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CLA is dedicated to our mission of enhancing the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The individuals we support succeed with the commitment, dedication, and skill of staff who provide daily assistance, skill building, and support at home or in the community. CLA’s Direct Support Professionals are hired, trained, and retained in a team environment that promotes the intrinsic value of each person, and where supports are delivered with compassion, flexibility and commitment.

About the Direct Support Professional (DSP)

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides direct support and companionship to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential home setting and in the community to enable the individuals supported to pursue their life ambitions and goals. Each person supported has a Person Centered Individual Services Plan (PCP-ISP) tailored to his or her needs. The DSP supports the individual to achieve and document the outcomes of the service plan.  The areas supported are routine assistance (personal hygiene and wellness, housekeeping of the home, preparing meals, medication administration, etc.); skill building activities in areas such as communication, socialization, appropriate use of leisure time, shopping and money management, use of community resources, safety supports as needed, and supports in other activities of the person's interest and choice.

You must have an Associate’s Degree in any field, or at least 12 months experience working in a residential program providing direct support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   A clear background and clean driving record are required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support adults with intellectual disabilities in the development and implementation of an individualized service plan that is person-centered and enhances their quality of life
  • Instruct and guide residents in completion of daily living tasks; cleaning and household chores, planning and accessing leisure activities; and making healthy choices for health, nutrition and safety
  • Ensure the health and safety of residents, administering medications as needed and transporting to appointments
  • Document individuals' progress through written progress notes
  • Maintain all records in compliance with Policies, State Licensing, Medicaid, and other pertinent standards
  • Transport the individuals in own vehicle, as necessary
  • Identify and respond to emergencies and crises
  • Participate in support team meetings
  • Report maintenance and repair issues
  • Ensure interior and exterior routine cleaning and  maintenance, are completed
  • Maintain smoke detectors, evacuation route signs, emergency lights and all other safety equipment required by law; conduct and document regular safety drills
  • Maintain required trainings (provided, see below)
  • Other duties as defined in position description or required by supervisors.

Hours of Work

All working hours are based on the needs of the individual supported.  In general, we have full-time openings (30 or more scheduled hours per week working afternoon, evening or awake overnight), part-time openings (fewer than 30 scheduled hours per week, various shifts including weekends), and Relief work, which has no guaranteed number of hours and is on-call for work when regularly scheduled employees cannot report for work for any reason.

Benefits Available
 
The following benefits are available to eligible CLA employees:

- Auto Mileage Reimbursement
- Bereavement Leave 
- Credit Union Membership 
- Deferred Compensation (403) (b)
- Dental , AD&D, & Life, and LTD Insurance 
- Health insurance and Flexible Spending Plan 
- Holidays, Vacation, and Sick leave.

Plus: a range of voluntary, employee owned supplemental insurance options.

How to Apply

If you have a clean driving record, at least 3 years of driving experience, and a clear background, e-mail or fax your resume and current driving record (covering the past 5 years or standard reporting period for home jurisdiction) to clahr@cla-va.org or (703) 352-4906 to the attention of Human Resources.

Required Training

Employment with CLA is conditional upon completion of all required training within the designated number of days from hire date, and maintaining renewals as required by regulations. (See chart below).  To schedule training and for further information, contact the Training Coordinator at 703-352-0388, x221.  CLA also participates in the Northern Virginia Training Coalition, which offers many of the required trainings. See website at www.vajointtraining.org.

TRAINING REQUIRED   No. Hrs. Deadline for  Completion  RENEWAL Offered at
Medicaid-Waiver Orientation

2

Before first work assignment

NONE

CLA  -Must pass test on first day of employment

Orientation (HR, training & Program)

2

  Within 15 days of hiredate

NONE

CLA Office and Program 

CPR/AED

4

  30 days

2 years

CLA (and vajointtraining.org)

First Aid

4

  30 days

2 years

CLA (and vajointtraining.org)

Mandt (Crisis Prevention/Intervention)

16

Six months

1 year (6 hrs, if unexpired)

CLA ONLY

Human Rights

2.5

Six months

1 year

CLA, renewal packet (and vajointtraining.org)  

OSHA

2.5

Six months

1 year

CLA, renewal packet (and vajointtraining.org)  

Medication Mgmt.

32

Six months

NONE

Offered at CSB - 4-day training

Incident Report Writing

2.5

Six months

NONE

CLA (and vajointtraining.org)

Behavior Management 

3

Six months

NONE

Offered at CSB

APS (Abuse & Neglect Prevention)

2.5

Six months

NONE

Offered  through vajointtraining.org

New Employee Mtg.  

4

Six months

NONE

CLA ONLY

Community Living Alternatives is an equal employment opportunity employer.  We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability.  We assure you that your opportunity for employment with CLA depends solely on your qualifications.

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