Direct Support Professional/ ICF (23-136)

Volunteers of America - Chesapeake Washington, DC



ICF Direct Support Professionals (DSP) is responsible for supporting and coordinating activities of the individuals living in Intermediate Care Facilities. Direct Support Professionals will help individuals live independently by teaching independent living skills and helping with all activities of daily living. DSPs help to facilitate community integration, maintain the individuals safety and well being, and contribute to the upkeep of the home. It is critical for staff in this position to understand that all individuals are considered medically fragile and clinically involved, for example individuals may be in wheelchairs, blind, have oxygen tanks, feeding tubes, etc.


To insure needs of client as identified by the IDT are met and client satisfaction is achieved.

To insure that the program is operated in compliance with the Scope of Work, Volunteers of America Chesapeakes policies and procedures and licensing and Medicaid waiver regulations.

Required Skills


NOTE: A bonafide occupational exception may be established for this position based upon sex/gender when it is necessary to ensure that at least one female and one male are on duty during each shift.

A successful candidate must successfully pass the staff orientation examinations designated by the District of Columbia Department Of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). In addition, a Food Handler Certification to operate in DC must be acquired within the first 3 months of employment. All employees must maintain training and certifications corresponding with current program requirements.


This position requires driving the company vehicle (up to 15 passengers) and/or your personal vehicle for company business including transporting clients/residents. Must be privileged to drive according to the criteria set forth by Agency MVR guidelines.

Valid drivers license in jurisdiction of residence

Vehicle liability coverage if driving personal vehicle (on occasion, may be required to transport clients in personal vehicle)

May be required to drive a van

Acceptable DOH background check, FBI Fingerprint, OIG Exclusion check

Negative Drug/TB Screening and Health Certificate

CPR/First Aid Certification must be acquired and maintained once employed

Required Experience


Minimum of a high school diploma or GED and one year of experience in a residential program for individuals with mental retardation or intellectual disabilities. Experience in a residential setting with other types of special needs populations may be considered (i.e. cerebral palsy, Autism, Alzheimers, Traumatic Brain Injury). Preferred selection given to candidates that are experienced in, working with individuals that are medically fragile and/or have physical limitations. Preference given to candidates experienced with working with Evans Class Members in the District of Columbia. Trained Medication Aide requirement may be determined by Director of Program.

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