Direct Support Staff

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides direct support in activities of daily living, as outlined in individual's Person Centered Plans. Provides support in a manner that promotes growth, health, community involvement, safety, dignity and respect for individuals. Collaborates and communicates with co-workers and individuals' support team to promote a positive and productive working environment. Contributes to the day to day operation of the home, in a safe and cost efficient manner. Identifies opportunities for improvement and actively participates in their implementation. Supports culturally competent recovery-based practices and person centered planning as a shared decision making process.


  1. Ability to successfully complete trainings required for position.

  2. Eighteen (18) years of age

  3. The ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a clear concise manner.

  4. The ability to interact with people in a positive and supportive manner.

  5. Completion of the personnel hiring requirements specified in the conditional job offer at the time of hire.

  6. Three references deemed acceptable to Spectrum

  7. Current valid driver's license.

  8. Life experiences with diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including experience with behavioral health issues, is preferred.

  9. Must support a trauma informed culture of safety to aid consumers in their recovery process.



  1. Provide support in all areas of daily living as needed by individual. This may include lifting individuals, assisting in transferring, moving wheelchairs.

  2. Support individuals in obtaining the goals (s)he have envisioned and outlined

    in their Person Centered Plan.

  3. Enhance individual participation and involvement in his/her community. This

    may include driving/transportation.

  4. Where assistance is requested/required, support individuals in making choices, advocate for him/her in areas of needs and wants.

  5. Assist individual in developing new relationships and supporting existing relationships.

  6. Interacts and communicates in a manner that is respectful toward all individuals.
  7. Creates environment and conducts activities in a manner that ensures health and safety of individuals.
  8. Develops and uses effective communication with each individual using a style suited to the individual.


  1. Communicate in a positive and productive manner at all times with co-workers, families/guardians and the public.

  2. Provide a positive role model for individuals, co-workers while in the community.

  3. Support co-workers and actively participates in team process, both in base program and other programs.


  1. Provides complete, accurate and timely documentation.

  2. Performs tasks that contribute to the day to day operation of the home (such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping.)

  3. Performs tasks in accordance with Spectrum Community Services Policies and Procedures and that of other regulatory bodies, (CMH, CARF, AFC Licensing Recipient Rights, etc.)

  4. Maintains home and vehicle in safe manner. Fixes or notifies someone, i.e., supervisor of any safety or maintenance issues.

  5. Provides transportation in a safe manner for consumer using agency vehicle. Operates vehicles and equipment in a safe manner at all times.


  1. Actively participates in SCS Quality Improvement Plans and Initiatives.

  2. Identifies areas for improvement and helps make the improvements happen.

  3. Actively participates in staff and team meetings and in all trainings (both required by position and voluntary).

All other duties as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer and Region Director.


Full time
per Hour
Gaylord, MI 49735, US
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