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Direct Support Professionals

Location : Atlanta, GA
Job Type : Internal Direct
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 2
Required Education : College degree preferred
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

At Bobby Dodd Institute, we believe in an inclusive world where people of differing abilities can lead more independent and purposeful lives when provided the right guidance, support and opportunities.

Essential Functions:

Maintain collaborative professional relationships with the participant and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his or her own personal limitations.

Assist and/or facilitate the development, implement, and review achievement of an individualized plan based on participant preferences, needs, and interests.

Have the ability to match specific supports and interventions to the unique needs of individual participants and recognizes the importance of friends, family and community relationships.

Support the participant in the development of friendships and other relationships.

Complete required training education/certification, continue professional development.

Facilitate, assist, and/or represent the participant when there are barriers to his or her service needs and advocate on behalf of the individual, when appropriate to overcome barriers to services.

Be knowledgeable about the career and education related concerns of the participant and should be able to mobilize the resources and support necessary to assist the participant to reach his or her goals.

Monitor crisis situations, discussing the incident with authorized staff and participant(s), adjusting supports and the environment, and complying with regulations for reporting.

Aware of the organizational requirements for documentation and able to manage these requirements efficiently.

Maintain accurate records, collecting, compiling and evaluating data, and submitting records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.

Maintain an active caseload to provide billing of at least 30 hours per week as per funding source contracts and service definitions.

Maintain standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.

Learn and remain current with appropriate documentation systems, setting priorities and developing a system to manage documentation.

Support the participant in the development of friendships and other relationships.  Building and maintaining both natural and formal supports.

Promote the health and wellness of all participants.

Observe and implement appropriate actions to promote healthy living and to prevent illness and accidents.

Use appropriate first aid/safety procedures when responding to emergencies.

Assist individuals in scheduling, keeping, and following through on all health appointments.

Required Qualifications :


High school diploma. 

Two years experience working with individuals with a developmental disability.



College degree in social work, human services and/or related field.



  • Must be a U.S. citizen.No criminal record.

  • Must have a valid Georgia driver’s license.

  • Safe driving record.

  • Must have an available automobile. 

  • Must maintain automobile insurance to at least the minimum limits of liability coverage established by BDI, and be able to offer proof of insurance and limits of liability coverage.




  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Flexible and adaptable to change.

  • Able to multitask.

  • Collaborates and promotes teamwork.

  • Inspires, engages, and motivates others.

  • Builds and maintains relationships.

  • Excellent clinical writing skills.

  • Oral communications skills.

  • Cultural competence.

  • Ability to gather and evaluate information.

  • Ability to manage time, schedule and working in the field.

  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

  • Computer Skills (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS, Excel, MS PowerPoint).

  • Ability to navigate the Metro Atlanta area.

  • Knowledge of Metro Atlanta area resources.



Bobby  Dodd  Institute  (BDI)  is  a  501(c)(3)  nonprofit  dedicated  to  helping  people  of  differing  abilities  maximize  their  potential  through  supportive  services.  BDI  offers  a  continuum  of  support  for  all  ages,  stages  and  levels  of  need  for  people  with  disabilities  and  their  families. 


 BDI  serves  people  of  differing  abilities  throughout  the  entire  metro  Atlanta  area.  Join  us  in  building  a  more  inclusive  community  by  visiting www.bobbydodd.org or  follow  us  on  Facebook  and  Twitter.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. BDI is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.




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