine motor and range of motion skills; promoting self care, activities of daily living and personal hygiene; fostering receptive and expressive communication through many different avenues such as, sign language, pictograms, electronic devices, etc; assisting with meals through modeling appropriate behavior, therapeutic feeding and use of therapeutic equipment; assisting with recreational activities and facilitating active engagement in community outings; accurate and consistent implementation of behavior support plans/SCIPr.

Is responsible for accurately and consistently completing all required documentation practices.

Facilitates and/or provides for the personal and physical care needed by each individual including tasks such as bathing, toileting, eating and dressing.

Performs housekeeping tasks as designated by the shift supervisor/Residence Coordinator including tasks such as meal preparation, cleaning, laundry and shopping.

In keeping with confidentiality and HIPAA practices, communicates a wide range of information regarding the residents to a variety of people in and out of the residential program such as co-workers, teachers, supervisors and parents.

Attends and actively participate in, at least, biweekly staff meetings as scheduled or requested by the Residence Manager.

Is responsible for following the Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals, as well as, show proficiency in the Core Competencies to ensure person-centered supports for the residents.

Attends and actively participates in case reviews, in-service sessions, team meetings and other meetings upon request.

Implements fire, safety and emergency procedures and assists with fire drills.

Implements and follows all required individual programming, Agency and Program-specific policies and procedures accurately, consistently and according to how they are written.

Safely drives Agency vehicles. Assists in transportation to and from recreational activities and other appointments as required.

Maintains Agency-Approved Driver status, as well as, certifications in Medication Administration, SCIP-r, CPR and First Aid. Completes all required ongoing/annual trainings and inservices, as assigned.

Administers medications to residents in accordance with the Residential Medication policies and procedures.

Assumes shift supervisory responsibilities when requested.

May serve as an advocate for one of the residents and implements responsibilities such as writing reports, data collection, case reviews, regular classroom/day program visits, etc.

Staff Support Specialist Responsibilities:

Assists with orientation and training of new staff in all individual program plans, data collection systems and direct care responsibilities.

Acts as a “training mentor” to new HS staff by working with the Residence Manager to coordinate the completion of the training packet, to ensure that all areas of the training packet are completed, to maintain communication with the new employee regarding their progress and to monitor the training progress of new employees.

Assists the Residence Manager to monitor and maintain accuracy of the training packet by ensuring that the information in the packet is up to date and to update the packet when individuals and/or programming changes.

Obtains and maintains Train-the-Trainer certifications for SCIP-r or CPR/First Aid, as determined by Agency administration. Provides new staff training and updates in these areas, as requested and scheduled.

Attends any medical/health related appointments of the residents as determined by the Senior Manager.

Must complete and maintain Agency-Approved Driver status, certification in CPR, First Aid, SCIP-r, NYS Medication Administration and all other training mandated by OPWDD regulations.

Here is a link to a video that provides more insight on the beneficial work our DSP employees do for the populations we serve:




  • GED/Local Diploma/Regents Diploma or better

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