Job: Direct Support Professionals

Title: Direct Support Professionals
Salary: $14.00 per hour/ $15.00 for weekend hours
Location: Murfreesboro / Hermitage / Nashville / Smyrna
Job Information:

Mission: To teach skills and behaviors to maximize independence in activities of daily living for a small caseload of persons who have severe developmental disabilities and other special needs in a variety of community settings. Part Time Week-Ends and some Full Time Opportunities


• Assists persons served to maximize independence in activities of daily living and provides supervision of persons served while in the care of staff.
• Serves as Teacher-In-Charge, as determined and specified in the home Hierarchy of Teacher–In-Charge.
• Performs cooking, cleaning and personal services of persons served while in the home.
• Complies with various federal and state regulations, TFS’ adaptation of the Teaching Family model, and TFS policies/procedures.
• Behavior exhibits professional attitude, demeanor, and interpersonal skills required by position and company.
• Other duties as assigned by FTC’s, FT’s, or Program Directors.

Position Qualifications:

• High School Diploma or GED Equivalent preferred
• Minimum of one-two years of prior experience in a position of similar scope preferred
• Knowledge of Teaching Family Model components and techniques preferred
• Ability to recognize natural teaching opportunities and act upon them
• Ability to handle all aspects of personal care with sensitivity and caring
• Ability to communicate through verbal and written mediums
• Ability to observe, ask questions, listen actively, and give and accept feedback effectively
• A high energy level, adaptability, assertiveness patience and ability to work in a team environment
• Operation of a motor vehicle is required which includes: proof of a current, valid drivers license, current automobile liability insurance for state of Tennessee Family Solutions Inc.; and has the ability to qualify as a driver under TFS insurance guidelines
• Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age

Physical Demands:
• Ability to perform physical system techniques (which include frequent lifting, bending, kneeling, stooping, reaching, blocking, grabbing)
• Ability to lift at least one-fourth of own body weight unassisted
• Ability to perform unassisted transfers of disabled adults with adaptive equipment (lift belts, Hoyer lifts, etc.)
• Ability to speak and communicate effectively with others through verbal and written mediums. May include the use of assisting devices to compensate

Mental Demands:
• Organize and compile information from external and internal sources.
• Communicate effectively with both external and internal customers.
• Ability to allay maladaptive (sometimes aggressive) behaviors while maintaining calm and composure.

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