This is a semi-professional position providing services in Hibbing assisting people with disabilities to achieve the level of independence they desire by supporting them in their own homes to set and work on independent living goals, teaching life skills and coordinating services. In addition to job duties there will be homemaking tasks as well.

This position will be 10-20 hours per week.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $12.00/hour


Access North is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Independent Living Coach

This is a semi-professional position assisting people with disabilities to achieve the level of independence they desire by supporting them in setting and achieving goals and coordinating services. Positions in this job classification exercise considerable independence and report to and receive direction from the Program Coordinator or their program designee.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides direct duties including but not limited to:
  • Assist (teaching, training, supporting) the consumer in meeting all independent living goals in accordance to their CSSP/Care Plan.
  • Maintaining consumer confidentiality.
  • Assisting consumers to increase their awareness of community resources.
  • Respecting the rights, values, and beliefs of the consumer.
  • Maintaining all scheduled appointments.
  • Make ongoing contact with consumer to make sure the consumer’s needs are being met.
  • Make ongoing contact with your supervisor to make sure the consumer and Access North’s needs are being met.
  • Complete all necessary personnel and consumer paperwork.
  • Compliance with all Access North policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate competency in each of the 245D services Access North provides.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver license and automobile insurance.
    • Other
      • Work independently.
      • Work Flexible hours as scheduled.
      • Other duties as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Education and Experience
Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma and experience with disability related issues.
  • Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
        • Knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy.
        • Knowledge of human disabilities and their characteristics.
        • Ability to work with diverse populations of people with disabilities in a professional manner.
        • Knowledge of computer applications and computer software programs.
        • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
        • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
        • Ability to complete all necessary paperwork in a timely manner.

In Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental Demands

(In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be considered.)
        • This position requires the majority of the work day spent sitting, standing and walking.
        • Weights of objects to be lifted, carried, pushed, or pulled rarely exceed 24 Ibs. Simultaneous use of the hands, wrists, and fingers is sometimes required.
        • Movements such as climbing, stooping, crouching, twisting, bending, reaching, handling, fingering and feeling are sometimes required.
        • Audio, visual, and verbal functions are vital aspects to performing this position.
        • Much of the work day is spent in the consumer’s home or community as determined by the goals, but may require exposure to outdoor elements including dust, fumes, noise, and glare.


This position requires that the DSP transport themselves to the consumer’s home and/or community locations. DSP must have access to reliable transportation and be able to transport themselves to areas not accessed by public transportation. A DSP may also transport a consumer of Access North services if directly related to a goal and if authorized within the service plan.  The DSP must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
Access North does not pay mileage for this position, but does pay drive time whenever services allow directly supporting a consumer in the community or when driving between multiple consumers.  You must be clocked into appropriate job pin while driving.

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