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Community Support Services (CSS) is a private, nonprofit that provides services for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Common diagnoses include Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. We also support their families.
As an employee, you will help to strengthen their independence, self-esteem, and ability to participate in community life. Your work will help our participants recognize their own abilities and envision a brighter future. Families rank their satisfaction with our services at 95% or above, and as a staff member; you will become a key component of this important work.
Please contact the Human Resources department to inquire about current position openings at, 708-354-4547 ext. 170, or at jobs@CSSservices.org.
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The role of a Respite Direct Support Professional (DSP) is to provide services to children, teens and/or adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities residing in the family home or living independently. This is an important, hands-on role in serving our program participants. You will be trained and prepared to provide supportive activities. Services are designed to help parents/caregivers, that care for someone with a disability to take a much needed break from their everyday challenging routine, providing parents and families temporary relief to relax, run errands, work, etc, while keeping their child engaged in fun and functional activities. Respite may be provided in the home or out in the community. Common Respite activities includes assisting with homework, seeing a movie, visiting a park, reading a book, playing a board game, job-searching and job coaching, or helping with daily routines like grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and self-care.
The role of a Direct Support Professional is to provide support and training to individuals residing in CSS group homes. Support is needed in the areas of daily living and social skills to assist participants in achieving and maintaining their maximum level of functioning and independent community living. Common activities include assistance with grocery shopping, food preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, self-care, volunteering, developing social skills, and pursuing social engagements.
CSS is seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as a full-time, Direct Support Professional (DSP). Under the direction of the Vice President of Community Programs, the DSP is responsible for providing intermittent training and supports for individuals residing in nursing homes within the community. The outcomes of these supports are intended to maintain their quality of life, eliminate indications of abuse and neglect, improve the individuals’ functioning and to promote independence, productivity, and integration in community life.
The successful candidate must have:
The work schedule is as follows: Work hours vary, but are conducted Monday-Sunday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with flexible start times.
The role of a Service Coordinator/QIDP is to provide and coordinate community-based services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The outcomes of these services and supports are intended to improve the individuals’ functioning and self-esteem, and to promote their independence, productivity, and integration in community life. The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a human service or social work field, minimum of one-year experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Have completed the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) training, or complete the training within six months of hire. Have a valid Illinois driver's license, vehicle insurance, as the position requires the ability to travel per needs of the program.
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WHY OUR EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPY
"I work with many different individuals and I feel like a part of each one of of their families."
- Carolyn L., DSP since 2001
"I love my job because I get to see the smiles on the individuals faces when they do something that they thought they could never do. I enjoy watching them become more independent and confident."
-Ellie R., DSP since 2005
"Going to the movies with Alex makes me feel like a kid again."
-Pat O., DSP since 2007