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Lead Direct Support Professional

Location:Westbrook, ME
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Direct Care

This position supports Spurwink’s community-based residences. The Lead Direct Support Professional is expected to maximize consistency of approach and to promote the greatest degree of developmentally appropriate independent functioning.
In addition to teaching self-help and basic living skills, a Lead Direct Support Professional helps clients achieve all of the competencies necessary to manage life events successfully, and models these for their team. This will often include the development and use of coping strategies needed to manage emotional dysregulation as well as the use of crisis management strategies. 

Day to day household management is incorporated into the expectations of this position, including but not limited to remaining within a household budget, designing and participating in recreational activities, the establishment of a nutritious menu, food preparation, and minor household maintenance, housekeeping, and assurance of residential safety


* 1. Perform the duties and responsibilities of the Direct Support Professional

* 2. Provide orientation, job shadowing, and training to new direct care staff. This includes coaching, training, modeling, and on the floor supervision/providing “in the moment” feedback, including rehearsing client treatment approaches/strategies with families/guardians, as well as monitoring and/or supporting family visits.

* 3. Assist with development of activities; implement and participate in program activities and therapeutic groups. Responsible for client orientation and welcoming and coordinating discharge celebrations.

* 4. Act as positive role models for clients and direct care staff.

* 5. Provide fill in coverage and emergency coverage for other staff when appropriate and/or as related to special situations as directed by the Program Director or Designee.

* 6. In the absence of, and at the direction of the Residential Supervisor or Program Manager, the Lead DSP will direct staff in the completion of their duties.

* 7. Follow and model the principles taught in NAPPI/MANDT training.

 8. Tracks client progress, summarizes data, and provides information to supervisor regarding client programming and person centered planning.

 9. Provides organization and structure to the residence or community support program. This includes cleanliness and maintaining inviting environments.

10. Administer medications and successfully complete CRMA training. Primary responsibility for proper documentation of the MAR, including any updates needed following medication reviews and any outside client appointments related to physical health.

11. Provide orientation and training to new direct care staff including assessment of training needs, defining training priorities and developing a training schedule with the Director and/or his/her designee.

12. Work with the Program Director and/or his/her designee to provide feedback in the evaluation of direct care providers.

13. The Lead Direct Support Professional is responsible for directly reporting observations and concerns identified in the milieu to the Program Director or Designee.

14. And those other appropriate assignments and responsibilities as directed by the   Program Director and/or his/her designee.


High school diploma; B.S. preferred
1. Two (2) years previous residential treatment experience in field of behavioral health or education required.
2. Must have proven ability to nurture, manage, and develop relationships with clients.
3. Must have proven ability to work as a member of a treatment team and develop professional relationships with co-workers.
4. Must have a demonstrated high level of competency to perform Direct Care responsibilities and demonstrated capacity to provide on-the-job direction/training to Direct Care staff as needed.
Minimum Physical Requirements: Must be able to go up and down stairs, bend & lift, and perform therapeutic holds and escorts on a regular basis.


Spurwink is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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