How to write a Direct Support Professional job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Direct Support Professional job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Direct Support Professional job titles

    Direct Support Professional
    Direct Support Professional (Entry-Level)
    Direct Support Professional (First Aid/CPR certified)
    Direct Support Professional (Part-Time)
    Direct Care Professional

Direct Support Professional job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Direct Support Professional job summary

Our organization strongly believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. At the present time, we are looking for an experienced individual to fill the role of Direct Support Professional. The right candidate will be responsible for providing compassionate care and assistance to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you have prior experience working with developmentally disabled adults in a direct care role, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Direct Support Professional responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Direct Support Professional responsibilities

    Provide supervision and guidance for residents during skills building activities
    Develop and implement individual treatment plans for residents
    Assist with daily living activities, including preparing meals and assisting with personal hygiene
    Develop a rapport with residents and cultivate a safe and supportive relationship
    Update resident case notes on a daily basis
    Ensure an appropriate staff-to-client ratio at all times

Direct Support Professional qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Direct Support Professional skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    2+ years’ experience providing direct care to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    Valid driver’s licence
    Current First Aid and CPR certification
    Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
    Compassionate about the care and well-being of others

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