Direct Support Professional
Hatikvah House is a lovely Jewish home for six adults with developmental disabilities located in Campbell, CA. We are a state licensed, level 3, staff-operated, residential program providing services and support within an environment that embraces Jewish values and traditions. This includes a kosher kitchen, Shabbat observance, and celebration of the Jewish holidays, including an annual Hanukkah party. Each resident participates in a structured schedule of activities that is responsive to their needs, choices and preferences as described in their individual needs and services plan. Our purpose is to support residents in achieving their individual goals and objectives, while maintaining a link with their families and community.
The direct support professional will work closely with the House Manager in carrying out the individual program plans for residents in the Hatikvah residential home, preparing them to live independently if they are able and so choose. This will include assisting them with reading, math, budgeting and money management, the use of community resources, hygiene and laundry skills, food preparation, house keeping, kitchen safety and maintenance, and travel training in the community. Additional duties may be designated by the House Manager.
- Provide a safe, calm and consistent routine
- Implement the program (hygiene, budgets, behavior goals, house cleaning, meal preparation)
- Be aware of the individual resident’s work placement/day program and assist as needed
- Be responsible for house and resident monies as needed
- When possible, arts and recreational activities should be included, to enrich the lives of our residents and provide community integration.
- Required meetings are: house staff meetings and 12 hours of continuing education units per year.
Health and Medical
- Assist residents in maintaining good general health and hygiene and treat all health issues appropriately
- Care for emotional needs through positive and supportive interactions
- Oversee resident medication routine as directed, document medical records, and resident files on a daily basis
- Take necessary action to ensure appropriate physical appearance and hygiene of residents, immediately informing House Manager of any obstacles to accomplishing this
- Maintain HATIKVAH kashrut policy and support Judaic programming in the residential home. Assist in the enhancement of Judaic customs and ceremonies
- Maintain positive relationship with resident families. Document all contacts with families in log. Maintain positive relationship with neighbors
- Ensure that residents are treated with dignity and respect. Protect fundamental rights
- Attend to all emergencies and non-routine events at any time
- Keep house safe and secure
- Implement fire drills and other emergency drills as directed
- Practice Universal Precautions
- Ensure that the house is properly staffed prior to leaving the site
Communication and Documentation
Good communication and documentation are crucial to the effectiveness of the program. Areas of communication and documentation include, but are not limited to:
- Data—tracking client’s medication, goals, and objectives
- Program information—reading and writing in the house log, writing special incident reports, reading staff communication log from previous shifts, and being familiar with residents files
- Personnel—punctual submission of time sheets and action forms, reading memos, document all calls and voicemails
- Schedule annual performance evaluation with direct supervisor within 30 days in advance of anniversary hire date
- Take directions from House Manager
- Work as a team member and be flexible and supportive with other staff members
- Be available to take on other job duties as requested
- Maintain a clean and organized house
- Add items to staff meeting agenda as needed
- Follow all licensing procedures (24 hour client supervision, client confidentiality, client rights, etc.)
- Fulfill continuing education requirements
- Maintain current CPR and First Aid requirements
- Training or related experience working with people with developmental disabilities
- Minimum of 21 years old, a valid CDL is required and a safe driving record
- Willing to be flexible with schedule to meet residents’ needs
- Ability and willingness to drive the house van/vehicle is required
- Availability for overnight and early morning hours (for full-time or part time staff)
- All new staff will be fingerprinted and cleared through DOJ and FBI.
- Will need current CPR and First Aid certificate
- Will need a physical exam and TB clearance
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.