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Laradon Direct Support Professional in Denver, Colorado

Laradon has been a leader in advocacy, education, and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are looking for talented and dedicated team members to carry our legacy forward. No matter what position you have at Laradon, you feel like part of the whole team. At Laradon, we want every employee to feel like a connected and valued member of our community, encouraged to reach out for the opportunities that inspire them and empowered to realize their greatest potential.

A Day in the Life of a DSP . . .

Our Direct Support Professionals work in Laradon?s Adult Day Program. Our purpose is to develop meaningful on-going social relationships, promote independence through decision making, continuous learning, and empowering individuals in their day to day needs. As a Direct Support Professional you empower, support, develop, and facilitate training with individuals with intellectual development disabilities (IDD). You?ll build an inclusive environment focused on basic living and social skills. You?ll work alongside individuals celebrating the progress they make along the way, all while supporting them towards their personal goals and interests. Ultimately, our focus is to give the individuals the tools to be a part of our community and to achieve all they aspire to do.

How you will make a difference . . .

+ + Implement, track and record adaptive and/or behavioral Individual Service and Support Plans (ISSPs and BISSPs).

  • Complete and maintain all required paperwork and manage individual?s and agency?s funds per Laradon?s policy and procedures.

  • Prevention and management of crisis to provide a safe environment.

  • Perform, or assist individuals served with personal hygiene (e.g., bathing, brushing teeth, shaving, nail clipping, dressing, bodily functions, and appearance) and basic domestic duties as needed (e.g., cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping)

  • Develop, schedule and facilitate opportunities in the community to be included in work exposure and experience, social activities and recreation leisure activities.

  • Build natural supports and community connections and help to coordinate and maintain service recipient's schedule (e.g., doctor appointments, employment) via personal transportation in a safe and timely manner.

  • Administer medications per individual?s order and document according to regulations.

  • Maintain effective communication and positive relationships with service recipients, families, staff, administration, case management, and other service providers

  • Drive participants as necessary for program needs

What you need to know . . .

  • Schedule: Monday ? Friday 7:30am ? 3:30pm

  • Environment: This is a combination of virtual, on campus, and in the community

  • Compensation: Starting at $15.00/hr. Additional compensation is commensurate with each year of applicable experience and education up to $16.50/hr.

  • Safety Care: All employees are required to provide physical behavior support which includes physical management (training provided upon hire); may be subject to aggressive and non-compliant behavior from special needs adults

  • Pre-Employment: Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and CBI/FBI Federal background check.

  • 100% On Campus Learning: As Laradon is a small employer and employees work in a collaborative and team environment, our employees must be physically present in the office to perform different job functions. Additionally, as a service provider, our instructional methods under our services model require the work to be performed on campus.

What we offer you . . .

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • 401(k) + 4% Match after 6 months of employment

  • Paid Time Off ? 16 days annually

  • 10 paid Holidays

  • Paid on-the-job training, including CPR, Safety Care, ABA Therapy, & Defensive Driving

  • Development, job growth, and internal training opportunities

  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding environment alongside other Laradon staff ? one where everyone is truly appreciated

  • CDC and CDPHE office protocols to ensure the safety and welfare of all employees

What we?re looking for from you . . .

We know there?s no such thing as a ?perfect" candidate - we?re all a work in progress and are growing new skills and capabilities all the time. We encourage you to apply for a position with Laradon even if you don?t meet 100% of the requirements. We believe in fostering an environment where there are a diversity of perspectives, in hopes that we can all thrive.

  • Superstar communicator ? Able to communicate and listen well with adults, staff, guardians, and the community

  • Brains ? At least two years of experience with developmentally disabled individuals or experience with emotional/behavior disorders

  • Mindset ? Compassionate, caring, energetic, and flexible

  • Passion and Understanding - Skills in crisis management, flexibility, patience, and ability to maintain composure under stressful conditions.

  • Super strength - Able to exert/lift/push up to 50 pounds of force

  • Must be 21 years or older

Who we are . . .

In order to provide culturally competent services to individuals, students, guests, and staff/employees, it is of the highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members ? regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, veteran status, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics ? should feel a sense of belonging and value. We applaud everyone.

Laradon Values . . .

Integrity | Respect | Inclusion | Accountable | Empowerment