Direct Support Professional - Columbia, SC ( Job Number: 120001DU ) Primary Location
Founded in 1995, South Carolina MENTOR, a partner of The MENTOR Network, offers home and community-based services throughout the state to children and adults with developmental disabilities or behavioral health needs as well as individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries or other neurological conditions. We offer a range of services â€“ including our innovative Host Home program, as well as other residential living options, in-home support, day programs and behavioral health services. Description
Every person needs the support of others, but we look for very special people to provide care in group home settings to our individuals with emotional, behavioral or medical complexities and those with brain injury. As a caregiver, also known as a Direct Support Professional (DSP),
with South Carolina MENTOR youâ€™ll be one of those special people.
DSPs are the link to the community for those they serve. For some, they may be the eyes of those unable to see, or the voice for those who canâ€™t speak. For others, they are friend, cheerleader and subtle support on the path to oneâ€™s true potential.
For South Carolina MENTOR and The MENTOR Network the DSP is one of the most exemplary reflections of the wonderful mission driven work we do here every day. The people that carry out this rewarding, care giving support play an integral and crucial role in the success of our organization.
To that end, the DSP also happens to be one of the best places to start in our company with a myriad of career options to move up and across the organization. We in fact have many success stories from people at all levels that started out in the DSP role.
Whether you have previous experience in this capacity or this just sounds like the type of career path you would like to pursueâ€¦we want to hear from you!
South Carolina MENTOR is seeking Direct Support Professionals/Caregivers to provide assistance to our individuals with emotional, behavioral or medical complexities and those with brain injury in a community-based setting. DSPs provide assistance with daily activities such as meal preparation and planning, medication administration, and personal care. DSPs may also facilitate community involvement by accompanying individuals on outings in the community or providing transportation to work or other activities. In addition, DSPs support therapeutic and behavioral plans in partnership with clinical staff to enhance the quality of life for those we support. The highest need schedules we are currently hiring for are the following:
Qualifications Initial Training Requirement : Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm â€“ Paid Training:
- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) - all shifts
- Overnights (Primarily Monday through Friday, 9:00pm to 9:00am
Approximately 1 1/2 weeks of mandatory paid training sessions are held in our Forest Drive office
(3600 Forest Drive) prior to providing care to individuals.
Sessions are held Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.Requirements
- High school diploma or GED
- Must be 18 years of age
- Valid driverâ€™s license in good standing
- Car registration and vehicle insurance if providing transportation for individuals receiving services
- Six months of experience in human services preferred
- Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks
Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services in more than 30 states to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges as well as their families.
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local human services providers offering quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges as well as their families.
The MENTOR Network is one of shared values and resources, an organization offering those who work with us and those we serve the benefits of a strong national structure. Tying The Network together is a well-defined set of policies, procedures and quality standards that create a level of support and consistency unavailable elsewhere.
Our strategy of marrying our mission and values with business discipline and capital creation is unique. The resources of The MENTOR Network enable the organization to invest in systems that make excellence possible – and we apply those systems in a way that directly benefits people with a range of needs, with impressive results.