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Call for Applications: Direct Support Professional Academy

Friday, March 22, 2019

RCM of Washington’s headquarters (People's Building)
64 New York Avenue NE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20002

Contact: Holly Flickinger   hflickinger@rcmofwashington.com  

Sponsored by: RCM of Washington, DC


Do you enjoy helping others? Are you interested in a career path in Health & Human Services? Do you want to become an advocate for vulnerable populations?

We are looking for recent and soon-to-be DCPS graduates to join our first cohort of the ‘Direct Support Professional’ Academy. This academy will provide you the skills and certifications needed to be hired as a Direct Support Professional. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are people who work directly with people with physical disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his/her community. The DSP Academy aims to provide participants exposure to a variety of career paths within the Health & Human services sector, and offers the short-term option of securing employment as a DSP post-graduation.

The academy will take place for eight weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM April 9th until May 30th. There is one mandatory Saturday session on April 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The academy will take place at RCM of Washington’s headquarters located at 64 New York Avenue NE Suite 100, Washington DC 20002. Our office is located within the ‘People’s Building’, and is easily accessible by the WMATA Red Line Metro at NOMA/Gallaudet.

All applicants should be highly interested in securing employment upon completion of the academy. All applicants must meet the following application criteria:

  • Pass a drug screen, criminal background check and TB test.
  • Must be able to lift weights of at least sixty (60) pounds.
  • Competent with basic computer literacy and able to complete daily documentation.
  • Be a participant in the DCPS Career Bridge program, or have an IEP, 504 plan or be eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services/Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
  • Have recently graduated or be on course to graduate at end of semester.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 21 years old.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Have previously exhibited appropriate behavior and social skills in school and/or the workplace.
  • Be comfortable assisting others with personal cares.
  • Must have patience, tact, cheerful disposition, and enthusiasm with people.
  • Must be able to obtain a health certificate endorsed by a physician.
  • Must be comfortable navigating the DC Metro area using public transportation, driving is a plus.
  • Have all immunizations up to date.
  • Follow RCM of Washington’s dress code and be suitably groomed during work hours. Willing to attend all DSP Academy sessions.

If you or the youth you support are interested in joining, please register with this link.

Please ensure all interested applicants complete the application and return it to RCM of Washington by Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Applications may be emailed to hflickinger@rcmofwashington.com, or mailed or hand-delivered to:

RCM of Washington, Inc.
Suite 100
c/o Holly Flickinger
Washington, DC NE 20002

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