Venture Community Services

  • 1:1 Day Habilitation Staff (Developmental Specialist)

    Job Locations US-MA-Sturbridge | US-MA-Holden
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/27/2018 4:04 PM)
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Monday - Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm
    Day Program Support
  • Overview

    The Developmental Specialist directly supports individuals with developmental and other disabilities served through the Habilitation Services.  The Developmental Specialist is responsible for implementing individuals’ Day Habilitation Service Plan objectives and documenting their progress. This position will be compensated on an hourly basis.


    The Direct Support Professional reports to the Residential House Manager (or the Assistant Residential House Manager in the absence of the Residential House Manager) and is responsible for the daily care, supervision and safety of developmentally disabled individuals in both the residential and community settings.  Ensuring overnight awake coverage is alert and responsive to needs of individuals.  Direct Support Professional will follow through on assignments set by the Residential House Manager and will be responsible for the day to day implementation of the Individual Support Plans and Behavioral Management Plans. This position will be compensated on an hourly basis.


    • Ensure and safeguard individuals' human dignity, rights, and liberties.
    • Demonstrate a high regard for each person and sensitivity for cultural values, expectations and goals of individuals, families, staff and others.
    • Display professional attitude and behavior, being courteous, empathetic, helpful and positive in all interpersonal interactions.
    • Work effectively and cooperatively with individuals, staff, families, community members and others; presenting self and Venture in a positive and professional manner.
    • Focus on providing consumer satisfaction as primary goal; regularly seeking feedback and input from persons served.
    • Maintain confidentiality by discussing individual concerns only with appropriate people in private settings.
    • Active listener and utilize clear and direct communication.
    • Implement Day Habilitation Service Plan (DHSP) objectives.
    • Assist individuals to identify, develop and participate in a variety of meaningful activities to increase functional independence.
    • Support individuals as appropriate, in making and expressing choices, throughout their day; to include a total communication system.
    • Assist individuals to build on their individual strengths and interests.
    • Identify and provide the support needed by individuals to successfully become a part of the community and to participate with in-house activities; according to each person’s needs and wishes.
    • Plan weekly schedules with individuals and implement designated activities.
    • Follow the learning style and implementation strategy as outlined in each person’s DHSP.
    • Consistently incorporate individual’s therapeutic goals into daily activities etc.
    • Document each person’s progress towards DHSP objectives.
    • Report daily activities and any unusual incidents in the individual’s data book and to the Manager; encourage the person to share information with his/her home care provider.
    • Document daily DHSP progress in daily log, being behaviorally specific.
    • Ensure that ALL individuals served are participating in activities to the best of their ability, providing hand over hand assistance when needed.
    • Submit quarterly progress notes on individuals’ DHSP to Case Manager according to an established schedule.
    • Complete all necessary data sheets for the Physical, Occupational, Speech and Behavioral Therapists.
    • Complete incident reports as necessary; to include behavioral incident reports.
    • Assist individuals physically as necessary, including, but not limited to: Using the restroom, regularly lift and/or transfer/move individuals in and out of wheelchairs, vehicles, from upward and downward positions to a mat etc.
    • Eating: assistance and monitoring per individual needs.
    • Assist as needed with grooming, hygiene and walking.
    • Follow emergency evacuation plan.
    • Behavioral incidents: intervene verbally and physically with individuals as appropriate.
    • Ensure individuals health, safety and general well-being.
    • Assist individuals to maintain hygiene at all times
    • Maintain a safe, clean and stimulating environment.
    • Ensure that all individuals follow diet orders including food consistency
    • Keep the Manager informed of any potential problems or needs of the consumer that may arise and are not being addressed.
    • Follow established chain of communication in regard to each person’s needs, concerns etc.
    • Support individuals as active members of the community by providing or maintaining community based habilitation/therapeutic experiences through social, recreational and volunteer opportunities, based on the individual’s needs and wishes.
    • Adhere to all Venture Policies and Procedures
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings and development.
    • Work as a team member to accomplish common tasks, resolve issues and plan for change.
    • Promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the community by identifying and addressing existing and potential barriers to access (architectural, attitudinal, etc.).
    • Transport individuals, as assigned for community based activities.



    • Handle related job duties in compliance with Agency policy.
    • Interact professionally and maintain effective relationships with all other departments within the agency.
    • Maintain confidentiality and positive demeanor while successfully juggling multiple priorities.
    • All other job related duties as assigned.



    • Ability to bend, stoop, reach and lift - physical flexibility.
    • Maintain First Aid and CPR certifications.
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Maintain trainings specific to individual programmatic issues.





    • Monitor individuals for health and safety.
    • Safely evacuate individuals from residence in the event of fire or disaster.
    • Physically assist individuals, as needed, in transfer and carries, both ambulatory and non-ambulatory.
    • Physically escort/restrain individuals during emergency situations or behavioral episodes
    • Physically assist individual, as needed, in bathing and personal hygiene tasks which may include lifts and support to individuals with body weights of 150 - 250 pounds.
    • Educate, supervise and monitor individual self-medication programs.
    • Educate and train individuals in goals and objectives specified in ISP and behavior plan.
    • Assist with medical appointments scheduling/transportation.
    • Educate and assist individuals with meal preparation and food shopping.
    • Educate and assist with individual finances, banking, receipts, purchasing and maintain records.
    • Educate, transport, accompany and provide supervision to individuals in/to their place of worship.
    • Maintain records and document daily data.
    • Responsible for daily housekeeping and cleaning of residence to include laundry, dishes, mopping, sweeping, snow shoveling, report repair and maintenance needs.
    • Overnight Awake staff will assume primary responsibility for cleaning common areas and bathrooms.
    • Overnight Asleep staff will be available for direct care duties for the morning routine. 
    • If Overnight Asleep staff are required for assistance during the overnight hours they will be paid the Direct Care rate if they have not had (5) uninterrupted hours available for sleep.
    • Writing, evaluating and assessing individuals for programmatic planning.
    • Able to work a flexible schedule based on programmatic coverage, weekend, holidays, and program emergencies.
    • Implement Agency policies and procedures as defined in the Agency Policy and Procedure Manual.
    • Maintain confidentiality and positive demeanor while successfully juggling multiple priorities simultaneously.
    • Coordinate and assist with planning of leisure time.
    • Provide emergency coverage to include overnight.
    • Perform duties of individual advocacy
    • Assisting person’s served during the end of life reflective of palliative care and Hospice based supports and services.
    • Ability to remain on duty after scheduled hours if you have not been relieved by oncoming staff.
    • Attend weekly staff meeting and participate both verbally and written. 
    • Part Time Direct Support Professional is not required to attend staff meetings but must attend all mandatory trainings.



    Direct Care staff will be assigned specific responsibilities which may include but are not limited to:

    • Advocate:  All full time staff will have advocate responsibilities for one of the people living in the home. 
      • Responsible for preparation of Advocate Agenda for staff meetings and lead discussion concerning the person. 
      • Prepare all data and documentation for End of Month submission
      • Ensure all records are complete, neat and in proper order
      • Assure all medical, dental, personal, and social needs are met.
    • Safety Officer:  
      • Perform safety check of home, van and grounds utilizing safety checklist and report at staff meeting.
      • Attend Safety Committee meetings quarterly.
      • Bring report back to safety meeting regarding general and seasonal safety issues.
      • Maintain ongoing focus on safety and best practice within the program.
    • Healthy Eating Officer:  
      • Healthy Eating Officer’s will comply with Agency standards set-forth in the Nutritional Healthy Eating Policy and Procedure, Agency training, any and all training materials utilized to support the policy and procedure, and all duties outlined in the Direct Care/Healthy Eating Officer job description.
      • Participate in ‘Food for Health’ training.
      • Prepare weekly menus in compliance with dietary orders/needs of the individuals.
      • Lead staff meeting discussions around healthy eating.
      • Take primary responsibility for preparing shopping lists and maintaining healthy pantry/freezer items in the house.
      • Role model healthy eating practices (i.e. meal preparation and demonstrations)



    • Other job related duties, as requested.
    • Handle related job duties in compliance with Agency policy.
    • Review weekly staff meeting notes and provide input into the meeting agenda.



    • Maintain First Aid, CPR, MAP & Safety Care certifications.
    • Complete Agency Orientation.
    • Insure the program maintains the standards outlined in the Department of Developmental Services, the agency Mission Statement, the Survey and Certification Tool, as well as requirements of Performance Based Objectives.
    • Obtain and maintain certification in Applied Non-Violence.
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on programmatic coverage, weekend, holidays and program emergencies.
    • Will not engage in actions that jeopardize the care and safety of individuals at any time.
    • Ability to advocate and establish rapport with the disabled population, their families, co-workers and service providers.



    • At least two year of experience in a training program for the developmentally disabled. 
    • High School Degree or G.E.D.
    • Must be 21+ years old, have a valid driver’s license, daily use of a car on site and be available by telephone for daily contact.

    Employee must possess the knowledge; skills and abilities listed above, and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job. Employee must be able to speak, read and write in fluent English.


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