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POST DATE 9/10/2016
END DATE 10/9/2016

Resources For Human Development, Inc. Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN
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Description/Job Summary

Nashville Respite/Transitional House is in need of Direct Support Professional (DSP) staff. Will be responsible for the support and enhancement of the quality of life of individuals served by RHD. Duties include, but are not necessarily limited
to the following:
Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Develops and maintains activities centered around the client s ISP outcomes.
Orients staff and new clients to the client rights, rules, and regulations.
Works closely with the other Management staff to assess and report on individual client s knowledge, values, skills, and needs in the areas of Personal Management, ADL s, Fitness, ISP Outcomes and Recreational activities.

Works closely with other management to develop meaningful activities for clients based on the above assessments.

In the area of Personal Care Management, provides direct instruction and/or reinforcement to clients and trains staff on:

Eating skills, dressing skills, toileting skills, body care skills, health care skills, shopping for personal needs, understanding of how personal management skills relate to the world of work

Provides direct instruction and/or reinforcement to clients on:

Housekeeping skills, food preparation skills, clothing care skills, understanding of how their accomplished skills relate to the world of work

In the area of Fitness and in the routine as set up by the Nutritionist, provides direct instruction and/or reinforcement to clients on:

maintenance of appropriate exercise routines
utilization of fitness centers/gyms in the community
understanding of how fitness activities relate to the world of work

In the area of Recreation, provides direct instruction and/or reinforcement to clients on:

Activities such as crafts and games
Utilization of recreational opportunities both in the community and at the home such as movies, malls, bowling, plays, concerts, restaurants, parks, and other special events.

Help foster understanding of how recreational activities relate to the world of Work.

Other tasks:

Maintains appropriate records and prepares periodic reports on individual client progress.

Participates in all Intake Reviews, ISP Meetings, Program Reviews, and Staff Conferences.

Attends all required in-service training and all-staff meetings.
Utilize appropriate communicative skills such as interviewing, listening, and providing information, support, and encouragement to facilitate clients and assigned staff's personal growth, development, and well-being.

Assist clients and staff to examine and work through feelings and attitudes about disabilities which impede the learning of adaptive skills.

Encourage client independence and full participation in family, work and community activities.

Select teaching techniques and instructional settings consistent with each client's abilities, aspirations, and life situation, and assist them in transferring the learned skills into the settings where they will be utilized when training is completed.

Utilize aids and appliances during training that are comparable to those that will be accessible to the client upon completion of the program.

Avoid non-productive subjective emotional involvements with clients or their families and staff.

Work effectively with the management staff, and consultants as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Organize activities and manage time efficiently.
Seek, accept, and use supervision effectively.
Respond quickly, intelligently, and appropriately to emergency situations.
Give clear directions, guidance, and supervision to all staff.
Be flexible and adjustable in order to meet the needs of individuals served.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

Current Driver's License


An applicant with prior experience is a plus.

Competitive compensation provided and a comprehensive benefits package is offered, for full-time work only.
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
genetic information, veteran, or disability status.