We’re Hiring

Are you an experienced Direct Support Professional? Do you have a passion for using person-centered approaches and positive behavior support tools in your work?

OTAC has two openings for Direct Support Professionals to support one person experiencing I/DD in their own home in Hermiston, Oregon. We are looking for one full-time and one part-time (16-24 hours/week) DSP.

Job Description

  • Provide supports necessary for the individual served to achieve desired lifestyle and increased levels of independence, productivity, and social/physical integration. This goal may be achieved by providing support activities that are consistent with:
    • Specific activities identified in the Individual Support Plan (ISP).
    • Specific tools identified in the Behavior Support Plan (BSP).
    • Expectations in providing ongoing support to individuals served including such areas as health maintenance and personal care support.
    • Expectations in maintaining an environment that is positive, supportive, clean, and safe.
    • Respecting basic human and civil rights of the person being supported.
  • Duties may include, but not limited to:
    • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
      • Bathing
      • Dental Care
      • Grooming
      • Grocery shopping
      • Meal preparation
      • Mobility – assist individual to safely use transportation as needed
    • Social Activities
      • Assist the individual with planning and implementation of activities
    • Health and Safety
      • Monitor the health, well-being and safety of the individual
      • Notify proper authorities in case of an emergency
      • Ensure safety with the use of any medications
    • Communication
      • Interact with individual in a manner which promotes dignity and respect.
      • Maintain confidentiality of the individual/family you are supporting
      • Report any abuse to the proper authorities.

Minimum Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED required. Two-year Associates Degree from an accredited institution in an area of study associated with the field of disabilities preferred. *
  • 2 years’ experience in programs serving persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.*
  • Working knowledge/experience in these areas:
    • Work experience providing direct care to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities
    • Person Centered Approaches
    • Positive Behavior support
    • Oregon Administrative Rules that apply to individuals with disabilities
    • Individual Support Planning
    • Oregon Intervention System
    • Mandatory Abuse Reporting requirements
    • Oregon Core Competencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the service values and trends current to the field of disabilities
  • Employee should have:
    • Good organizational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritize
    • Good written and verbal communication skills
    • Basic computer skills for using web-based time-tracking and online learning software
  • *Any combination of education, experience, and/or training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities

Desired Attributes

  • Ability to work effectively for and with an individual/family that require support
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individual, family, case manager, team members, advocates and friends
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in challenging/crisis situations and to respond accordingly

Working Conditions

  • This position may require evening or weekend work is required on an as needed basis
  • This position requires some local travel using public transportation to accompany supported person on outings
  • An approved criminal history check is required and employment is dependent on passing

To apply, click the Apply Now button below to send your cover letter and resume. Your resume must clearly demonstrate your qualifications for the position, and your cover letter should describe your experience with and commitment to person-centered practices, as well as any previous experiencing implementing positive behavior supports.

We have immediate openings so we will review applications as they are received. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.


Return completed application and/or Cover Letter and Resume to Jennie Heidrick