Personal Support Specialist

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington



COMPANY OVERVIEW: Catholic Charities is the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. We believe in strengthening the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts. Catholic Charities works to create a world in which every person is cherished, regardless of individual limitations, and strengthened in the use of personal gifts in order to reach his or her full potential as a valued member of the community. We are looking for exceptional people who share our vision and values.

Inspiring Hope. Building Futures

Job Summary: The Personal Support Specialist is responsible for ensuring that adults with disabilities are provided with opportunities to be a meaningfully, engaging and centered in community.

Essential Job Duties:
Creates experiences that promote individual s interests, choices, and personal growth by:
1. Assisting individuals in discovering and pursuing new interests.
2. Helping individuals have control over their daily lives.
3. Assisting individuals in planning their daily/weekly schedules (i.e. - work schedules, activities, medical/dental appointments, vacations, etc.) and carrying out activities.
4. Informing the team of schedule changes (i.e. - calling in sick to work/day program, visits home with family, etc.).
5. Assisting individuals with planning and preparing for team meetings and sharing preferences and interests.
6. Ensuring that individuals are on time for scheduled activities (i.e. - classes, workshops, appointments, etc.).
7. Teaching skills for increased independence (i.e. - self-help, personal hygiene, social skills, etc.).
8. Encouraging and supporting individual's pursuit for self-advocacy (i.e., learning skills; identifying self-advocacy activities and providing necessary assistance to attend and participate).
9. Assuring that individuals are properly dressed and groomed, providing maximum opportunity for individual choice.
10. Facilitating the development of meaningful relationships.
11. Assisting individuals in broadening their awareness and use of community resources (i.e. - transportation, businesses, libraries, social services, etc.).
12. Developing and implementing, in coordination with the team, the Individual s Plan to achieve the vision and personal outcomes identified by the individual.
13. Fostering individual s rights, self-determination, and independence.
14. Participating in community education to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
15. Assisting the individuals in living a healthy lifestyle. Follow diet when indicated in doctor s orders.
16. Assessing and communicating changes in an individual's health status.
17. Attending medical appointments, when necessary.
18. Follow doctor s orders as indicated under the direction of a licensed health care professional (i.e. - PT exercises, health care treatments, etc.).
19. Communicating to healthcare providers the healthcare needs of individuals (i.e. - medical issues, how to work best with or communicate with the individual, etc.).
20. Encouraging exercise in general or as outlined in the Individual Plan or doctor s orders.
Transports individuals from their homes to various activities within the community and back safely.
Properly records and administers medication to clients as required.
Performs all other job-related duties as assigned.RequirementsEducation:
High school diploma or equivalent.

One (1) year of experience supporting persons with disabilities and/or behaviorally challenged.
Experience in behavior management, crisis intervention, and hands off problem-solving are a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Ability to identify and support individual personalities and preferences of people supported.
Ability to identify and access community activities desired by people supported.
Proficient with Microsoft Office and Outlook 365.
Must possess a valid local, driver s license and the ability to maintain a good driving record.
Must be able to use personal vehicle to transport clients and maintain insurance requirements.
Ability to pass the MTTP tests and maintain Certified Medication Technician (CMT) with the MBON as required.
Follow the directions and procedures per the delegating RN.


  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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