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The Arc Central Chesapeake Region

Weekend Community Support Assistant

  • Location

    Severn, MD
  • Posted On

    June 26, 2019
  • Job Type

  • Category

  • Experience Level

    Entry Level
  • Education Level

    High School Diploma
  • Salary

    Under $30,000

Job Description

We are currently hiring for weekend Community Support Assistant staff! (DSPs)

Priority will be given to candidates willing and able to work Saturday & Sunday!

Job Description

Is making a difference in somebody’s life important to you? Is empowering people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives important to you? Is impacting positively on the lives of others important to you? Do you want a job that is nurturing? Here is the opportunity. At The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, our Mission is to promote respect, create opportunities, and advocate for equal rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

At The Arc Central Chesapeake the service and guidance you provide to the children and adults we support will make a lasting difference in each person’s life. The work you do is critical, nurturing, empowering and supportive. It is the goal of The Arc that each person and family served feel empowered and supported. Our Core Values are evident in all aspects of our programs and services.

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is involved in the day to day operations of group home and supports one to four people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The DSP will work together with program management, nursing and finance to meet to the needs of those served. The DSP will actively support persons with I/DD in maximizing their independence, self-advocacy, and decision making. The DSP will have a key role in the provision of coverage involved for persons with I/DD. The DSP must meet the qualifications of a direct support professional and complete all trainings. This is an essential position and the position may not leave any shift until the appropriate coverage has relieved them.

Responsibilities and Duties

Essential Functions

Ensure the day to day operations of a community group home as it operates aligned to The Arc CCR, DDA and OHCQ requirements.

Support one to four people with I/DD in living in an Arc home; provide services as outlined in each person’s Individual Plans; ensuring goals are developed, implemented, and progress benchmarks are being met.

Providing services and supports outlined in their individual plan that promote community inclusion, self-determination, and self-sufficiency.

Provide and/or assist with personal care and emotional support for person-served; assist the person towards maximum independence and choice based on their individual plan.

Support persons-served in meal preparation, daily living activities and assist in the maintenance of a clean and healthful living environment.

Administer medication, as trained as a Certified Medication Technician through the Maryland Board of Nursing and under an agency Nurse Case Manager/Delegating Nurse.

Monitor and report issues with persons living conditions; ensure DDA and OHCQ regulations are met for all home environments.

Inform interdisciplinary team members on behavioral and programmatic and person-specific issues that occur.

Demonstrate positive behavioral management techniques and communicate with persons served and their families with a person-centered, age appropriate manner.

Complete progress notes, daily logs, timesheets, individual planning activities and other documentation thoroughly, accurately and in a timely manner.

Build self-esteem and confidence in those served through positive interactions and building a relationship of trust.

Communicate in a timely and professional manner with persons served, their families, coworkers, employers and other stakeholders.

Engage people in meaningful activities that promote independence, community inclusion and self-sufficiency.

Communicate medical needs and nursing follow up for those served with the Nurse Case Manager/Delegating Nurse to ensure all medical appointments, medication ordering and other supports needed are met.

Provide transportation supports to those served; operate an agency vehicle or personal vehicle, safely and efficiently; follow specific regularly scheduled routes and/or responds to requests from management for unscheduled pickups or drop offs; follow all agency driving policies.
Adhere to DDA, The Arc CCR and other appropriate policies, procedures and practices.
Attends and actively participate in required training, team meetings and supervision meetings.

Support management with the development of the individual plan and other duties as assigned

Qualification and Skills

HS diploma or equivalent required; with at least one years’ experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities preferred.

Must have valid Driver’s License for state of residence with no more than 2 points.

Must be self-motivated, creative and innovative in approach to providing supports that promote independence, choice and self-determination.

Ability to be a team player and responds to changes and/or crisis in a calm and productive manner.

Demonstrated ability in providing support in a respectful manner that meets the various needs of persons served. Be able to lift at least 75 lbs.

Must have basic computer skills and have proven ability to use MS Word, Outlook and other technology tools used to support people with disabilities.

Salary: $11.50/hour

How to Apply

For priority consideration, please submit an application for Community Support Assistant on our website at:

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed on Disability Scoop.