Direct Support Professional

    Down Home Ranch, Inc
    Job Description

    The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is a full time non-exempt, hourly position, living on the Ranch, reporting directly to the Program Manager of Residential Services. The DSP shares the home and lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The DSP provides guidance and instruction in all aspects of the individual’s life, so that they may reach their full potential with a goal of living independently.


    • Demonstrable, significant educational, vocational, or volunteer experience providing direct care for vulnerable populations, i.e. direct care to people with disabilities, special education teacher, camp counselor, etc.
    • Minimum age of 21; excellent driving record and able to pass extensive background investigation
    • High School diploma or equivalent
    • Flexible, organized, patient, reliable, trustworthy, loyal, outgoing and friendly, good sense of humor
    • Able to maintain confidentiality under requirements of the HIPAA statutes


    • Provide coverage in the residential environment as needed and as assigned by the Program Manager
    • Coordinate necessary shopping activities
    • Assists with meal preparation and ensures that meals are prepared
    • Assists with financial planning and management for individuals serviced
    • Complete household routines
    • Ensures maintenance of household is completed
    • Provides transportation and maintain vehicle(s)
    • Understands individual service planning and person directed planning process
    • Promote health and wellness of all individuals supported
    • Is familiar with and carries out the organizational mission
    • Is aware of the requirement for documentation, and is able to manage these requirements effectively
    • Enhances the ability for individual to lead a self-determined life by proving the support and information necessary to build self-esteem, assertiveness and to make decisions
    • Knowledge of formal and informal assessment practices to respond to individual’s needs, desires and interest
    • Attend staff meetings, workshops and trainings
    • Willing to better understand the diverse challenges that are faced by individuals with IDD including: community supports, building relationships, etc.
    • Read and comply with all requirements and duties as outlined in staff training, in the Policies and Procedures for Intermediate Care Facilitate/ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD) and Home and Community Based Services (HCS) at Down Home Ranch and in the Employee Handbook
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Hourly position paid every two weeks.
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance with Down Home Ranch co-pay after 90 days
    • 403 (b) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
    • Access to Ranch facilities and amenities
    • Housing and utilities


    • Typical work schedule consists of support individuals in the home mornings until 9:00 AM and evenings after 5:00 PM, from 5:00 PM Sunday until 9:00AM Friday, plus five non-scheduled hours per week
    • Schedule and hours will be adjusted according to needs of Down Home Ranch as determined by the Program Manager
    • Two observed holidays plus vacation and sick leave; holidays worked may be taken at later date

    This Position Description is effective February 14, 2018 and supersedes all previously published materials and postings.Down Home Ranch provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons, and does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $13.50 to $15.50 /hour


    • High school (Required)


    • Texas DL (Preferred)
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