Direct Support Professional

Columbus, OH
Full Time
Entry Level

Job Description:

Are you passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities? Buckeyes Service is seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our team as Direct Support Professionals. As a Direct Support Professional, you will play a vital role in supporting individuals to lead their unique lives independently, with dignity and inclusion.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Daily Living Assistance: Assist individuals with personal hygiene, dining skills, housekeeping skills, social skills, and community access, ensuring their well-being and independence.

  • Individual Support Plans (ISPs): Provide direct support and training activities as specified in individuals' ISPs and activity schedules.

  • Mobility Support: Aid those using wheelchairs and other assistive devices in their mobility needs.

  • Household Maintenance: Assist with bedroom maintenance, teach housekeeping skills, and guide individuals in the care of clothing.

  • Meal Support: Assist with meal service, teach dining skills, and promote social skills and personal dignity during meals.

  • Medication Administration: Administer medications and treatments according to company policy.

  • Primary Person (P2): Be assigned as a Primary Person (P2) for one or more individuals, ensuring their well-being at all times.

  • Training and Development: Attend and successfully complete in-service training sessions to enhance your skills.

  • Mentorship: Serve as a role model and mentor to fellow Direct Support Professionals.

  • Record Keeping: Complete data collection, observation notes, and daily reports as per agency policy and procedure.

  • Transportation: Assist individuals in transportation as needed.

  • Team Collaboration: Participate as a member of the Individual Support Team, providing valuable input toward individuals' ISPs.

  • Safety: Monitor individuals' activities to ensure safety and health care practices are observed, including Universal Precaution Practices.

  • House Operations: Participate in and may be responsible for daily house operations, such as grocery shopping, overseeing consumers' money, monitoring the physical plant, and van maintenance.

  • Dignity and Empowerment: Treat individuals with dignity and respect, promoting independence and choice.


  • A high school education or its equivalent is preferred.
  • Previous experience in supporting and assisting individuals with disabilities is preferred.
  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age.
  • A valid driver's license and a good driving record are preferred.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Satisfactory completion of criminal background checks as required by federal and/or state laws and any other post-offer, pre-employment screenings as mandated by a governing agency or the company.

Why Choose Buckeyes Service?

  • Fulfilling Work: At Buckeyes Service, we are on a mission to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead their unique lives with dignity, independence, and inclusion.

  • Family Culture: Inspired by our founders more than 30 years ago, we work hard to maintain a "family feel" across all our locations, making this your home away from home.

  • Professional Growth: 95% of our organizational leaders started as Direct Support Professionals. We are committed to your growth and professional development, reducing turnover, increasing satisfaction, and driving productivity.

Join us in making a difference and helping individuals with developmental disabilities lead their best lives. Apply today and become part of the Buckeyes Service family!

To apply, please fill out the online application on our website or contact [Your Contact Information] for more information.

We look forward to having you as part of our team at Buckeyes Service!


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