Kent Center
  • Chestertown, MD, USA
  • 11.25
  • Hourly
  • Full -Time

Our employee benefits offerings include on the job paid training, great benefits (comprehensive health insurance for medical, vision, and dental coverage), and generous leave time. Supplemental insurance options such as short-term disability and life insurance, employee perks program, recognition, incentive programs, and much more!

We're all about our individuals supported and staff that provide the needed services to provide care and supports, and as we continue to grow, we're looking for even more quality people who share our dedication to doing what's right, improving our persons supported quality of life, building great relationships and truly making a difference. If you are considering employment with an organization that values your contributions and efforts and offers a career track for to enhance your profession as a DSP than look no further!

Our DSPs carry out rewarding work, playing an integral and crucial role in the success of our organization by assisting with activities of daily living, and facilitate community involvement by accompanying individuals on outings in the community or providing transportation to work and/or other activities. We support our individuals by partnering with our clinical staff to implement the therapeutic and behavioral plans that are in place. The ideal candidate will assist individuals in developing key life skills by providing supports based upon their person-centered plan in our vocational program, residential homes, individual homes in Kent County based on your availability.

Experience is preferred, but not required, that is, if you Bring the Right Attitude, We'll Train you for Success!  We provide PAID classroom training to include: DDA, CMT, CPR/First Aide Certification, and Crisis prevention; and on the job training and tools you need to be successful in this position. 

 Applicants must:

  • Complete (3) weeks of consecutive day orientation/on-the-job training within the first month of employment;
  • Successfully pass associated tests, and demonstrate skill in working with adults with developmental disabilities post hire;
  • Complete DSP 1&2 training or test for and pass DSP 1&2 certification within first year of employment;
  • Must be capable of performing CPR/First Aid and follow MANDT standards for crisis intervention;
  • Must have the ability to receive instruction and implement policies/procedures as trained.
  • Commit to having a high level of reliability by being punctual and committed to a shift schedule;
  • Embrace our core values of being caring, organized, respectful, accountable and positive;
  • Maintain a professional presence in image and interactions to include a clean, appropriate and presentable appearance;
  • Maintain an attitude of cooperativeness, flexibility, respectfulness, and honesty;
  • Treat our individuals supported with respect and dignity while provide enriching opportunities and choices;
  • Have the ability to think critically, have basic problem-solving skills, and good judgement;
  • Demonstrate Empathy (Some Individuals are very sensitive to their fragility, impaired, in pain, nonverbal or high behavior and need help. Being sympathetic to their needs and understanding is necessary.);
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills (DSPs work in a very personal way with their individuals.), and
  • Demonstrate patience (Some Individuals take more patience then others and we need people with the ability to have patience and to encourage the individual to take as much time as they need to finish a task.).

Shift/Schedules offered:  

  • Full time and part time available.
  • 2nd and 3rd shifts throughout the Chestertown and surrounding areas.
  • Hours of work and some shifts may vary based on the needs of the individuals supported.
  • Some weekends required.

Pay Rate:  Training Rate: $11.00/hr. Base Rate: $11.25/hr.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Associate Degree, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Technician (MedTech) or related certified professional preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or experience working in a nursing home, childcare, mental health or summer camp setting preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and ability to learn new database systems. 
  • Detailed oriented with ability to accurately complete all required daily documentation and reporting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proficiency in spoken and written English. 
  • Must be able to pass DDA MTTP prerequisite math and reading comprehension exam with a passing score of at least 70%.
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively.
  • Valid unrestricted driver's license to include a clean driving record from the MVA with no more than 2 points.
  • Ability to drive in inclement weather, at night, on highways, driving over bridges, and in traffic.

If you are ready to enhance our inclusive team dynamic by your positive attitude and dedication to supporting people to live rich meaningful lives., please apply today.


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