YAI Direct Support professional- DSP 1 in Westchester County, New York
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About the Position:YAI supports people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the fullest lives possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving, working and learning. YAI is a network of agencies with programs that empower and enhance the lives of thousands of people we support and their families. YAI promotes a person centered approach by creating supports that cater to the specific needs of each person. Join our dynamic team teaching daily and independent living skills, providing individual and group counseling, and promoting community integration. The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a willingness to help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as assisting with showering, toileting, grooming, laundry and housekeeping as necessary. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work directly with people in their home, work, and daily life in varying capacities. Typically, a DSP 1 works in one region.
Mission Statement:YAI is a network of agencies offering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across all ages. YAI empowers people with disabilities to reach their goals every day. Our enthusiastic staff of over 4,000 professionals believes that everyone has a fundamental right to live, love, work, and learn. If you share our vision and want to help support people to live the fullest lives possible, apply to this position.
Key Responsibilities:− Maintaining Professionalism and Punctuality− Taking Ownership/ Accountability− Being Flexible: Job responsibilities may change based on needs− Adhering to policies, procedures and regulations− Using effective communication skills & time management skills− Being a member of a highly effective team (Teamwork within the circle of support)− Ensuring maintenance upkeep and safety based on facility/ program structure− Completing mandatory trainings based on the program and position (AMAP, CPR/First Aid, SCIP-R, Defensive Driving, etc.), as well as applying skills− Meeting and demonstrating OPWDD Core Competencies− Ensuring health, wellness and safety− Ensuring appropriate supervision of the people we support− Understanding when to contact an administrator for support− Demonstrating a willingness to assist people with ADLs− Transporting and escorting people we support on recreational activities, medical appointment, home visits, etc.− Building Positive relationships− Using person first language− Maintaining a therapeutic environment through a variety of methods: Personal Outcome Measures, Person Centered Thinking, Informed Decision Making− Ensuring person centered plans are implemented− Completing documentation to ensure compliance and billing− Using foundational Teaching skills (EMOE, Task analysis, essential skills, supports and modifications, etc.− Assisting people with making purchases, as well as safeguard personal allowance funds and any additional funds provided− Managing crisis
Education and Experience:− A High School Diploma or GED is preferred; some college is a plus− Work or life experience with intellectual/developmental disabilities is a plus− Ability to support people with intellectual/developmental disabilities− Basic written and verbal communication− Basic Computer knowledge− Valid NY State Driver's License may be required depending upon the position− Tuberculosis test mandatory for most positions
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:− Interpersonal and problem-solving skills− Willingness to take initiative
Part Time: Saturday 4pm -10 pm; Sunday 4pm -11pm
$16.50 - $16.50/hr
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam or disabled veteran. YAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
YAI was launched in February of 1957 out of a small school in Brooklyn, New York. Initially staffed by Co-Founders Bert MacLeech and Pearl Maze MacLeech alone, their pilot program served just seven people. According to Bert, from its very beginning YAI has been dedicated to providing innovative services for the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) community. MacLeech envisioned a, “total life adjustment approach, emphasizing personal growth, social responsibility, employment goals, and the development of independence for the individual.” At a time when institutional living was the norm for people with I/DD, this vision was nothing short of revolutionary.
Today, YAI has a team of over 4,000 employees and supports over 20,000 people in the I/DD community. This extraordinary growth shows the ongoing need for these important services, and YAI’s success in offering them. YAI supports people with autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, among others. Operating throughout Downstate New York and Northern New Jersey, YAI now offers more than 300 programs for people of all ages.
At YAI, we are driven by our mission of living, loving, working, and learning. This applies not only to the people we support, but to our staff as well. Commitment and passion for the work continue to unite employees and drive the organization forward. Empowering the people we support to reach their goals remains at the heart of our organization.