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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Direct Support Professionals


Off Campus

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing direct support, positive direction, and assistance to individuals in accordance with  program policies and procedures; and personal outcome measures.

Essential Functions

  • Provides supports to people served by assisting in the development and implementation of all Support Plans, including spiritual life supports, assisting people in achieving their personal goals and desires, providing interaction and choices for activities that support a meaningful day, and supporting people to be independent in activities of daily living;
  • Assists with information gathering for Personal Outcome Measures, and other assessments;
  • Assists people with maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly home by following safety and infection control procedures; educates people about maintaining  homes;
  • Maintains and expands skills and knowledge relevant to providing high quality support and services.  Obtains and maintains all required certifications and trainings and applies the information to support people served;
  • Maintains open communication and cooperative work effort with Lead DSP and other staff to assure quality and continuity of support to people served;
  • Supports the Bethesda Mission, Vision, and Core Values while empowering each person to direct their own life choices;
  • Reports and/or documents routine and unusual events including completing daily logs, incident reports, outcome data sheets, etc. in a concise, understandable, and legible manner;
  • Assists people with fiscal management while safeguarding their funds.  This may include completing ledgers, reconciling accounts and assisting people with spending choices;
  • Ensures that people exercise their rights and that rights are not restricted without due process, ensures people are treated with dignity and respect;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and/or experience: High school graduate or equivalent.  Additional experience with people with developmental disabilities preferred or as required by regulations.  Must be 18 years of age, or older. 

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations: As applicable, must possess a valid driver's license and good driving record as defined by Bethesda policy. Additional certifications may be required by regulations. Some positions may require access to vehicle in sound operating condition and proof of current auto insurance. Clear  background checks as defined by regulations and policies.  

Physical Demands: Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.  Ability to do daily standing, bending, and lifting. Must be able to stand for 8 hours at a time.


Must possess a commitment to the belief that all people have the right to dignity, respect, opportunity and full community inclusion. Must have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the organization Interest in assisting people supported to achieve personal outcomes and to provide person centered supports.  Must possess good verbal, reading, and written communication in English; basic math skills; and basic computer skills.  Ability and willingness to successfully complete and apply training.

Must be certified to be free of communicable diseases by a physician (post-employment physical); have the ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others; flexibility with respect to hours of work and changing conditions; be of good moral character; have an interest in the welfare of the individuals; have training and/or interest in the field of developmental disabilities; and have a willingness/ability to communicate with and relate to individuals, parents, guardians, fellow-staff, representatives of community agencies, and company management.

We support the faith choices of the people we serve. As a direct support professional, you may be called upon to support someone you serve by assisting them with praying, reading appropriate religious and devotional materials with them, or companioning with them in worship, Bible study, or other religious events and practices that they find meaningful and enjoy. These are but a few examples of the ways we support the spiritual choices of the people we serve.

While it is not required that direct support professionals agree with any of the religious preferences of the people we serve, it is expected that these preferences will be honored and supported. Staff members from the department of Religious Life will offer training in providing these supports, and are available to assist you and address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Wage Rate

Pay would begin at $10.24 and go up depending on experience

Hours Available

Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 3pm-7pm. These hours can be somewhat flexible.

Contact Person

Jennie Moore




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